Curb Your Enthusiasm – “The Bi-Sexual”Posted: August 25, 2011
Curb Your Enthusiasm can be kind of an odd duck because it’s not your traditional sitcom. Many episodes don’t even follow traditional sitcom structure. And over its eight seasons it’s developed its own unique features, such as the way seemingly random events come back to bite Larry in the ass in unexpected ways. Sometimes the payoff is perfect. Sometimes not so much. “The Bi-Sexual” was an example of everything coming together just like it was supposed to, but for some reason like something was missing.
Don’t mistake “something was missing” for bad. I honestly can’t think of an episode of this show I haven’t enjoyed. Do mistake it, however, for not laugh-out-loud (LOL, the kids are calling it) funny. But there was plenty I liked which provided a moderate amount of giggles. One of those — which has probably been one of the better payoffs this season — was Larry being blocked from the Baseball Hall of Fame for using “performance enhancing drugs.
Also, Leon! I think it’s great that the show took such pains to come up with a plausible excuse to send Larry to New York for half a season, but Leon’s reason for showing up is more or less so that Leon will show up (although the roommate thing was a nice touch). One of the things I like most about Leon is that he’s a take on the wacky TV neighbor who keeps showing up for unexpected reasons. Back in season 7, when the idea is first brought up about doing a Seinfeld reunion, Larry’s a little put-off because it’s something that’s been done before, and never very well. It’s kind of a cheesy thing to do. But just like (the real world) Larry David was able to come up with a way to get the Seinfeld gang back together, he’s also been able to use that wacky neighbor character — which has been done before and is cheesy in its own right — in a way that feels new and a little outside the box. In a world full of over-the-top characters, I think Leon may reign supreme.
But a few things we saw — Larry dating another semi-anonymous woman, his problems at the Japanese restaurant, even his back-and-forth with Rosie O’Donnell — felt a little familiar. Like it was all well-tread ground. Again, none of it was bad. I don’t know if the pieces could have fit together any better than they did. It just wasn’t a laugh riot. Then again, not all of them have to be.
- “Women do not have penises. Men have penises.”
- “The roommate? What roommate?”
- “I don’t fly, baby. You gotta have a photo ID for that.”
- “Too bad I don’t have a daughter. I would like to impart that knowledge to her.”
- “It was a shit-bow.”
- I thought it was interesting to see Amy Landecker in a moderately funny role, and thought it was a refreshing change of pace from her part as Paul Reiser’s wife in the horrible and I’m-so-glad-it’s-canceled Curb-ripoff Paul Reiser Show.