Larry David always seems to find a way to make people hate him, regardless of what he does. In this episode, we don't have any Seinfeld development and we don't even have any Cheryl in this episode either, but watching the core group of Larry, Jeff, Funkhouser and Andy try and avoid being blamed for the death of the man's black swan was hilarious, and the fact that the episode only took place in two different areas (the dining club and Larry's house) was all the more impressive.
For the most part, the premise is pretty simple: Norm, someone who Larry hates and someone who hates Larry, passes away shortly after Larry and him get in a fight. While he's blamed for the murder of Norm, he tries to pass the blame onto a black swan that charged him later in the course (a swan that he consequently murdered with his golf club). Meanwhile, Larry must also deal with Nat and Andy and a stone mason who spelled his mother's gravestone wrong because of his cheap father.
Part of the fun of Curb is just watching how the plotlines unfold and affect each other. And this one really paid off. There was so much going on, whether it was the black swan, plots with Andy and Nat, the additional tip etc.. And it never feels like too much. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more Seinfeld though, especially as we get closer to the table read episode. But episodes like this certainly don't hurt.
And I thought black swan was the perfect name for this episode.. there was an actual black swan, and it also refers to a phenomenon happening twice in a relatively short period of time. So, very clever naming on this one!