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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Reunion

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 4th 2009 9:31PM

Cheryl Hines and Larry David
(S07E03) "This is your plan to get your ex-wife back. Pretty f*cking brilliant if you ask me." - Jeff

Larry David a selfish man? Nooooo. How could someone who's never given, nor has any idea how to give, someone the benefit of the doubt be a selfish guy? Wait - don't answer that. Instead ponder this: the moment we've all been waiting for - the Seinfeld reunion - has finally arrived, and we almost didn't get it because for a brief minute, it hinged on what Larry found more enjoyable, a potential funeral or a potential marriage. Selfish? How about sick.

Ever since the seed was planted in the season premiere, it was only a matter of time before Larry figured out that going back to the way things were, when he ran Seinfeld, is the only way to win back Cheryl. She likes Larry focused, busy, and employed. And Larry? Well, he likes the idea of giving Cheryl a role in the Seinfeld reunion if it means she'll come back to him. That and he likes compliments. Endless compliments.

So it was obviously a no-brainer for Larry when the NBC chief, Sandy Goodman, said they wanted to do a reunion. Getting everyone back on board was the tricky part and as you'd expect, Larry succeeded in pissing more people off instead.

The whole episode was just flawlessly plotted and every moment had meaning. From Larry diagnosing Susie with Lyme disease to doing the same thing for Sandy at the end of the ep, it flowed beautifully. Sort of like an episode of another sitcom that used to be on about ten years ago...

On with the highlights of the Seinfeld reunion...

  • Larry's meeting with Jason Alexander was by far the best scene. As Jason sat there, playing a pseudo-version of himself that was in effect more like George Costanza, it was like two mirrors yelling at each other. Jason calling George a schmuck and a buffoon as Larry sat there simmering, yet calm, was hilarious as you slowly realized that Jason had no idea that George was based on Larry. Even the current plot for George that Larry was proposing is based on Larry's life and Jason still had no clue. Brilliant.
  • Back at the restaurant, they made a point of showing all the nude black and whites that adorned the walls and it seemed rather pointless until Larry went back there with Michael Richards. The pictures were all he stared at and Larry's news about the reunion went in one ear and out the other. Very Cosmo Kramer-esque.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld's two individual meeting scenes weren't as funny, but they still had some great moments like Jerry knowing that Larry had to have an ulterior motive or Larry grilling Julia's daughter about the birthday party.
  • Why exactly did Jason feel the need to tip the waiter $30+ dollars? Do you think he always tips that much? Or was it just to make Larry look especially bad?
  • Anyone else consider the possibility that Sandy was wooing David Spade for a Just Shoot Me reunion at the Lakers game? When we saw him screen Larry's call, it became pretty apparent that Sandy doesn't like Larry and perhaps Spade was his back-up if the Seinfeld reunion fell through?
  • Um... no Leon? That's a huge problem. We need to see him interacting with the Seinfeld cast ASAP.

From here the fun starts. Larry already has no control over the reunion. Jason is pitching him ideas. Jerry is curbside casting Meg Ryan. Once they find out that this is all about Cheryl, that conversation can't go well. Neither can the one Larry has to have with Cheryl - "Sorry, but you've been replaced by Meg Ryan." Maybe he should have let Sandy die. If he's anything like Susie, he didn't say thank you anyway.

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hey check out Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm's new book What Would Susie Say? here: http://bit.ly/47XOGx

October 09 2009 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved how Larry made some little comment in defense of the finale whenever Jason mentioned "making up for the finale".

October 07 2009 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if there will be a Leon/Michael Richards showdown?

October 05 2009 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This season has really been good.

If it doesn't cement L.D.'s position as one of the most iconic comedic writers EVER in the league of Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, et al, I don't know what does.

October 05 2009 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Finally a top notch episode. Hopefully it continues throughout the season.

October 05 2009 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They split the bill, right?

$12 would be a 20 percent tip on a $60 bill. That seems pretty steep for lunch for one person!

October 05 2009 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric H

My favorite thing was all of Larry's ideas for the characters is based on trouble he has been in since the show ended.

October 05 2009 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds great, can you watch the episodes online?

October 05 2009 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Such a good show. Is it just me or does Julia's daughter resemble a young "Sammie" from previous seasons?

October 05 2009 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

A very funny episode. We just loved it.

October 05 2009 at 1:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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