Curb Your Enthusiasm returned on the air after quite a long hiatus - and the season eight premiere proved why it is one of the best comedies on television.
"The Divorce" picked up right where “Seinfeld” left off, and neither the show nor Larry David skipped a beat.
It was awkward. It was funny. It made you question LD’s life. It was Curb, and it was fantastic! I love that they tore Larry and Cheryl apart so quickly at the start of the episode, and through the magic of time jumping, got them all the way through a divorce by the end of the 30 minutes.
Between Larry’s statement that he can call other bald guys “baldy” because it’s like black people calling each other the N word, Susie ripping Jeff a new one for even thinking she wouldn’t take him for all he’s worth if they ever got divorced, and Leon recommending Funkhouser put “Just Divorced” on the back of his car, the laughs didn’t stop.
Here at the TV Fanatic, we will be looking at many of the ridiculous situations Larry David gets himself into week after week. Check out are three from “The Divorce.” Be sure to weigh in on how you think LD handled the problem, and how you would react in the same spot:
LD’s Stance: Larry thought that since he gets “all he can eat” that he can share with everyone and anyone at his table.
My Perspective: Absolutely no way! Although it may be legal according to Larry’s terrible new lawyer, it is in no way proper to do at a buffet. When you order a meal at a restaurant, it's fine if you want to share some of it with others at your table, but when you order from an “All You Can Eat” buffet, you are forfeiting all rights to help your fellow eaters out. That is why you always order from the buffet if it has anything on it that you want.
Girl Scout Cookies
LD’s Stance: Larry thought that since he had not yet paid for his girl scout cookies, he did not need to go through with the payment for them once he lost the Dodger tickets.
My Perspective: I’m with him on this one. No matter what his reason was for ordering the cookies... if he hadn’t already paid for them, there is definitely no requirement to go through with the transaction. Having said that, if I were in that situation with those nice little girls, I would have given in and paid in a heartbeat.
The First Time
LD’s Stance: When Kiera got her first period, Larry thought it was a great idea to run upstairs and get one of Cheryl’s tampons to help the girl out. He then decided to walk her through the process, step-by-step!
My Perspective: That is something only a woman should be helping a young girl with. If you're basically a stranger, like LD was in this situation, you immediately call the woman that can get to your house the fastest so that she can help out. Curb is always great with awkward, but that scene was so uncomfortable it ceased to be funny.
Of course, there are plenty of great quotes from LD and friends, so here are some of our favorites from “The Divorce," and don't forget to check out the Curb Your Enthusiasm Quotes page for more. What was your favorite moment of the season eight premiere? And aren’t you glad to have Larry back in your life?
Larry: You should have recused yourself. We can't go up against each other. It's in the code. The bald code. | permalink
Susie: What are you f**king kidding me? You think we're gonna have a nice divorce if we ever get divorced. No f**king way. I'm taking you for everything you have Mister. I'm taking your balls, and I'm thumbtacking them to the wall. | permalink
Kiera: Do you like girl scout cookies?
Larry: I find them abhorrent, but come in. | permalink
Larry: Why don't you get a divorce?
Funkhouser: I'm too lazy. | permalink
Larry: First of all, I commend you on the demographics. A Black, an Asian, and are you a Jew per chance? | permalink
Larry: I got a Swede lawyer?!? She's gonna get everything! | permalink
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