Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1, Episode 3

Porno Gil (29 Oct. 2000)

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A bizarre chain of events finds Larry having dinner with a porno star (Bob Odenkirk). The party turns out to be one disaster after another when Larry breaks a lamp, is forced to take off ... See full summary »

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A bizarre chain of events finds Larry having dinner with a porno star (Bob Odenkirk). The party turns out to be one disaster after another when Larry breaks a lamp, is forced to take off his shoes, loses his watch, gets lost along the way, and has to do the dreaded "double goodbye". Meanwhile, Jeff undergoes emergency surgery and asks Larry to go to his house and retrieve his porno collection so Suzie doesn't see it. Written by halo1k

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Tabasco sauce!
10 November 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This installment begin with Larry at a golf range practicing. Another golfer arrives with a bucket full of balls. One drops to the floor in between the two positions. The newcomer looks at Larry, who can't be bothered to pick up the ball and hand it to the guy.

Larry accepted a dinner date to an old acquaintance, Gil. It so happens this man used to be a porno star. Cheryl reminds her husband they had dinner reservations for the two of them. Larry suggest to stop over after they eat.

Jeff, who has been hospitalized, needs a bypass. He summons Larry to ask him a special favor. Since Susie is going to be at the hospital during the procedure, he gives his friend the combination for the safe where he has stashed away his collection of porno movies and magazines. Larry reluctantly agrees.

As Larry and Cheryl drive to Gil's party, they get lost. They are driving in circles in an area they are not familiar with. Finding a an older woman on the road, they stop to see if she can be of help. Obviously, she has no clue as to directing them, ending with an argument in which she rips the instructions. As they continue driving around, a car is coming in the opposite direction and Larry decides to ask. The driver happens to be Brian, the fellow of the incident at the golf range, who is also attending the party. Larry's excuse to Brian is he didn't help with the ball because of his bad back. This man proceeds to drive away without giving the necessary instructions!

When they arrive, the host asks them to take off their shoes. Cheryl complies, but Larry keeps his on. To their amazement, this is a dinner party and they have already eaten. Gil's wife is upset because Larry doesn't want to observe her house rules. Things turn worse at the table. Gil offers a story from his porno days. It has to do with having found the perfect solution for the times when he cannot have a full erection. The solution is applied by a crew member that involves the usage of Tabasco sauce!

The whole thing is too much for Cheryl who wants to leave right away. Before that, one of the guests asks to see Larry's watch, an anniversary present from his wife. As they are about to open the door, Larry knocks down a valuable lamp that Gil and his wife had bought from the sore golfer. It is obvious the price is going to be astronomical, but what can Larry do? The hostess goes berserk at this point. The golfer in order to test Larry accidentally drops a lighter next to him, but it is never picked up! As they're going to the car, Larry realizes he's missing the watch. Cheryl is upset because it was her gift to him. She asks him to go back to retrieve it. When he rings the bell, the hostess is not happy to see him again. A meek Larry takes off his shoes as he goes to claim his watch.

The end of the segment involves Larry going to Jeff's house to go what his friend had asked him. After getting everything out of the safe, Larry notices a tape that features Gil in one of the porn films in which he starred. He decides to watch the tape on the bedroom television but little prepares him for the surprise he gets as Jeff's parents walk in and watch horrified what Larry is seeing.

Robert B. Weide directed this chapter from the first season. Two main thoughts in Mr. David's mind seem to be: a) useless driving instructions and b) having to apologize for something we don't consider to be rude, and c) obeying someone else's house rules. How many times have we found lost trying to follow written instructions that might have been simple to follow to those who know the way. Apologies are something that don't come natural to some of us, when we think we are right, and how do we go into excuses not to appear guilty of what we are being accused? Finally, some people are reluctant to be observant of the wishes of others when being treated as guests.

Brian Palermo has some good moments in the show. Bob Odenkirk is Gil, the former porno star. Mina Kolb and the late Louis Nye, appearing as Jeff's parents show up at the last moment. Nan Martin is the crazy woman found on the road.


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