It’s been three years since the last episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm aired, but fans are still begging for a ninth season. Curb of course, is Larry David‘s masterpiece of the 21st century, an improvised comedy series, written and created by the co-creator of Seinfeld. So, is David going to grace our screens again? Or should fans just move on?
HBO President Michael Lombardo gave fans some hope, shedding some light on a recent conversation he had with Larry David, everyone’s favourite social assassin; “I said, ‘so, David, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?’ And he goes, ‘No, no, no, no, no’,” Lombardo revealed. “As long as he’s thinking about it, we still have a place for it.”
Larry David has a deal with HBO that he can go at his own pace; basically he can come back whenever he wants. Hey, when you’re the architect of Seinfeld, networks may be willing to give you some perks.
As fans sit anxiously waiting for season nine, all we can do is look back at the eight seasons the show has given us and appreciate those great moments. Here are the top 10 moments in Curb history.
10) The Water Bottle
There’s no innocent act Larry can perform without something going horribly wrong. Even when he’s trying to be nice, it seems he always is the victim of circumstances.
In this particular moment, the lead up is Larry and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have successfully pitched a show to ABC and Larry soon has to do damage control with the president’s daughter.
Larry cuts the daughter’s doll’s hair off, at her request, her not knowing the hair won’t grow back. When the little girl discovers this, she’s distraught and Larry finds out the doll is worth a lot of money and he’s ruined it. In order to compensate he steals the same doll’s head from Jeff and Susie’s daughter and fixes it.
When the little girl goes to thank him, well, just watch the clip.
9) Larry Gets Sammy Drunk; Susie Loses it
Do Larry and Susie ever have an interaction without her snapping at him? Sometimes she has a reason, other times, well she just needs to shut up. This time, she certainly has a reason, as any mother would be pissed at someone for getting their little girl drunk? Larry did what? No, he didn’t have any intention of doing it; once again it’s one of those things that can only happen to Larry.
The lead up is, Jeff has developed allergies to dogs, meaning he’ll have to give his away, but his daughter Sammy doesn’t want the dog to go. Even when given the choice of her father and her dog, she chooses the dog. Larry tries to find a way for Sammy to be willing to give up the dog.
While Larry is trying to talk to Sammy, they share a drink, Sammy drinking grape juice, Larry enjoying a glass of wine. Sammy mistakingly takes Larry’s wine, gets drunk and agrees to give up the dog.
When Larry meets Susie, the music really makes you think she’s going to kill him. Only Curb can make child intoxication funny.
8) Colon Contest
One of the series’ highlights is Larry arguing with his old friend Richard Lewis. One of their arguments had to be included and this one takes it.
Larry is upset because Richard’s girlfriend works in the same building and keeps commenting on his bathroom habits. When Richard expresses his concern for Larry’s bowels, Larry loses it and the two engage in perhaps the weirdest argument you’ve ever heard.
7) You Wait! You Wait!
Larry tackles the delicate question; is it ever okay to use a handicapped stall?
Haven’t we all wanted to take the chance of using that bigger stall when it’s an emergency? It’s rarely used, we can take our chances, right? Well, this moment gives us an idea what can happen when taking that chance goes horribly wrong.
6) Larry Quotes the “N Word”
Of course it is wrong to address someone using the “N word”, but surely this was just an innocent quotation right?
While in a bathroom Larry overhears someone on a cellphone refer to a black man using the word and he gets upset. When he goes to inform his girlfriend of the incident, he quotes the man and is overheard by a black doctor, and is mistaken as the bigot. It happens to be the same doctor about to operate on Jeff and the shaken doctor makes a horrible mistake.
That’s not the best part. When Jeff and Susie find out what happened they confront Larry and while Larry explains the incident, he again quotes the man, this time in front of the family he’s taken in, the Blacks.
Loretta overhears him and tells her brother Leon, as well as their Aunt Rae. Larry had mistakingly pissed them off too much and this ends up being the breaking point.
The third time, Larry is afraid to quote again, just when he needs to most. Jeff and Susie attempt to sue the hospital for what the doctor did to Jeff in the operating room and need Larry’s testimony to explain what happened to the doctor. Just as Larry is set to quote the man in the bathroom again, a black board director walks in and Larry refuses to say it and be misunderstood again.
It seems he can never choose wisely.
When Larry and Cheryl decide to renew their vows for their 10th anniversary, they seem to disagree on how long their vows remain valid. When Cheryl says they’ll be together for all eternity, Larry doesn’t seem to agree with this timeline of marriage. Hey, the vows do state, ’til death do us part, do they not?
4) Bill Buckner’s Redemption
One of the rare great moments that also happens to be a happy one on Curb. Guest star Bill Buckner does a phenomenal job the entire episode.
Buckner of course is often referred to as the goat in the Red Sox’ World Series loss to the Mets in 1986.
While at a baseball convention, Larry meets Buckner, after a similar fielding error by Larry costs his softball team the championship. Larry learns that Buckner still deals with fan heckling when out in public, but that he has been able to tune it out.
In the episode, Larry tosses a signed Mookie Wilson ball to Buckner, but he misses it and it falls out the window, ruining Susie’s surprise gift for Jeff.
In the episode’s closing scene, Buckner does something far more heroic and important than catching a ball. After all these years, Larry David, a New Yorker, gave a former Boston player sweet redemption, at least on screen. How can you not smile here?
3) Restaurant Grand Opening
Season 3’s closing episode is a memorable one, as Larry and a group of investors are set to open a new restaurant.
After a disagreement over the use of a toupee, Larry fires the restaurant’s chef and has to find a way to replace him in three days. Larry’s new friend/enemy restaurant reviewer Andy Portico refers him to a chef with tourette syndrome out of spite over a dodgeball incident.
The new French chef, Guy Bernier cannot help but swear uncontrollably at random times, which is bad news, considering the restaurant’s kitchen is on full display.
When the chef loses it in the midst of the grand opening, Larry acts in solidarity and curses wildly himself. His fellow investors join in as well and pretty soon the whole restaurant is cursing up a storm in good fun. Finally something works out for Larry!
2) Get In That Ass, Larry
A list could be made of just Leon moments, but we’ll have to stick to one. In probably his most famous scene, Leon gives Larry some advice on how to deal with a skinhead.
The whole scene works so well. Leon barrages Larry with advice, going on one of the most memorable rants in television history. Larry chiming in, echoing Leon’s comments is just as awesome.
Leon was a revelation for the show in season six, all the way through season eight.
1) The Seinfeld Reunion
Call it bias, but how can you not commemorate such a memorable moment? For years, many fans have wanted to see a Seinfeld reunion. Well, that won’t happen, but Curb gave us the closest thing in season seven.
Larry agrees with NBC to do a reunion show, as he sees this as a way to get his wife back. He writes in a part for her, getting her to play George’s ex-wife. It’s the main ongoing storyline for season seven and there’s many bumps in Larry’s way of executing the show perfectly, while winning Cheryl back.
So many moments could’ve been chosen from the moments where the Seinfeld cast is back together on screen, but we’ll go with the finished product, with all of them in their old characters. Larry quits the reunion show before it airs, as does Cheryl, but we still see some magic from our 90s favourites. It makes you wish that much more that we could get season 10 of Seinfeld. Sadly, that will remain a dream. At least Larry David still created a moment of gold. Gold, people! Gold!