If it looks as if no time has handed between seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, it’s as a result of season 10 completed airing in March 2020. Nineteen months between Curb seasons is nothing — Larry David took six years between seasons 8 and 9 — however there’s additionally been a complete pandemic since then. So, within the first season since all of (waves hand) this began, how will Larry deal with the pandemic? Will he even acknowledge it? Learn on for extra.
Opening Shot: It’s 3:12 within the morning. Larry David (himself) is woken up by an odd noise. He investigates, sees the again door open, goes out to his yard and screams when he sees a physique in his pool.
The Gist: Apparently somebody broke into Larry’s home, and in his haste to depart, the burglar tripped, hit his head, fell within the pool and drowned. However that’s not the worst information as Larry and Leon (JB Smoove) discuss to the Santa Monica cop on the scene; evidently he’s violating a city ordinance saying he wants a fence, not less than 5 ft tall, across the pool always. “That is the way in which it got here!” Larry protests.
Undeterred, Larry and Jeff (Jeff Garlin) go to Netflix HQ to pitch a brand new sequence. It’s Younger Larry, about him when he lived in Brooklyn in his 20s. He lived along with his thrifty uncle, who advised him he’d give him his 7-figure inheritance. So younger Larry tries his finest to hasten his grumpy uncle’s demise. The chief, Don Winston, Jr. (Reed Hastings), buys the thought on the spot. Larry and Jeff are questioning how being a “Don Jr.” sucks today after 4 years of our earlier president.
There are different issues occurring that Larry finds ridiculous. For one, Albert Brooks is holding a funeral for himself whereas he’s nonetheless alive; Albert and his girlfriend Jodi (Laura Kightlinger) will watch the proceedings from an upstairs bed room. His pal Dennis Zweibel (John Pirruccello), supposedly affected by early-onset dementia, nonetheless owes Larry $6,000 from when Larry fronted him cash for a fishing journey; Larry confronts him when he sees Dennis on the grocery store. Dennis calls him a “dangerous man” and Larry responds, “I’m a very good man!”
Larry is courting Lucy Liu, by some means, and she or he goes with him to the home of Leon’s new girlfriend Mary. Whereas there, Susie (Susie Essman) plops down on the sofa whereas chewing out Larry about Dennis and he spills pink wine on the white sofa; he tries to get Albert and Jeff to say that Susie is a “plopper”. Then, as they go to the patio, Larry runs into the glass patio door, inflicting Lucy to see him in a brand new, extra feeble gentle.
Within the meantime, the brother of the man who drowned in Larry’s pool blackmails Larry over the fence subject; he desires his daughter, Maria Sofia (Keyla Monterroso Mejia), to land a component in Larry’s Netflix present. Larry, going through what he thinks is an extended court docket battle and potential jail time (?), concedes that Maria Sofia goes to get the half, regardless of being mistaken for it and a horrible actress.
What Reveals Will It Remind You Of? Curb Seasons 1-10, in fact. It’s not just like the present modifications all that a lot.
Our Take: Whereas the brand new season of Curb addresses the pandemic in its very Curb-like method — Larry bemoans all of the COVID hoarders from the start of the pandemic, then he wanders right into a closet at Albert Brooks’ funeral and finds that his pal is considered one of them — it feels just like the present’s first pandemic season takes place in a extra post-COVID world. Which is okay. Whereas there are issues in regards to the pandemic that we’re positive pisses Larry off, having it dominate the story most likely was one thing he and showrunner Jeff Schaffer by no means supposed to do.
The primary Season 11 episode felt like traditional Curb, with Larry railing in opposition to a sequence of small annoyances and societal niceties. However with the Younger Larry storyline, we see what David, Schaffer and firm take into account as the general arc of the season. We get the sensation he’s going to be yelling about being a very good man quite a bit this season, as Maria Sofia mainly ruins this new present and his relationship with Netflix (which we wager HBO likes to see).
However as we go alongside, it’ll be humorous to see all the acquainted Curb conditions and visitor stars. We see Jon Hamm pop up at Albert Brooks’ funeral, quizzing Larry on the appropriate Yiddish time period to make use of throughout his eulogy. There’s Brooks himself, who isn’t enjoying a Funkhouser like his late brother Bob Einstein did, however we’re joyful to see him enjoying himself. We additionally hope to see extra of Lucy Liu, although it feels form of unimaginable that she and Larry could be courting in any respect.
Did we have to see one thing revolutionary in episode 1, a latter-day traditional like “Palestinian Rooster”? Nah. We don’t anticipate each episode of Curb at this level to be a house run. However there’s consolation within the laughs we do get from the a number of smaller tales that we get from an episode like this. We’re undoubtedly curious to see how the blackmail plot performs out, although.
Intercourse and Pores and skin: None, however we felt for Larry when Lucy noticed him as enfeebled after he banged into that door.
Parting Shot: Larry and Albert, each dateless, go to see Luciano Michelini in live performance. The primary tune his orchestra performs? “Frolic,” the theme to Curb Your Enthusiasm (Michelini wrote the tune within the ’70s).
Sleeper Star: JB Smoove, all the time and ceaselessly. After Leon sees Mary Ferguson hit a glass door at Brooks’ funeral, he auditions different Mary Fergusons, as a result of he has an costly trip ticket to Asia and may’t change the title on the ticket.
Most Pilot-y Line: Larry and Dennis get into it on the nation membership, the place Dennis thinks he already wrote Larry the test for the cash he owed. In there, they argue that Larry complimented Dennis’ shirt. Dennis says Larry’s by no means complimented anybody. So when two different membership members intervene, Larry asks them if he’s ever complimented them. It’s simply a type of tiny Curb gags that may very well be an entire b-story, however feels thrown in right here.
Our Name: STREAM IT. Whereas the previous few seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm can’t match the consistency of its earlier ones, there are all the time humorous moments when Larry complains about one thing and/or he will get his comeuppance for his grouchiness. Within the first episode of Season 11, there’s each, plus a promising new season-long arc. That’s greater than sufficient for us.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about meals, leisure, parenting and tech, however he doesn’t child himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared within the New York Instances, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Quick Firm and elsewhere.
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