So the big Seinfeld reunion episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm has come and gone, and it seems like most online reviews have been tepid at best. I, for one, enjoyed the episode thoroughly- even Larry David in his George Castanza sweater vest. Frankly, I think LD (pardon my Loretta) would be annoyed if his reunion stunt pleased everyone; that certainly doesn’t (ever) seem to be his goal. Rather, I think the notion was, “Hey- this could be fun”. And it was indeed obvious to us enviable viewers that the old Seinfeld gang was having a helluva time filming their fake reunion.
There were uneven moments (the whole Mocha Joe arc, for one) but really, this post isn’t about the finale at all. I want to spend a moment celebrating last week’s stellar episode, and J.B. Smoove’s Leon stealing the show by going all Danny Duberstein. His recitation of the symptoms of Groat’s disease (“Everything I ate tasted like peaches!”) was one of my favorite scenes of the season, and was brilliantly capped off by the “oh-no-they-didn’t” recreation of Michael Richards screaming at some Black people. Check out this recent NYT article for some insight from Smoove on working with Richards in light of their, ahem, differences.
And meanwhile, if anyone doubts whether Curb should come back for another season, you’re mistaken. Put aside thoughts of repetitive debates about tipping and how tired we all are of that creepy Skeletor Ted Danson, and watch last week’s episode again- albeit in increasingly short seasons, this series has more to give.