Friday, April 19, 2024

Opinion: Strong Feeling How “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Ending Will Echo “Seinfeld” Prison Disaster


We’ve just finished episode 8 of the final season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” There are only 2 episodes left. How will this 22 year old show end?

I have an idea now. The two themes of this season have been Larry’s arrest and pending court date in Atlanta; and several people asking him about the final episode of “Seinfeld.”

That episode, which is universally disliked, had Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer wind up going to prison for being bad people. The episode was so bad that several seasons ago, “Curb” addressed it and tried to make it right.

Tonight, we saw Larry’s lawyer stage a mock trial to give Larry the chance to work out his testimony. It was a failure, and Larry was found guilty. But even Susie warned him about a real trial that might leave him in jail.

So I think we’re headed back to Atlanta for the trial in which Larry is accused of giving water to a voter waiting on line. I do think the trial will go badly. The possible ending: convicted Larry carted off to jail.

Will that be the end? Or will there be a last minute twist? Will any of the Seinfeld cast show up? Who will say, You deserve this after the Seinfeld ending?

Tonight’s show was like a classic “Curb,” not vulgar, very much written carefully so all the plot points lined up. The main story was about Richard Lewis buying an old car that had a bad smell. Sound familiar? Remember the smell in Jerry’s car was so bad he tried to trade it in? We’re coming full circle. Special guest Steve Buscemi should have been on “Curb” years ago.

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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