Larry Curbs Your Enthusiasm for the New Curb Your Enthusiasm Season

J-bault is enthusiastic for this show *SPOILERS*

by Jack Archambault

Staff Curb Enthusiast

Any fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm is surely thrilled that it is back for a ninth season after being on hiatus since 2011, and while it is not quite at peak form, Larry and Co. are still pretty…pretty good. We are six episodes deep in this new season, and what better time for a review of a series than two-thirds-ish of the way through it? I’m going to break down the season episode-by-episode and spoil every one, so keep that in mind if you’re the kind of person who cares about that stuff.

 

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HE’S BACK!!!!

 

Episode 1: “Foisted!” 

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think this episode was that funny. In it, Larry tries to get rid of his assistant, disgraces himself to a lesbian couple, and gets into trouble over his new play, “Fatwa.” In the end, Larry makes such an ass of himself that he is actually issued a fatwa by the Ayatollah.           Episode MVP (besides Larry): Leon, who has presumably spent the last six years lampin’ in Larry’s guest house. Best Line: lampin’

Episode 2: “The Pickle Gambit” 

Three people make this episode: 1. Funkhouser, 2. Funkhouser’s teenage nephew, Kenny, and 3. The prostitute Larry meets and then hires to have sex with Kenny after he hurts his right arm and can’t masturbate. Throw in some classic Larry moments (Seriously, who uses tongs to pick up a cookie?) and you’ve got yourself a real winner. Episode MVP: Kenny, Marty’s god-child nephew who’s an all-state baseball player and is going to Stanford. Best Line: “Nobody can go lefty.”

Episode 3: “A Disturbance in the Kitchen”

The season really starts to click here. This episode begins with a disturbance in the kitchen, the details of which are never disclosed, and sees Larry’s friend/foil Ted Danson start dating Larry’s ex-wife, Cheryl. Upon discovering that the two of them have nicknames for each other, Larry wonders why Cheryl never gave him a nickname. When Larry starts seeing a new woman (Elizabeth Banks) later in the episode, he requests that she call him L-vid, a truly horrible nickname, to which she obliges. Episode MVP: The waiter who can provide no further comment than, “There has been a disturbance in the kitchen.” Best Line: “No one is above the beep.”

Episode 4: “Running with the Bulls”

Remember Kenny? Well he dies. Turns out he formed a bond with the prostitute Larry set him up with and he followed her to Spain where they were both killed running with the bulls. Brian Cranston has a guest spot in this one as Larry’s therapist, and he is concerned when Larry starts telling people he is his therapist in a breach of “patient-doctor confidentiality.” Episode MVP: Old pal Richard Lewis, whose foray into the art scene and obscenely early arrival at lunch drive Larry nuts. Best Line: From Leon: “Why would they make a little fly in a country with big-ass dicks?”

Episode 5: “Thank You for Your Service”

Here, Larry refuses to thank a war veteran for his service, gets into an argument with the gate attendant at his country club, then gets kicked out of that same club for saying that a baby “looks a little Asian.” In true Curb fashion, all of these plot lines end up tying back together at the end, making this one of my favorite episodes of the season. Episode MVP: Sal, the long-winded gate attendant who then literally tries to kill Larry. Best Line: “I knew that baby looked a little Asian.”

Episode 6: “The Accidental Text on Purpose”

This is the rare episode where Larry is right about everything. From a doctor who refuses to answer the call when a man is convulsing on a plane, a woman with a made-up medical condition, to his ingenious ploys to help his friends out of their pickles, Larry really steps up his game in this one. Episode MVP: I’m going to have to break my own rule here and give it to Larry. He just makes too many right calls. Best Line: “It was like I took a straw and put it in a frog’s ass.”

As the season has progressed, the episodes have gotten better and the jokes funnier. If I have any complaint, it would be this: I get the sense that Larry David may have begun to feel himself a little bit during his time off. One of Curb’s best traits is that Larry can remark on a situation and make the viewer feel like he or she knows exactly what he means (chat and cut, anybody?). But at points this season, that dynamic has felt forced. Still, some stellar recent episodes and the end of the fatwa nonsense have lifted this season, and that only looks like it will continue. Also, is there any chance of me being called J-bault?

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