Back in 1998, the Seinfeld series finale was not very well-received, a fact that somewhat loomed over the reunion storyline on Curb this season, getting another direct mention here, as Jerry Seinfeld bemoaned, "We already screwed up one finale." For what it's worth, I'm in the minority of those who actually liked the Seinfeld finale, but unfortunately, I can't say I was a huge fan of this Season 7 finale for Curb Your Enthusiasm.
It's not that the episode had no merit there were quite a few funny moments and scenes. But overall, it lacked a certain spark and energy and felt fairly low key for a season finale in general, not to mention one that had a bit more significance thanks to the Seinfeld storyline.
As the date neared for production to begin on the reunion, everything was going well for Larry, as Cheryl was obviously very happy and the door seemed open to reconciliation. But in typical Larry fashion, that didn't last long, thanks to Mocha Joe. Larry asking the on-the-lot coffee guy, Mocha Joe, to take some jumper cables to the office for him set off a chain reaction, when he failed to give Mocha Joe a tip. This was one of those amusing Curb situations, in that you could see both guys' points. Mocha Joe was on the way to the very office Larry needed to get those cables too, after all. And yet Larry calling it "a favor" was disingenuous, considering he had no real friendship with the guy.
Oh, and the fact that everyone called him "Mocha Joe" every time they talked about him was indeed funny, though perhaps it did finally happen a few too many times though I did love Larry's, "F**king Mocha Joe!" However, the other running subplot, regarding who left a coffee ring stain on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' table, never came to life. The running line about "respecting wood" was okay, but not really great and the longer it went on, the less amusing it was.
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