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Opening Night 

In the fourth-season finale, Larry David flies to New York with fellow performers David Schwimmer and Cady Huffman to star on Broadway in "The Producers". Along the way, he argues with ... See full summary »

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... Larry David
... Jeff Greene
... Cheryl David
... Mel Brooks
... Anne Bancroft
... David Schwimmer
... Norm
... Cousin Andy
... Cady Huffman
... Nathan Lane
... Susan Stroman
... Doorman #2
... Room Service Waiter
... Stewardess (as Yvette Brown)
... Drunk
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In the fourth-season finale, Larry David flies to New York with fellow performers David Schwimmer and Cady Huffman to star on Broadway in "The Producers". Along the way, he argues with Schwimmer, develops a strange relationship with Huffman, finds he's tipping way too often and attempts to use his 10th anniversary gift from Cheryl. On stage, Larry and David put aside their differences and blow the audience away - unexpectedly, Mel Brooks isn't impressed. Written by Tomius J. Barnard

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Anne Bancroft's final acting appearance (playing herself) See more »

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When Larry is at dinner, the bits of napkin on his face disappear, then reappear. See more »

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[after Larry turned down sex from Cady Huffman because she had a Bush picture in her dressing room]
Jeff Greene: What the fuck were you thinking! A picture of Bush, who gives a flying fuck? I'd fuck her with a Bush mask on!
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Opening Night
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Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
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Brilliant
17 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

At its best, the brilliance of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is revealed by the exquisite construction of the plots - every little thing that happens along the way comes together in the finale. In "Opening Night," this brilliance is shown both on the scale of the episode itself and on the long scale of the season-long plot arc.

The running plot lines of season 4 have been "Larry David stars in 'The Producers'" and "Will Larry be able to take advantage of Cheryl's offer to let him commit adultery once and once only as a 10th anniversary present." In "Opening Night," we finally get the answer to the question that's been hanging over our heads all season, "What was Mel Brooks thinking when he cast Larry David, who appears to be unable to sing, dance, act, or learn his lines?" We also see his last two attempts to make good on Cheryl's offer and the complications that as usual get in the way of any hope of success.

The entire plot works like clockwork: Larry travels to New York for the Broadway opening, finds himself not having small bills to tip the staff at his hotel, offends the Sikh air conditioner repairman by not tipping him, makes it up to the hotel staff by giving them opening-night tickets, meets a tourist played by Stephen Colbert and as usual gets in an altercation that ends with the tourist placing a whammy ("You. Will. FAIL") on Larry. . . leading to an absolutely perfect finale involving Larry's loudmouthed cousin, the Sikh's turban, Larry completely forgetting his lines and getting no help at all from costar David Schwimmer (who may have forgiven Larry for the watch incident, but apparently not for the stewardess incident), and a cameo appearance by Anne Bancroft playing herself.

One has to admire Larry David's audacity in revealing that the entire season was basically a shaggy-dog joke that only people who have seen the movie "The Producers" will fully appreciate. I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't seen the episode, so I won't say any more than that. I suspect that even if you haven't seen "The Producers," you'll find a lot to laugh at and admire in this episode. If you have, you'll almost certainly be like me -- on the floor laughing throughout the brilliant finale.


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