after a 1.5 year layoff, Curb Your Enthusiasm returned on Sunday, with the season 8 premiere. the episode opens with Larry and Cheryl watching the Seinfeld reunion. but things quickly go south, when Larry notices Cheryl’s drink has left a stain on his wood table. this causes him to bring up the incident from the season 7 finale, where Julia Louis-Dreyfus accuses Larry of leaving a similar stain on her wood table. Larry calls Julia, and insists that Cheryl apologise to her.
divorce papers are filed, and Larry feels confident about his lawyer, Andrew Berg (Paul F. Tompkins), until he finds out he’s not Jewish. feeling betrayed, Larry replaces him with a real Jewish lawyer, who helps LD in a dispute with a waiter, over buffet items at a restaurant. LD second-guesses his decision to buy Girl Scout cookies, after a falling out with LA Dodgers owner Joe O’Donnell (Gary Cole)
editors note: real-life Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt, separated from his wife in 2009. the team was a pivotal part of the settlement. even tho they were now divorced, the judge named them co-owners of the team. the Dodgers were taken over by MLB on April 20, 2011, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 27.
Marty Funkhouser tells Larry and Leon that he’s getting a divorce:
Leon: you ran that ass into the ground.
Funkhouser: I don’t wanna talk about my wife like that.
Larry: it’s not a negative thing to run an ass in the ground.
this episode was filmed in Los Angeles, but the ending paves the way for Larry and Leon (JB Smoove) moving to New York. when they are on screen together, it’s pure comedy gold!