Larry David hates emoticons. He also hates cheek-to-cheek contact with another man. And he’s got no problem shitting where he eats or eating where he shat. Such is the life of the world’s most pre-eminent eater shitter eater.
Not all episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm can be the perfect blend of awkward comedic genius, and so while “The Smiley Face” was subpar by Larry David standards, I’d much rather watch five episodes of this caliber than the best of
Two Guys And A Fat Kid Two And A Half Men.
Even when arguments fall flat on their face, Larry David and his team has enough conflict going about that there’s something there for everyone. Don’t like nieces barging in on your groping? Need a new excuse to get out of a dinner date? Don’t like to talk during kissing? Need another hottie to show up on the show? Ever try following a funeral procession and find it difficult beyond belief? LD’s got you.
What starts off as two rights turns into a shitstorm of wrongs for Larry David. While mostly funny, there was a lot of shit hailing down on poor Larry.
First off, Antoinette, Larry’s most-trusted assistant, has been gone for weeks — by her father’s “deathbed”. Unfortunately, he seems to be “lingering”. Antoinette’s abscence causes Larry to make the fatal mistake of giving up a kitchen cabinet to “Dog” and his hip new production team moving in next door. Word of advice: “Never, ever, give up a cabinet. Ever.”
Next up is Larry lending his hostess girlfriend $60 after he’s rudely interrupted by a much too old actress playing a 16 year old. Seriously, I know what 16 girls look like and she was far too old. Anyways, “Hostess” doesn’t use that $60 for groceries, like she said she would and doesn’t immediately return the money. This rubs Larry the wrong way and ultimately leaves him with a pink face and his favorite emoticon on his forehead. At Antoinette’s funeral…
Unfortunately, the episode’s problems linger on a bit too long, not unlike Antoinette’s dad. Larry David is a master of completing the episode arc and wrapping it up neatly and without too much extra fat. Most of his stories are lean and yet just meaty enough. This one seemed to be too packed with far too many idiosyncratic minutea that it overwhelmed me. While I enjoy Susie verbally tearing into Jeff as much as the next guy, this seemed too easy, too small, and ultimately too lazy to be appreciated. While this may have been just another tune-up episode for LD, before his big move back to NY, I did appreciate the brass balls on display at the end.
I must admit, eating where you shat takes a huge pair.