Curb Your Enthusiasm

Series 8 - 6. The Hero

The Hero
Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

It struck me long ago that much of Larry and Jeff’s appeal is down to them being like a modern-day Laurel and Hardy — best mates/prize chumps pootling around LA’s palm-lined avenues, incurring the wrath of a vituperative wife (Susie). But it takes guest star Ricky Gervais to point this out to their faces, albeit in an up-market New York diner.

Yes, the action at last moves to Manhattan in an unmissable episode that sees the two obnoxious titans of semi-improvised comedy squaring up to each other. Gervais (appearing in a deathly Broadway play) cuts through Larry David’s blather, fleeces him of $500 and manages to trump him at every turn — until a satisfying, final turnaround on the Subway.

And look out for another Brit, Ruthie Henshall, the butter-wouldn’t-melt musical theatre star, who silences Larry with a tirade of Anglo-Saxon abuse. Sublime.

About this programme

6/10. Larry is hailed as a hero after accidentally defusing a tense situation on a flight to New York by tripping over his shoelaces. Upon arriving in the city, Jeff asks him to help sign Ricky Gervais for his agency - but his plan to charm the comedian ends in disaster. Guest starring Ruthie Henshall, Samantha Mathis and Chris Parnell.

Cast and crew

Cast

Himself
Larry David
Jeff Greene
Jeff Garlin
Susie Greene
Susie Essman
Himself
Ricky Gervais
Donna
Samantha Mathis
Hank
Chris Parnell
Ally
Ruthie Henshall
Waiter
Dan Bakkedahl
Stewardess
Brittany Buckner
Drunk passenger
Michael Mulheren
Mugger
Otto Sanchez

Crew

Director
Alec Berg
Writer
Larry David
Writer
Alec Berg
Writer
David Mandel
Writer
Jeff Schaffer
Categories
Sitcom

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