Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Richard Lewis Gets a Memorial Card at the Start of Tonight’s “Curb,” Best Episode of Season


The late Richard Lewis gets a memorial card at the beginning of tonight’s episode “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

It’s a touching gesture to Lewis, who died this past week. He’s still appearing in “Curb” episodes despite looking gravely ill.

But what’s come out since Lewis’s death is the deep affection and friendship between Lewis and Larry David. Lewis loved being on the show no matter his medical condition.

The good news is that tonight’s episode, “Fish Stuck,” is classic “Curb,” the best episode of the season so far. They should have started with this one.

Tony winner Sean Hayes plays a gay lawyer who takes on Larry’s Atlanta arrest for giving water to a waiting voter. Larry interferes with Hayes’ and his husband (Dan Levy)’s naming of their potential child. It’s priceless. At the same time, Larry comes up with a way to get rid of Irma (Tracey Ullman) at last, so he can date Sienna Miller. A subplot involves Vince Vaughn discovering his new girlfriend works at the Disney store, and is not an executive at Disney.

Lewis appears and there’s more discussion of his will. His part here is mostly him bantering with Larry, which we now appreciate in a whole new way. There’s also another anti-Asian themed story, which at this point has become annoying.

But overall, “Fish Stuck” is a return to form. And Richard Lewis is celebrated. Five more episodes to go.

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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