Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6, Episode 8

The N Word (28 Oct. 2007)

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Larry goes to the hospital to see his new girlfriend, an orthopedist. While in the bathroom, Larry overhears one end of a very angry, horribly offensive cell phone conversation. But ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl David (archive footage)
Jerry August ...
Board Member #1
Wren T. Brown ...
Dr. Page (as Wren Brown)
Irwin Goodwyn ...
Board Member #2
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Larry goes to the hospital to see his new girlfriend, an orthopedist. While in the bathroom, Larry overhears one end of a very angry, horribly offensive cell phone conversation. But repeating what the man said offends another doctor - the same one who is about to perform Jeff's operation. But it only results in Jeff's head getting shaved, who now has to deal with being bald. Larry has to give testimony as Jeff prepares to sue the hospital. Written by halo1k

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The character Dr Fromm is played by Brenda Strong. She also played Sue Ellen, the woman who wore an exposed bra in public on Seifeld. Which was co created by Larry David See more »


When having lunch in the hospital cafeteria, Jeff orders an Arnold Palmer and Larry orders an iced tea. Larry comes back from the restroom, and Jeff is drinking the iced tea. See more »


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3 November 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Larry, now living alone in the house, has decided to create a little spot in the garden so Auntie Rae can grow her own vegetables. She is so happy that when she hugs him, something an unwelcome reaction as what the woman experiences as she feels something not quite right against her body. The Blacks, Leon and Loretta are offended by the incident.

Larry, who has a way of getting people irate, overhears someone talking on a cell phone while he is in the men's room of the hospital where Jeff is going to be operated to help his snoring. The man mentions the "N word" and Larry is shocked. Retelling the story to Jeff in the cafeteria provokes a violent reaction of a black doctor who happens to come by.

The episode centers around the taboo word which is so offensive, no one should be using it lightly. Larry tackles a few annoyances on the episode, which kept repeating the despicable word a few times. Even though he is not a racist, he is made to be one by people taking his conversation out of context. Since he was seeing a doctor, he takes a shot at the way physicians, in general, scribble things no one can understand. Only pharmacists, used to seeing the writing, can decipher what it is supposed to be.

As a result for getting Jeff's doctor so upset, the surgeon decides to cut Jeff's hair, which makes Larry's partner understand why bald people suffer discrimination. Jeff, courting Ben Stiller, goes to a lunch with his new look, and the star decides to go with someone else. As usual the writing is the best thing of the show. Tom Kramer directed this episode.

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