Friday, April 12, 2024

“Curb” Does Baseball Satire, But No Cheryl


I just went through the first six episodes of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and realized something: Cheryl, Larry’s now ex wife, has only been in Episode 1, “The Divorce.” (This one involves girl scout cookies, among other things, hilariously.) I miss her! Luckily, Cheryl Hines aka Cheryl David is back tonight and for episodes 7 through 10. It’s just in the nick of time. It looks like the was wrong: no Cheryl tonight and maybe not again.

Nevertheless: the episode was excellent, as good as the third one of the season, “Palestinian Chicken,”  which was beyond sublime. Not only did Larry and Rosie O’Donnell fight over Amy Landecker, but the added baseball satire of “juicing” and using Viagra was perfect. Plus, David Canary made a cameo appearance.

There have been great moments this season–I loved Larry’s accidental hero act on the plane to New York, for example. And Michael McKean is terrific as the director who winds up forcing Larry to go to New York for three months–Larry is avoiding doing a charity gig for him. J.B. Smoove is a welcome respite to all of Larry, Jeff and Susie’s mishegos. He made a triumphal arrival in New York; Next week Wanda Sykes returns.

But no Cheryl. Sniff! I guess that ship has sailed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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