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The Grand Opening 

In the third-season finale, Bobo's Restaurant is two days away from being scheduled to open when Larry discovers that the head chef was hired while pretending to be bald. After firing him, ... See full summary »

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Robert B. Weide
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Larry David ... Larry David
Jeff Garlin ... Jeff Greene
Cheryl Hines ... Cheryl David
Michael York ... Michael York
Richard Lewis ... Richard Lewis
Shelley Berman ... Nat David
Paul Sand ... Guy Bernier
Paul Dooley ... Cheryl's Dad
Susie Essman ... Susie Greene
Mina Kolb ... Jeff's Mom
Louis Nye ... Jeff Greene's Dad
Paul Willson ... Andy Portico
Caroline Aaron ... Barbara
Ann Allen Ann Allen ... Female Dodgeball Player
Jennifer Courtney ... Andy's Assistant
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In the third-season finale, Bobo's Restaurant is two days away from being scheduled to open when Larry discovers that the head chef was hired while pretending to be bald. After firing him, Larry and Jeff scramble to find a replacement. During the process, Larry accidentally injures the most influential food critic in Los Angeles, who is coming to the opening. The food critic recommends a chef from New York, who has an interesting quirk. Meanwhile, Cheryl has a tense confrontation with Susie after she bails on lunch after getting stuck in a car wash. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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USA

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English

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17 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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16:9 HD
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Larry drives over Cheryl's foot when he gets out of the car wash. See more »

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When Larry is spoon-feeding Portico, spaghetti falls on Portico's shirt. In the next cut the shirt is clean. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl David: [during the orgy of cursing has broken out] Ya goddamn motherfucking bitch!
Susie Greene: [Susie, misinterpreting Cheryl's words for her] FUCK YOU, ya car-wash cunt! I had a dental appointment!
[leaves angrily]
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Featured in Curb Your Enthusiasm: The N Word (2007) See more »

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Tuba Etude
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Music by Rick Braun
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Season 3: Another step up in quality with a very enjoyable season
9 November 2009 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When I first dipped into this show, it was mainly in season one and to be honest, it didn't impress me that much. Indeed I did think that my girlfriend's hatred of the show as a "painfully obvious and unfunny adult version of Mr Bean" had an element of truth (at least about it being an adult Mr Bean). Watching the first season in full didn't change this too much as it did seem quite obvious and exaggerated even if it was pretty funny. Season two was an improvement and I moved swiftly into season three, which I was happy to find was an improvement again. As with the previous season, the sow benefits from having a central narrative thread running through the season – in this case, Larry investing in a restaurant, because it provides much more in the way of structure that the first season had. This gives much more of a "real" place on which to build the comedy and it does prevent it all feeling contrived – even if it often is.

While all the seasons may have focused on Larry, season three continues what two did well by not just having him as the character but rather doing a better job of bringing the situations out of his character and out of the characters around him. This means that he is often the driver for things rather than coincidences and the like. Of course it does still use these as well but in season three they are less obvious and done with a great deal more wit and invention than in the first season – the sponge cakes being one such example. By using Larry's character more the show also becomes stronger in terms of how it appeals to me. He continues to be a tremendous A-hole but by having things happen to him / as a result of him from the small to the big, the viewer is able to see parts of him that we can relate to. We all play along with the rules of polite society even if we moan about them when they apply to us and moan about when others fail to observe them – this is what Larry is like and, although he goes too far for our amusement, we can still relate because below the level things get to, we can kinda see his point.

The plots this time are a fine example of that as most of them come from Larry being Larry. We have plenty of small social faux-pas that snowball out of control because of who Larry is as well as plenty of bigger things. The terrorist attack episode is brilliant because it shows how Larry simply cannot learn even a simple social lesson and repeats the same mistake again simply for his own benefit, while of course the season ends on the brilliant restaurant scene where we see Larry do "good" – which, in his world involves an entire restaurant full of people yelling obscenities. Although some of the episodes are quite silly compared to others, all of them are delightfully absurd and, as much as I don't care for the music used as the score, it does fit the style of humour. The cast are all great – with Essman being better than before while the rest deliver as expected and guests like Danson and Sykes being used well and certainly not being the novelty guests that some sitcoms would use them as.

While not being taken by season one of this show, season three represents another solid improvement in quality. It is clever, funny, absurd and inventive while also keeping a base that many viewers can relate to in Larry's inability to deal with the unwritten rules of society. Took me a minute but I'm seeing what everyone has been loving for all these years and, to a borrow a phrase, Curb, you had me at "f**k you, you carwash c**t".


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