Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What I’m Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7, Episode 5 “Denise Handicapped” (B+)

It’s funny how Larry keeps ending up in these situations where he’s dating someone with a quality that’s sort of more than he bargained for, first with Loretta’s cancer and now with not one but two women in wheelchairs, and how surprised all of his friends and acquaintances are shocked by this and keep telling him, “good for you.” Larry’s amazement at the perks that come with being in a wheelchair, though he’s still just as pigheaded and selfish as usual when he wants to eat at a restaurant or complain about his back. His method of storing people’s traits in his phone is something I know I’ve done, but to a much less offensive extent. His embarrassed admission to both women at the end of the end episode where he revealed both of their names was great, especially after he tried to hide Wendy Wheelchair in the closet. Of course, only an idiot would bring another woman to an event because he couldn’t reach the one he was supposed to go with and assume that the first wouldn’t show up too. Susie continues to serve as the vicarious vehicle that exacts revenge on Larry much in the same way the viewers likely want to by throwing his phone in the ocean after Larry delays running in to save Sammy in order to protect the safety of his Blackberry. Larry’s argument with Rosie O’Donnell about who is going to pick up the check was fun, though the best moment of O’Donnell’s guest appearance was when she took over for the two wheelchair-bound women when the cowardly Larry tried to flee up the stairs. Larry still shoots himself in the foot most often when he just can’t leave well enough alone, in this episode refusing to accept the omnipresent Ted Danson’s gift of a slice of apple pie. Their very heated, swearing-filled yelling of conflicting commands to the waiter was particularly entertaining.

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