Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Therapist
(S06E09) "New Larry is keeping the minty breath." - Larry
That was definitely not what I expected from this episode. I was really hoping that Larry and Cheryl would get back together almost immediately and then we were going to get to see Larry "forcing" himself to change in order to please Cheryl. In a way, we sort of did. I loved how whenever he was with Cheryl he was all dressed up. When he wasn't, his usual attire of sneakers and a ratty sweater came back into play. And obviously, his tone and decision making were drastically out of character whenever he was with Cheryl. But the thing I love most about Larry is that as mischievous and conniving as he is -- he's still trying to win back Cheryl because he loves and misses her. I think it's hilarious that the idea of being honest and open with her never enters his mind. Everything has to be a grand gesture backed by an equally self-centered and idiotic plan.
Sway the opinion of your wife's therapist, and win her back. Great plan! Unless the therapist falls for you. I loved when she compared Larry's act of "selfless heroism" to Clint Eastwood and then Larry exited the restaurant to some "walking off into the sunset" Western tune. Hilarious.
So he got his therapist to mug Cheryl's therapist. OK... don't ever see that guy again. What kind of clinically certified doctor would ever agree to help out in that way? Here's what I loved about him though. When Larry's therapist finally got out of jail and felt guilty, he needed to see someone too. Now if his plan was full disclosure from the beginning, why would he go to the one person that he mugged? He took the mask off, so he would have recognized her and she would have recognized him... right?
That's the one thing I didn't like. I'm willing to buy into all the other ridiculous things that Larry's therapist did, but that final decision was hurt by that fact that its only purpose was to aid in the pay-off at the end of the episode. It would have been equally funny, and made much more sense, for Cheryl's therapist t figure it out on her own. When Larry met with her a second time, Funkhauser could have shown up again to debunk Larry's Alzheimer's claim. Same result. She would have doubted Larry, looked into it, and still called at the the worst moment possible -- the ferris wheel ride. The whole thing just didn't feel natural and that's been my complaint with a lot of things this season. Too much stuff hasn't just happened organically as it has in seasons past.
OK, that was my only gripe with this episode. Everything else was great.
I loved how Jeff actually had his head shaved! Last week, I really thought he just had one of those bald head wigs on. He actually buzzed it all though.
Funkhauser sitting during the walk-a-thon was great too. Why even bother showing up?
When Larry saw his therapist in jail and said you should always have cards, I was really hoping he'd pull a deck out of his pocket and then refuse to give them to the therapist on the grounds that he might need them later.
Leon is still the best thing about this season. Every scene he's in is hilarious. ("For this to be legit, somebody gotta get f*cked up Larry.")
So in next week's season finale ("The Bat Mitzvah"), it all comes together. Will Cheryl actually forgive Larry and come back home? I'm thinking yes. The show never really ends a season with a true "I can't wait to find out" cliffhanger and Larry and Cheryl not together would definitely qualify as one. At the same time, I still think it'd be hilarious if she did end up with someone else. Leon, anyone?
|Of course. It's still a good cause.||28 (10.7%)|
|No way! What's the point of a walk-a-thon if you don't walk?||234 (89.3%)|