At first glance, Jerry Seinfeld has good intentions in The Cafe when he notices the ailing establishment. However, his inner monologue says otherwise. As Babu Bhatt praises his only customer, Jerry thinks to himself, “I’m a kind man. Who else would do such a thing? Nobody.” He also muses, “I’m a great guy. Who else would have bothered to help this poor immigrant?”
It seems like Jerry’s actions are aimed at making him feel good, rather than actually helping Babu. Eventually, he becomes obsessed with the restaurant before knowing anything about its owner, whom he speculates about. For example, Jerry is convinced that Babu has family back home in Pakistan waiting for him to send money, but he can’t because of bad business. Also, Jerry recommends focusing on Pakistani dishes without even knowing what the food is like.
Over 20 years after its release, “Seinfeld” fans are more worried than ever about the situation at the Dream Cafe. Some have trouble with Jerry, an American who really has nothing to do with recommendations for a Pakistani restaurant. U/adamzissou commented, “I think they played up how cocky Jerry was. He was so conceited, but they needed a way to show the reality of what he was proposing.” On the other hand, some feel Babu acted too quickly on Jerry’s advice. U/Ancalagon523 said: “Babu Bhatt was an idiot with no business intuition who refused to take responsibility for his own decisions.”
According to Seinfeld, not much thought was given to how the characters would come across decades later. He said in an interview: “I don’t think there was a lot of self-confidence.” Instead, the main goal was to create something that audiences wouldn’t see anywhere else.