‘Curb’ Season Finale: The Genius of Michael J. Fox

What are Larry David’s latest outrages?

Here’s a list, from the eighth-season finale of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” that aired Sunday night on HBO:

A fixation with Hitler’s mustache: Though we’d seen no evidence of this obsession in past episodes (except for a wee hint a week earlier in the episode with Bill Buckner), Larry has apparently become so enthralled by the Hitler ’stache that he has formed the thoughtless habit of defacing other people’s magazines with drawings of der fuehrer’s most distinctive facial feature.

His conclusion that his girlfriend’s 7 year-old son is gay: Of course, it was difficult to conclude otherwise: The only person for whom the boy’s infatuation with “Project Runway,” Judy Garland’s character in “The Wizard of Oz” and a birthday-gift sewing machine was not a dead giveaway was his mother (played by Ana Gasteyer) and, to some extent, the always-temperamental Susie (Susie Essman).

Larry’s questioning the authenticity of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease: This story line could potentially have emerged as the most discomfiting plot development on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in years, if not for the willing and hilarious participation of Fox himself. His guest-starring appearance – which we hope will be remembered a year from now come Emmy time – was a reminder of just how game a comic performer this guy was for almost 20 years on TV and in the movies, and how much his regular presence on TV is missed (though he has been seen not only “Curb,” but in other guest shots on shows such as “The Good Wife”).

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Speaking of guest appearances – we loved the appearance of hizzoner the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, who played himself at a Fox Parkinson’s fundraiser and, in his official capacity as NYC’s chief executive, voiced his order that Larry leave New York immediately.

Larry stuck around a while longer, however, just long enough to have to lie to Fox in order to get out of an event Fox was convening. The lie mirrored the very same lie Larry told Matt Tessler (Michael McKean) earlier in the season in L.A. – resulting in Larry’s unnecessary two-month trip to New York. By the end of Sunday’s season finale, Larry – along with sidekick Leon (JB Smoove) – were in Paris, with Larry facing off – in flawless French – against a Parisian who parallel-parked over the white line, another obsession of Larry’s.

It was a superlative end to the “Curb” season.

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