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#Recap: What's the season-long story arc for HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'?


Recap: What's the season-long story arc for HBO's 'Curb Your #Enthusiasm '?
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Spoiler alert: The following contains major plot details from the ninth-season premiere of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

At last, we know the season-long arc Larry David teased for the return of his HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In the show's fourth season, which aired in 2004, Mel Brooks cast Larry in his musical The Producers. And in Sunday's ninth-season premiere — the first after a six-year break — David announces he's spent the last five years working on another Broadway project, one that promises to have much broader repercussions.

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David announces he's written FATWA: The Musical — it's a comedy, full of "denunciations" — and his manager Jeff (Jeff Garlin) asks, "You wrote a musical about Salman Rushdie having his life ruined because he had a fatwa — a death threat — from the Ayatollah Khomeini?"

"There's a lot of funny there," Larry responds.

When he announces his theatrical plans on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the current Iranian leader, Ali Khameini, accuses Larry of blasphemy, and issues his own fatwa against him. Panicked, Larry dons a disguise and vows: "I'll convert! I'll become a Muslim!"

David says the storyline will continue throughout the 10-episode season.

Other Curb developments:

  • Sammi Greene, the daughter of Jeff and Susie (Susie Essman), becomes engaged to a veteran of the Afghan war, and Larry earns his scorn by refusing to thank him for his service. 
  • Larry offends a lesbian couple (Julie Goldman, Nasim Pedrad) planning their wedding by insisting the wrong woman has chosen to be the groom.  "I don't see the bride vibe," he informs Goldman's more masculine character, Betty, who is Jeff's barber. 
  • In the episode, entitled "Foisted!," Larry dumps the inept assistant (Carrie Brownstein) "foisted" on him by Kimmel, by encouraging his nemesis Susie to hire her to help with Susie's new bath-products venture.  
  • Larry offends his friend, comedian Richard Lewis, with an "inadequate" text message to mark the passing of Lewis' beloved parakeet. (A toucan or a macaw would have warranted more extensive condolences, Larry says). 
  • Larry attends a fundraiser held by his ex-wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) for her new charity People Against Mutilation, which battles genital mutilation of women. "PAM? It's a cooking spray!" 
  • His pal Ted Danson informs Larry that he and Mary Steenburgen are separated: "The divorce is almost final," he says. (It's not true in real life; the actors are happily married.) 

 

 

 



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