Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 5 (2005)

Season 5
Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Determined to address the annoyances that punctuate daily life at any and all cost, Larry returns in Curb's fifth season just as difficult and entertaining as he's always been.



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Air date: Sep 25, 2005

Larry (Larry David) almost drowns while swimming in the ocean. As he later tells it, in a moment of panic, he cries out to God, and is deposited safely on the beach. "Now maybe you'll start to be more respectful to people," Susie (Susie Essman) suggests, but Larry doesn't get her point. With his newfound faith, he decides to go to temple for the High Holy Days, but Jeff (Jeff Garlin) explains that one has to order tickets months in advance, and that the services are sold out. Larry eventually decides to go to a scalper (Paul Ben-Victor). Larry is initially thrilled to learn that his favorite deli, Leo's, has named a sandwich after him. But, when he finds out the ingredients are whitefish, sable, cream cheese, capers, and onions ("That's a disgusting sandwich"), he tries to have it changed. Leo (Ed O'Ross) agrees to allow Larry to change if someone will switch with him. Nat (Shelley Berman) seems to enjoy the whitefish, but suffers some kind of attack while eating it, and has to be rushed to the hospital, where, delirious, he whispers something that to Larry sounds like "You're adopted." Later, Ted Danson refuses to switch sandwiches with Larry, and at temple, he gets into a spat with Richard Lewis, who is jealous of Larry's sandwich. Also, a chief surgeon (Kenneth Kimmins) appears to get "the yips" on the golf course, and when Cheryl (Cheryl Himes) complains about Larry interrupting sex to answer the phone, he responds sarcastically, "Oh, sacred intercourse cannot be interrupted!"

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Air date: Oct 2, 2005

Larry (Larry David) tries to hire a private detective, Omar Jones (Mekhi Phifer), to find out if he's adopted, but Jones explains he's only interested in taking cases that "benefit the community," and Larry's offer to host bingo or be a Big Brother for a single afternoon apparently doesn't cut it. Larry and Jeff (Jeff Garlin) run into Jodi Funkhouser (Mayim Bialik, TV's Blossom), the daughter of their friend Marty (Bob Einstein). She's very friendly, and Larry explains to Jeff that the lesbian community has always embraced him. Later, Marty, who is pressing Larry to attend his anniversary party, promises him that Rosie O'Donnell will be at his table. He also tells Larry that Jodi is now dating a guy, eliciting a joyous response from Larry that puts his relationship with the lesbian community in peril. Also, Larry wears a bowtie, learns from Wanda (Wanda Sykes) that his new dog hates black people, and gets into a spat with a disabled man when he uses the handicapped stall in a public restroom.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2005

Larry (Larry David) gets "orthotic" inserts for his shoes from his podiatrist (Carlos Jacott). They ease his foot pain, but they make a horrible squeaking noise when he walks, creating a variety of problems. Larry asks his sullen handyman, Jesus (Lobo Sebastian), to hang a mezuzah on his front door before his father, Nat (Shelley Berman), visits. Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), whose parents are visiting, threatens to fire Maria (Lydia Blanco), their housekeeper and Jesus' wife, because she won't wear a bra. Larry loves the way Maria makes chicken salad, so he agrees to ask her to wear one. Larry gets into an argument when he mocks Cheryl's father (Paul Dooley) for wearing merchandise marketed in connection with The Passion of the Christ, a "Christ nail" on a leather string. He also offends Susie (Susie Essman) when he learns that her 11-year-old daughter, Sammi (Ashly Holloway), still believes in the tooth fairy.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2005

Larry (Larry David) meets Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) and Yoshi (Greg Watanabe), an art dealer, at a Japanese restaurant for lunch. The staff of the restaurant call Larry "Chicken Teriyaki Boy" due to his penchant for ordering the same meal every time. At lunch, Larry is surprised to learn that Yoshi's father (Ken Takamoto), who lives in the same nursing home as Nat (Shelley Berman), was a kamikaze pilot during WWII. "Shouldn't he be dead?" Larry asks Yoshi, who is forced to explain, "He grazed the ship." The meal ends disastrously, with Yoshi believing that the oblivious Larry is calling him a chicken. Later, Larry is at a poker game when the host, Kevin (Kevin Nealon) is called away because Yoshi, who happens to be his brother-in-law, has attempted suicide. The guests decide to keep playing cards. Also, Larry catches Nat watching an inappropriate video at an even more inappropriate volume, debates the merits of a doctor's prescription vs. a pharmacist's recommendation, and demands an investigation into the legitimacy of the bingo game at Nat's nursing home.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2005

Larry (Larry David) locks himself out of his car, and learns that the drive-thru window at Jack-in-the-Box does not accept walk-thru customers. He despairs until Peter (Frank Whaley), a friendly passing motorist, agrees to give him a lift. Jeff (Jeff Garlin) arrives, and gives Larry the bad news about Richard (Richard Lewis): he needs a kidney transplant. Because the comic's cousin refuses to give up any of his organs while he's still alive, Richard is hoping that a close friend will come through. Larry's response is, "I have to choose healthier friends." Eventually he gets into a conflict with Jeff about which of them should offer to give Richard a kidney. Also, Larry aggravates two different receptionists, one by revealing too little information, the other by revealing too much. He also argues with Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) over what constitutes "snuggling" ("I'm using the ass as a lever to draw you in! That's all!") and debates the rules of "Eenie Meenie Minee Mo" with Jeff.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2005

It's Larry's (Larry David) birthday. Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) has mysterious plans that have yet to come to fruition. Jeff (Jeff Garlin) gets invited to the Playboy Mansion, but Larry doesn't think he can go because Cheryl's already mad at him about something else. Jeff has to explain the "double transgression theory." Larry visits the comatose Louis Lewis (Bill Saluga), hoping that he'll die so that Larry won't have to give Richard a kidney. At the hospital, he meets Wilson (Grant Rosenmeyer), a terminally ill kid who has a wish that the Make-A-Wish Foundation refuses to grant. He turns to Larry. Larry's cousin Andy (Richard Kind) pays a visit, and receives a treasured smoking jacket from Larry's ailing father, Nat (Shelley Berman), that Larry believes was meant for him. Andy invites himself along on the visit to the Playboy Mansion, where Larry discovers that he has something in common with Hef (Hugh Hefner). Larry runs into repeated problems with people bringing items that belong to him into the bathroom with them.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2005

A sex offender moves into the neighborhood, and Larry (Larry David) notes that because the offender is bald, "It's very bad for the bald community." Later, he meets the aforementioned sex offender, Rick (Rob Corddry of The Daily Show), and he turns out to be a pretty good guy. He's a huge Seinfeld fan, he helps Larry with his groceries, and he gives him some valuable golf tips. So Larry hesitantly invites him to the Seder that Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) is preparing. When Cheryl predictably freaks out about the invite, Larry reassures her, "He's cool," and asks pointedly, "What would Jesus do?" Also at the event are Jeff (Jeff Garlin), Susie (Susie Essman), and Susie's brother-in-law, Len (Stephen Tobolowsky), a staunch Republican. Mark (Rob Huebel) and Marla (Lauren Katz) are also guests in the David household, and Larry invites the cranky couple from across the street, Mac (Pat Harrington Jr. and Ethel (Jennie Ventriss), because he suspects that Mark has been stealing his newspapers, and Larry wants Ethel to ID Mark. The event goes sour when there's a controversy involving the afikomen .

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Air date: Nov 20, 2005

Richard (Richard Lewis) is low on the kidney transplant list, so he's hoping that Larry (Larry David) will come through for him. Richard wishes he were more famous, like his hero, Mickey Mantle, whose 500th home-run ball he owns. Richard offers to give Larry the valuable ball in exchange for his kidney. But then Larry runs into George (George Lopez) at the hospital, and George tells him that the head of the local "Kidney Consortium," Ben Heineman (Stuart Pankin), is an Orthodox Jewish Yankee fan who is willing to bend the rules for his friends. In an effort to get Richard moved up on the list of kidney recipients, Larry decides to befriend Heineman by inviting him and his daughter, Rachel (Iris Bahr), to Jeff's (Jeff Garlin) cabin for a ski trip. Larry decides to further ingratiate himself by pretending to be an Orthodox Jew. Of course, this will only work if Susie (Susie Essman) pretends to be his wife. Larry also gets into a dispute with Lisa (Mo Collins), Richard's allegedly larcenous nurse, about the alleged size of her genitalia.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2005

Larry (Larry David) and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) are late for a barbecue on the beach hosted by Mark (Rob Huebel) and Marla (Lauren Katz), but Larry insists upon going back into the house to get his jacket, boasting that like the third pig in The Three Little Pigs, "I build my house with bricks!" It turns out to be a chilly evening on the beach, and when Larry goes to get the jacket, he's dismayed to find the newly engaged Marla wearing it. He pesters her until she gives it back, but he's outraged to discover that she's spilled melted chocolate on it. Later, while Larry is meeting with his Korean bookie, Sung (Bobby Lee), Susie (Susie Essman) brings Oscar (Rhett the Dog) into the room, and Sung takes an odd degree of interest in the dog. When Oscar later vanishes, Larry assumes the absolute worst, leading him to cause a terrible scene at Mark and Marla's wedding. Larry is also outraged to discover that Ben Heineman (Stuart Pankin) still hasn't gotten his Cadillac repaired, despite the fact that Larry gave him a check for the damages. It turns out that Heineman gave Larry's money to his daughter, Rachel (Iris Bahr), for something she needed.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2005

In what may be the series finale, Louis Lewis (Bill Saluga) awakens from his coma, and refuses to give Richard (Richard Lewis) one of his kidneys, leaving Larry (Larry David) as Richard's best hope for survival. Omar Jones (Mekhi Phifer) calls Larry to tell him that he was, in fact, adopted. Larry goes to Arizona to visit his birth parents, the Cones (Hansford Rowe and June Squibb) and is shocked to learn that he is not actually Jewish. After an inspirational visit to the Cones' church, Larry has a change of heart, and races back to Los Angeles to donate his kidney to Richard. On the way into the operating room, he learns that there's been a terrible mistake. Larry also pays a brief but illuminating visit to the afterlife, where he gets into an argument with his guardian angels (Dustin Hoffman and Sacha Baron Cohen of Da Ali G Show) over his system for making sure he doesn't misplace his DVD cases.

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"Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David (playing a fictionalized version of himself) is as socially inept as ever in the fifth season of the heavily improvised comedy, landing himself in more awkward situations in 10 episodes than most people do in a lifetime. Early on, Larry learns longtime pal Richard Lewis (as himself) needs a kidney, prompting Larry and Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin) to ponder how far they'll go to help a friend in need. It's something Larry struggles with all season after getting the dreaded news that he is indeed a kidney match, and he goes to ridiculous lengths, like befriending the head of an organ-transplant organization, to ensure he won't end up on the operating table. In another story arc, a mumbled comment from his father (Shelley Berman) makes Larry wonder whether he was adopted, and he enlists private detective Omar Jones (Mekhi Phifer) to uncover the truth. Some of Larry's most memorable Season 5 gaffes include bringing a registered sex offender (Rob Corddry) to Seder; adopting a dog that Wanda Sykes (as herself) pegs as racist; buying a bra for his housekeeper (and upsetting her husband in the process); getting into a heated feud with an elderly bingo player at his father's nursing home; and accusing his Korean bookie of kidnapping Jeff's dog. Ted Danson, Rosie O'Donnell, Hugh Hefner, Kevin Nealon, Gary Player, Dustin Hoffman, Bea Arthur and Sacha Baron Cohen all make cameos.

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Critic Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 5

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (9)

["Curb"] returns as sharp as ever for its fifth season...David's bottomless neuroses turn ''Curb" into a more abrasive and outrageous half-hour.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Curb Your Enthusiasm begins its fifth season with a return to classic form after last season's ill-begotten closer.

Sep 25, 2005 | Full Review…

Expect more outrageous behavior this season on "Curb," as Larry thinks he's adopted, gets himself a "racist dog," battles a disabled man over a bathroom stall, alienates the lesbian community...etc., etc., etc.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This season finale was not the end of Curb, but its flirtation with Larry's mortality and callback to ghosts of guest-stars past was a tidy complement to the definitive and divisive Seinfeld send-off.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

In "Curb's" fifth-season premiere, the always-grumpy David is ticked off that his favorite deli named a whitefish sandwich after him...Famous people-they go through so much.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Nobody chronicles everyday life better than Larry David. Long may he rage!

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This partly scripted, partly improvised comedy boasts some deeply talented players who make all the annoyance and effrontery bounce.

Jul 16, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The stakes have been lowered but the message is the same: he will stay and fight, and he will be heard.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This series still remains bracingly rude and funny.

Sep 25, 2005 | Full Review…

[Larry David is] a paint-by-numbers perfectionist, a social killjoy, and an all-around major pain in the ass, but he's also one of the most entertaining characters ever created.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

At this point, the cast has hit such a stride together that watching them do almost anything will yield at least a few moments of comic brilliance.

Jun 8, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 5

  • Apr 12, 2021
    This season was not as good as the previous seasons. It was just okay. Also I'm so sick and tired of Larry trying hard to make "Pretty pretty good" happen. It ain't happening and it's boring.
  • Jul 01, 2020
    Hilarious, every episode has diffrent plot strings always tying together perfectly in the end
  • Sep 01, 2019
    If this isn't your cup of tea, fine, but you're missing out of some spot on cerebral comedy!
  • Mar 22, 2019
    After narrowly surviving a near-death experience, you would think one would change their ways. Instead, Larry David doubles down and is difficult as ever in the hilarious fifth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • 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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