Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Bat Mitzvah (season finale)
(S06E10) "He probably read gerbil magazine and you're f*ckin' on the cover!" - Richard Lewis
Wow. That was all over the place and I loved every second of it. It might actually be the best season finale this show has had yet. Better than the incest survivors group. Better than the happy ending massage. Better than the restaurant that Larry helped open. Better than The Producers. Better than Larry dying and then snapping out of it. Why's that? Because for the entire 40 minute episode, there was only one question on your mind: Did he really stick a gerbil up his ass?
The only issue? We never got an answer. Sure, the gerbil was missing. But was it really in Larry's ass? It would explain his phantom anal tickle. The one thing that leads me to suspect otherwise is that had it really been up there, I'm pretty sure it would have started to rot or severely irritate him. This episode must have spanned a week! You can't leave a gerbil in your ass that long! I still can't believe he told Nurse Frau Farbissina that though. What did he expect to happen?
It sort of worked out for Larry though, whether that little fur-ball was in his butt or not. The Blacks' new house was ready, but rather than move out right away, they hung around for an extra day hoping to find the gerbil. No dice. It did, however, allow Larry to ask Loretta to go with him to Jeff's daughter Sammy's bat mitzvah. They went. They danced. They slept together. Larry adopted the family essentially and he and Loretta became this pseudo-married couple and even sent out holiday cards together! He was lonely... and they stayed. It's oddly sweet if you look at it that way.
Did you ever think you'd see the day that Larry David would join a black family? All of this was made even better by the fact that Cheryl saw Larry and Loretta dancing and she clearly looked angry/jealous. If and when the show comes back for a seventh season (it has to... right?), I'm sure we'll be seeing Cheryl come back for her man. After the way we saw Loretta yell at Susie though, Cheryl better be ready for a fight.
The big question? Is Larry doing all this on purpose, fully knowing that Cheryl saw? Knowing that this will make Cheryl jealous since he's living the life she always wanted, but with Loretta? However, there was no shot acknowledging that Larry saw Cheryl pouting as she danced with Glen. So maybe Larry really has fallen for Loretta. He can certainly be himself with her.
More stuff on my mind...
Acting like a retard to scare people off... wow. Genius and horribly offensive all at the same time.
What was the deal with Paula (I think that was her name)? She was sort of like the female Larry. Quirky, irritating... I just would have liked to see more of her.
Having everyone think that you have a gerbil up your butt must be a horrible feeling. Actually... having a gerbil up your butt must be a horrible feeling.
If the show does return, I hope that Richard Lewis' new sitcom plays a role in it or at least has an episode devoted to it. I just want to see some scenes from it because I imagine it being terrible.
I loved when Jeff bet Larry to gargle some water in that restaurant. Reminded me of Ed and Mike's ten dollar bets on Ed.
Jeff can sign John Legend but not Ben Stiller? Odd...
I didn't like the bit about sign-in sheets at the doctor's office. That was already played out way back in season one in the episode "Interior Decorator."
Overall, a solid end to a so-so season. Once again, Leon was a huge reason for that. From "Mopey Dick" to that tiny, grey belly shirt he was wearing, any scene he was in was hilarious. Then he had that line about the gerbil taking an elevator up Larry's ass. Priceless. For the time being, I hope it continues to work out with Larry and Loretta, because any more new episodes need to have Leon.