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Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Table Read

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 16th 2009 4:25AM
(L-R): J.B. Smoove and Larry David
(S07E09) "You don't loan Jason anything ... anything that can be inserted." - Jerry Seinfeld to Larry David, about the pen Larry loaned to Jason Alexander

It's me, the Fill-In Girl! And thank you so much, Jonathan, for leaving me with the mammoth responsibility of writing a thoughtful review about the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm. I'll do my best.

First of all, it was really great to see the gang back together again. It's like they've never been apart, and the whole scenario of a behind-the-scenes look at a table read of a Seinfeld reunion show put together by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld was pretty brilliant.

And yet, it fit right in with Curb, bringing in elements like Cheryl being Larry's real wife and are they together or not, and is she a real actress or not...

Bear with me here, because I haven't watched every single episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but I've watched enough to know that Larry routinely gets himself into irritating situations and is himself irritating. And Jeff Garlin is good friends with Michael Moore, so I see Jeff hanging around the Traverse City Film Festival every summer. That's my two or three degrees to Larry David.

Groat's Disease.
I had to look this up, and apparently, it's a fictional disease created for Curb. The whole set-up with Kramer having it and Larry suggesting he see a particular Jewish doctor who, oops, turns out has been dead for two months, so he gets Leon to pretend to be the doctor ... it was all pretty funny. But what I loved most about it was how everything came down to Kramer getting into a situation where he's slamming the black "Jewish" guy in public. Only he wasn't Jewish. Very twisty turny and hilariously poking fun at the whole real-life situation with Michael Richards. I dunno, any Jewish readers of TV Squad offended by this storyline?

The pen. You could just see Larry David about ready to spontaneously combust when Jason Alexander was scratching his back with the borrowed pen, chewing on it, sticking it in his ear ... I wouldn't have wanted the pen back either. It all worked out when the replacement pen Jason gave him ended up being the perfect present for Emma -- another funny storyline that I could totally see Larry getting into. Really, he shouldn't be allowed near anyone under the age of 21.

Marty Funkhouser. What a revolting joke about the women with the large opening. We watch Seinfeld all the time in this house, so I thought it might be fun for the kids to see the reunion show, but Hello! It's HBO, Jane. We decided the whole thing about the kid's pussy and the Marty joke was all too much, so changed the channel and I retreated to my office TV. Good call, too, because the scene with Larry in the doctor's office saying he was seeing a nine-year-old girl but they had a fight and made up, and the implication that he caught the rash from the girl's pussy was a bit too much (but amusing in a completely and totally politically incorrect way).

Other fun stuff:

"Don't blow your nose in a cloth napkin! Sneezing is different!" Just the sort of story you'd find on a Seinfeld episode. They haven't lost their touch after eleven years (it ended its run in 1998).

George losing a bunch of money in a Ponzi scheme, but his ex-wife asking George to sign a prenup and taking her half out of Madoff right after the divorce -- yeah, I can see it.

Jerry donated the sperm for Elaine's kid?

"Who needs this? She's getting on my nerves! How do I end this thing?" - Larry, on ditching Emma as a pen pal, who just texted him: "Do you watch The Wizards of Waverly Place?"

Jerry saying he keeps his pens in Barbicide.

"Hello, Newman."

The interior of Jerry's apartment is exactly the same, right down to the cereal.

Kramer taking a girl hooker with him so he can use the carpool lane.

The iToilet.

"You've gotta re-charge the Mitzvah..." - Leon, as Dr. Dooberstein

So did you guys have fun with this episode? I thought it was pretty funny with lots of insidery stuff that all of us were in on.

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Grant Buell

I'm really surprised they referenced the whole "Michael Richards is a racist" controversy at all. Really risky territory for the show, given that I think a lot people are still mad at him for that. Funny stuff though.

November 20 2009 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did they ever really come out and SAY it was the kid's you-know-what? For all we know, the rash could have been on her cat and the whole thing was a big misunderstanding apropos of David / Seinfeld. Maybe "doctor" meant "veterinarian."

November 16 2009 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jboursaw's comment

Funny that you said that, because I kept waiting for that to be explained. I can't imagine a parent saying that, even on this show. I expected the finale to begin with him in jail and the mom having to come and explain that the cat has a rash due to fleas or something. Weird how they just dropped it.
What the Krup?

November 23 2009 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

sooooo....um.....no one thought the whole rash on the girls' "Pu**Y" was totally and completely crossing the line-even for this show? I just dont see how an adult saying that word in the same sentence when referring to a child is at all funny. I can safely assume that only pedophiles use that word in the same snetence as a child. I didnt find the humor AT ALL in that. Geezzz, I'm alone in that one....

November 16 2009 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Cass's comment

Larry, for all his curmudgeonery, is at his core a gullible person with a poor self-image. When he ears a woman, the mother of the young girl, use "pussy" without blinking, Larry assumes that the word has become acceptable without his realizing it. Not wanting to appear unhip, he starts using it himself, and ends up getting in trouble.

This is true "Essence du Curb."

November 16 2009 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved it. From beginning to end, I loved it.

November 16 2009 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yet another great Larry David created episode where all these crazy ideas come together for a terrific comedic pay-off. How else could a 9 year-old girl's rash on her you-know-what could be both extremely revolting and funny at the same time?

November 16 2009 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Peter, yeah I know, they've argued a lot in the past, but Larry argues with everyone. It seems Jason has some more articulable problem with Larry - clearly he doesn't like the idea of Cheryl playing his wife and thinks Larry is doing the whole reunion just for Cheryl's benefit... well, for Larry's benefit to get Chery's back.

An episode of CYE consists of Larry having various arguments with various people, friends, enemies, strangers, doesn't matter. I'm just saying it doesn't seem that larry is arguign with a friend when he's arguing with jason alexander here.

November 16 2009 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, I'm sorry, but as much as I love LD and CYE, and as much leeway as I am willing to give Larry to create crazy scenarios and conflict, I don't believe for one second that Larry would go around telling random people that some 9 year old girl "has a rash on her pussy." Come ON. Larry's a lot of things, but he's not an idiot, or at least he never has been. That insane conversation he had at the end, with the asian doctor, was so beyond anything I'd ever imagine Larry David ever saying. And are we supposed to just assume it was all explained away as a misunderstanding, or does next week's episode start off with Larry in jail?

Other than this one little thing, I loved the episode. I'd like to see more with/about Larry and Cheryl, though.

Is it just me, or is there far more animosity between Larry and Jason Alexander than ever before? Like everone else, he'd argue with larry over stupid stuff, like whose office they'd meet at. But now it seems like Jason really has some deeper issue with Larry, and vise-versa.

November 16 2009 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe Blow


We've always known Larry has a big problem with Jason. Jason constantly derides the character George. George is the character that was most based on Larry David... so Larry sees Jason slamming George as insulting.

November 16 2009 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

C'mon. "Groat's" disease??? I could've sworn they said "Crohn's" disease, which is a real disease and has the same symptons described on the show. Hmmm.

November 16 2009 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Patrick R

I didn't know Crohn's made everything taste like peaches.

November 16 2009 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the show was awesome! I must admit, I am a late-comer to Curb, but as a Seinfeld junky, I was absolutely impressed with the read through. Leon and his hat-cure and the 9-year old with the pussy rash were great. Looking forward to the finale!

November 16 2009 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Boursaw

People, people! Douse those torches! I'm filling in! What did you think about the *show, not the review?

November 16 2009 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Eric H

Leon was pretending to be a Jewish Accountant, not a doctor, I think thats what people are getting mad about, its a simple mistake, that doesn't bother me, but you know some people.

November 16 2009 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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