When Jerry decides to help Pakistani immigrant Babu with his restaurant, it comes from a place of good intentions. However, Jerry’s business suggestions aren’t very well thought out and majorly backfire. Sometime later, Jerry once again attempts to help Babu, finding him a place to live and getting him a job. An honest mistake of misplaced mail leads to Babu’s eventual deportation. In both cases, Babu places all the blame on Jerry, but some “Seinfeld” fans have issues with these reactions.
We’ve previously noted that the entire Babu storyline is one of the more questionable things we ignore in “Seinfeld,” but these fans took particular issue with the storyline. There are some who think Babu is too hard on Jerry, who is clearly just trying to help him. “Babu is a complete jerk … Jerry didn’t make him switch his restaurant, he offered a suggestion which I agreed with,” commented u/TheGoat786. Others agreed this wasn’t Jerry’s fault. In one comment, u/hontytonkrutabaga wrote, “At least the idea that Jerry gave him was coherent, and it didn’t make things in the cafe any worse.”
With his eventual deportation, some fans think Babu should have taken responsibility for his own failures. “Babu’s downfall was facilitated by his indecisiveness and reluctance to accept responsibility over his own life,” pointed out u/randy-pan. Others agreed that Babu’s anger was misguided. In another reply, u/RoseareFree23 commented about this improper response by writing, “I’ve always thought the reaction was a bit much.”
As if his harshness toward Jerry wasn’t enough, the troubled Babu makes a return appearance in the series finale, Season 9, Episode 22 (“The Finale”), where he actually testifies against Jerry during his criminal trial. Harsh, Babu, harsh!