Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 4 (2004)


Season 4
Curb Your Enthusiasm

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In addition to the impressively improvised dialogue, Curb's fourth season offers new scenarios in which Larry is still able to offend anyone and everyone.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2004

Larry (Larry David) and Cheryl's (Cheryl Hines) tenth anniversary is approaching. Cheryl knows what she wants, and asks Larry to keep an open mind. "Has it ever once been closed, to anything?" asks Larry. But he readily agrees to her wish to renew their marriage vows. Larry says that her present to him was already agreed upon ten years earlier, and reminds Cheryl that before they were married, she told him that on their tenth anniversary, he could have sex with another woman. Cheryl is a bit taken aback. "You have a good memory," she tells him. "For some things," he responds. When Larry offers to forget about the offered gift, Cheryl insists, and goads Larry by insinuating that he won't be able to find anyone who'll have sex with him. At a karaoke party later that night, Larry sings "Swanee" and catches the eye of Mel Brooks, who calls him and Jeff (Jeff Garlin) in for a meeting the next day. Larry proceeds to alienate both the office's wheelchair-bound computer tech (Michael D'Amore) and Brooks's lesbian receptionist, Joanne (Rachael Harris). But Brooks still asks him to take over the role of Max Bialystock in the Broadway show +The Producers, inviting him to see the L.A. production that night to help him make up his mind. There, he runs into his proposed co-star, Ben Stiller, and his wife, Christine Taylor. Larry commits another faux pas when he refuses to shake Stiller's hand because Stiller has just sneezed. Cady Huffman, Paul Mazursky, and Philip Baker Hall also appear in this episode.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2004

Larry (Larry David) is struggling to learn his dance steps for +The Producers when the rehearsal pianist, Michael (Patrick Kerr), shows up. Michael turns out to be the blind gentleman whom Larry and Richard Lewis helped move back in the first season's "The Bracelet." Michael introduces Larry to his girlfriend, Rhonda (Jackie Hoffman), who has apparently told Michael that she's a model. It's up to Larry, of course, to break the bad news to Michael. Ben Stiller invites everyone to his birthday party, where Larry goes on a spree. He doesn't bring a gift, just because Stiller had said, "No gifts." He insults the glittery sports jerseys that Susie (Susie Essman) has designed. He uses an obscenity while playing "telephone" with a group of kids. He doesn't sing "Happy Birthday" to Stiller with the rest of the group because he doesn't like the song, and to top things off, he accidentally stabs Stiller in the eye with an hors d'oeuvres skewer while giving Jeff (Jeff Garlin) a golf tip. Larry also fails when Richard Lewis asks him to convince Kim (Sarah Ann Morris), the aspiring actress daughter of an old friend, that she doesn't need breast implants. This episode features appearances by Christine Taylor and Cady Huffman.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2004

Larry (Larry David) is spending a lot of time taking care of Michael (Patrick Kerr), who broke up with his girlfriend after Larry told him she was not attractive. Later, when he has a problem with his car, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor give him a ride. Larry and Stiller get into a shouting match after Stiller drops Taylor off, because Larry refuses to move to the front seat for the rest of their short drive, which Stiller thinks makes him seem like Larry's chauffeur. "You know what makes you a baby?" Stiller screams at Larry. "The fact that you're a big, stupid baby!" Jeff (Jeff Garlin) upsets Larry by telling him that he had a vision of Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) while pleasuring himself. When Larry expresses his disgust, Jeff protests, "You can't control who pops in!" Mel Brooks later calls Larry in to tell him that Stiller has given him an ultimatum, and that he's decided to stick with Larry in the show and let Stiller go. After Larry leaves, Norm (Paul Mazursky) and Rudy (Rudy De Luca) question Brooks' decision, and Norm suggests that Larry might be mentally challenged. After Larry has Cheryl's car washed at a charity car wash operated by four mentally challenged men, he runs out of gas. Desperate to use the bathroom, he goes door-to-door in a well-to-do neighborhood, asking strangers to use their bathroom. Finally, a friendly Muslim woman (Moon Unit Zappa) wearing a burka lets Larry in, and Larry decides to fix her up with Michael.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2004

Larry (Larry David) visits his dentist, Len Funkhouser (Saul Rubinek), who insists on rolling up Larry's sleeve to inject a sedative, causing Larry's cuff to lose its elasticity. Larry plans to attend the reception for Len's uncle Leo (Lou Cutell), who is suffering from Hodgkin's disease. Len naturally objects when Larry refers to it as "the 'good' Hodgkins." Jeff (Jeff Garlin) and Susie (Susie Essman) invite everyone to dinner, where many things go wrong. Larry gets into a tiff with the Russian cousin of the Funkhousers (Boris Krutonog), who asks to try on his glasses. Susie sees him playing with Oscar, their German shepherd, and mistakes it for something more sinister. Larry is outraged when, at dinner, he learns that Len's hygienist (Maria Canals) has been circulating a rumor that he has a plaque problem, and then little Sammy (Ashly Holloway) is traumatized when she finds the dentist's photo of Larry's rotting tooth. Aside from revealing to many people that he pees sitting down, Larry also puts his foot in it when he accuses a local weatherman (Gary Kroeger), a friend of Marty Funkhouser's (Bob Einstein), of falsely forecasting rain in order to clear the golf course.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2004

During rehearsals with David Schwimmer for +The Producers, Larry (Larry David) finds out that Schwimmer's father runs the Health-Glo mixed nut company. Larry has some ideas for the company, but Schwimmer advises him to "stay in your element." Later, Larry goes out to get some snacks with Steve (Patrick Bristow), the choreographer, and comes across some Health-Glo cashew-raisin packages that are pretty skimpy with the cashews. Naturally, he has to say something to Schwimmer about it. When Larry describes an attractive woman as "fierce," Jeff (Jeff Garlin) suggests that Larry has been spending so much time working on the show that he's turned into Steve, the gay choreographer. Larry's dirty locker, his mistaking a Norwegian club employee, Sven (Erik Stolhanske) for a Swede, and some truly questionable behavior at Leo Funkhouser's funeral combine to get him and Jeff ousted from their country club. Larry and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) pretend to be right-wing Republican WASPs in order to get into a new country club, with Larry claiming that his hobbies are sailing and polo.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2004

It's a beautiful Sunday, and Larry (Larry David) and Jeff (Jeff Garlin), can't play golf, because they haven't heard back from the "restricted" golf club about their membership applications. They want to go to the next night's Dodger game, which is sold out. Larry remembers that Marty Funkhouser (Bob Einstein) has season tickets, and probably won't feel like going since his father died recently. "It doesn't hurt to ask," says Larry, but when they do, Marty tells them he's going to the game, and the second ticket is "spoken for." Later, Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) surprises him with tickets to the game. Larry tells Cheryl he plans to get out of jury duty. "I would serve if they made me foreman," he explains, "but I can't serve under another foreman. That's not gonna work." He ends up getting out of it by making a racist comment during jury selection. He also decides to buy some marijuana for his father (Shelley Berman), who suffers from glaucoma. When a street dealer (Jorge Garcia of Lost) offers him some expensive hydroponic weed, a very nervous Larry explains, "I'm not looking for a sound system," and ends up overpaying for some "schwag." The next day, Jeff cancels on him, and Larry decides to hire Monena (Kym Whitley), a prostitute, to ride in his car with him so he can use the car pool lane, beat traffic, and get to the game on time. She insists on going to the game with him, leading to a couple of awkward encounters. Ken Howard and James Sikking guest star.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2004

When Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) asks Larry (Larry David) to get a present for Betty Dusenberry's (Eliza Coyle) baby shower, Larry wonders if he should also get a present for the surrogate mother (Elizabeth Beckwith). Cheryl is in a frisky mood, but Larry is still healing from being bitten by Oscar. The next day, Larry visits his doctor (Jack Gallagher) to take his required physical for +The Producers, but his heart rate spikes when Renee (Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) comes in, and the doctor won't sign the necessary forms unless Larry agrees to wear a heart holster for a day. Larry's friend Richard Lewis is actually dating Renee, and confides to Larry that because Renee is black, and has presumably dated black men, he feels insecure about the size of his "equipment." The two wonder if it's really a myth. Later, Wanda (Wanda Sykes) catches Larry mistaking a black man for a valet, and attempts to figure out his logic: "Anytime I see a black man in a tie and a suit, I automatically think, 'You must park cars for a living.'" Larry also creates problems at the baby shower, inadvertently convincing the surrogate to keep her baby. He continues to alienate his +Producers co-star, David Schwimmer, and he uses his apparent heart problem to his advantage when he encounters a potentially violent case of road rage. Mel Brooks and Muggsy Bogues make guest appearances.

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Air date: Feb 29, 2004

Larry (Larry David) and Jeff (Jeff Garlin) order a tape of "College Girls Gone Wild," and have it sent to Larry's office, so as to avoid embarrassment. Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) tells Larry about the poison oak in their backyard, and Larry decides to call Wandering Bear (Native American actor/activist Russell Means), who did some work for the Jeff and Susie (Susie Essman), for which he was never paid in full. Cheryl also complains that Larry hasn't had sex with her for a long time. She's no longer taking birth control, so Larry has to use a condom. Jeff comes to his rescue with some "Everlast" condoms, which promise that the user is "never gonna stop." Larry explains that he would prefer a condom called "Get it Over With." "How long do you think I wanna do that for?" he asks Jeff. "It gets boring." Larry somehow uses the condom incorrectly, which causes a surprising malady for Cheryl. Larry also has problems with his assistant, Antoinette (Antoinette Spolar-Levine), whose preoccupation with her recent breakup has led to incompetence. He wants to fire her, but explains to Jeff that he can't because she knows all his secrets. "She knows more about me than Cheryl does," he laments. Joey Slotnick guest stars.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2004

Preparations are in full swing for Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) and Larry (Larry David) to renew their marriage vows for their tenth anniversary. After Anna (Gina Gershon), the sexy Chasidic woman who runs the Laundromat, flirts with Larry, he visits his rabbi (Barry Gordon) and expresses his qualms about taking Cheryl up on her offer to let him sleep with another woman as her tenth anniversary present. The rabbi finds a biblical parallel, and suggests that Larry accept the generous gift. He also asks Larry if he can invite a "survivor" to their rehearsal dinner. Larry assents, and then decides to invite Solly (Allan Rich), a friend of his father's (Shelley Berman) who survived the Holocaust. But the rabbi's friend turns out to be Colby Donaldson, from TV's Survivor, leading to an embarrassing argument at the dinner table about who the "real" survivor is. Cheryl and Larry get into a tiff about their vows when Larry learns that Cheryl expects them to spend eternity together. He had expected to be single again, what with the whole "Till death do us part," thing. "This is continuing into the afterlife?" he asks her, dismayed. On a more upbeat note, Anna agrees to meet Larry at a motel for an extramarital tryst to fulfill Cheryl's gift, but Larry is confused when Jeff (Jeff Garlin) suggests he bring a sheet with him.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2004

In Part 1 of the fourth-season finale, Larry debuts on Broadway in Mel Brooks' "The Producers" after months of preparation. Anne Bancroft, Cady Huffman, Nathan Lane, David Schwimmer.

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Larry David's post-"Seinfeld" career continues apace with the fourth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm", which finds David playing a fictionalized version of himself as he attempts to undertake various creative projects, while frequently landing in hugely entertaining trouble wherever he turns. Further adventures see our hapless hero attempting to buy medicinal marijuana and attending Ben Stiller's birthday, while his long-suffering wife Cheryl Hines and manager Jeff Garlin reach new levels of exasperation at David's behavior. This Season is tied together by a long-running plot which sees David preparing for a role in a Broadway production of The Producers, with the final episode shot on opening-night in New York City.

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Critic Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 4

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

This is cringe comedy at its giddiest best.

Jan 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The show's more outlandish conceptions are made believable by its improvised rhythms, documentary feel and the use of real locations and famous people cast as slightly twisted versions of their famous selves.

Jun 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Larry David...is unparalleled in this country at making daring comedy squeamishly funny.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Their marriage is the underpinning that holds the whole show together, but this season's subplot, in which Cheryl gave Larry permission to have a fling, never rang true, and it was milked to death.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Larry David continues to push his semi-fictional character into the bowels of self-indulgence, but just when you think he's gone too deep, something reels him back in and Curb... retains its place as the funniest of the funny on television today.

Jul 16, 2014 | Full Review…

It takes at least two episodes for Mr. David's television persona to regain some degree of cozy familiarity. And that discomfort is one of the things that make Curb Your Enthusiasm so unusual and so funny.

Jul 16, 2014 | Full Review…

"Curb" is an acquired taste to be sure, and for some viewers it no doubt proves too abrasive to acquire. But with its attention to picayune details, it's the closest thing to a successful "Seinfeld" spinoff on the air.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The would-be costars [of David and Stiller] reach such heights of comic incompatibility that I can forgive the show for a couple of ill-advised scenes that use mental retardation as gag material.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

While it is impossible for "Curb" to recapture the freshness of its debut season, the show is still going strong and each episode contains several water-cooler moments.

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

Some of the gags in Season Four push the show over the edge into knock-about silliness...but its many resonant moments come from watching David do exactly what he shouldn't, and remaining steadfast in the conviction that he did nothing wrong.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The entire season 4...was superb - and delivered a surprise ending that was even more brilliant because it was so cleverly disguised.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Although not all are five-star shows, there are none that fall completely flat, and every episode is good for at least some laughs.

Jun 8, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 4

  • Nov 09, 2019
    The show gets funnier each season !!!
  • Jun 27, 2019
    The build of each episode to a hilarious LOL finish is some of the best writing around!
  • Mar 04, 2019
    Curb Your Enthusiasm feels even more like Seinfeld in Season 4 introducing more outlandish story lines. Pretty, pretty, pretty good season.
  • Dec 05, 2018
    Lots of classics in this episode.
  • Apr 24, 2017
    Eine der besten Comedy-Serien die es gibt!
  • Jan 13, 2014
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  • 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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