Episode Title: "The Bi-Sexual"
Story By: Larry David, Alec Berg, David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer
Director: David Mandel
I love that in Larry David's New York, there are dapper older gentlemen in the park dealing illicit viagra with beautiful women by their side, as pictured above.
But what could make Larry stoop to such measures? Rosie O'Donnell.
During an art event in New York, Larry meets a gorgeous woman named Jane (Amy Landecker) who seems eager to spend time with him and she finds his sense of humor appealing. He boasts about the encounter with Rosie, who had a similar story about a woman that she met at the event. They compare notes and quickly realize that they are after the same bi-sexual woman. Rosie tells Larry that he should back off, but he refuses to give in to what he later calls "the lesbian advantage."
Larry's fortunes aren't helped when a Japanese restaurant poorly packs his take out food during his date with Jane and he finds himself losing Jane to Rosie's grander gestures like taking Jane out to the Tony Awards. By the time that Leon (J.B. Smoove) rolls into town, Larry is just desperate enough to do as he suggests: take the little blue pill and give Jane the night of her life.
For the rest of the episode, Larry's newfound sexual prowess and the means he achieved it are used as metaphors for steroids in baseball. Larry even exclaims that everyone is doing it when he's barred from a certain establishment later in the episode. He also happens to hit a home run in softball while on the juice, as Rosie becomes increasingly suspicious of him. O'Donnell actually comes off well in the episode by staying less over-the-top than I expected her to be. And it was fun to see Larry compete with someone that he seems to like besides Jeff (Jeff Garlin).
The aforementioned Leon returned in this episode, after having apparently driven Larry's car across the country to get away from his "roommate;" which astounds Larry since Leon lives in his home. There doesn't seem to be any way for Larry to ever get Leon out of his life and I think that he's stopped trying because he either likes hanging around Leon or he just doesn't care anymore. Leon is also helpful to have around because he tends to push Larry to greater extremes than Jeff.
Larry also becomes obsessed with the Japanese custom of bowing. After the poorly packaged take out, Larry pesters the Manager of the Japanese restaurant (Andrew Pang), who seems willing to say anything to get Larry to leave him alone. Larry tells him that he want an apology, so the manager offers one and lightly bows. This manages to impress Larry, until he witnesses another Japanese man give a 90 degree bow for a minor ice cream accident. The man then tells Larry that he received a "S*** bow" from the manager, leading Larry to harass the poor man again. The manager is amusingly restrained in his reaction to Larry's criticisms, even as he suggests that Larry should visit other restaurants. But Larry does seem to love his routines, no matter what city he's in.
On the matter of friendship, Larry runs into Duckstein (Alan Zweibel), a man he openly disdains. Larry has to constantly tell Duckstein that they aren't friends just to keep him from insisting that they dine together. When Larry mentioned that he was a master of the Heimlich Maneuver, it was bound to come up again. And sure enough, Duckstein nearly chokes on his lunch while alone in the park, leading a guilty Larry to visit him in the hospital. Unfortunately for Larry, Duckstein takes Larry's visit as a sign that he's a true friend and insists that they dine together on hospital food… with many more meals to come.
This was an enjoyable episode, but it's definitely not going into the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" hall of fame like some of the earlier episodes this season. Blame the juice!
Crave Online Rating: 7 out of 10.