Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 8, Episode 8

Car Periscope (28 Aug. 2011)

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Larry and Jeff weigh an investment opportunity; Wanda Sykes preempts Larry's training schedule.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Stein
George Bartenieff ...
Judge Horn
Cab Woman
Tracy Jai Edwards ...
Nathan's Wife
Michael Fawcett ...
Party Patron
Business Manager #2
Henry Horn


Larry and Jeff weigh an investment opportunity; Wanda Sykes preempts Larry's training schedule.

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28 September 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Larry is seen on a corner as he is trying to hail a taxi in Manhattan. A woman comes along, sees him, and walks a few steps ahead of him and gets into an arriving cab. Larry is incensed. He was there first, he reasons, but the woman will not have it. As the car passes him, she gives him the finger. Larry has been seeing a trainer at Washington Square Park. He claims the guy has helped him considerably as he feels much better these days.

Jeff and Larry have been told About Ira, a man who has discovered a new device that will make a car navigate easily, especially on Manhattan's congested arteries. They decide to check the man out. The device is a sort of periscope that will detect the traffic up ahead. The friends are not too convinced about whether to invest money needed to get the product to market. The arrival of the inventor's wife, Gabby, proves a deciding factor for Jeff and Larry as they see a decent woman behind the periscope man.

At a party at Henry Horn's apartment, Larry runs into Wanda Sykes. When she compliments Larry on his appearance, he praises his personal trainer. She wants his number, and he complies. Henry is the son of a famous television judge, now retired. Larry decides to go to the older man's room to say hello. The former judge is in the midst of playing scrabble with a one-armed man, who excuses himself when Larry gets in. The judge turns out to be a racist who spits racial slurs as he speaks. Henry comes into the room and it's appalled to find Larry in what appears to be cheating his father. Henry wants him out.

Jeff and Larry decide to give the money to Ira, the inventor at a restaurant where he and Gabby, the wife, where they have gone to have dinner. Gabbi has a hearty appetite, she eats everything that Larry has thought of taking home. At the Landmark Sunshine complex, where Larry, Ira and his wife have gone to see a film, Larry has had it with Gabby, who eats his pop corn as there was no tomorrow. Having to go to the bathroom, Gabby suggests to leave the pop corn with her, but Larry does not want to do so. Ira and Gabby become incensed by his refusal and they pull off the deal.

Later on, Larry goes to see a new financial adviser who talks badly about an idea that was dear to Larry: the two piece skis, which proved to be a disaster. Larry had fired his original business manager because of a much too attractive wife. Looking at a picture of his wife on the new man's desk, he decides he is the man. The woman is just plain, whereas the other wife was too hot.

The episode ends as Larry, hailing a taxi again, runs into the one-armed man. This man tries to go ahead of him so he can get the first cab. Judge Horn comes out from a store, and as the two men fight over who will get the first taxi, they knock him to the ground.

The writing team of the episode include Larry David, Alan Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel, who directs. The first annoyance the team tackles is rudeness in the way people will do anything to get a taxi by walking ahead of the person they see trying to get one. The second point being made is about business managers that steer people toward investments that might not have a chance to succeed. The third theme is the racism on the part of a prestigious television celebrity. The last thing is how Larry's trainer dumps him when he can get more money from Wanda.

As usual, the show was excellent in its subtle commentary about our society at large.

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