Season 7 Episode 9: The Table Read
Larry gets frustrated by a nine-year-old’s emails; Leon poses as a dead man; Jerry befriends Funkhauser.
Wow. What an episode! When I heard that Larry was going to a Seinfeld reunion on Curb, this is exactly the kind of show I was hoping for. Everyone was brilliant in this episode. The whole Seinfeld crew, Leon, Marty. This was enjoyable as purely another episode of Curb and as a way of seeing that classic cast interact again.
The opening exchange with Stacy (anyone recognise her as George’s secretary when he worked at the Yankees?) sets up the mayhem from the beginning. I loved the nonchalant delivery of, “Yeah she just has a rash on her pussy” and Larry’s subsequent facial expression. Watching Marty enthusiastically tell Jerry that dirty joke was a riot. The actual table read scene was a lot of fun for Seinfeld fans like myself. They really did just slip back into those characters and the exchanges felt as natural and as funny as they’d always been (apart from the Seinfeld finale but let’s not go there!). Larry’s disgusted face as Jason cleaned out his ears with Larry’s pen was priceless.
We all wondered if he’d go there, and Larry delivered. Only Larry could manage to make Michael Richard’s horrible racial outburst 3 years ago into something funny. To his credit Michael Richards went with it and the result was great. With some help from Leon – Danny Duberstein was comic gold. When he uttered, “Tasted like peaches!” I lost my shit. JB Smoove has got to stay, this was his best episode to date. Great ending to boot, I saw Kramer return in that scene and it was just like old times. And if you weren’t uncomfortable yet, Larry saved a wonderfully politically incorrect pedophilia gag for the final scene.
This season hasn’t been perfect, but this episode was close. Season seven has had controversy and a couple average episodes. But in the end, Larry always finds a way to deliver. And that’s why we”re perpetually “tuning in next week”.
What did you think?
- Jerry on Marty, “I like that guy. He’s crazy” – Agreed!
- Jerry and Larry’s discussion of “barbercide” and hairdresser’s offing themselves.
- “How’s her pussy by the way?”
- “You know about the crystals?”
- Newman. That is a character that deserves to live on, Wayne Knight was hilarious.
- “Bah Misfit!”
- “Oh my God. Look I made mistake, it’s been 3 years. Don’t hurt me!”
- “How many times per week am I fucking?”
- “Danny Duberstein’s good at two things. That’s math, and fucking.”
- “Who is this little, fat bastard?”