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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" The Hot Towel (2009)

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Short shorts

Author: jotix100 from New York
2 December 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Larry has some pet peeves to deal with in this episode. The first one is men in shorts. He had the unfortunate experience, while flying, of sitting next to a man that is traveling "light" in shorts. The sight of this man's ugly hairy legs is enough to send Larry into a rage. His seat mate asks him how would he feel about it had she been a woman. Obviously, a double standard on Larry's part. The irony of the whole thing is that Larry, himself, will be seen as offensive himself because of the same thing he accuses the passenger that sat next to him.

The second annoyance is aimed toward airlines handing out hot towels. Larry experiences discomfort as the flight attendant slaps one on his hands. After landing, Larry must go to Dr. Morrison for treatment. While the burn is nothing, the doctor bandages his left hand. The one thing that bothers Larry is not being able to contact his own doctor directly. After bothering Dr. Morrison for his home number, the physician relents, with the caveat not to use it.

Larry meets Mary Jane, an attractive woman, as he comes out of the doctor's office. It's clear he wants to get together with her. Since Morrison has mentioned an Italian restaurant, that's where he wants to take her. That night he has to attend Ted Danson's birthday party.Larry's gift is a gift certificate for $300 to be used at the Italian eatery. Jeff and Susie's gift to Ted consists in having their daughter Sammi sing to Ted. The problem is the girl sings off key, something Larry can't stand. He stops her rudely and is asked to go.

Before that, he had met Christian Slater at the buffet table. The actor has been helping himself to healthy portions of caviar. When Larry suggests to be considerate, Slater couldn't care less. When Mary questions Larry about eating too much of the caviar, he is offended and point out to the true culprit, something Slater doesn't appreciate.

Larry takes Mary Jane to eat. He figures he can have a good time with her afterward. Little prepare Larry to find Ted and Mary having dinner with Jeff and Susie. He is insulted! With that a tenor singing an opera aria bursts into the room. Larry feels the singer is offensive to the patrons and lets him have it. Mary Jane and Larry go to her place. As he is trying to get amorous, his bandaged hand gets in the way, which he decides to take off. A unexpected surprise turns out to be Mary Jane's boyfriend.

At the end of the episode, the offended boyfriend comes looking for Larry to try to get revenge. Larry leaves the house and is seen all over his neighborhood. He even goes into Dr. Morrison's who is shocked to find Larry in shorts. Finally he makes it to Jeff and Susie and begs them to let him stay. Larry is awakened the following morning by Sammi singing off key again!

Another winning episode written by Larry David with Alan Berg directing with excellent pacing. Besides the regulars doing what they do best, there are good appearances by Philip Baker Hall playing Dr. Morrison. Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are an asset to the program whenever they appear. Sherry Stringfield makes a wonderful Mary Jane. Actor Christian Slater makes a valuable contribution to the show.

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