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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap Season 9, Episode 8, “Never Wait for Seconds!”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 8, “Never Wait for Seconds!”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 8, “Never Wait for Seconds!”

Larry David isn’t what you would call a bad tipper. He may squabble with individuals in the service industry, even insult or baffle them in the process, but he’s usually quick to rustle up some cash for their troubles. Maybe he genuinely appreciates their assistance. Or, as it becomes increasingly clear in “Never Wait for Seconds!,” perhaps he’d rather wash his hands of the situation, extricating himself from any more involvement with a stranger. Given the abundance of service employees who Larry has run into throughout season nine of Curb Your Enthusiasm, not to mention the instances of him expressing his distaste for being indebted to anyone, it’s not surprising that the series should devote an entire episode to the politics of favors.

Summer of ’90: The Long and Winding Road - Back to the Future III

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Summer of ’90: The Long and Winding Road - Back to the Future III
Summer of ’90: The Long and Winding Road - Back to the Future III

There was a comfort in realizing that Back to the Future III would be set in the Old West after Back to the Future II had just spun everything audiences knew about the series on its head. It was straightforward and familiar, with the focus back on the characters rather than the murky complexities of time travel. More than just the promise of one more ride in the DeLorean with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), the trailer that followed “To Be Concluded” at the end of Back to the Future II felt like the sly wink from a parent having to close a storybook on a dark cliffhanger, promising that everything was going to be okay. The heroes would win, everything would go back to normal, life would be sunshine and daisies. It felt like sweet relief in the theater, with the terrible uncertainty that Doc was even alive instantly smoothed over. It still feels like the start of a new trajectory now, and the first glimmers of the overly earnest filmmaker Robert Zemeckis would become four years later with Forrest Gump.