Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 2 (2001)

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Air date: Sep 11, 2001

As the second season of the program begins, Larry (Larry David) and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) have moved out of their old house (see "Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Wire" from season one) and Larry is spending his days in a hotel, eating chips and watching Maury Povich. Cheryl wants to go meet with the realtor, but Larry is reluctant. "They're gonna go to boot camp," he explains, "and I wanna see which ones get rehabilitated." The realtor shows them a huge house with a great view of the beach. When the owner, Barbara (Jeanne Chin), mentions seeing some whales that morning, Larry asks, "Can you shoot the whales from the terrace? Cuz I like blubber for breakfast." Barbara's husband turns out to be Jay Schneider (Matthew North), who represents Larry's old collaborator, Jason Alexander. Schneider suggests that Larry and Jason take a meeting. Cheryl, eager to see Larry working again, agrees. Cheryl also loves the house, and they make an offer, even though Larry suspects that Jay lied about the percentage of cashmere in his sweater. Larry meets Jeff (Jeff Garlin) for lunch, and Jeff also wants Larry to meet with Jason. They run into Tom Clarke (Rick Hall), the Toyota dealer who sold Jeff his car. Larry says he's always wanted to be a car salesman, and convinces Tom to let him work for him for one day. "I can talk people into anything," Larry says, "except women into sex." It turns out to be tougher than Larry expected, especially when Richard Lewis shows up to mock him.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2001

Larry (Larry David) meets Jeff (Jeff Garlin) at the Hilton, where Jeff explains that he and his wife, Susie (Susie Essman), have separated. Jeff is worried about a possible divorce, because he doesn't want Susie to reveal personal information about his sexual proclivities. "That's why I've never done anything remotely kinky," says Larry, explaining why he never tells Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) anything. "If we got divorced tomorrow, there's nothing she could say." Larry agrees to go to Jeff's house and get some of his things from Susie. Later that day, Cheryl is complaining to Larry about AAA's politics, and Larry is strangely quiet. He gets extremely defensive when Cheryl suggests he might be thinking about sex. Larry arranges a meeting with Jason Alexander to discuss their sitcom idea, but he's annoyed that he has to travel to Jason's office. "Nobody's ever coming to me," he complains to Cheryl. On the way to meet Jason, he sees Wanda (Wanda Sykes) out exercising, and calls out, "Hey, I'd know that tush anywhere!" as he drives by. Seeing three kids making faces at him from the backseat of a station wagon, Larry goofs around with them, making a gun with his fingers and shooting at them. Suddenly, the station wagon stops, and the driver (Deron Michael McBee), a huge man with long blond hair, gets out and comes to Larry's window. "I've got three kids in there scared half to death because some bald turd is shooting at them," the man hollers. A frightened Larry apologizes, and after walking behind Larry's car, the man drives off. Larry soon realizes that he has a flat tire. Calling AAA, he's dismayed to learn that Cheryl has canceled their membership. Faced with changing the tire himself, Larry is reduced to begging passersby for their assistance.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2001

Larry (Larry David) and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) meet their friends, Cliff Cobb (Christopher Thornton) and his wife, Shelley (Holly Wortell), for dinner. Cliff is a wheelchair-bound screenwriter, and his first film, "30 Below," is premiering later that night. Larry takes Shelley aside for a moment to ask about the bracelet she's making, which he's buying as a birthday surprise for Cheryl. At the restaurant, Larry orders a Cobb salad, and Cliff seems oddly upset when Larry asks the waiter to make changes to the traditional recipe. Asked to explain, Cliff says his grandfather invented the Cobb salad when he was working as a chef at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Larry is somewhat dubious. Cliff and Cheryl are conversing intensely, and ignoring their spouses. Larry jokes to Shelley, "We could talk about anything. They don't care -- we should have sex sometime." Shelley responds, "Yes, we should." Outside the theater before the film starts, Larry starts humming a tune, and explains to Cheryl that it's a song Wagner composed for his wife. Another man waiting for the film (Zane Lasky) overhears Larry humming, and yells at Larry, pointing out that Wagner was "one of the great anti-Semites in history," and calling Larry a "self-loathing Jew." "I do hate myself, but it has nothing to do with being Jewish!" Larry shouts back. Larry has another confrontation on Halloween night, when two teenage girls show up trick-or-treating, and Larry points out that they're not wearing costumes, and doesn't give them any candy. The next morning, finding that the house has been vandalized, Larry tries to defend his actions to Cheryl. "They were just using Halloween to get candy!" he cries.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2001

Larry (Larry David) and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) decide to get Chinese food, but Cheryl wants to stop and have a drink somewhere before they go to the restaurant. Larry doesn't understand the whole concept of going to two places for drinks and dinner when you can just get a drink at the restaurant. After a heated discussion, Cheryl tells him to go and get takeout instead. His woes continue when he brings home the wrong order. Returning to the restaurant, he runs into Allan (Allan Wasserman), an HBO executive. When he was supposed to do his special for HBO (see the original one-hour special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm), Larry backed out by telling Allan that his stepfather was sick. Due to the restaurant's error, their food orders were switched. The two have an awkward moment, and exchange bags. Larry is shocked when he gets home and finds an unacceptably small number of shrimp in his Kung Pao Shrimp. He immediately suspects that Allan ate the missing shrimp before returning his order. So later when Julia Louis-Dreyfus suggests they pitch his series idea to HBO, Larry is hesitant. But Julia wants to curse on the new series, so they have a meeting at HBO. The pitch meeting ends in disaster when Larry confronts Allan about the missing shrimp. Trying to salvage the deal, Julia invites Larry and Cheryl to play poker with some friends, including another HBO exec, Michael (whom Larry thought was gay), and his wife. The poker game goes south when Larry, upset that Michael folded with a good hand, calls him a harsh term for female genitalia.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2001

Larry (Larry David) is talking to his therapist, Dr. Weiss (John Pleshette), about his marital problems. He says he doesn't share interests with Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), who, for example, likes the outdoors. "It's not a good place for bald people," he explains. Dr. Weiss recommends that Larry go to the beach with Cheryl sometime, to make her happy. Larry runs into director Rob Reiner in the waiting room, and Reiner asks if he can auction off lunch with Larry as part of a celebrity auction for "Groat's Syndrome," which makes people uncontrollably hyperactive. Larry reluctantly agrees. Later, Cheryl is delighted when he suggests they go to the beach. Larry is already dreading it. "What do you do?" he asks Cheryl, "You lie down on a blanket?" Disaster strikes when they go to the beach that weekend. Larry spots Dr. Weiss in the distance, wearing a very revealing bathing suit. "Can we go?" he asks Cheryl as he cowers in the sand, afraid to be seen, "Let's just go." Back in the city, he discusses the incident with Richard Lewis, who recommended Dr. Weiss. Lewis is distraught. They both decide they have to terminate therapy with Weiss. "You should thank me," says Larry, "I'm saving you from this hedonist giving you advice." Then Larry is off to his auction lunch with John Tyler (Tom McGowan). Larry tries too hard to entertain and Tyler is unamused. When Larry's lunch order comes before Tyler's, Larry asks if he can start eating. Tyler says no, and they get into a heated argument. This episode was directed by Jeff Garlin, who plays Jeff, Larry's manager on the show. There's also another cameo by executive producer Robert B. Weide, who frequently directs the show. He's the man standing backstage with Larry during the talent show.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2001

A confident acupuncturist (Klone Young) is treating Larry (Larry David) for his chronic neck pain, when Larry makes a deal with him. If the acupuncturist cures Larry, he'll give him five thousand dollars. If Larry doesn't get better, he won't give the acupuncturist anything. At the supermarket that afternoon, Larry runs into Barry Weiner (Jeremy Kramer) who was a writer at Saturday Night Live when Larry was there. Now Barry is working at the meat counter. He explains that he couldn't write for TV anymore. He also mentions that his wealthy father Ed Asner has heart problems, and will probably die soon, but doesn't want to give him any of his money while he's still alive. Barry borrows five thousand dollars from Larry, and promises to pay him back as soon as his father dies. Later, at home, Larry and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) are surprised to get a flower delivery. It turns out to be orchids for Larry from the acupuncturist. At a Japanese restaurant with Jeff (Jeff Garlin, they discuss Barry's bad fortune, and Larry tells Jeff, "There but for the grace of God" Jeff tells Larry that the acupuncturist is probably gay and Larry decides not to see him anymore. When he asks the waiter (Koji Kataoka) if the orchids are some Japanese custom, the waiter gets very angry, and he doesn't seem any friendlier when Larry accidentally sets his arm on fire and puts out the fire by drenching his arm with water. Later, Larry, Cheryl, and Jeff attend a surprise party for Barry's wife (Rita Rudnick), where Barry's father takes a shine to Cheryl, and Larry decides to "help" Barry with his problem.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2001

Larry (Larry David) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are pitching a new show to ABC, and ABC exec Lane Michaelson (Zach Grenier) seems excited about it. He invites them to a screening of the first installment of ABC's new miniseries that night, and to a get-together at his house afterward. Larry, Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), and Jeff (Jeff Garlin) show up for the screening, where Jeff tries to avoid his estranged wife, Susie (Susie Essman). Larry is constantly drinking bottled water as his doctor suggested, but when he tries to bring his water into the screening room, he's stopped by an officious young woman, Amy (Merrin Dungey), who tells him there's no food or drink allowed in the theater. After disposing of his water, Larry sees Amy sitting in the theater. He asks if she works there, and she says no. "What are you, the hall monitor here?" he scoffs, and the two bicker as the lights go down. Later, at Lane's house, Larry discovers that Amy is a friend of Lane's wife, Anne (Rita Wilson). Larry needs to use the bathroom but the lock downstairs doesn't work, so he sneaks upstairs to look for another bathroom. He runs into a little girl, Tara (Bailey Thompson), who gives Larry permission to use her bathroom to "go potty." Larry chats with the little girl about her doll. She asks Larry to cut the doll's hair, and he does. He returns to the party downstairs, where Cheryl asks him to guard the door to the bathroom while she uses it. But when Tara comes down screaming about her doll and pointing the finger at Larry, he leaves his post by the bathroom door, allowing Lane to inadvertently enter the bathroom while Cheryl is in there. This incident has serious repercussions for Larry.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2001

Larry (Larry David) and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) are at a restaurant with a large group of acquaintances. One of them, Jeremy (Jay Johnson of Mr. Show) asks Larry to write him a letter of recommendation for a fellowship at the L.A. County Museum. Another, Jill (Brett Paesel, also of Mr. Show) asks Larry to do a page in a birthday book she's giving her husband. "I go out to dinner and I wind up with a homework assignment," he complains to Cheryl on the way out. Larry is also annoyed because Cheryl's parents (Paul Dooley and Julie Payne) are visiting, and he finds them arguing loudly over a game of Scattergories when he gets home. Later, Larry muses about the letter he's supposed to write for Jeremy. "Dear County Board," he suggests to Cheryl, "I'm writing on behalf of Jeremy -- I'll find out his last name and write back to you." Later, at the gym with Jeff (Jeff Garlin), they run into Albert Mayo (Mark DeCarlo), Shaquille O'Neal's agent, and Jeff introduces him to Larry. Jeff also suggests Larry show a worrying spot on his back to Dr. Wiggins (Joel McKinnon Miller), the Lakers team doctor, who's there with Mayo. Larry meekly approaches the doctor, who gruffly refuses to look at his back. Jeff is excited about the Lakers season starting, because he has season tickets, right on the floor. But he can't go to the first game, so he gives the tickets to Larry, even though Larry professes to hate the Lakers. Larry invites Richard Lewis. They're enjoying the game until Shaq comes in off the bench just as Larry is stretching out his legs. Shaq trips over Larry and is seriously injured, making Larry a social pariah throughout Los Angeles, which turns out to be extremely pleasant for him.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2001

Larry has a religious crisis when his future brother-in-law plans to convert from Judaism to Christianity; Richard Lewis experiences answering-machine anxiety. Cheryl: Cheryl Hines. Jeff: Jeff Garlin.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2001

Julia Louis-Dreyfus lets Larry (Larry David) know that after the disasters he's caused at HBO and ABC, she's no longer interested in pitching their idea for a new series. "At the next meeting," Larry reassures her, "you don't even have to say a word. I'll pitch the whole show." So they decide to try one more time, at CBS. On the way out of the building, Larry and Jeff (Jeff Garlin) pass a sad man with a sandwich board that reads "I am a shoplifter," and Jeff explains that this is a new form of punishment that is now in vogue. Then they pass the manager (Steve Sheridan) of the restaurant at Jeff's hotel. Larry says hello, but keeps walking. "He wanted to stop and chat," he explains to Jeff, "I don't know him well enough for a stop-and-chat." Playing golf later, Jeff points out how tense Larry is, and offers to treat Larry to a massage. Larry takes him up on it. Jeff's masseuse (Kathleen York) appears to be doing a good job. Then she asks Larry, "Would you like me to finish you off?" and Larry, uncertain about what she means, says yes. A moment later, her hand is on his genitals, and he tries to tell her to stop, but with her pumping away, he has a lot of trouble forming the actual word with his mouth. He immediately goes to Jeff to complain. Mike Binder (of HBO's Mind of the Married Man) is in Jeff's office when Larry barges in. They're both very impressed that Larry was able to stop the masseuse after "12 pumps." But Larry gets worried and rushes home when he remembers that Cheryl is meeting with a psychic that afternoon. Nora Dunn guest stars as an ABC executive.

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Everyone's favorite miserable millionaire Larry David is back for another season of misunderstandings and misadventures. This year, in addition to buying and settling into a new house, Larry manages to send Shaquille O'Neal to the hospital, offend a fellow Jewish neighbor, aggravate a professional wrestler, give an unwanted haircut to a doll, and much, much more. Cheryl Hines , Jeff Garlin, Wanda Sykes, Richard Lewis, Susie Essman round out the regular supporting cast of this season, which also features guest appearances by former "Seinfeld" stars Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Critic Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 2

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

At its best, "Enthusiasm" is funny from so many different angles that a viewer may be in the mood to watch an episode over again the minute it ends.

Jan 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The great thing about "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is that the dour David is a magnet for confrontation, often with strangers.

Jan 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Further proof then, if indeed it were needed, that not all US TV comedies need canned laughter and telegraphed one-liners to succeed.

Jul 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Sometimes the most intelligent people come up with the simplest ideas, and they work like a charm.

Jun 9, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

There'll never be another Seinfeld, but Curb Your Enthusiasm comes wonderfully close.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

If you are not hooked by the first season, the second will reel you in. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is no different. I took the bait, and then got hooked; now I'm in for the long haul.

Jun 6, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

From the seemingly pointless opening situations and conversations in each episode, right till the very end when everything comes full circle, this is brilliant comedy.

Mar 20, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

I'm hooked once more on his continuing self-portrait of the prickly wit who co-created Seinfeld.

Jun 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 2

  • Jan 08, 2020
    One of the funniest shows I've ever seen.
  • Nov 09, 2019
    Just very awesome comedy
  • May 21, 2019
    Curb season two begins to hit its stride with Larry David proving how great he is at improv.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Larry David is a mastermind at taking simple ideas and turning them into some of the most uncomfortable, brilliant comedic moments amongst his famous friends.
  • Jan 29, 2019
    Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 2 follows Larry David as he works with Jason Alexander, and then Julia Louis-Dreyfus, to create a new TV series based on a star's life post-Seinfeld. It resembles Season 4 of Seinfeld in the sense it is a sort of meta-story about creating a show like itself, and the season-long story line.
  • Dec 02, 2018
    Best episode is the doll.
  • Dec 07, 2013
    Larry David: Please x 100000 start making more Curb episodes!!...pppllleeaassseeee....... Just like Seinfeld.....I'm watching re-runs here.....and still loving every minute of it!

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