August 15th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
It was a battle royale between two comedy giants on Sunday night’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Larry David started his extended trip to New York (really, just an excuse to avoid showing up to a charity event), but the change of locale took a back seat to the main event.
When Jeff mentioned that he had been dying to represent Ricky Gervais, you just knew that Larry and Ricky would meet up before long.
Things got off on the wrong foot when Larry was forced by a waiter into buying a $300 bottle of wine for Ricky at a restaurant.
Then things went really downhill when Larry found the fact that Ricky brought a signed DVD of “Extras” as a gift to a party, and he referred to “Seinfeld” as “broad comedy.”
Speaking of “Seinfeld,” I have to admit that the fact that Ricky was thrown off by an interruption in the audience during his Broadway play (which unbeknownst to him, turned out to be Larry and Susie), was a bit reminiscent of “The Pez Dispenser” episode.
The arguments between Larry and Ricky continued once Larry had to pay $200 for theater seats that he thought were a gift.
Watching these two facing off throughout the episode was a treat, to the point where the other plotlines (including Larry’s “Sully”-esque heroism on a plane turning out to be a fraud) weren’t nearly as interesting.
It was also nice to see Larry emerge victorious by using a baguette to fight off a man on the subway who was mugging Larry’s ex and Ricky – but this being “Curb,” Larry’s shoelaces ended up getting caught in the train doors in the last few seconds of the episode.
I look forward to the rest of the season (including the finale with Michael J. Fox), but it will be hard to measure up to seeing Larry and Ricky go at it.
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