Season 3 Episode 7

The Cafe

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry tries helping the owner of a small restaurant attract customers by giving him a suggestion. George must take an IQ test for his latest girlfriend, so Elaine helps him in "a caper" where she takes the test for him. Kramer tries to keep his mother's ex-boyfriend's jacket, because it helps him meet women; however the ex-boyfriend comes looking for it.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Babu!!!

    This episode is hilariously pathetic on so many levels. Jerry becomes obsessed with the opening of a small bistro located across the street from his building. His fascination stems from the fact that no one is eating there. Pakistani immigrant Babu Bhatt (Brian George), the owner of The Dream Café, stands at the window of his restaurant sadly, even painfully, watching potential customer after customer walk by without so much as a glance. Jerry, feeling sorry for Babu, watches from afar routing for him, quietly yelling at passersby, “Go in! Come on, go in!”

    When Jerry out of pity finally does go in, the overly eager Bhatt, using a pair of tongs, offers him a “steaming hot folded face towel” for his dining pleasure which is blistering hot and gets tossed aside. Later in the episode when Kramer receives the same treatment he practically flies across the room from shock and pain. Jerry, feeling proud that he’s helping Babu by patronizing his establishment, offers the restaurateur some advice. He explains to him that he would probably have more customers if he’d offer some dishes from his native Pakistan, “as apposed to say, the franks and beans.” Jerry thinks, “of course I’ve never had Pakistani food. How bad can it be?” Seinfeld’s advice to change the restaurant to all Pakistani food drives Babu out of business causing him to scold Jerry harshly, “you very bad man, very bad man.”

    Tom Leopold wrote this episode based on the true story of an immigrant who opened a small eatery in his neighborhood which soon went under from lack of interest. Leopold says he felt horribly sorry for the owner but never went in because “if I did, I’d have to go back all the time.”

    The side story to the episode, where George’s girlfriend wants him to take an IQ test is also true and also funny. George enlists Elaine in a “caper” to take the test for him because George is afraid he’s not smart enough. “People think I’m smart. I’m not smart, not smart.” Elaine’s concerned that she’ll need a quiet place to take the test so she can concentrate. Jerry suggests, “Take it at the Dream Café. You won’t hear a peep.”

    All in all this is my favorite episode from season three. Although not considered a classic episode, the line (and the accompanying finger wag), “you bad man, very bad man,” is among the greats from this classic sitcom.

  • Babu.

    This episode was filled with Pakistanis! Chaos releases when Jerry meets Babu & gives him advice, to change his restaurant. Elaine cheats for George. I like how George's girlfriend kicks him out in the end, George was really stupid to give it to Elaine and worst of all let Elaine retake it. Kramer and returning that jacket was a bit stupid but that's about all of Kramer's plots, stupid. Still didn't develop, but i was definitely surprised when Kramer's plot continued in the next episode. Jerry ruins Babu's business sadly, but I never really liked him anyway, he was the source of all the trouble.moreless
  • Jerry's not a good guy, he's very great. A Great guy.

    Problems: Jerry sees this man trying to run a new restaurant on his street, but he is not getting any business. Jerry goes to meet him and his name is Baboo (Babu) Bhatt. He gives advice for Baboo to change the restaurant to his home country, Pakastani. When he does this he still doesn't get any business. George's girlfriend wants to give him an i.q. test, but George knows he's not smart enough to ace it. He gives it to Elaine, but Elaine has problems concentrating. Kramer stole a jacket from his mom's old boyfriend, and now he wants it back.

    I didn't like this episode at first, but after I watched it a couple more times, I grew to like it. It's actually a very clever and funny episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Babu is from Pakistan, but Brian George is from Israel.

    • In the first scene inside the Dream Café, Elaine orders Rigatoni, but when she moves tables to work on the test, you see her food is quite clearly a plate of Franks and Beans, not pasta at all. This is what Babu offered Jerry at the start, and what he spills on the test later in the episode.

    • A minor goof on George's part, but it's impossible to get a 1409 on the SAT because the scores only go in increments of 10.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Babu: Where are people? You see people? Show me people! There are no people!

    • George: (explaining how he got food on his IQ test) I had a sandwich in my pocket.

    • Kramer: I meet a lot of women in this jacket. They're attracted to it.

    • Jerry: (with his sweater over his nose) Bazooka Joe.

    • Elaine: (to George) Listen, there were too many distractions there. Babu…whatever his name was, and Kramer, I couldn't concentrate.
      Jerry: (swaying around mockingly) It was a maaaad-house!
      Elaine: Jerry, it was!

    • Kramer: This guy leaves this jacket at my mother's house for two years. Now, she hasn't seen him since and now he says he wants the jacket back.
      Jerry: So?
      Kramer: Well, I'm not giving it back.

    • Jerry: You know, I could probably shoot him from here. I'd be doing us both a favor.

    • Kramer: Hey, do me a favor...Some guy comes in looking for me, tell him you don't know where I am.
      Jerry: Of course, I always do.
      Kramer: No, no it's that guy. He's really been bugging me about the jacket.
      Elaine: Just give it back to him.
      Kramer: Oh, he'll have to kill me.

    • Jerry: Go ahead, you're taking the IQ test.
      George: Yeah, and she's gonna find out I'm a moron. You know, people think I'm smart, but I'm not smart.
      Jerry: Who thinks you're smart?

    • Monica: Is that the test?
      Elaine: Oh, this... um... yeah... here you go.
      Monica: Thanks. I hope you do a lot better this time.

    • George: Oh, hello, professor.
      Elaine: George, I cannot believe...
      George: Please...
      Elaine: No, there has got be a mistake.
      George: You should've seen her face. It was the exact same look my father gave me when I told him I wanted to be a ventriloquist.
      Jerry: But an 85?

    • Babu: Our specials are tacos, moussaka, and franks and beans.
      Jerry: Well, what do you recommend my good fellow?
      Babu: Oh, the turkey.

    • George: She wants me to take an IQ test.
      Jerry: 'Cause you're stupid enough to wear the cologne.

    • Jerry: How'd you do on the IQ test?
      George: (irate) 85!

    • Jerry: (swaying around) It was a maaaad-house...

    • Kramer: Anyway, it's been two years. I mean, isn't there a statue of limitations on that?
      Jerry: Statute!
      Kramer: What?
      Jerry: Statute of limitations, it's not a statue!
      Kramer: No, it's statue!
      Jerry: Fine, it's a sculpture of limitations!
      Kramer: Elaine. Elaine! Now you're smart. Is it statute or statue of limitations?
      Elaine: Statute!
      Kramer: Well, I really think you're wrong!

    • Babu: You bad man! You very, very bad man!
      Jerry: Bad man? Could've my mother been wrong?

    • Jerry: I am special, my mother was right.

    • Monica: Where did you get the coffee?
      George: Where did I get the coffee? Where do think I got the coffee, from the grocery store.
      Monica: How did you get there?
      George: I walked.
      Monica: How did you get out of the apartment? I didn't see you leave.
      George: I climbed out the window.
      Monica: You climbed out the window?
      George: Of course.
      Monica: Why didn't you go out the door?
      George: The door? Why would I go out the door? The window is right here.
      Monica: You are a fascinating man, George Costanza.

    • Monica: I need to get something.
      George: Monica, I'm really focused here, this stuff's a killer.
      Monica: George!
      George: Wish I could.

    • Elaine: Why do you keep watching?
      Jerry: I don't know, I'm obsessed with it. It's like a spider in the toilet struggling for survival. And even though you know he's not gonna make it you, you kinda root for him for a second.
      Elaine: Then you flush!
      Jerry: Well, it's a spider.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Kramers jacket in this episode is the same one George compliments him on in 'The Parking Garage.'

    • The Latin phrase "Casus belli" said by Elaine and repeated by Jerry can be translated as "risk of war" or "occasion for war" in English.

    • When Jerry is in the cafe for the second time, he thinks to himself, "I am great..." while striking the same pose as the bust of Julius Caesar that is on the wall behind him.