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Michael J. Fox Is a Formidable Opponent on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 12th 2011 5:34AM
'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Larry vs. Michael J. Fox'For the season finale of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (Sun., 10PM ET on HBO), Larry David tapped one of New York's most famous citizens in Michael J. Fox. As he was playing a version of himself, FOX didn't shy away from his Parkinson's. In fact, it was a major part of the conflict between him and Larry.

But Parkinson's wasn't the only potentially controversial subject broached on this episode, as Larry gave a fantastic gift to a seven-year old "pre-gay" boy.

Now the gift was incredibly well-received and loved by the child, but his mother -- who also happens to be Larry's latest girlfriend -- was none too pleased, accusing Larry of trying to make her son gay.

It was all so ridiculous and over-the-top that you couldn't help but laugh. Especially because Larry actually gave a very thoughtful gift. One of the appealing things about 'Curb' is that Larry is often in the right with what he's doing, even if it doesn't come across that way.

Maybe that's why it was so startling how wrong he was by demanding people be quiet when his girlfriend was playing ambient music in a place clearly designed for conversation. It was in this situation that he first started the "vs." of the episode title with Michael J. Fox.

The escalation of this particular feud was hilarious, and made even more so by the fact that it was never quite clear if Michael was mad at Larry, or if it really was simply the shaking from Parkinson's. That's how he hilariously explained shaking up the soda he gave Larry moments after Larry had drawn a Hitler mustache on a picture of Michael's father-in-law on the cover of a magazine.

I was a little disappointed at first that Michael didn't get to shush Larry at the charity event for talking through his speech, but what happened was even better. Larry was explaining to Jeff that he'd bought a violin as a replacement gift for the sewing machine, but after getting shushed by the guard, he instead mimed playing a violin.

People took this as him "playing a violin" for Michael talking about Parkinson's (again!). What a brilliant way to weave those two stories together in a way that got Larry into more trouble. And then, the episode came full circle to what brought Larry to New York in the first place, when Michael invited him to a charity event at a hospital.

Larry, being ever the narcissistic jerk he is, lied again about having to be out of the city at this time, and in order to follow through on this he wound up in Paris. And hilariously, Leon was right there with him.

While 'Curb' was a little all over the place this season, and took too long to get Larry to New York where it became really funny, there were some brilliant episodes. The show felt as fresh in its eighth season as it had in its first.

HBO is hopeful for a ninth go-round, and with ratings and critical success this season, hopefully David will get on board and give us some more fun. Maybe they could do the first episode in Paris, just to see how Larry might get himself deported.

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Mikal

This episode was an outstanding one, full of what makes Curb so funny. Please, Larry, come back for another season!

September 16 2011 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Martin

Am I the only one who felt this entire episode was uncomfortable to watch?

September 14 2011 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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