It's been a banner year so far for Curb Your Enthusiasm, highlighted by this week's third episode, a laugh-out-loud funny episode about Jews, Palestinians, yarmulkes, good chicken, rabbis, marital infidelity, social assassination, and yes, LOLs.
Palestinian woman: "I like you."
Larry David: "What's not to like?"
Palestinian woman: "Eh, you're a Jew."
Good times. I've been a longtime fan of Curb, which has been on the air off and on for a long time, we kind of all thought that their 7th season -- the Seinfeld reunion season -- would be a fitting ending to a wonderful show, but Larry's back, nearly two years later, and somehow better than ever. He's gone back to his roots and the comedy has followed. And by "roots" I mean, of course, Jew jokes.
Larry Miller: "By the way, your lunch is on me."
Larry David: "I already paid for it."
Larry Miller: "Even better."
Jeff: "They don't like the Jews here."
Larry spots a very attractive Palestinian woman at a table full of men who are "planning the next intifada" and says he bets she could be convinced into having sex with the right Jewish man. Jeff says there's no way she'd be able to get over Larry's level of Jewiness, of all people, but later in the story they have a run-in with Marty Funkhouser -- who has reaffirmed his faith --and has agreed to join them for lunch.
Marty: "If Rabin can break bread with Arafat, I can have chicken at this anti-Semitic shithole."
All is going well until Marty wants to wear his little beanie inside the restaurant.
Jeff: (pointing to the yarmulke): "Yeah that's not gonna work."
A fight ensues as Larry and Jeff refuse to let the Funk man enter and the Palestinians watching cheer the uprising, including the attractive woman from earlier. And of course, she and Larry have a little sex. And the dirty talk gets kind of racy. Or racist. One of those.
Palestinian woman: "You Zionist pig! You occupying fuck! I'm going to fuck the Jew out of you!"
Larry: "That's not so easy."
In the meantime, in another storyline, some couples I don't think we've seen on the show before have an adults' dinner in which annoying habits are exposed, including Janice from Friends' penchant for saying LOL instead of actually laughing that ends up with Larry acting as a social assassin and inadvertently jeopardizing her marriage. And his golf game. Larry tries to quit the assassination business but Jeff and Susie's daughter -- young Sammy from early in the show, now grown up -- blackmails him into helping her.
Larry: "You really are your mother's daughter, aren't you?"
Sammy: "Yeah. Now get the fuck out of my driveway you bald prick."
Good times. Anyway, the Palestinian, Funkhouser, LOL, and social assassin plotlines all come together in the end in a typically amusing and hilarious way. No Leon or Cheryl on this episode but it was still a stand out, as this season has been as a whole. Check it out if you stopped watching, right after True Blood on Sundays on HBO. Oh and there's a reason I'm not writing about True Blood this summer. Can a program jump the shark in only its fourth season? Because. Wow. I do like how they are openly stealing from Buffy at this point, but do they really need to steal the horrible Spike/Buffy storyline from the worst final seasons of the show, because didn't that contribute to its demise? Yeah.