'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Divorce': Jew, not a Jew?

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" had its eighth season premiere tonight. I reviewed a handful of season eight episodes on Friday, but this wasn't one of them, and I have a quick review coming up just as soon as I commend you on your demographics... 

"Curb" often has the feel of a really complicated gymnastics routine to it. In the best weeks, Larry sticks the landing, but even if he stumbles a bit right at the end, the elaborate routine leading up to that final moment is so good that it doesn't matter. 

That was certainly the case with "The Divorce." The ending with the Girl Scouts didn't quite click in the way the best "Curb" endings do, as it neither tied together enough separate threads nor seemed like such outstanding karmic payback that it could stand on its own. (If it had somehow tied in with the terrible divorce settlement - either with this being one more thing Hiram Katz stuck Larry with, or with him managing to turn this one small thing against Cheryl - I think it could have worked better.) But the original Girl Scout scene, with a loud, enthusiastic but somewhat clueless Larry trying to give a lesson in tampon use to the daughter(*) of the Dodgers owner(**) was so spectacularly funny - and mortifying - in that special "Curb" way that "The Divorce" didn't really need anything else to work to be satisfying.  Read More...



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