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The Cafe 

Jerry tries to help a new immigrant restaurant owner across the street from him. George, afraid of embarrassment, asks Elaine to take an IQ test for him.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Brian George ... Babu Bhatt
Dawn Arnemann Dawn Arnemann ... Monica
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Storyline

Jerry has become fascinated with the new café that's opened across the street. The owner, Pakistani immigrant Babu Bhatt, has few if any customers. He suggests that rather than the somewhat bland menu currently on offer he offer an all Pakistani menu. George's girlfriend meanwhile wants him to take an IQ test and when Elaine says she has an IQ of 145 he gets her to take the test for him with less than stellar results. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Kramer (Michael Richards) mentions a man who wants a jacket back that he had left at his mother's place two years earlier. In the previous episode, Seinfeld: The Parking Garage (1991), he tells the story of getting the jacket to George (Jason Alexander). In the next episode, Seinfeld: The Tape (1991), Kramer again mentions the man, saying he has been put in jail for mail fraud. See more »

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In the first scene in the Dream Café, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) orders Rigatoni. When she moves tables to work on the test, her food is shown as a plate of Franks and Beans, not pasta at all. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: [thinking] Very kind. I am a kind man. Who else would do something like this? Nobody. Nobody thinks about people like I do.
Jerry Seinfeld: All right, snap out of it you stupid jerk. You're eating a turkey sandwich. What do want, a Nobel prize?
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Featured in Seinfeld: The Chronicle (1998) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"You're a bad man!"
16 September 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The Cafe is justifiably praised as one of the finest episodes of Seinfeld's third season, all because of two words: Babu Bhatt!

Babu (Brian George) is the owner of a café right across the street outside Jerry's apartment, and Jerry decides to take a look after observing the poor guy's lack of customers for days. Once he sets foot in the café, he makes friends with Babu and even throws in a little business tip: since Babu is from Pakistan, why not serve Pakistani food? As a matter of fact, this makes things even worse, and while Jerry struggles to keep his new acquaintance happy, George has a problem of his own, as his new girlfriend has asked him to take an IQ test and he's so afraid to look stupid (what a surprise) that he asks Elaine to help him cheat.

Bars, cafés and diners have always had an important role in American sitcoms: just think about Arnold's in Happy Days, Cheers in the eponymous comedy or, pots-Seinfeld, Central Perk in Friends. It shouldn't surprise, then, that the writers of the show decided to make fun of one of the very staples the genre is based on. That it works isn't just due to the witty lines or Kramer's flawless presence (by the way, The Cafe marks the first time the studio audience applauds when he makes his entrance); fundamentally, the episode's appeal boils down to Brian George's delightful portrayal of the progressively neurotic Babu, an exercise in mania that culminates in one of the program's many quotable catchphrases: "You're a bad man! Very, very bad!". To paraphrase him, this is an essential chapter of Seinfeld: very, very good.


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