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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap Season 9, Episode 9, “The Shucker”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 9, “The Shucker”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 9, “The Shucker”

“There’s no discretion anymore,” Larry David laments in the penultimate episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s ninth season, and there’s an inkling of truth to his complaint. Were Larry’s company more discreet, Cheryl might not have divulged personal information about Larry to her new beau, Ted Danson. In the event that there is still discretion in a world full of big mouths, it usually comes at a price: $2,500 to be exact, from an extorting shellfish shucker (Steven Weber), in exchange for not telling Lin-Manuel Miranda that Larry fell asleep during a performance of Hamilton.

A Movie a Day, Day 41: The General

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A Movie a Day, Day 41: <em>The General</em>
A Movie a Day, Day 41: <em>The General</em>

I have a confession to make: I outed a celebrity last night. I felt mortified the moment I’d spoken the words, so I blame Buster Keaton. I had just seen The General and was out of my head with Buster-induced bliss, and so, when a comic actor I love gestured me onto the escalator, I blurted, “Steve! It’s Jeff Garlin!” My husband had the presence of mind to ask Garlin if he’d just seen the movie too, and wasn’t it great? “Yes, just about as great as anything can be,” Garlin said. “It made me so happy.”

Exactly. It’s always an enormous pleasure to see this Buster Keaton classic, which may be my favorite of his feature-length films (though The Cameraman also delights me from start to finish). But to see it on a big screen, in a print recently restored by the Museum of Modern Art, preceded by two reels of brave and brilliant physical comedy from Steamboat Bill Jr. and accompanied by Ben Model? Heaven, I’m in heaven…