Is there a line Larry David won’t cross for the sake of some laughs?
If it’s not Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s, a seven year old’s sexuality, or the Hitler mustache, I doubt that Larry even notices that there’s a line anymore. What would normally be unacceptable behavior in today’s hyper-sensitive society, Larry David dares you to laugh out loud. And I’m much too weak of a person to not laugh.
The season finale, like most Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes, wrapped up rather nicely, coming full-circle by recalling an earlier joke — the whole “I need a convenient excuse to get out of a charity event at the Children’s Hospital”. Yeah, they brought it back to much comedic effect.
After introducing us to Greg, the sexually ambiguous son of the woman Larry was seeing last week, and a brief lesson in Nazism, Larry David gets the ball rolling in socially questionable behavior. Let’s start with Greg, an unquestionably effeminate boy who just so happens to be a huge fan of Project Runway, and how Larry shows us just enough to get us thinking about the future orientation of this young boy. It’s been my experience that I’ve found boys with that nice a haircut and that well-spoken at 7 years old are most likely to find themselves liking dick. I’m not judging, I’m just saying.
By teaching this kid the nuances of the Hitler mustache and the Swastika, Larry David plants the seed for a joke that you know will be coming back much later in the episode — much to your delight. And this is how I will remember the genius of this season’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. The way Larry David and his team were able to craft an episode around 2, maybe 3 social miscues that snowball into some crazy awkward catastrophe, it’s pure gold.