Swingin’ single Larry David found himself in competition for the sexy woman of his dreams – with another woman!
And it wasn’t just any woman either – it was none other than show business heavyweight Rosie O’Donnell. It all transpired Sunday night on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on HBO – as Larry’s adventures in New York continued.
Among other things, he took umbrage with the Japanese proprietor of a neighborhood sushi joint when the restaurateur didn’t bow deeply enough to Larry in apologizing for a mangled order.
It was vintage Larry David, especially in the way the bowing storyline figured into the destruction of his nascent relationship with his new love, Jane. When he bowed deeply for her, out popped a Viagra pill from his shirt pocket, revealing why he’d been such satisfying company in bed. It was her turn to take umbrage and she rejected him – in a scene filmed on location on the steps of the very real Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
But it was a handful of surprising guest-star turns that made the episode special — starting with Rosie, who was more than up to the challenge of standing toe-to-toe with Larry in their improvised scenes together. We also loved Alan Zweibel, veteran comedy writer from way back (on “Saturday Night Live” among other work), as an acquaintance of Larry’s from L.A. named Duckstein. And what about David Canary – famed for playing “Adam Chandler” on “All My Children” for so many years – guest-starring in a tiny cameo role as a seller of illicit Viagra pills in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park? Priceless.
And of course the episode was enlivened further by the arrival in New York of the free-loading Leon (J.B. Smoove), whose conversation with Larry about the differences between men and women has to be heard to be believed.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” airs Sunday nights at 10/9c on HBO.