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  • Unfortunately this episode suffers from the same ailments that have been dogging this season
  • Likewise, Larry and Jeff’s all too convenient conversation in the opening moments explaining the departure of Loretta is clunky and seems too scripted
  • The introduction of the Seinfeld reunion storyline looks to be very entertaining and the involvement (or potential) involvement of Cheryl should bring the David’s back together in an interesting environment

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      Curb Your Enthusiasm’s seventh season continues with this impressive episode as Larry David tries to commence work on a Seinfeld reunion in an effort to win back wife Cheryl. It’s an entertaining episode; there’s a lot going on and several regulars and recurring characters appear. All of the Seinfeld cast appear, with Jerry Seinfeld making his first real appearance on the show after a fleeting cameo in an earlier season. He works particularly well with Larry, and their exchanges will put you in mind of some of Larry’s interactions with Richard Lewis; although they’re a lot more delicate and less foul mouthed.

      You can really see David’s and Seinfeld’s working history shine through in their improvisation. Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus both return for the first time since the second season. Alexander shines in particular in a hilarious restaurant sequence in which Larry bickers with him in order to match his tip, leading to a funny scene later on with Larry trying to discreetly milk the waiter for tipping information.

      Louis-Dreyfus isn’t quite as funny as the rest, and certainly not up to


      the standards she set out in her recurring role in the second season. She perhaps goes too far in her altercations with Larry; and an already flabby scene with the Seinfeld regulars hounding Larry is made all the more clunky with her trying to push too far. Cheryl Hines is back after an episode long absence as Larry’s estranged wife and like her appearance in the first episode of the season, it’s a welcome and enjoyable change to see the two of them at some distance, happy to see each other.

      Cheryl seems to be more alive and cheerful than ever, and likewise Larry’s good intentions show us a softer side to him. Larry’s promise to cast her in the Seinfeld reunion (despite Seinfeld’s insistence on Meg Ryan), seems to promise we’ll be seeing a lot more of her, and this new and improved Cheryl looks she’ll be a joy to watch. Susie also appears with a nice little story strand involving Larry miraculously diagnosing her mysterious illness and in his opinion, saving her life in the process.

      Susie isn’t so thankful of ...


      • “Dr. David’s” intervention, cueing the latest in a long line of Susie vs. Larry sparring matches, the first real one of this season.

        Unfortunately this episode suffers from the same ailments that have been dogging this season. The storytelling just isn’t up to scratch. The unpredictable, unconventional approach made famous by the show seems lost in favour of a more scripted, tighter narrative.

        The premise is simple; Larry wants to get the show back for a reunion show, grant Cheryl a guest spot and win her back. Of course, we know Larry is bound to hit many an obstacle on his way, but the joy of Curb has always been the unusual scenarios he finds himself in. Here, you can see them coming a mile off.

        Likewise, Larry and Jeff’s all too convenient conversation in the opening moments explaining the departure of Loretta is clunky and seems too scripted. Larry’s fantasy sequences in which he pictures a happy Seinfeld set with cast members applauding him, Cheryl throwing herself at him and him standing pretty much as a god is a funny enough

        idea, but overused and just too much at odds with the show’s identity. They’ve used similar devices before (the flashback to Larry and Cheryl agreeing to marry, the ending montage of season six etc…) but they’ve always been fleeting and well placed, these just seem clumsy and there purely as filler.

        This episode isn’t as strong as the last, but better than the first. More than anything, it looks promising. The introduction of the Seinfeld reunion storyline looks to be very entertaining and the involvement (or potential) involvement of Cheryl should bring the David’s back together in an interesting environment.

        We haven’t really seen Larry working before. Sure, he starred in The Producers back in season four, and before shot a Scorsese movie, but this is the first time we’ll see him in the hot seat, leading a team rather than trying to alter things out of his control. Suddenly the seventh season looks it might be a really good one, I just hope that this season will try and return some of that trademark Curb personality that is decidedly lacking at the moment.




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