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TV Moment of 2009: 'Seinfeld' Reunion on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Dec 27th 2009 9:00AM
Larry David -- Curb Your EnthusiasmIt wouldn't be a new season of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' without Larry David doing something with a self-serving purpose.

After running into Cheryl and discovering that she liked things better when Larry had a job, Larry becomes enthusiastic about a 'Seinfeld' reunion, though he has a hard time convincing Jerry of his change of heart.

When the reunion gets picked up, Larry comes up with another one of his wacky schemes -- this time, to cast Cheryl as Amanda, George Costanza's ex-wife. This weaves in the running gag that barely any of that cast, especially Jason, realize: that George is based on Larry. Luckily for Larry, the scheme doesn't blow up in his face like it usually does.Larry David -- Curb Your EnthusiasmIt wouldn't be a new season of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' without Larry David doing something with a self-serving purpose.

After running into Cheryl and discovering that she liked things better when Larry had a job, Larry becomes enthusiastic about a 'Seinfeld' reunion, though he has a hard time convincing Jerry of his change of heart.



When the reunion gets picked up, Larry comes up with another one of his wacky schemes -- this time, to cast Cheryl as Amanda, George Costanza's ex-wife. This weaves in the running gag that barely any of that cast, especially Jason, realize: that George is based on Larry. Luckily for Larry, the scheme doesn't blow up in his face like it usually does.

However, Jerry does bristle with the cast over some minor foibles, providing a hilarious slice-of-life peek into what it's like behind the scenes at 'Seinfeld.' For instance, when Jerry and Larry argue over who will reprimand their secretary for her inappropriate attire, it showcases the quirky observational humor that they both share.




True to Chekhov's "if there's a gun on the mantle in the first act, it will go off in the second" theory, Michael Richards finds himself meeting with Leon Black -- but only because Leon is posing as Jewish account and Groat's Disease survivor Danny Duberstein. The meeting leads to a hilarious parody of Richard's infamous comedy club incident in 2006.

As for the rest of the 'Seinfeld' gang, Julia Louis-Dreyfus finds a cup ring on her wooden table. She blames Larry, of course, and it launches into an interrogation as to who actually respects wood. Jason, meanwhile, develops a thing for Cheryl, and pursues it until Larry almost catches him in the act. He also writes the book 'Acting Without Acting,' a subject that makes little sense to Larry and Jerry.



Having said that, the arc satisfies the public's desire for a 'Seinfeld' reunion because it provides snippets of truly Seinfeld-worthy moments and dialogue, but not an entire episode to tear it all apart. The story of George losing money from investing with Bernie Madoff is perfectly Seinfeldian; his ex-wife Amanda's withdrawal of funds because she saw Madoff with the collar of his jacket turned up is definitely something that Cheryl would do. Things tie up nicely in the end for Larry, which, given his history with luck, is a bit of a surprise. Although he quit the reunion, he winds up sharing a kiss with Cheryl, and the two appear to be happy together -- at least for now.


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