Thursday, April 2, 2020

What I’m Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season Finale)

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 10, Episode 10 “The Spite Store” (B+)

Like when the past two seasons ended in 2017 and 2011, respectively, it’s a mystery whether this show will be back for another iteration. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter all that much since this finale fittingly addressed many of this season’s storylines while launching a few more that were fun while they lasted. For a show that doesn’t depend much on continuity, I was impressed that this installment incorporated much of what has been building all season for a hilarious and all-encompassing resolution to Larry’s ill-conceived spite store. I loved the opening news segment that featured other spite stores like Jonah Hill’s deli and Sean Penn’s rare birds store, which of course ended up being extremely inconvenient for Larry when Mila Kunis closed down his number one jewelry destination with no intention of being able to serve its client base. Alice returning with memory loss that was restored when she bit into the same scone that had nearly killed her only to be rescued by a friendly Mocha Joe was a great way to build up a base of just a few of the many people with a vendetta against Larry, also including the realtor played by Paul Scheer. Joey Funkhouser’s destructively large penis was a bit of a stretch, but I liked how Larry prevented the firefighters he thought were abusing their sirens from getting to the fire in time, and then he ended up being investigated for arson because of the many stupid things he had done to make the shop unsalvageable. Getting Sam Richardson and Mary Holland’s couple to fight over what shade they preferred for their unborn child was typical Larry ruckus, and I also loved that he had two doctors, played by Alex Karpovsky from “Girls” and Tommy Dewey from “Casual,” shouting at each other because of his desire for a second opinion. Ending with Mocha Joe and Megan throwing endless loud parties next door to him at their spite house was perfect, making it clear that this show could run forever because there’s so much more that Larry can do to offend others and end up screwing himself over in the process.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Larry David

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