Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What I’m Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7, Episode 2 “Vehicular Fellatio” (B+)

I’m so incredibly impressed with how this show, episode after episode, brings all of its preposterous plotlines together and makes them so intricately relevant to both the theme and the outcome of the episode. Twice after I had already decided that this episode has impressed me for those reasons, I was pleasantly surprised to find the “vehicular fellatio” used again to drive forward the story. The subplot of the unbreakable package was also fantastic, especially because someone mentioned last week to me that he was unimpressed with how Larry always needed to talk about his antics rather than merely experience them. The fact that it too came full-circle with the X-Acto knife being packaged in a way that was impossible to open, so crucial to the survival (well, at least the comfort) of Jeff and Susie. I’m hopeful that Loretta leaving Larry is a permanent thing, since the cancer storyline probably wasn’t a good long-term idea and this was a great way to wrap it up. Larry seeing the woman on TV looked like the way to solve things, but the prolonging twist was fantastic and unexpected. It’s all pretty juvenile, sure, and I can understand why many may not like it, but I think it’s very funny. It’s amusing how Larry really manages to ruin each one of Richard Lewis’ relationships with his inner need to offend. It’s hard to find anyone else so able to be despicable without trying, and that’s what makes Larry so singularly appealing.

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