Thursday, November 9, 2017

What I’m Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 9, Episode 6 “The Accidental Text on Purpose” (B+)

Who would have thought that Larry actually had some good advice, which in this case didn’t really backfire? Suggesting that Richard call everyone “honey” was very smart and worked, only to be felled by Richard himself when he skipped another step and referred to her as his girlfriend. The “accidental text on purpose” notion is also pretty hilarious and definitely something that works a good deal of the time in life if it’s not overused. This was an excellent episode for guest casting, with three actresses who have all been memorable on other comedy series. Elizabeth Perkins, a veteran of “Weeds,” was very funny and mean as a woman who insisted on serving unfiltered tap water, which I guess is much worse than New York City water. I was worried that Andrea Savage of “I’m Sorry” might be wasted as Richard’s non-girlfriend, but her appearance turned out to be pretty great. And I was so excited when June Diane Raphael from “Grace and Frankie” sat down next to Larry on the plane, though as someone who always gets an aisle and gets up to pee at least once or twice even on a short flight, I didn’t appreciate that joke all that much. Ed Begley Jr.’s failure to get up during a medical emergency on the plane led to a very humorous bit of karma when someone else took his joke and Larry said he was off-duty when the doctor had a comedy emergency that he declined to help him treat.

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