REVIEW: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season Finale

REVIEW: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season Finale

I’m not one of those Seinfeld series finale haters – upon several re-viewings, I’ve come to appreciate it for really sticking to the show’s “no lessons” philosophy and the chance to see all the crazy supporting characters/actors and actresses we loved along the way.

Still, I’ve also been hoping for a Seinfeld reunion pretty much since the week after the show aired its series finale in May 1998, and though it seems unlikely that we’ll actually get a true, full-on Seinfeld reunion now, the Sein reunion storyline that unfolded throughout the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has been very satisfying.

And last night’s Curb season finale, the second part of a two-week episode that showed the Seinfeld reunion episode, reunited Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine as well as Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and made me very nostalgic for the show with the repeated use of the Seinfeld sets, was truly a great capper to what I consider to be, far and away, the best-ever season of Curb.

The highlights (yes, spoilers ahead):

– In a giggle-inducing nod to Larry David‘s trademark quizzical look when he thinks someone is lying to him, he and Jerry had a quizzical look-off when Jerry was trying to suss out why Larry was wigging out on the reunion set

– The reason Larry was wigging out on the reunion set: He suspected that estranged wife Cheryl, who was playing the part of the estranged wife of George Costanza (who, of course, is based on real-life Larry David), was falling for Alexander because he is so much like Larry

– A seemingly harmless request of Mocha Joe, the studio lot coffee cart guy, to carry a set of jumper cables to his office – and Larry’s neglect to tip Mocha Joe (who, hilariously, no one ever called “Joe” … always “Mocha Joe”) – led to a) Larry missing an opportunity to spend time with Cheryl (another example of him repeatedly being hoisted by his own petard, as he pointed out earlier in the season), b) Larry having to tip way more than he would have if he’d just given a small tip in the beginning; and c) Alexander’s dogs nearly getting killed

– After angering Jason Alexander with a script rewrite that led his TV alter ego to briefly drop out of the reunion, Larry insisted on playing George in the reunion episode (so meta!), right down to George’s sweater vests and the George “huh ha!” Hilarity, and potential disaster for the special had Alexander not been coerced into returning, ensued.

– After being accused by Julia Louis-Dreyfus of setting his drink down on her antique table and leaving a ring on it during a party she hosted for Jason Alexander’s book, Larry became obsessed with figuring out who was the real culprit, the person who, unlike him, did not have the proper reverence for wood. After accusing both Jerry and Susie Greene, it turned out his very own Cheryl was the guilty party.

– Alexander’s book: Acting Without Acting, a tome so thin that Larry, Jerry and Cheryl insisted it was actually a pamphlet, and so self-important that it sparked a clever bit from Jerry about acting skills (which was particularly funny since, during Seinfeld‘s early years, Jerry often took critical hits for the fact that he was a comedian who was trying to act and not a “real actor”)

– And the night’s second reunion: After watching the Seinfeld reunion episode together, Larry and Cheryl reunited, and it felt so good … until Larry nearly ruined (or, as Larry would pronounce it, “rooned”) it with his realization that Cheryl was the drink ring perp.

What did you think of the finale? Did you love the Curb season? And what about the Seinfeld reunion-within-the show?

Also, since there’s been no commitment yet by Larry David for an eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, do you think this season finale serves as a good series finale if he doesn’t come back for another season?

And, are you still mad about that Seinfeld series finale? Or did this Curb reunion, in which George ended up happily (inasmuch as that’s possible for the neurotic New Yorker) married and Jerry and Elaine had a kid together, finally satisfy you?

    • Steve Kettering said at November 23, 2009 at 1:18 am
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    I think you have it exactly on point – except, there’s no way David is going out on this season. Seinfeld did eight, and there’s always been a sense that Curb was, at least in part, David establishing that he was a key part of Seinfeld’s success.

    I’m betting he goes to 9 seasons, just to 1-up his old friend.

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      Mr. Kettering, FYI. Seinfeld went 9 seasons with Larry taking part in 7 of those seasons. Larry will stop doing Curb, as he did with Seinfeld, when he feels either the ideas aren’t there, the work is too hard, or show’s not funny. We won’t know for another year or so if Curb will be back for an 8th. Do you respect wood?

    • a fan said at November 23, 2009 at 3:12 am
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    I don’t know Steve I think Curb is over. Sad to think that but, this finale’s ending, ended two of the most original comedy shows of all time. Larry David is a genius. That’s my opinion.

    • L2L2 said at November 23, 2009 at 10:14 am
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    I can’t count this “faux-reunion” as part of Seinfeld cannon.

    The “Seinfeld” scenes were so uninspired and slow.
    Not to mention bad script, poor editing, etc, etc.

    I doubt there was even a real script for this “faux-reunion” ,
    perhaps they just improvised it all, like the rest of the show.

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    I loved loved loved this season of Curb! More than the Seinfeld reunion — which was fantastic — this season seemed to be about just how absolutely horrible “Larry David” could be, topping himself with the rudest, most offensive behavior than we’ve ever seen out of him. From peeing on Jesus to acting inappropriately with children to dating women in wheelchairs just so he could get good parking spaces — “Larry” hit several new lows that were genius.

    And I liked the reunion “show.” With George inventing the iToilet and losing all his money to Bernie Madoff, it totally felt like a new episode of Seinfeld.

    But what I REALLY REALLY enjoyed all season long was seeing Larry and Jerry together. In every scene they shared, watching them genuinely crack each other up and laugh at each other’s jokes was a true joy.

    • Charlie said at November 24, 2009 at 9:57 am
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    I didn’t care much for season 7 as a whole. I think this is it.

      • Scott said at December 12, 2009 at 10:45 am
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      Charlie. Sorry you didn’t like Season 7. I haven’t been following the eries for a while though thought this past season was the best TV I have ever seen in my life.

      The scenes of Larry interacting with Dr. Trundle are truly inspired comedy.

      Charlie: Try watching Vehicular Fellatio again and see if you feel the same way.

    • carl said at November 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm
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    @Charlie: That’s because you’re a numb fuck!

    • ann said at November 27, 2009 at 1:44 am
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    I absolutely l o v e d the chemistry between Seinfeld and David.
    This won’t be the last season of CURB.
    I’d like to see a for-real reunion of Seinfeld. That would be really neat. 🙂

    • Adam said at November 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm
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    At first I didn’t like this season of Curbed. It wasn’t that funny to me.

    Then came the episode with wheelchairs. While I know it was over the top for some, it was perfect example of the Larry David we’ve known for the last 7 seasons. Since that episode everything clicked!

    While I hope the show has at least one more season, this is one of the first times I can feel closure on a series I love if it never came back.

    • Philip said at December 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm
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    I personally loved this “past” season of Curb, but I did not feel like it was a great series finale. I am hoping for an eighth season because I did not feel closure for a show that I have come to love.

      • Bret said at December 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm
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      I hope the show goes on!!
      I think it will…Larry has to do something!

    • BuQQz said at December 8, 2009 at 8:19 pm
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    I think that this show could make it to ten season for sure.

    • Eric said at December 25, 2009 at 8:10 pm
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    I felt that season 7 was a great showcase on who Larry David really is. Many episodes seemed over the top, but I was sore for laughing and that’s ok!
    Seeing Larry and Jerry together was also very refreshing. Seeing the whole Seinfeld cast together and actually running though a show was like eating comfort food! I do hope there is a season 8, but if not….so be it.

    Side note:
    I always thought Seinfeld should come back for a season..pretty much how they did it on Curb. I just thought it should go unannounced until it just shows up out of nowhere on Thursday night in the old slot. Boom…it’s back. Wishful thinking!

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    Very good newS! cool:)

    • steve said at April 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm
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    Bring back Curb Larry is the best.

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    Lets wish there will be an 8th season! And a 9th, 10th, 11th;)

  • 15

    They re filming in N Y right now!

    • teresa crowe said at August 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm
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