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Otterspace
Jul 13, 2006

This is not a good idea.


GobiasIndustries posted:

she knows he's cheap and a sleezeball. She doesn't need anything beyond a hot real estate agent to know what's up.

Right, I guess she called his bluff and bought the house when she realized he was just 'looking for a house' to get with the hot agent.

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bbf2
Nov 22, 2007

"The White Shadow"

Am I the only one who thinks that this episode was kinda bad and a little bit TOO tonally off?

The fact that you're having a lot of this take place at a funeral of an 18 year old kid is extremely morbid....which is OK with me, but you need to be willing to commit to the dark comedy of it all completely if you want to go there. Just having it set there and then having random unrelated wacky hijinks ensue was a little unsatisfactory. It just feels like there was a lot more they could have done with it, especially since Larry was indirectly responsible by introducing the kid to the prostitute, and then at one point expressed that he thought the kid brought it on himself by deciding to run with the bulls. Something could have been done there.

Another thing that was weird was the fact that the way the funeral was set up, it seemed like Marty was his closest relative. (he was seated in the very front, the first person called up to speak, etc). Where are his parents? There was no indication previously that his parents were out of the picture and Marty was the one raising him or anything like that. Wouldn't it be funnier and more dark comedy boundary-pushing to go all the way and have Larry's hijinks juxtaposed against parents grieving for their dead teenage son? It seemed like a half-measure to ignore the parent question entirely.

Also it made absolutely no sense why the psychiatrist was so incredibly protective of stupid superficial conversational details not being shared (like the fact that he and his wife loved truffles, or that he mentioned that there was a department store sale). Why on earth would he care if Larry told others about superficial stuff like that? That just rang completely hollow. The show works much better if A) Larry is being ridiculous about something and the person he's talking to is a straight man, or B) The "straight man" in question is behaving in a manner that actually resembles what people do in real life, and Larry is calling them out on the inherent silliness/hypocrisy of it. But it doesn't make any sense if the straight man does something ridiculous or has ridiculous standards that no real person would ever have.

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GobiasIndustries
Dec 14, 2007

I'm very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words...but there's no better word than stupid.



Lipstick Apathy

Otterspace posted:

Right, I guess she called his bluff and bought the house when she realized he was just 'looking for a house' to get with the hot agent.

Yeah it was 100% a "I can't prove you've been getting your dick wet, but I can make you pay for it" move

Schlub Husband
Jan 13, 2008

*hic*


I thought Larry berating the crying woman at the funeral was too far even for Larry, but all around a solid episode.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

"Why is it blue?"
"It's always blue."


bbf2 posted:

Also it made absolutely no sense why the psychiatrist was so incredibly protective of stupid superficial conversational details not being shared (like the fact that he and his wife loved truffles, or that he mentioned that there was a department store sale). Why on earth would he care if Larry told others about superficial stuff like that? That just rang completely hollow.

Have you never seen this show before?

Henchman of Santa
Aug 21, 2010


Ein cooler Typ posted:

I can't believe HBO thought this transphobic joke was acceptable in tyool 2017

but I guess they've always been the "edgy" comedy channel

Hello, I hope you enjoyed your first viewing of Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you havenít figured it out, the show centers around an ignorant rear end in a top hat who cannot be bothered to understand social norms, especially as they relate to people that arenít from a similar background to himself. The punchline is almost always that he is completely in the wrong.

Vintersorg
Mar 3, 2004

Time
 to die.




He's Super-loving-Dave Osborne - of course he's gonna be up there first.

This episode loving slayed from start to finish. What an amazing flurry of jokes. This was peak LD in my opinion.

Darko
Dec 23, 2004



bbf2 posted:

Am I the only one who thinks that this episode was kinda bad and a little bit TOO tonally off?

I looked at older episodes for reference, and they were balanced with, like, 50/50 Larry being a dick/obnoxious and him getting bad stuff thrust upon him even when it's not his fault and he's in the right. This was around 100 percent Larry being a dick/obnoxious, so it is a little different.

Henchman of Santa
Aug 21, 2010


Darko posted:

I looked at older episodes for reference, and they were balanced with, like, 50/50 Larry being a dick/obnoxious and him getting bad stuff thrust upon him even when it's not his fault and he's in the right. This was around 100 percent Larry being a dick/obnoxious, so it is a little different.

He's right that Richard constantly stealing the better lunch seat is a dick move, but also your view when getting lunch with someone is an infinitesimally small thing to get mad about. Which of course is why it's brilliant.

Darko
Dec 23, 2004



Henchman of Santa posted:

He's right that Richard constantly stealing the better lunch seat is a dick move, but also your view when getting lunch with someone is an infinitesimally small thing to get mad about. Which of course is why it's brilliant.

This was the part I related with the most since I *have* to face the entrance when I'm in a room and get completely annoyed when my back is to the entrance, haha. When I'm hanging with someone else that always faces the door, I always race to the better seat (which is always why I typically sit at bars and not tables). When you BOTH get it, you do end up (friendly) arguing about it.

Sinteres
Mar 26, 2004
Please don't be rude, it upsets me when I'm trying to be smug

Darko posted:

I looked at older episodes for reference, and they were balanced with, like, 50/50 Larry being a dick/obnoxious and him getting bad stuff thrust upon him even when it's not his fault and he's in the right. This was around 100 percent Larry being a dick/obnoxious, so it is a little different.

The doctor was a crazy person, and Larry at least had a portion of a fair point about some of his issues with him. The thing is just that even when Larry's right he behaves like a crazy person in the way that he makes a big deal about everything.

Darko posted:

This was the part I related with the most since I *have* to face the entrance when I'm in a room and get completely annoyed when my back is to the entrance, haha. When I'm hanging with someone else that always faces the door, I always race to the better seat (which is always why I typically sit at bars and not tables). When you BOTH get it, you do end up (friendly) arguing about it.

Yeah, people trying to out-alpha each other about seating arrangements is 100% a real thing.

facebook jihad
Dec 18, 2007

An Alabama (ROLL TIDE!!) 9.


bbf2 posted:

Am I the only one who thinks that this episode was kinda bad and a little bit TOO tonally off?

The fact that you're having a lot of this take place at a funeral of an 18 year old kid is extremely morbid....which is OK with me, but you need to be willing to commit to the dark comedy of it all completely if you want to go there. Just having it set there and then having random unrelated wacky hijinks ensue was a little unsatisfactory. It just feels like there was a lot more they could have done with it, especially since Larry was indirectly responsible by introducing the kid to the prostitute, and then at one point expressed that he thought the kid brought it on himself by deciding to run with the bulls. Something could have been done there.

1. If youíre going to overthink Curb Your Enthusiasm like this I donít really think the show is for you.

2. They totally did do something with the Running of the Bulls thing. Look at the end of the funeral scene when everyone is stampeding out of the funeral home, the kidís picture is being trampled just like he was in real life. It might not be the greatest joke, but itís there.

Curb usually has really good writing that ties everything up in a single package. That hasnít changed this season, although Larryís character is definitely becoming more of an rear end in a top hat in his old age.

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


Funkhouser's family members dying all the time is one of my favorite running gags. There was a Q&A a few years back with the cast and Einstein went on a huge rant about how Larry keeps killing his family.

ChesterJT
Dec 28, 2003

Crescent Fresh


Henchman of Santa posted:

Hello, I hope you enjoyed your first viewing of Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you havenít figured it out, the show centers around an ignorant rear end in a top hat who cannot be bothered to understand social norms, especially as they relate to people that arenít from a similar background to himself. The punchline is almost always that he is completely in the wrong.

Not really. Larry is right a lot of the time. It's more that he says the things most polite people think but don't say.

Henchman of Santa
Aug 21, 2010


ChesterJT posted:

Not really. Larry is right a lot of the time. It's more that he says the things most polite people think but don't say.

Just because people think it doesn't mean he's actually right. This is one such example.

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ChesterJT
Dec 28, 2003

Crescent Fresh


Henchman of Santa posted:

Just because people think it doesn't mean he's actually right. This is one such example.

Considering we're talking about societal norms, yes it actually does. It's the only thing that matters. They are thinking the same thing but Larry is the one who acts on it. Most people see a pig parker and just think "what an rear end in a top hat" but given the opportunity wouldn't stop to confront the person. Same for someone taking tons of samples at an ice cream store. Or any of the hundreds of scenarios they have demonstrated over the years. He is on the wrong side of things occasionally but he always seems quick to apologize and make amends.

It doesn't make him ignorant or have anything to do with backgrounds. He just says what he thinks and doesn't care if you like it or not.

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