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Larry David has got it all: a loving wife, good friends, and a successful career - what could possibly go wrong? Co-creator and executive producer of the long running hit series "Seinfeld", David tackles a new, but familiar, topic in his latest show - himself.
Shot cinema-verité style and mostly improvised, each half-hour episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" proves how the seemingly trivial details of day-to-day life - a trip to the movies, a phone call, holding an elevator - can precipitate a "Murphy's Law" chain of misfortune to hilarious effect.
Surrounded by an eclectic mix of real and fictional re-creations of his friends and enemies, prone to speaking the unspeakable and honest to the point of insensitivity, Larry David - like George Costanza in "Seinfeld" - is a walking victim of misunderstandings and missed opportunities.
01 - Funkhouser's Crazy Sister
While an ailing Loretta awaits biopsy results, Larry, unhappy in the relationship, realizes if he wants to end things with her, he needs to do it before she gets her diagnosis. Meanwhile, Funkhouser's sister Bam Bam has been released from the mental institution, and when Larry and Jeff pay a visit, their attempted "empty gesture" gets complicated when Jeff ends up sleeping with her. The Greenes host a dinner party that goes awry when Bam Bam announces to the guests that she had sex with Jeff - and Jeff defends himself by insisting she's crazy. Larry runs into Cheryl and they admit they miss each other, but his visit is cut short when he has to race home to try and pre-empt the doctor who has Loretta's results. He is delayed and arrives too late - it looks like Larry's in for the long haul.
02 - Vehicular Fellatio
Larry takes Loretta to see a doctor who urges patients to "walk out on cancer" by getting rid of toxic spouses, hoping she may be counseled to dump him. Larry's attempt to do a favor for Leon backfires, when he inadvertently tips Leon's friend off to the fact that Leon's sleeping with his wife. Several misunderstandings around fellatio lead to Larry offending Richard Lewis's new girlfriend - and Loretta leaving Larry, and taking the rest of the Blacks (except for Leon) with her.
03 - The Reunion
On his way to a meeting with Jeff to tell the NBC brass "no way" to a 'Seinfeld' reunion, Larry runs into Cheryl again. Having recently returned to acting, she encourages Larry to do the reunion suggesting he write a part for her. Realizing this is his way to win Cheryl back, Larry goes about convincing Jerry, Jason, Julia and Michael to do a reunion show. But along the way, Larry alienates NBC prexy Sandy Goodman when he's insulted by the nosebleed seats Goodman gives him to the Lakers game. Ultimately, Larry smoothes things over by saving Goodman's life with a Lyme disease diagnosis. But Larry's not out of hot water yet - he's promised the role of George's ex-wife to Cheryl, but Jerry's offered it to Meg Ryan.
04 - The Hot Towel
After visiting Dr. Morrison with a burned hand, Larry convinces him to make an exception to his no-home-phone-number policy, and promptly violates the trust. Meanwhile, he gets incensed when Ted and Mary invite Jeff and Susie (and not Larry) to enjoy the $300 gift certificate he gave them to Matteo's restaurant. And though Larry is pleased when he runs into an ex, Mary Jane Porter, and she asks him out, when her jealous boyfriend finds out, Larry has to flee - and has difficulty finding safe shelter.
05 - Denise Handicapped
Larry learns the ups and downs of dating the disabled when he picks up Denise, prior to realizing she is wheelchair-bound. While sex and stairs pose a challenge, handicapped parking, special treatment at restaurants and being reconsidered by friends and acquaintances in a more positive light strike Larry as a plus. Meanwhile, a run-in with Rosie O'Donnell over a lunch tab and an unfortunate chain of events with his Blackberry converge to bring an end to Larry's handicapped dating.
06 - The Bare Midriff
Larry loses out to Jerry and has to talk to their assistant Maureen about her belly-baring attire. Insulted, she quits but Julia (who got her the job) demands Larry make things right, so as not to upset Maureen's mentally unstable mother. Meanwhile, Larry's new pill has increased his flow so much it is causing him to splatter, which leads to a misunderstanding about a miraculously weeping Jesus in Maureen and her mother's bathroom. The mother is stunned at how much Larry reminds her of her husband (who was murdered on their honeymoon in a road rage incident) and has a traumatic flashback when she's driving with Larry that causes her to injure Richard Lewis. Everything culminates with Larry's dangerous rescue of the mother from a suicidal roof jump in which Larry's life is saved by the offending midriff.
07 - The Black Swan
Larry makes a few big gestures, including insisting on re-doing his mother's headstone when he sees his father saved money on the per-letter charge, and offering to pay for his cousin's child's college education. Unfortunately, these are outweighed by some bad luck and bad behavior on the golf course that result in Larry being blamed when Norm has a heart attack and dies on the course, and Larry killing Mr. Takahashi's beloved black swan.
08 - Officer Krupke
During a fire drill at Banana Republic Larry meets a police officer named Krupke and is surprised he doesn't know the song from 'West Side Story.' When the drill takes too long, Larry takes off wearing the pants he was trying on and later has trouble getting his own pants back. Meanwhile, Susie finds panties in Jeff's glove compartment and Jeff enlists Larry to cover for him. Cheryl auditions for Larry and Jerry as a "formality," but loses out to her friend Virginia (whose husband propositions Cheryl for a menage a trios). When Virginia has to drop out because of a neck injury, Larry is suspicious of the cause, but Cheryl finally lands the role of George's ex-wife.
09 - The Table Read
The Seinfeld reunion kicks off rehearsals and Julia and George express their surprise that Cheryl landed the role of George's ex-wife. One of the producers introduces Larry to her 9-year-old daughter (who is suffering from a "rash on her p*ssy") who strikes up an unwanted friendship with Larry via text messaging. Meanwhile, Larry enlists Leon to ease Michael Richards's fears about his newly diagnosed Groat's disease, but it backfires badly.
10 - Seinfeld
Larry is hopeful that his plan is working when Cheryl invites him over to review the 'Seinfeld' reunion script. But when an attempt to right a wronged Mocha Joe causes Larry to miss the date, Cheryl ends up turning to Jason for coaching. A jealous Larry rewrites the end of the 'Seinfeld' reunion show and Jason quits in protest. Larry insists he can play George, but the cast hates his interpretation. Larry quits, Jason rejoins, and Larry watches the reunion show alone at home. He is stunned to discover that the role of Amanda is now being played by Virginia (whose neck is better). Just then the doorbell rings: It's Cheryl, explaining she quit too, because it wasn't the same without Larry. They watch the show together, agreeing that George and Amanda belong together -- as do they.