Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Episode: "The Therapists"

Season 6, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Larry hatches a bizarre plan to win Cheryl back that involves both of their therapists; Marty Funkhouser's level of participation in a charity walk irks Larry.
Original Air Date: Nov 5, 2007
Guest Cast Winnie Holzman: Dr. Slavin Bob Einstein: Marty Funkhouser Vivica A. Fox: Loretta Black Ellia English: Auntie Rae Steve Coogan: Dr. Bright
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Season 6, Episode 9
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Length: 30:00
Aired: 11/5/2007
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"The Therapist" Season 6, Episode 9

Let's get this recap going before I forget what happened. Now, there's misanthropy and there's being a flat-out bad person, and tonight, LD seriously towed that line. Between faking Alzheimer's and getting his therapist thrown in jail, I'm not sure where this so-called new Larry David is. If there's anything different about him, it's the fact that he's now ruining people's lives on purpose as opposed to just incidentally. OK, Doctor Bright ( Steve Coogan) was probably the world's worst therapist, considering he told Larry to give Cheryl an ultimatum on moving back in with him ("You have until Monday"). And sure, he might be ridiculously stupid, because he went along with Larry's fake mugging plan, that even Loretta and Auntie Rae wanted to put a stop to. But did he really deserve to go to jail? He obviously hadn't spent enough time counseling Larry, or he would have known that his client wouldn't be helping him get out of his dire situation. Now Cheryl's therapist was no prize herself, because I'm willing to bet that there are probably ethics rules against advising your client to never speak to her husband again, just because you're interested in him. Plus, if she's interested in LD (and believed his spiel about having "a quarter" Alzheimer's), she's about as bright as Bright; they're probably soul mates. This show doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the psychiatric profession. On the upside for Larry, he made some headway in getting Cheryl back, though the whole Slavin/Bright mugging episode may have canceled that all out. If she hadn't been on a Ferris wheel when finding out about this, I'm pretty sure Cheryl would have run screaming and never turned around, but maybe this forced togetherness will allow them to talk through their problems. Forgetting (though not in an Alzheimer's way) about warped reconciliations for a minute, let's go through some of tonight's best lines: "I raise money. I don't walk." "Sometimes when you become friends with someone in this situation, they're your friend for life." "I'm mugging you! I'm mugging you!" "He runs around the house all day, naked, chasing himself." It was nice to see Marty Funkhouser back this week, but I'm going through Susie withdrawal, so I can hardly wait until next week's season finale, which is taking place at Sammie's bat mitzvah. Let's see if Larry actually becomes a "real person, not an eighth grader," or if he continues his downward spiral into serious threat to civilized society. Check out Curb clips in our Online Video Guide. show less
Let’s get this recap going before I forget what happened. Now, there’s misanthropy and there’s being a flat-out bad person, and tonight, LD seriously towed that line. Between faking Alzheimer's and getting his therapist thrown in jail, I’m not sure where this so-called new Larry David is. If there’s anything different about him, it’s the fact that he’s now ruining people’s lives on purpose as opposed to just incidentally.OK, Doctor Bright (Steve Coogan) was probably the world’s worst therapist, considering he told Larry to give Cheryl an ultimatum on moving back in with him ("You have until Monday"). And sure, he might be ridiculously stupid, because he went along with Larry’s fake mugging plan, that even Loretta and Auntie Rae wanted to put a stop to. But did he really deserve to go to jail? He obviously hadn’t spent enough time counseling Larry, or he would have known that his client wouldn’t be helping him get out of his... 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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