Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 8, Episode 5

Vow of Silence (7 Aug. 2011)

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A friend who has taken a vow of silence creates a stir at multiple parties, Larry eats Jeff's dog's last meal, and Richard Lewis is snubbed meeting Larry for lunch.

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A friend who has taken a vow of silence creates a stir at multiple parties, Larry eats Jeff's dog's last meal, and Richard Lewis is snubbed meeting Larry for lunch.

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Larry arrives at a farewell party Jeff and Susan Greene are giving for themselves. The couple have decided to go to New York where their daughter Sammi was accepted for Julliard. As he tries parking his car, he notices a red Volvo incorrectly situated, the owner not having stayed within the lines. Inside, Larry wonders who was the one that took the extra space. The Greenes are talking to Vance, who moves his lips, but no sound comes out of his mouth. Susie explains the man has taken a vow of silence, suggested by his spiritual guide.

Larry suggests to Jeff to go to the buffet table. A woman comes out of nowhere to chat to the man in front of Larry. She eases into the line, something that Larry finds an offensive. He tells the lady off, who feeling the heat, moves behind Jeff, but still in front of people in line. At the table, Larry and Jeff sit with the Greene's vet. Larry begins asking the wife a lot of questions about the animals treated by the husband. The lady, obviously ticked off by the questioning, turns to Larry and asks him when was the last time he jacked off. This morning is his prompt answer.

A friend, Tessler, approaches Larry to ask if he would be interested in helping with a benefit for the Children of Keegan's Club. Larry does not know what to do, so he lies. He will be in New York, he tells Tessler, which apparently gets him off the hook. Later as Jeff and Larry stop at the vet, a tearful Susie comes out with the veterinarian to inform her husband their dog must be put to sleep. Susie would like to give the dog a last treat before he gets the needle. She thinks an ice cream from Pinkberry is the most appropriate thing to do. She dispatch Jeff to get it.

As Jeff and Larry get to Pinkberry, Larry decides to wait outside. Spotting a man who is parking over the allotted lines, mortifies him. He confronts the man by telling him what he is doing is wrong. The man tells Larry off by suggesting to mind his business. Spotting Tessler down the street, he goes inside the store. He begins talking to Jeff, provoking the woman behind his friend to question Larry about practicing his own kind of chat and cut.

As Jeff and Larry go back with the ice cream, Larry wants a taste. Jeff also feels he has to have a spoonful. They end up eating the whole thing. When they meet Susie, Larry offers a lame excuse the place was closed because of a Korean holiday. Susie decides to throw a Shiva service for her beloved Oscar.

One day, at the office, Tessler stops by to see if Larry would be able to come to the benefit for the club. Not knowing what to say, Larry lies to his friend by telling him he has to go to New York. When Tessler asks about what hotel he will be staying, Larry, does not have an answer. Tessler mentions his friend Ronny Harlin has an empty apartment and he would ask if Larry could use while in the city, a generous offer.

Meeting Jeff and Susie as they are coming out of a restaurant, they mention they are going to Pinkberry. Larry follows them. Arriving at the parking area, he sees the red Volvo incorrectly parked. He decides to write a note to the offender. Little does he know the car belongs to Vance, who is offended when he reads the note. An irate Vance decides to break his vow of silence to insult Larry.

The last moment catches Jeff and Susie on the plane to New York, and Larry across the aisle enjoying a cup of Pinkberry's ice cream, while an upset Richard Lewis is seen waiting for Larry at a restaurant, something that happened because he was assured his friend would be there.

Another good episode in the 2011 season. Directed Alec Berg and Dale Stern. The screenplay was written by Mr. David with Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel. The points in today's installment is how inconsiderate people are, not caring who they inconvenience by their actions. The same can be said about the chat and cut, a practice that is annoying, at best. Lying to cover oneself is also explored as Larry tries to get away from going to something he does not care about.


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