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In the 5th season finale, Larry discovers who his real parents are, and flies to Arizona to meet them. After a life-changing religious revelation, Larry decides to give Richard Lewis his kidney. Will Larry survive the operation... or is it the end? Written by halo1k

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Final performance of Bea Arthur. See more »


The domestic flight Larry takes from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, New Mexico is shown from the exterior to be a British Airways 737. See more »


Larry: [Larry is on his death bed] Jeff... You know, I never said anything, but I noticed you use way too much mayo. You know, when they make tuna, there's already mayo in it. You don't have to put it on the bread.
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Music by Franco Micalizzi
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Season 5: Another very enjoyable season; even if it has a handful of weaker aspects it still really works
21 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At times I was worried that season 5 was a bit of a step backwards for Curb. After the first season I started to like the show because it at least had some form of season long thread that guiding the specific episodes and gave the whole thing a bit more structure, which in turn made it easier for the improvised and imaginative situations to work, because they somehow felt less contrived and a bit more like things happened for reasons other than a gag. So with season 5 I was a little worried at times because the adoption and kidney threads were not quite as strong a structure as in the previous seasons. Looking back I think that in part I was right to notice that this makes a difference (or at least it does for me) because this season was not quite as strong as the previous ones in certain areas.

I say "certain areas" because I think in a couple of episodes I went away thinking that they were only pretty good and, while I enjoyed them they were not quite up to the high standard I had become accustom to. This is a minor complaint though because even when the show is working outside of the season thread, it still manages to be imaginative and very funny. The joke is the roughly the same each and every time as we watch Larry deal with social rules and etiquette that he doesn't feel he should follow himself but at the same time cannot let go when anyone wrongs him in the same way; it is a joke that is repeated right up to and including the final line of the season ("then you wait" – which is a marvellously funny throwback) and it works almost every time.

The reason it works is the writing. The scenarios are imaginative and even when you see them coming they mostly still work because you are greeting them with a laugh and a groan as you see Larry doing the social equivalent of steering into oncoming traffic and you know nothing good will come of it. The show is at its best when you don't see it coming till it happens – for me Larry deciding to use the Passion nail to hang something up drew a big laugh simply because it took me by surprise in a "no, don't do it" way. The scenarios are exaggerated but they work because they really go "all in" with the imagination and wit; I can understand why some just see them as contrived because they are exaggerated but this is where the comedy comes from.

The performances continue to be great when you consider that so much is improvised around a basic scene framework – a fact that I always forget and it is a testament to the skills of the cast that I do. David is quite brilliant – a tremendous asshole even when things are good, he plays his duality without ever letting on that he knows he is doing it and it makes him funny whether casting him as victim or the one at fault. Hines, Garlin and Essman continue to be great in support, although I continue to not be a great fan of Lewis in terms of what he brings to the show. The season also benefits a little from recognisable faces such as Kaling, Robinson, Tobolowsky, Phifer, Hefner, Lopez and of course Hoffman, Cohen and Bea Arthur in the final episode (which itself was a bit of a risk but it worked because they did the same joke – Larry being unreasonable over a nothing comment).

Curb is a great show and I am really glad that I stayed with it past the so-so first season. Season 5 maybe has some weaker moments that stick in my mind but these were the minority because as always I was caught up in the wonderfully contrived situations and laughing regularly and hard. I'm not sure if the series was meant to end at this point (the final episode of the season is The End and it does have a certain finality to it in the way it echoes the Seinfeld series finale) but I'm glad there were more seasons after this and I look forward to watching them soon.

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