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  • David Buchanan
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    “Accidental Text on Purpose” might end up as my favorite episode of the season. This was truly classic Curb. No direct mention to the fatwa or disguises (as much as I loved those first few episodes), no outlandish mishaps or overtly manufactured moments, just commonplace gripes about flying coach, the terrible taste of unfiltered water, and so many others weaved together in 40 minutes. Absolutely great stuff! It was great to have more Richard Lewis and really nice to see Elizabeth Perkins, Andrea Savage, June Diane Raphael, and Ed Begley, Jr. all guest star. Nicely directed by Larry Charles, too. Another great installment in a really great season.

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    Best of the season so far. I really want Susie essman to get nominated. No one else on that show has a higher line to laugh ratio for me as she does. I feel like I laugh out loud at everything she says.

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    Elizabeth Perkins is such a great actress (both comedic and dramatic) and I wish she had more material in this episode (and more stuff to do in general)

    Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.

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    All of the “accidental text on purpose” scenes were hilarious. Always thrilled to see Elizabeth Perkins pop up in something notable. She was great recently on “This Is Us,” and here she is again with a memorable guest turn that was pivotal to the success of the episodes. I’m also glad to see Bob Einstein and Richard Lewis get as much screentime as they’re getting this season. I really want to see at least one supporting actor make the Emmy cut next year, and none of them will be guest eligible. My personal pick would be JB Smoove, but I doubt that will ever happen. Ed Begley, Jr. seems to always play roles like this, which he does reliably well each time. I knew exactly where all of that was going with him, but it was still great. Can’t wait to see what’s next as the season concludes.

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    Strongest episode of the season by a wide margin.

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    Terrific episode. It had a lot of the recurring characters and great guest stars.

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    This was AMAZING, devastatingly funny, vintage Curb. Fabulous performances all-around and this could well be the show’s Directing Emmy nom next year.

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    Episode Title: “Namaste”

    Synopsis: Larry angers a hot-yoga teacher, has an auspicious first date, and seethes over a run-in with an unfair Uber driver.

    Discuss.

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    Not as accomplished as last episode’s season high point, but some funny moments dispersed throughout. I know Larry has dealt with some of these scenarios before, like dating a woman with a troublesome kid or bad drivers/transportation woes (sub in Uber drivers for taxi drivers). Mistaken racial identities, check. Brushes with authority figures, check. Notable that Lauren Graham guest-starred here for many, though she could do this kind of role in her sleep blind. JB Smoove and especially Susie Essman stole the show here. I’d legitimately take a spinoff series with either of those characters no matter the convoluted premise. Interesting that the “fatwa!” business has taken such a backseat after the Salman Rushdie episode, but that’s literally what the season finale is called, so that’s exciting, I guess.

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    Wish Graham had more to do here (though perhaps she’s returning) but I did laugh quite a bit. Larry watching Leon open the door was vintage Curb.

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    Larry watching Leon open the door was vintage Curb.

    This scene gave me my lifeee!

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    Episode Title: “Never Wait for Seconds!”

    Synopsis: Bridget asks Larry for a favor on behalf of her son; Larry earns unexpected gratitude in a buffet line and realizes that tips are better than favors.

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    I couldn’t believe all of the callbacks they did tonight! Wow. Just an incredible episode beautifully executed in only the way “Curb Your Enthusiasm” can do it. Sleep on this season all you like, but the Emmys next year will latch onto this show heavily. You were warned. Two episodes left!

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    That was great, can’t wait for the final episodes.

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    I absolutely loved all of the callbacks, especially how nonchalantly they included these awesome cameos! A great nod to fans of the show and an even better nod to and revision of the Seinfeld series finale.

    Sleep on this season all you like, but the Emmys next year will latch onto this show heavily. You were warned.

    Hopefully from your lips to Emmy voters’ ears. I would absolutely love to see Curb finally win Comedy Series, Larry win Actor (he’s a heck of a lot funnier than a lot of the winners in recent memory), et cetera, et cetera. This season certainly deserves it, it has been absolutely terrific!

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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