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Television Recaps: Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Venture Bros.

November 25, 2009


Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Seinfeld”

Last episode of Season 7 gives us even more Seinfeld than last week’s “Table Read”; in fact, almost an entire episode plays out while behind the scenes Larry deals with evening the favors owed to studio coffee-jockey Mocha Joe; gets jealous over Jason Alexander’s coaching lessons with Cheryl, and tries to solve the mystery of who left the coffee stain on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ table.

Though stronger than most episodes this season, it really didn’t seem to aim for much more than last week’s episode—it gave us Seinfeld, but on Curb’s terms—though last week was not only the best episode of the season, it was one of the best episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Basically it gave you all the Seinfeld you could ever want—at least as much as this week’s “Seinfeld”—but went further with bringing back guest stars, addressing “The Michael Richards” thing, and Leon, dammit!

Not only that, but the Mocha Joe subplot, well, that and Cheryl, really most of the Curb moments in this episode didn’t quite click. I can’t think of anything particular, but the “expecting a tip for a favor” seemed like it had been done more than a few times before, as did the stain, as did Cheryl…

Still, it’s not a bad episode, they just did it much better last week.


selfmedicationThe Venture Bros.: “Self-Medication”

Apparently the pressure has gotten to be too much for Dr. Venture, and after a cold open in which the Monarch demonstrates a rare show of competence, getting Dr. Venture right where he wants him, Rusty plays his hand: a note from his doctor. He’s finally given in to group therapy. But of course, this being the Ventureverse, and there being plenty more boy adventurers out there, the group’s reads like a laundry list of ‘60s Saturday-morning heroes—Action Johnny (Jonny Quest [Brendon Small]); Ro-Boy (Astro Boy/Rusty the Boy Robot); Lance and Dale Hale (The Hardy Boys [with some traces of the Menendez Brothers {Seth Green and John Hodgman}]); and one of Captain Sunshine’s ex-Wonder Boys (Patton Oswalt).

Naturally having so many curious “boys” in one place is going to lead to something coming up that they need to get to the bottom of (that may well be the filthiest thing I’ve ever written). Fortunately, the gang’s therapist is brutally murdered via snake pheromones and a poisonous (though misidentified) viper. This leads the investigation to a strip club and later the home of Johnny’s former arch-nemesis, the aging Dr. Z, who cuts the search short by advising the group that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Hatred struggles with his pedophilia.

Jesus, I get it—I’ve got it for the past six episodes and all of last season—and Sgt. Hatred still isn’t funny. And he’s not going to be funny.

Outside of that, the group therapy, which thankfully makes up the bulk of the episode, is a snippet of the eccentric-yet-tender love for its characters that elevates The Venture Bros. to something above your average Adult Swim snarky/Family-Guy/pop-culture-referencing fare. Johnny and Rusty showing their still-got-it flair for detection and adventure; Wonder Boy’s rejection-induced eating binges; Ro-Boy’s disturbing and yet somehow touching naivete; Lance and Dale’s parent issues (which somehow, are even more disturbing than Rusty and Johnny’s)—not quite on par with “Viva Los Muertos!”—but at least Publick and Hammer tried.



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