Curb Your Enthusiasm

Season 5 Episode 4

Kamikaze Bingo

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2005 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Larry wonders how a Japanese WWII veteran can call himself a kamikaze and feels a nursing home bingo game may not be on the up-and-up.

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  • If you didn't find this funny, you were probably offended - not difficult as Larry procedes to insightfully yet insensitively trample all over a number of taboo topics -especially suicide. Political (in)correctness aside though, Kamikaze Bingo is a smart,moreless

    If you didn't find this funny, you were probably offended - not difficult as Larry procedes to insightfully yet insensitively trample all over a number of taboo topics -especially suicide.

    Recuperating from a stroke, Larry's father has become friendly with a Japanese WW2 veteran, but Larry's inquisitive nature gets the better of him when he learns the veteran was a Kamikaze pilot. Larry’s burning desire to get to bottom of how a Kamikaze pilot survived leads to much chaos and hilarity for those caught in his wake, whilst also highlighting a number of US – Japanese cultural differences.

    Political (in)correctness aside, Kamikaze Bingo is a smartest and sharpest episode of the series so far that flows smooth and ends with a real bang.moreless
  • What Happened??

    This had to be BY FAR the worst episode of the entire series. I have loved every episode before this one. It was just not funny at all. Season 5 seems to be going downhill fast. And I don't get why they don't use Susie and Jeff and Wanda and Richard Lewis more than they have. It's falling...this may be the end.
  • Brilliant, Genius, and HILARIOUS!

    This episode is all those things (brilliant, genius, and hilarious) and some! There is so much that happens in this episode. Let's see. We have-

    -Larry thinking the Bingo game is rigged

    -The Pharmacist vs. the Doctor

    -The guy who tries to commit suicide

    -The Chicken Teriyaki

    -The apology and eating

    -Larry is accused for wanting to kill/catches dad watching porn!

    and more and more and more!

    This show is great because it's about absolutely NOTHING! This show is a fine example of how everyday simple situations can be extremely hilarious! There are so many things that happen in this episode that are funny that you will mostly laugh the entire episode! HONESTLY!

    I would give this episode a 9.8/10 That's almost a perfect score! Watch this episode, you won't be sorry!moreless
  • "Larry's paranioa" In my opinion, all the episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm usually are better than the worst episodes of Seinfeld.

    This episode reveals the extent of Larry's unfounded paranoia. After seemingly unwittingly insulting an aquaintance caused the chap to attempt suicide, Larry plays a Game of Bingo at the nursing home his Father is a resident of. During the game of Bingo Larry calls out "Bingo" indicating he believes he has won, yet when the old lady refereeing the game comes over the check that this is correct, she indicates Larry has not won and was mistaken. Larry is very jaded by this because in his own mind he "knows" he rightfully won. Larry becomes paranoid that there is something "fishy" going on at the nursing home Bingo game. His paranoia does however not end at merely "thinking" that there is something fishy going on, Larry informs a Doctor that works there of his unfounded beliefs.

    In my opinion, all the episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm usually are better than the worst episodes of Seinfeld.


    The old lady calls out the number "I-20", Larry believes she called out "I-17".

  • The combination of Larry, the kamikaze thing and playing bingo are enough to make a whole episode out of it.

    Well written, great ending. A good example for a Larry David Show. His father has an appearance when they play Bingo. Using the game bingo to set on fire is typical for Larry. Of course, the senior who apperantly fakes the game to make cash is just an add on to his nerdiness.
Matt DeCaro

Matt DeCaro

Dr. Skadden

Guest Star

Elaine Kao

Elaine Kao


Guest Star

Victor Kobayashi

Victor Kobayashi

Sushi Waiter

Guest Star

Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman

Nat David

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (1)


    • Larry says medication being used as an excuse for a personality change is like "the Twinkie defense," which came about during coverage of the trial of Dan White, who stood accused of the 1978 murders of San Francisco Mayor, George Moscone and City Supervisor, Harvey Milk. During the trial, White's defense team successfully argued diminished mental capacity on the grounds that the defendant was suffering depression at the time the crimes were committed. That their client had turned from a previously healthy diet to one of junkfood and Twinkies was offered as evidence of his depression. When White was convicted of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, much reportage misrepresented the facts; and so it erroneously passed into popular belief that the defense team had argued that the consumption of Twinkies had caused the depression. The term now commonly indicates a certain level of dubiousness on the part of the user in reference to any legal argument which posits that circumstances outside the control of the defendant contributed to his or her actions.