The role of Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm is a complex one. Sometimes he comes across as one of the biggest jerks on TV, but other times he speaks for nearly all of us. He says what we want to say. He confronts those that break the secret societal codes. He transforms into the “social assassin” that we could all use from time to time. Below I have highlighted the Top 10 issues that LD (within the Curb Your Enthusiasm world) has caused a stir over that we can all get behind.
Scenario: In this scene, Larry actually does a good deed when he holds the elevator for a fellow patient. However, the other patient then signs in first and since the office is ‘First Come First Serve’ he has to wait… for a long time.
First off, why do we have to even sign in at the doctor’s? When I go golfing I don’t need to sign in on a list, I just give them my name and then wait for them to call me. How is a golf course more tech savvy then the doctor’s office? Secondly, similar to the Car Rental Reservation issue from Seinfeld, what’s the point of scheduling an appointment time if you just take people as they come in. I know not all doctor’s offices operate like this, but LD makes a great case for a complete re-haul of how the waiting room operates.
Scenario: Larry refuses to give a pair of 13 year olds candy because they aren’t in costume.
My parents didn’t allow me to trick or treat once I hit middle school, at the time I didn’t think that was fair but in retrospect I agree with this practice. Halloween should be enjoyed up until the 6th grade and then put on hold again until college. I have seen teenagers walk around with no costumes on and it drives me berserk. Put some effort into it if you want some candy. I’d even take this one further, even if you are in costume, once you are in your teens I’m not giving you any candy. Don’t abuse Halloween.
Scenario: Larry snubs a restaurant manager on the street who wants to stop and chat but LD continues onward with Jeff.
This is a tough nut to crack. Very few people like the awkward interaction filled with small talk but you don’t know if you are offending someone who is in the minority that looks forward to the stop and chat. My policy: If I don’t have your phone number, we don’t need to do the stop and chat.
Scenario: Larry suspects a local weatherman will give a rainy forecast in order to golf on an empty course.
This is one that most likely doesn’t happen in real life but one that I don’t think is completely out of the realm of possibility. I believe that we should enact a law going forward, if a weatherman gives a drastically inaccurate forecast they should go about their day as if the weather was what they forecast. They predict snow and it’s a clear day, they have to stay inside all day. They call for rain at the beach, they should go see a movie and enjoy all meals indoors.
Scenario: LD catches grief when he uses a handicap toilet in a public restroom because it was the only one available.
I think this one is pretty straight forward: when you got to go, you got to go. At least, LD gets justice when the reverse scenario happens later in the episode.
Scenario: Ted Danson is heralded after he makes an anonymous donation but ends up telling a lot of close friends despite the anonymity aspect.
Although, Larry’s motivation is purely selfish since he feels overshadowed and his donation belittled by Dansen’s tactics the notion still rings true: it’s either anonymous or it’s not.
Scenario: Larry has to wait in line as someone a the counter abuses their sampling privileges.
For me, this is a contender for the top justifiable pet peeve and it happens to LD twice. Any place where tiny spoons are available this can happen. Even if you let people behind you in line pass you while you sample it’s still a disrespectful practice for the employee. 3 samples per person max. Want more than that? Buy something and come back the next day. (The scene of Larry explaining his disdain to Cheryl contains one of my favorite lines: “She [the counter woman] is always told that the ‘customer is right’ when, in fact, the customer is usually a moron and an asshole.”)
Scenario: LD is out with Jason Alexander and Jason refuses to coordinate on the tip.
The concept is simple: you split the bill after a meal you should coordinate how much the other person is tipping. This ensures two things: you are both giving the same (or about the same) tip and the server is getting enough of a tip in general. It’s one of the few times when discussing tip amounts and money across friends/acquaintance is an acceptable practice.
Scenario: A friend of LD’s has a wife who instead of laughing opts to just say “LOL.
” Not acceptable. This also pertains to OMG, +1, JK, LMAO, etc. The rare use may be acceptable but don’t make it a common practice or I may tell you to STFU.
Scenario: LD is in line at a buffet when someone strikes up a conversation with a guy in front of him so they can nonchalantly cut in line.
It’s a low risk way of naturally seeding yourself ahead of others in line. This is something I have experienced far too often in our society. I have had people Chat and Cut in front of me and try to use me to Chat and Cut. Don’t let it happen to you and don’t be partner in this social crime. Remember, if you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
I’ve done a ton of research of the 8 seasons but sure I may have either missed (or opted to leave out) some other great societal issues Larry David fights for. Feel free to share your favorite ones below!
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