The Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 finale arrived to HBO on Sunday night and with that came many things — including a number of big-name stars. This was an episode that brought you F. Murray Abraham, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nick Offerman, and a number of other familiar faces. It also brought you stories about apologizing for apologies, showing up late to dinner, guest room protocol, judging someone for wearing the same pants two days in a row, and also whether or not Larry was segregating deaf people by trying to make them go to a separate showing of the play.
In the end, everything culminated tonight in a showdown at a paintball match, one that led to a screaming match between Larry and Lin-Manuel over swingers showing up to his house and also Larry demanding money back from Offerman’s character when he really shouldn’t have. The swingers broke Larry’s curtain remote and He. Was. Not. Happy. This led to a paintball duel between Lin-Manuel and Larry at the paintball field, one in which Larry became Aaron Burr and hilariously shot his duel partner in the mouth. While taking the ambulance ride to the hospital with Lin-Manuel he hired an actress to speak for him at a wedding.
Of course, it makes sense at this point for Curb Your Enthusiasm to also end with its fair share of controversy — after all, we had a whole storyline tonight that was geared around the sign-language interpreter for the play having a large bosom. This eventually led to another awkward scene featuring the interpreter as Victor’s wedding, who was eventually booted from it for wearing (yet again) a revealing blouse. This is the storyline we could’ve done without.
Otherwise, this finale brought a number of entertaining moments, frequent callbacks to other bits this season, and of course the episode ending with everyone getting mad at Larry and him having to flee from the scene of yet another confrontation.
Part of the charm of Curb Your Enthusiasm has always been that Larry doesn’t actually deserve anything better than what he gets. He’s a pretty terrible person who prioritizes all the wrong things; in the end, he almost always gets his just desserts. The only problem is that most of the episodes all end up blending together when you look at many past seasons. It’s a fun show. Would we see more of it? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that we need to since it’s effectively the same thing every time with a different coat of paint on it. Plus, it’s going to be hard to top Larry accidentally becoming Aaron Burr at a paintball duel.
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