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Can Larry David Help Bill Buckner Find Redemption on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 6th 2011 3:22AM
'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Mister Softee'Thanks to his own screw-up with a routine grounder in the softball championship game, Larry David found himself able to commiserate with Bill Buckner on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (Sun., 10PM ET on HBO).

Buckner famously made a similar fielding error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series for the Boston Red Sox that cost them the game.

Buckner was game to come on and make fun of his legacy a bit, when he again missed a routine toss of a baseball Larry had gotten signed for Jeff's birthday, on behalf of Susie. Maybe he agreed to it because they wrote in a bit of redemption for him as well.

In the closing moments of the episode, the gang shows up at a building fire in time to see a woman reluctantly throw her baby out the window to the waiting firefighters below. When the baby bounces from their trampoline, it's Buckner to the rescue, catching something far more important than a baseball.

It was a fun homage to what many baseball fans see as a black mark in the sport -- particularly Red Sox fans who apparently still haven't forgiven him despite the curse being lifted and their having won the World Series since.

The episode also taught us something that only 'Curb' would dare touch. Apparently, a black man in glasses is more respected and treated better even than white people, as Leon confirmed to his and Larry's delight throughout the episode.

The bits with Larry's therapist revealing the identities of past clients was handled very cleverly, and the details were pretty funny as well, including George Lucas' alleged penchant for prostitutes, and short completion time with them as well. Completely random, but funny nonetheless as was Larry's "Mr. Softee" problem.

It was his Mr. Softee trauma that distracted him in that baseball game, costing his team the championship, and causing their team leader and his mechanic to mess up his car -- it was in the shop during the game -- that led to his girlfriend getting more sexual satisfaction from his bouncy front seat than from him.

I love how ridiculous it all is, and yet how much fun it is to watch all these disparate pieces come together by the end of each episode.

Does anyone else wonder where we're going to get our regular does of nonsense humor once 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' ends? Between this and 'Seinfeld,' we've been able to laugh at "nothing" for more than two decades now. Who can pick up this torch and run with it whenever David decides he's finally done?

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SOunds like a plan to me dude. WOw.

September 06 2011 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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