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'Curb Your Enthusiasm': Larry's 10 Most Outrageous Moments

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 15th 2010 3:25PM
Larry David
Actually, make that 10 of Larry's most outrageous moments ... to recall them all would take us another 10 years.

Oh, and about that 10 years reference: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' made its debut 10 years ago today, Oct. 15, which is why we're taking this walk down Larry memory lane.

Is your favorite LD moment on our list? If not, share it in the comments section so we can all commiserate on what a dull, politically correct TV world we watch until the 'Curb' gang returns for its eighth season in 2011.

I do? Adieu!
'The Survivor'
March 7, 2004; season 4
The oh-no-he-didn't! moment: To celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, Larry and Cheryl decided to have a vow renewal ceremony. LD was cool with the idea, until he heard the part in Cheryl's handwritten vows about eternity. "I thought this was over at death," he told his wife. "I had a different plan for eternity. I thought I'd be single."

The Stand at the Lemonade Stand
'Officer Krupke'
Nov. 8, 2009, season 7
The no-he-didn't! moment: Sure, some might argue that, when buying a glass of lemonade from children at a lemonade stand, it's not really about the quality of the beverage; it's about encouraging the young entrepreneurial spirit. Yep, some might argue that, but not Larry. When he plunks down a dollar for a glass of lemonade and finds it not to his liking, he lets the kiddies know, before demanding his dollar back. As he tells the kids' angry mom when she confronts him, "I think they deserve an adult critique if they're gonna charge a dollar and give you this much lemonade ... I felt a little ripped off." The thing is, like on so many occasions with Larry, you probably wouldn't take his stand about the lemonade stand yourself, but you find yourself kind of agreeing with him, don't you?

Why Spellcheck Is Your Friend
'Beloved Aunt'
Dec. 3, 2000, season 1
The no-he-didn't! moment: Sometimes the situations in which Larry finds himself are not of his doing. OK, usually they're of his doing, but sometimes not, as in this hilarious, but unfortunate moment, when LD is asked to put an obituary for Cheryl's beloved aunt in the newspaper. Thanks to some sloppy proofreading, there's a typo in the word "aunt" ... the "a" was replaced with a "c," so you can see why Cheryl's whole fam is a little upset. Not like a correction is going to undo that memorial ...

'Lewis Needs a Kidney'
Oct. 30, 2005, season 5
The no-he-didn't! moment: Larry had generously (actually, it was guilt that propelled him to make the gesture) offered to give pal Richard Lewis one of his kidneys, but when the time comes, and both Larry and Jeff prove to be a match, Larry insists on flipping a coin, and then playing a game of eenie-meenie-miney-mo to determine which of them will have to give up the organ. In true Larry fashion, after he loses in the hotly contested eenie-meenie match, he's leaving Jeff's house downtrodden, but returns for one important thing: Marty Funkhouser is still holding his coin.

Dog Bites Man ... hood
'The 5 Wood'
Feb. 1, 2004, season 4
The no-he-didn't! moment: This episode has it all, making it one big Larry moment: Susie's dog bites his penis; he and Jeff get kicked out of their country club when they steal a golf club (technically, it was Larry's club) from the casket of Marty Funkhouser's dad; and he tells everyone about "good" Hodgkin's and "bad" Hodgkin's, based on info he learned from 'Party of Five.'

Baseball Catcher
'The Ski Lift'
Nov. 20, 2005, season 5
The no-he-didn't! moment: Larry learns a very personal bit of information about Jeff's anatomy from Jeff's former fling, and to defend himself, Jeff accuses the fling of having an anatomy issue of her own. Through a more complicated series of events, the info leads Larry to accuse Richard Lewis' nurse of stealing a valuable baseball. "I'll tell you what I'm driving at," says LD. "I submit you took that baseball, stashed it in your unusually large vagina, and walked right on outta here!"

Cookies With Nuts
'Mary, Joseph and Larry'
Nov. 10, 2002, season 3
The no-he-didn't! moment: Larry thought he was noshing on some big animal cookies, but he's awakened the next morning by an irate Cheryl, who wants to know what happened to the cookies she and her family had made for an edible nativity scene. Larry weakly defends himself by saying he thought the Jesus cookie was a monkey, and promises to make it up to Cheryl's fam, prompting her sister Becky (played by a pre-'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Kaitlin Olson) to ask, "How are you going to make it up to us, Larry? You just swallowed our Lord and Savior!"

Off-Duty Larry
'The Car Pool Lane'
Feb. 8, 2004, season 4
The no-he-didn't! moment: The thought of getting stuck in jury duty ... it makes a person consider some drastic things to get out of it. It makes Larry do something drastic to get out of it, namely pretending he's racist. "I don't know that I could be impartial, Mr. Condon, given that the defendant is a negro ... Problem?"

Larry David, The Equal-Opportunity Offender
'Denise Handicapped'
Oct. 18, 2009, season 7
The no-he-didn't! moment: Larry and Denise, his wheelchair-bound date, engage in an awkward session of gymnastics, then decide to take things into the bedroom, where Larry gently lifts her out of the chair and onto the bed. If by "gently lift" you mean "runs her wheelchair down the hallway leading into her bedroom, stops and dumps her onto the bed."

Kamikaze Larry
'Kamikaze Bingo'
Oct. 16, 2005, season 5
The no-he-didn't! moment: The bottom line: Larry David has no filter. Things occur to other people, but they have a filter that lives between the place where ideas pop into their minds and the mouth where those ideas could tumble out and cause no small amount of ruckus. But again, Larry has no such filter, which leads to Japanese art dealers trying to commit suicide. While dining with Cheryl's art dealer pal Yoshi, Larry questions how Yoshi's dad could have been considered a successful kamikaze pilot in World War II since he's still alive. As always, Larry doesn't just question it, he badgers Yoshi, so much so that Yoshi later tries to commit suicide, as his whole family has been shamed by what Larry pointed out.

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A Magoo movie? I hope not. It will probably be nothing like the original cartoons.Well written and insightful.

October 19 2010 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh Jeez, there are just so many great L.D. moments.

But if I had to vote for one, it would be "Beloved Aunt". The entire episode is gut-busting funny, especially when they read the obit. But also great when Larry put a bunch of strawberries in his mouth and did the Godfather imitation.

October 16 2010 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat L.

Why do have to. Larry David bores me as does Jerry Seinfeld.
If you love them wonderful.

October 15 2010 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat L.

Yeh creative ok whatever.

October 15 2010 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Pat L.'s comment

Care to throw some examples as a rebuttal? Clearly, nothing on CBS, ABC, or NBC counts as it's all been done--including 30 Rock and The Office.

October 15 2010 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat L.

One of the most overrated comedians on tv next to jerry seinfeld.

October 15 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Pat L.'s comment

Duh, if you don't like Seinfeld, clearly you wont like CYE.

Both shows are far more creative and funny than 99% of the crap that's put out on TV.

October 15 2010 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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