Friday, October 7, 2011
From the Telegraph:
The eighth season of the magnificently funny HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm began its run on British television yesterday with a late night run on More 4 but the new season has already been a ratings hit in America, notching its best viewing figures since 2004.
Even though the opening episode to series eight - called The Divorce - wasn't vintage Curb, it was still packed with the sort of hilarious and edgy humour that has made it one of the finest comedy shows of the modern age.
The action was set one year after the collapse of his reunion with wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) following a row about a wood stain: "Do you respect wood?" Larry asks her as he narrows his eyes.
The ensuing argument results in divorce and there is a witty scene where Cheryl calls to collect her things and Larry half-jokingly suggests they have one last romp in bed. He is asked: what did the marriage bring for Larry? "I wouldn't be tongue-scraping if it weren't for you," he tells Cheryl.
The plot spins around Larry choosing an inept Jewish divorce lawyer - having rejected an ersatz Jew because he was revealed to actually be Swedish. Adversary Cheryl has chosen a hairless lawyer whom Larry suggests should recuse himself for breaking “the bald code.” Naturally, Larry's friends - with the brilliant Jeff Garlin as David's manager Jeff, and Susie Essman as Jeff's wife Susie squabbling as usual - chip in on the subject of marital splits with Marty Funkerhouser (played by the excellent Bob Einstein) telling Larry he'd like to leave his wife but is "too lazy" to get a divorce.
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