Larry David Humbly Reflects on Most Recent Home Run Episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm

August 23, 2011 – 7:45 am by Michael Bean

If you have any pop-culture acumen whatsoever (and I say that as someone who’s not exactly up to snuff on every last TV show, movie or music artist that has garnered 15 minutes of fame in recent years), you surely know that sports are a big part of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David, the creator of the smash sensation Seinfeld who parlayed his popularity and fame into an equally fruitful franchise in Curb Your Enthusiasm, loves sports. It’s as simple as that. And for two shows that are admittedly about not much more than the everyday trivialities of life, you better believe that David’s most fundamental interests and passions will be on full display. Hence Costanza working for the Yankees; hence the frequent golf outings and excursions on Curb.

Well, David probably hit his biggest home run this past Sunday night in the most recent episode of season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm. For the first 10-plus minutes, the viewer is lulled into believing that the 30 minute show will be exclusively about Larry and Rosie O’Donnell’s competition for the same bisexual woman. (Any tiff between Larry and Rosie is always entertaining, so had this been the only premise of the episode, that would have been just fine). But this particular encounter between David and O’Donnell is particularly noteworthy because of how the episode quickly but effectively works in subtle yet glaring commentary on steroids in baseball. In other words, without spoiling the episode entirely, Larry is found guilty of ‘juicing’ in the competition between he and Rosie for the affection of a prized bisexual woman that both desire.

Here’s a clip from the episode. At just under 1:30 minutes, we feel it’s fair use, but regardless, the point of sharing is to encourage you to start watching the series regularly anyway.

David joined ESPN Radio New York with Mike Lupica to talk about Sunday night’s hysterical episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, how episodes  occasionally come together perfectly like on Sunday, how brilliant writing like that comes together, his character’s decision to start taking Viagra (aka ‘juicing’) in the first place, whether he plans to bring the show back for a ninth season next year, the show’s ratings being up 25 percent, why he thinks the show is being so well-received this season if he had to guess, struggling to keep a straight face through filming because of how much fun he and the rest of the cast is having on the show, all sorts of golf commentary (namely shooting a 50 on the back 9 recently after shooting even par 35 on the front), and some back-and-forth about his beloved Yankees and other sports topics over the course of a long, entertaining 20-minute interview.

On the hysterical finale to Sunday night’s episode of Curb:

“I don’t even know. The show is put together like a big jigsaw puzzle, and sometimes these endings just pop up. Thank God it did.”

On his initial decision to start ‘juicing’ in the competition for the bisexual that he and Rosie O’Donnell are both interested in:

“Because I don’t feel like I could match the lesbian performance-wise. I feel they’ve got a big advantage over me.”

On when he gets caught by O’Donnell and finally fesses up to ‘juicing’:

“And also earlier in the show at the softball game when I came up to bat and Rosie accused me of juicing, I looked at her and wagged my finger like Rafael Palmeiro, and I said “I have never taken performance enhancing drugs; no, no, no, no, no!’”

Whether he plans to do a ninth season after the wildly successful start to this season:

“I haven’t decided yet.

But the ratings are way up, no?

“The ratings are up 25 percent.”

What he feels is most responsible for the wildly successful response the media and viewers have had to this year’s season of Curb so far:

“I don’t know. If I could point to one thing it’s probably that we don’t have a story arc this year, that all the shows are sort of independent except for going to New York — that’s really the only little story we have going this season. But other than that, that’s it.”

On how much fun the cast seems to be having this year with the show:

“Well I’ve always had fun doing the show, and I guess that’s why I keep doing it after eight years. But yeah, it’s hard for me to do a take without laughing really.”

Listen here to Larry David with Mike Lupica on ESPN Radio New York

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