The Cafe (Seinfeld)

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"The Cafe"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 7
Directed by Tom Cherones
Written by Tom Leopold
Production code 307
Original air date November 6, 1991
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Cafe" is the 24th episode of Seinfeld. The episode was the seventh episode of the show's third season. It aired on November 6, 1991.


Jerry becomes fascinated with a failing local eclectic restaurant called "The Dream Café" and befriends its owner Babu Bhatt (Brian George). Trying to turn the restaurant into a success, Jerry convinces Babu to change the decor and menu into a Pakistani restaurant. However, the restaurant does no better, and combined with the cost of renovations, cause Babu to lose his money. He angrily blames Jerry for the failure, calling him a "a very, very bad man!" while waving his index finger (a trait Babu would repeat in subsequent appearances).

Meanwhile, George's girlfriend Monica asks him to take an IQ test for her education course. Worried about being embarrassed by the score, he asks Elaine to secretly take it for him. The plan backfires after Elaine takes the test at the Dream Café, where she is distracted by Jerry (who insists she order food to support Babu), by Kramer (who keeps asking her questions about the test), and by Babu (who spills food on it). Due to the distractions, she ends up with a low score of 85.

George begrudgingly agrees to allow Elaine to take the test again, which she does at Jerry's apartment. But just as she's about to leave, Kramer locks himself in after being chased by his mother's ex-boyfriend for stealing his jacket. By the time Elaine gets to Monica's house to give George the test, it's too late and their plan has been discovered. (Elaine is later happy to learn the new score was an impressive 151).

At the end of the episode, the group discover that the Dream Café has been forced to close and they wonder where to go instead for dinner. They each argue about what type of cuisine to eat. When Jerry says "You know what would be great?" implying it would be great to have an eclectic restaurant nearby, the others give him a look of disdain.

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