"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Never Wait for Seconds! (TV Episode 2017) Poster

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The Tribunal
bobcobb30120 November 2017
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Even though it was a rip-off of the Seinfeld finale, I did like the callback to previous episode guest stars to justify the fatwa on Larry being lifted. There were a few parts that made me chuckle, but for the most part this episode was a bust. Revisiting Marty's girlfriend, and continuing the romance of Larry and Lauren Graham were both bad decisions for the show.
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Never Wait for the Times 'contains spoiler'
ssnr-5906227 November 2017
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I tried to like he eight episode of the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but it is just not that funny, and I have to rate it a 2/5 on the Uber scale.

There have been some funny individual bits, but where the episode falls flat is the overarching season story line of the Fatwa which seems forced and repetitive, and culminates in this episode.

The cameo of Salman (aka Salmon) Rushdie in an earlier episode was the high point of this story line, and it was only downhill after he left the scene.

The episode creates such an exaggerated and cartoonish depiction of Muslims when Larry is put on trial by a jury of Muftis.

It was a homage to the last episode of Seinfeld, but failed in its Chronicles of the Elders of Zion depiction of Muslims.

It is not because of political correctness that I criticize the episode, but because it is not that funny.

The instant classic Palestinian Chicken episode was certainly not politically correct, but it was funny. It was funny because it laughed at the tribal nature of identity and contrasted that with the base desires for food and sex.

I'm also not saying the Larry is an Islamophobe, though he might be on the spectrum, but rather that his old white man conception of Muslims is out of touch with the realities of the modern makeup of America.

In an earlier episode, Larry says that there are no Muslims in show business. This discounts the rise of comedians with a Muslim background including Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani, and Hasan Minhaj. Indeed, Iranian-American actress Nasim Pedrad appeared in an earlier episode this season as an attractive feminine lesbian.

Imagine if Larry asked Aziz Ansari to help help him out in this episode and Aziz responded, "Nah man, I don't know how to help you." Then Aziz gets offended, and Larry has to fake being on the spectrum to get out of being labeled an Isamophobe. Now that would be a funny skit.

Larry has plenty of material to work with the melting pot nature of LA especially among the many Iranian-Americans who live there.

When people in LA think of Iranians, they don't think of Fatwas and Ayatollahs, but instead think of Shahs of Sunset style displays of new money wealth in fancy cars and gold jewelry.

Even if Larry didn't want to leave the Jewish community, there are plenty of Iranian Jews in LA that could be the backdrop of hilarious story lines.

The ultimate point is that the best comedy builds on the unspoken truths of the real world. Curb at its best can capture all the awkward and absurd nature of modern life.

Unfortunately, this episode loses touch with reality and instead deals with unfunny and unrealistic stereotypes. Larry would be well served by recognizing that there is a world of comedy gold that exists in the many different communities that make up LA.

All he has to do is get with the times.
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