Curb Your Enthusiasm

Season 6 Episode 7

The TiVo Guy

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2007 on HBO
8.8
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When Larry snubs a frightened Cheryl's phone call in favor of dealing with a TiVo repairman, she walks out on him, leaving their friends to decide which of the pair to stay true to.

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  • Is there anything really wrong with Season 6?

    8.9
    After going through Season 6 for a second time, I find it hard to figure out what the problem is with Season 6 of Curb.. people complain about its lower quality, about how the humor is not as good.. but in episodes like this, The Bat Mitzvah, The Anonymous Donor.. they're as good as any other episode of the show. I personally think this season is better than Season 5 and some of the earlier episodes as well. The plots are just as entertaining and we get some classic lines, especially from Leon.



    Speaking of Leon, he stole in the show in the few scenes he was in. Him and his "long balls" speech with Larry was priceless, and to this day, I still can't stop laughing whenever I hear him say "Long Ball Larry." He just has a distinct sense of humor that's completely different than anyone else in the show.



    In this episode, it's a bit strange to see Larry suffering from such serious problems.. usually breakups don't happen to him, and Cheryl puts up with him regardless of what he does, but things got strangely serious here.. of course, we see Larry treat everything the way he normally does: mourn for about two seconds before he deciding there's something wrong with the size of the plates he's being served with or worrying that a waitress thinks he's lying about his wife splitting up with him. His priorities are what make this such a funny episode. When Cheryl comes back to the house to get her stuff and he starts asking if she'll call the waitress to confirm their splitup, it was so awkward that it was funny, something Curb has built its repertoire around.



    Overall, Season 6 was pretty solid, and this was just one of the better episodes.moreless
  • Great possibilities!

    9.0
    Now this is going to be funny, Larry David dating. Through all the seasons people kept wondering why Cherryl was still with Larry, and now she's left him. The thing on the plane was kind of forced, but the result was what everybody was waiting for. The thing of their friends choosing between them was great too, we could feel that people would turn to support Cherryl. Larry asking if the guy with whom Cherryl was dating was always prepared was hilarious, when he asks if the guy always carried a tissue, a pen and mint!



    I see a lot of possibilities here, and this 6th season is being awesome. Great Larry David!moreless
  • *SPOILERS* A good episode, but are Larry and Larry more connected than we thought?

    8.5
    I am a fan of the new series and I think there has been some gold in recent episodes!

    I have to wonder though whether the gap between 'Screen Larry' and 'Real Larry' is actually closing as Cheryl leaving him in this episode mirrors David's reported personal life. Specualtion is difficult, but there were hints in the episode that it was a temporary situation so we will have to see whether Larry and Cheryl can weather the storm.



    Another notable moment in this episode was the appearance of Broken Lizard's Kevin Heffernan as the 'Tivo Guy'. Kevin is teh second Lizard to appear in Curb after Erik Stolhanske appeared as Sven in 'The 5 Wood' episode. It was a real coincidence seeing him on the episode after having enjoyed 'Super Troopers' again a few days previously!



    Credit is also due to Lucy Lawless who was written in most obscurely, but played her part brilliantly and once again left us wondering how Larry does it?!!moreless
  • Larry Larry Larry

    9.0
    What a great episode. Okay I think it's fair to say that in the story there weren't a lot of incidents that resulted in one big ending, per typical Curb style, but this episode gave us back a side of Larry we haven't seen for a while.



    His insistence (sp) on Cheryl phoning up the restaraunt to confirm his story was infuriating, and yet classic Larry. I felt sorry for him that everyone, except for the Greens, chose Cheryl but I guess it had to play out like that for the future of the show.



    However, I did not like Cheryl. It's that weird thing of Hollywood where we expect much more from our females than we do of our males. Seeing Cheryl on a date with that airplane guy so quickly annoyed me, but when Larry dated Lucy Lawless, I was quite impassive, or even perhaps happy ... I don't know why it's like that, just how I've been bought up I guess!



    The show only lacked in that it was in the exact style of Curb classic, but this episode was good for what we saw of Larry, and that it managed to make me genuinely mad at him.moreless
  • Finally, Cheryl has had it! Yeah, yeah, yeah! Any connection to his private life's most recent happenings?

    7.5
    Seasons after seasons I wonder how Cheryl put up with Larry. True, annoying as someone can be, there is always that other side no one else can ever see, a least that is what one tells oneself. But DENIAL is not just a river in Egypt, and finally when her life flashed before her during a turbulent flight, her mind crystallized, and she arrived at the conclusion that she had had enough and that it was time to go.



    What happened next is classic: the separation of friends. Loyalty is shown and tested, and this is when the phrase "a friend in need is a friend indeed" is at its truest. Most appeared to be go to Cheryl's camp even if their friends started as Larry's friends. There seemed to be only one person who would always be there for Larry, and that was naturally Jeff. How he got away with that from his domineering wife attested to Jeff's skill and wit, I suppose. Good to see that he is not a total pushover.



    I do wonder: Cheryl started the guest program for the refugees from Katrina, but it has always been Larry who seemed involved and really to interact with them. What is up with that? And why is it that throughout any argument that involved Larry and Cheryl, Vivica would choose the latter. Why is she not giving Larry a hard time when it was obvious to others that the Lady of the House had left? Also, why did Cheryl just not kick Larry out? Does she never feel that that is her place? It will be interesting to see how her date with her "flight neighbor" would end up; thus far, he possessed some of Larry's habit of carrying mints, tissues, and a pen.



    Larry also made a good point about his bald self being replaced by someone with a good, ample head of hair. He said that he would not mind it so much if the replacement was also bald. He saw this as an unfair competition. To illustrate this point: The same thing has been said by a gay man who finds out that his ex has crossed over to the other team. The gay man would rather that he is replaced by another gay man than by a woman. In that way, at least the competition would be fairer, comparing oranges to oranges, instead of oranges to apples. In his private life, Larry David himself had recently gone through a divorce. After 14 years of marriage (I suppose Cheryl, who just suffered for 6 seasons, had it easy) Larry and Laurie David announced their divorce, filed by her, citing irreconcilable differences. But a true comic, he drew inspirations out of the event and worked it into the story-line. And true to his character, he does not stray from that self-absorbed, egotistical maniac that he is. In the episode, it is not shown that he is devastated to be left by Cheryl. He may say so, but his behavior does not reflect it.



    In actuality, most of what Larry experiences and argues make sense. It is his quest for equality and justice that causes him to argue ad infinitum about everything. It is just too bad that he is not tactful about it, but I am sure that some audience who watch the many episodes will realize that their lives parallel Larry's experiences, except that they are too polite to express such outrageousness.



    So now, when is Jeff's turn in leaving that shrew? Or is he still seeing another side of her that no one else could see?moreless
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