Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 2, Episode 3

Trick or Treat (7 Oct. 2001)

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Larry offends some uncostumed trick or treaters when he doesn't give them candy. By doing so, he sees the "trick" side of Halloween. Larry also alienates Cheryl's screenwriter friend Cliff,... See full summary »

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Larry offends some uncostumed trick or treaters when he doesn't give them candy. By doing so, he sees the "trick" side of Halloween. Larry also alienates Cheryl's screenwriter friend Cliff, and a Jewish neighbor. Larry also spoils his romantic anniversary present when Jeff shows up to play a round of golf. Written by halo1k

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After the confrontation with the Anti-Wagnerite, Larry David whistles part of the tune to "Springtime for Hitler," the song from "The Producers." In Season 4, Larry David is chosen by Mel Brooks to play Max Bialystock in that very same show. See more »

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Larry: Well I didn't know it was going to be felony or treat!
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A Cobb salad, please hold everything!
10 November 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Cliff Cobb, a paraplegic actor, friend of Cheryl's, has invited the Davids for the preview of a movie in which he has a part. As they are waiting to go in, Larry asks Shelley Cobb about the bracelet he ordered for his wife's birthday. She has not finished it, but she promises it will be ready for him before the day of the celebration.

As they are waiting in the lobby, an acquaintance, Donald, comes to say hello. He asks Larry if he's still playing golf, to which he answers he is no longer active in the game. Evidently, Cliff's presence embarrasses him into admitting he was playing all the time. Larry happens to whistle a tune from Wagner. A man waiting to go in questions Larry whether he is a Jew, to which he responds that he certainly is. The man is incensed because Wagner was Hitler's favorite composer and his implication in the Holocaust.

At the screening, Larry, who is seated near Shelley extends his hand to get some pop corn from Shelley's cup. She takes the gesture as a suggestion to get more intimate. Larry's chewing clearly disturbs the people sitting behind him. After the film, the Cobbs and the Davids go to eat. Larry, who wants a Cobb salad asks it to be done his way. Cliff offers the story of how his grandfather invented the dish at Chicago's Drake Hotel. Larry is impressed.

Next morning, Larry asks his assistant to find out in the internet how the Cobb salad got its origins. She finds out it was first done at Hollywood's own famous Brown Derby. Larry thinks Cliff lied to him about something that he could find out otherwise on his own. Shelley comes on to Larry because she is convinced she got a signal from him he wanted sex from her. When he tells her she is wrong, she is mortified.

It is Halloween night. A few kids come to the Davids wanting candy. When two teens ring his bell, Larry feels they are too grown up for asking for candy. They call him all kinds of nasty names. The next morning he and Cheryl wake up to find out their garden is decorated with toilet paper all over and a sign has been written on the entrance door. The police are called, but Larry can't tell them who the culprits were.

When Larry goes to see Jeff, he is dressed in his favorite golf shirt. In order to get in the building he is forced to pass a lot of the office workers smoking at the entrance. As he exits, he has to go through the smokers again. Donald, the golfing acquaintance happens to be walking by and sees Larry's shirt. Immediately he realizes Larry had lied about not playing golf any more and calls him all kinds of names. He tries in vain to excuse himself saying he had done it because of Cliff's condition.

When he goes to Cliff's house to see about the bracelet, he tells the actor he found out he had lied to him with his story of his grandfather inventing the Cobb's salad. Cliffs goes into a rage, throwing Larry out and what's more, he questions Larry's motives for coming on to Shelley for sexual favors. Cliff announces to forget about the bracelet.

As Larry is driving home he sees one of the girls that painted his house. He wants to talk to her father immediately. He is taken aback when the man turns out to be the same Jewish man that criticized him by whistling Wagner.

It's Cheryl's birthday. Larry had a big surprise for her. He hired a chamber orchestra to play classical music. As the musicians are interpreting a beautiful selection, Jeff arrives to pick Larry up for their golf session. Cheryl takes offense and Jeff has to go. Larry gets his revenge at the nasty teen ager and her father by bringing the orchestra to their front entrance where he proceeds to play a Wagner overture for them, who are horrified.

Larry Charles directed this funny episode. Larry David has a thing about liars, as is the case here. When people do it, don't they realize the truth will come out sooner, rather than later? Also, the myth of Wagner's music being hated by Jews takes center stage, as well as the children's bad behavior being condoned by their parents. Smoking outside the work place, especially by a gang of office workers, can be obnoxious for someone like Larry, who doesn't have the bad habit and thinks they are obnoxious, to say the least.

Christopher Thornton appears as Cliff Cobb. His wife is played by Holly Wortell, and Danny Breen is Donald. Zane Lasky is the anti-Wagnerite. Another fine incisive view at that world by Larry David.


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