Curb Your Enthusiasm: Funkhouser's Crazy Sister (season premiere)
by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 21st 2009 1:02AM
(S07E01) "I'd rather have the thieves than the neighbors - the thieves don't impose." - Larry
Larry David is back, and I feel uncomfortable. Awkward moments, off-color comments, and instances of sheer disgust were all there in tonight's season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you sit back for a second and actually consider all the different elements that made up this episode, it's pretty impressive. More often than not, an episode of Curb is just as intricately plotted out as an episode of Lost.
Seriously, though, think about it. Ending relationships with cancer patients, household temperatures as preferred by white people vs. black people, the shittiness of fish as pets, apricots as a low percentage fruit, questioning a host of a dinner party about the guests, going into someone else's refrigerator, sex with mental patients, telling someone who's gay that they don't look gay, using someone else's name to get a dinner reservation, and lying to ensure that someone gets thrown back in a psychiatric hospital. It was all present, but most importantly, it all tied together and made sense.
So to quickly recap some highlights, it's been a few months since Larry and Cheryl called it quits. Loretta has now been diagnosed with cancer and Larry wants out of the relationship as a result. Also fueling his desire to scram is Cheryl. He saw her out at dinner, and the two hit it off. Meanwhile, Jeff had sex with Marty's mentally unstable sister Bam Bam (Catherine O'Hara was amazing) -- arguably the most depraved thing he's even done.
A few other thoughts on "Funkhouser's Crazy Sister":
- First off, a couple of classic quotes: "Don't condescend me with your tiny pear." "You had sex with a mental patient?!"
- One word: Leon. Oh, and one more quote: "I'm an 82 man myself."
- Normally, I can relate to the things that pop up on Curb; however, I've never heard of it being taboo to ask who's invited to a dinner party, nor would I ever go in to someone else's fridge if I wasn't told I could. Did anyone else know about these "rules?"
- Always remember to never make an empty gesture to a Funkhouser.
Beyond all that, what we've all been waiting for is the Seinfeld reunion, and the seed was planted when Larry bumped into Cheryl. Sure, they both miss each other, but what Cheryl missed was having Larry, but not having him around. Like when he had a full time job and she only saw him in the morning and at night.
Like when he was running Seinfeld.
Ah ha! So, despite Larry's well known aversion to reunion shows, should the opportunity present itself, seems as though he'd be all for it now, right? In the immortal words of Izzy Mandlebaum, it's go time!