Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7, Episode 5: "Denise Handicapped" - Review

After last week's slight stumble, Curb delivered a very funny installment this week. The basic set up we've seen before on other TV series - Larry strikes up a conversation with a cute, charming girl, not realizing she's in a wheelchair until he's already made a date with her. But this show is willing to take a storyline of this sort further than most would - while completely avoiding the "Larry realizes his own prejudices" route.

I don't know if anyone has been begging for more Larry David sex scenes, but look, the guy knows how to make them funny. The montage of Larry trying to find the right position while making out with the wheelchair-bound Denise was great, even as it grew more ridiculous. Things got a bit more graphic as they took it to the bedroom, including Larry literally launching her from her chair to the bed, followed by the funny visual of his legs doing some spastic moves - as he apparently tried to make up for the lack of movement in hers.

It was great to see Leon again, giving Larry his own brand of advice on relationships and sex - including the poetic proclamation, "Bring the f**king ruckus to that ass, Larry!" This was topped off by him also vowing, "I'll bend that bitch like Beckham, god damnit! I'll have her ass like a goddamn pretzel!" Completely over the top and yet oh so funny.

While the episode could have been fine without it, I loved the showdown between Larry and Ted Danson over the piece of pie Danson had sent over to Larry and Denise's table. The two were eventually shouting at each other, putting the poor waiter in the middle of a battle over whether he should take the pie or leave the pie, and David and Danson were both going for broke in this scene. It's awesome to see Danson be so funny on two very different shows back-to-back, as he continues to recur on Curb while also starring in Bored to Death.

The scene with Larry oh-so-slowly responding to Sammy's cries for help out in the ocean was just okay. Though man, on the heels of last week's episode, this turn of events should have Sammy in tears at the mere sight of Larry. But this sequence was important, as far as setting up some great blackberry-based gags for the rest of the episode.

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