S03E07 - The Cafe
No: 24 | Season: 3 Episode: 7 | Air Date: 6-Nov-1991 | Production #307
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.
Director and Writers
Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Tom Leopold
George: Oh, hello, professor.
Elaine: George, I cannot believe...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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: Anyway, it's been two years. I mean, isn't there a statue of limitations on that?
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?
Kramer: Well, I really think you're wrong!
Notes and Trivia
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.
This is the first episode to have applause by the studio audience as Kramer entered. It happened when Kramer entered the Dream Cafe.
The Babu Bhatt character was originally named as "Vong Sim" in early drafts of the script.
Babu is from Pakistan, but the actor who played him, Brian George is from Israel.
In the first scene inside the Dream Cafe, 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.
Notice from episode to episode in Season 3 the baseball hat on the basketball hoop in Jerry's apartment seems to switch from between being a Mets hat to a Yankees hat.
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.
George claims he got 1409 on the SAT, which is impossible as the scores only go in increments of 10.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Brian George||Babu Bhatt|
|Deck McKenzie||Angry Man|