Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1, Episode 2

Ted and Mary (22 Oct. 2000)

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Larry and Cheryl enjoy their bowling double-date with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, but it ends badly when Larry accuses the bowling alley of misplacing his sneakers. Later, Ted gets the... See full summary »

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Larry and Cheryl enjoy their bowling double-date with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, but it ends badly when Larry accuses the bowling alley of misplacing his sneakers. Later, Ted gets the wrong idea about Larry when he goes shopping with Mary at a downtown department store. Written by halo1k

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Episode, Cheryl gets her black shoes back after returning her bowling shoes at the bowling alley, but is seen leaving the bowling alley a few moments later wearing white shoes. See more »

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Larry: Nice shoes.
Man in bowling alley: Thanks.
Larry: I think they're mine.
Man in bowling alley: You're kidding.
Larry: Kidding? No, they're my shoes.
Man in bowling alley: They're your shoes?
Larry: Yeah.
Man in bowling alley: How could they be your shoes?
Larry: How could they be? Because that guy gave them to you by mistake the other day.
Man in bowling alley: Well that's weird.
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Cheating without physical contact...
22 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Larry get the wrong shoes back after bowling. The Shoes he lost he really likes. Not knowing whether he will ever get them back, he order some new ones, but as they are not in at the moment, they have to order them to the shoe store.

Larry eventually get his original shoes back though after he confronts the person who obviously deliberately took the wrong shoes. That confrontation feels a bit weird though.

As if that was not enough, Larry is getting trouble when he know doesn't need the shoe the store has ordered for him and then accidentally run into the guy on the street who ordered the shoes for him. Although somewhat over-acted, that scene is great fun to watch.

This episode also touched on an interesting topic, namely what is allowed and not allowed to do with you and your wife's common friends, in this case Larry and their common friends Mary and Ted. It's almost like Larry is asking Cheryl for permission to "cheat without any physical contact" and offer Cheryl green light to do the same as an exchange. Great fun stuff!

During a lunch with Mary and Mary's mother, Larry accidentally drinks from Mary's mother's water glass. When being informed that it was her glass, Larry act out as he was very disgusted by this in an obviously embarrassing manner.

The dilemma when they are waiting for the call about the concert and Larry starting to assume the reason they are ditching them is due to his inappropriate incident with Mary's mother and Larry trying to see if he can avoid mentioning this to Cheryl is a superb scene. Calling to ask or waiting to see is such a classic social dilemma everyone who watches can identify themselves with.

Also Larry do the classical social mistake of over-estimating how clumsy and inappropriate his own clumsy actions are regarded by others and as it turns out, the reason Mary and Ted never called, was simply because the concert was not until Sunday. We have all been there, done that I guess ;)

On a side-note, when Larry is back to return the so-called half jacket/half shirt, he meets Mary's mother and Mary. Having the possibility to make a big embarrassing scene there for Larry when the shop employee could have insisted that he was there to give it back to the store right in front Mary, It's brilliant and vital to the show however that they choose not to take advantage of every possible way of making an embarrassing scenes like that, as it will maintain the concept of a plausible reality.

So all in all, a great episode, although maybe not as fun as the s01e01, this one barely have any annoying flaws to it. Hope they keep up the good work.


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