Curb Your Enthusiasm

Season 5 Episode 1

The Larry David Sandwich

2
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2005 on HBO
8.6
out of 10
User Rating
170 votes
3

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
As the Jewish high holy days approach, a near-death experience, coupled with a comment made by his father, leaves Larry wondering if there's more to his identity than he thought. In better news, a sandwich now bears his name, but it's not entirely to his liking.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Saturday
No results found.
Sunday
No results found.
Monday
5:00am
TVLAND
5:30am
TVLAND
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Season 5 starts off with a set-up to this year's "Davidian" shennanigans.

    7.3
    As has become custom the past few years on this show, the season premiere trades gut-busting laughs for some set-up to the season's main story arc (not that there's anything wrong with that). This typically leaves the episode funny in a general sense with a new very nice chuckles, but not the sort of laughs generated by installments like "The Survivor" or "Beloved Aunt."

    This opener sees Larry being set down the path to discover his true identity when a surprise revelation from his father, along with nearly dying, leave him questioning all he thought he knew. At the same time we see him being slightly ungracious toward being honored at a local delicatessen and infuriating wife Cheryl during the most intimate of moments, all the while wondering why anyone thinks he's done anything wrong. In the end, Larry corrects one of his evil ways, but it may have cost him the answers he was searching for, in the typical manner in which Larry is chided for bad behavior, but then suffers even more for good behavior.

    In all, this was a good starter to the season that opened plenty of doors for Larry to barge though with both eyes closed to the social mores of the world.moreless
  • Classic "Curb Your Enthusiasm" story!

    8.7
    Late at night, somewhere in southern California, Larry David is having sex with his wife when the phone rings. She doesn't want him to pick it up, but being the nervous, frantic person he is, Larry has to answer the phone. It's Jeff. Here's the part that makes this a *classic* Curb scene -- he has the whole conversation with Jeff while still laying on his wife, while she groans and makes a face. Then he tries to get back at it after hanging up!



    There's a little bit of Larry David in all of us, and this season will show us all how much.moreless
  • Scalping high holiday tickets is the perfect idea for this show. Well done, Larry!

    8.3
    Larry shows just how venal he can be in this show - worrying more about his sandwich than his father, and actually hoping he\'s adopted! Though some of the scenes were a bit underdeveloped and didn\'t seem to play out to their usual uncomfortable conclusions (hence only an 8.3), the ideas behind the episode were stellar- especially the idea that he would scalp tickets to high holiday services (that was a 10)...Classic Curb. Looking forward to the rest of the season.moreless
Ed O'Ross

Ed O'Ross

Leo

Guest Star

Kenneth Kimmins

Kenneth Kimmins

Dr. Sewell

Guest Star

Galvin Chapman

Galvin Chapman

Graham

Guest Star

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Himself

Recurring Role

Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman

Nat David

Recurring Role

Susan "Susie" Essman

Susan "Susie" Essman

Susie Greene

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

More
Less
  • 10:00 pm
    20/20
    NEW
    ABC