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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap Season 9, Episode 6, “The Accidental Text on Purpose”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 6, “The Accidental Text on Purpose”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 6, “The Accidental Text on Purpose”

Larry David has worn many hats throughout Curb Your Enthusiasm's run. This season alone he's been a pickle hero and fatwa boy, but more often than not, he's just a “four-eyed fuck.” “The Accidental Text on Purpose,” last night's episode of the show, introduced the unlikeliest of roles for Larry: relationship guru. Why anyone would trust Larry with relationship advice is unclear, but for the better part of the episode, Larry doles out some inspired—and appropriately disingenuous—nuggets of wisdom.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap Season 9, Episode 5, “Thank You for Your Service”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 5, “Thank You for Your Service”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 5, “Thank You for Your Service”

“Thank You for Your Service,” last night’s unbelievably incident-packed episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, hinged on the kind of tone-deaf punchlines that have marred many of the Larry David show’s recent episodes. But it’s also the ninth season’s most cohesive installment thus far, recalling the jigsaw-puzzle-like construction of vintage Curb episodes.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap Season 9, Episode 4, “Running with the Bulls”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 4, “Running with the Bulls”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 4, “Running with the Bulls”

Throughout its original eight-season run, Curb Your Enthusiasm questioned the limits of political correctness and offended nearly every group in the process. In doing so, the series produced some wonderfully uncomfortable (and impossibly funny) television. “Running with the Bulls,” though, is what happens when Curb’s inherently problematic humor fails.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap Season 9, Episode 3, “A Disturbance in the Kitchen”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 3, “A Disturbance in the Kitchen”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: Season 9, Episode 3, “A Disturbance in the Kitchen”

In the season-seven finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld pick apart the phrase “having said that.” “You say what you really want to say,” notes Larry, “and then you negate it.” To which Jerry adds, “You win either way.” The exchange may seem like a simple semantic criticism, but it’s a fitting turn of phrase for the inhabitants of the Curb universe, for whom bluntness and approval-seeking are coincident, often contradictory traits.