Curb Your Enthusiasm

2000, TV Show

Curb Your Enthusiasm Episode: "The Freak Book"

Season 6, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: A limo driver's faux pas at Ted Danson's birthday party results in Larry driving John McEnroe to a Paul McCartney concert; Larry reconsiders his position in a cemetery plot with his wife and friends.
Original Air Date: Oct 7, 2007
Guest Cast Toby Huss: Limo Driver Ted Danson: Himself Mary Steenburgen: Herself John McEnroe: Himself Christen Sussin: Limo Driver's Wife George Coe: General Manager Soledad St. Hilaire: Mourner No. 4 Bertha Holguin: Mourner No. 2 Jamie Elman: Bartender Zitto Kazann: Mourner No. 3 Alice Evans: Heather Mills Voiceover Matt Besser: Party Guest
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Season 6, Episode 5
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Length: 29:00
Aired: 10/7/2007
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"The Freak Book" Season 6, Episode 5

When I heard that this episode would feature a meeting of John McEnroe and Larry David, I was almost giddy with excitement. This was the highlight of the show, but unfortunately, the rest of the story just fell flat. Maybe I'm just scarred because that ride from the cemetery to the Staples Center gave me Vietnam-style flashbacks to a horrible Friedman family car ride, because of the screaming and the threats, but after a stellar four shows, many of the scenes this week just hit awkward notes. Larry's usually good for a decent party disruption, but bringing a "freak book" as a present and insisting on reading it with Jeff as Ted Danson continues opening gifts didn't strike me as the kind of hyperreal situation that Curb usually goes for. Instead, it felt like a setup, and this show has always been better than that. Even the should-have-been hilarious Susie scene didn't really go right. I can understand not wanting to be buried next to Larry David (who would?), but her excuse, "Even your best self, I'm not interested for all eternity," didn't seem true to her usually profane sense of self-expression. I'm all for uncomfortable humor (obviously, or I wouldn't be a Curb fan to begin with), but the part of the story concerning the drunk limo driver with the wife in a wheelchair ("This is the s--tstorm of my life. It's s--t.") just pushed it a little too far. I didn't hate this episode as much as I'm making it sound; I did think that the John McEnroe scenes were worthy of a few guffaws. In fact, most of the best moments came from those scenes, and here were my personal favorites: " "How does a John McEnroe have fun?" "I like to be quiet." " "Hey Mac, I'm s--tfaced. We're gonna need a driver." " "It's a human pig!" (Shades of the pigman, anyone?) " The extended "F--k you!" exchange between two of the angriest men in North America. Being more than a casual viewer of Seinfeld, it's natural that I find some overlap between that show and Curb. However, never has it seemed more overt to me than with the issue of the overly chatty limo driver. It was the exact same gag tonight as it was almost exactly 14 years ago in "The Lip Reader." What can I say? I guess I'm just a little disappointed that LD didn't take advantage of the fact that he's on HBO now to tweak this a little. I do love Larry David, and if anyone could make this episode as good as it was, it's him. It's just hard after "The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial" (fast becoming my favorite episode ever of anything) to see something that doesn't live up to that show's promise. Bottom line on "The Freak Book": A huge step up from last season, but not quite up to par for this year. Check out Curb clips in our Online Video Guide. show less
When I heard that this episode would feature a meeting of John McEnroe and Larry David, I was almost giddy with excitement. This was the highlight of the show, but unfortunately, the rest of the story just fell flat. Maybe I'm just scarred because that ride from the cemetery to the Staples Center gave me Vietnam-style flashbacks to a horrible Friedman family car ride, because of the screaming and the threats, but after a stellar four shows, many of the scenes this week just hit awkward notes.Larry's usually good for a decent party disruption, but bringing a "freak book" as a present and insisting on reading it with Jeff as Ted Danson continues opening gifts didn't strike me as the kind of hyperreal situation that Curb usually goes for. Instead, it felt like a setup, and this show has always been better than that. Even the should-have-been hilarious Susie scene didn't really go right. I can understand not wanting to be buried next to Larry David (who would?), but her excuse, "Even yo... read more

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Premiered: October 15, 2000, on HBO
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: A neurotic TV writer copes with life in L.A. in a tart, hilarious and semi-improvised sitcom that follows him dealing with one cringe-inducing dilemma after another, sometimes in the company of mortified celebrity colleagues (who play themselves). If the premise sounds a bit like `George Costanza in Hollywood,' it's because the `Seinfeld' nebbish was based on `Curb' star Larry David, the co-creator of Jerry's classic sitcom.

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