Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6, Episode 6

The Rat Dog (14 Oct. 2007)

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A faulty toaster makes life difficult for Loretta and Leon. Larry repeatedly offends a hearing impaired girl about the small dog she keeps with her. Larry and Leon get their phones mixed up... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dorian Frankel ...
Lisa the Masseuse
Mike the Exterminator (as Kevin Farley)
Adam Gary ...
Kid #1
Kid #2 (as Bailey Hughs)


A faulty toaster makes life difficult for Loretta and Leon. Larry repeatedly offends a hearing impaired girl about the small dog she keeps with her. Larry and Leon get their phones mixed up, and Larry traumatizes the entire audience at Sammy's middle school production of Grease when he invites Jeff's exterminator to watch the show. Written by halo1k

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15 August 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Watch your hands if you are speaking in front of a deaf mute person, which is something that happens to Larry when he meets Jean and Hal, as he brings Loretta's kids to school. Jean, who can read lips, as well as sign language, is appalled by Larry's behavior.

Larry has a way to insult people without really even trying. Jean's little dog, which reminds Larry of a big rat is the object of the hatred feelings he awakens in Jean. Not content in what he has done, he has an occasion of insulting Hal indirectly when the man, who happens to be black, calls Larry at home and gets Leon, who is really black to answer the phone. Hal believes he is being ridiculed and patronized even if he is not talking to Larry himself.

Loretta's kids are appearing in a school production of Grease. One day, before the play's opening, he is at Jeff's house and Mike, the exterminator, happens to hear about the play, wanting to go. Larry has no other choice, and takes him to the show. Jean, who happens to be attending the play, spots Larry and have words with him. Mike, spotting the little dog, does what comes naturally to him, with horrendous consequences.

This was an inspired episode where all the elements seem to fit well together. Larry, a master in offending everyone, is at his best to fulfill his role. Larry David's screenplay is one of the best of the 2007 season. Directed by David Steinberg, this chapter in the series works well and the regulars, as well as the invited guests are seen at their best. There are a lot of laughs in this installment.

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