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The Curb Your Enthusiasm redemption of Bill Buckner was a thing of beauty

Sep 5, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT


They had me at Leon wearing glasses, but by the time this week’s Curb Your Enthusiasm got to the climactic scene with Bill Buckner, an apartment fire and a flying baby, I was ready to declare this the best episode of the season so far. In Mr. Softee, Larry meets Buckner at an autograph show, and brings him to Jeff and Susie’s house for lunch. Larry playfully tosses a valuable autographed ball to Buckner, who of course misses it, the ball sailing out the window and into traffic two stories below.

Redemption comes later when there’s an apartment fire near Buckner’s hotel, and he happens to be on the street as a woman is tossing her baby to firefighters several stories below because of the flames. The baby bounces off of the rescue net and is headed toward certain doom, until Buckner races into action, and:


“Nice catch, Bill!”

Seeing Buckner being carried on people’s shoulders and wildly cheered is redemption that’s been a long time coming, even if it is fictional. Well played, Larry David.

There’s also a nice scene with Robert Smigel (voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) as Larry’s crazed softball manager. I don’t know whether it’s because they’re filming in New York or because there are so many sports themes, but this is, to me, the best season of Curb so far. I just hope David doesn’t decide that he wants to go out on a high note after this.

  1. phillyfan4ever - Sep 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    This episode was awesomee

  2. swisscheesedefense - Sep 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    my biggest problem with curb is that i feel he reuses too many seinfeld jokes but this is sheer comic genius.

  3. vikesfansteve - Sep 5, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    The bald brotherhood.

  4. bobwsc - Sep 7, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    better than when Larry hooked up with the Palestinian woman and had the near altercation with Funkhouser?

    • Rick Chandler - Sep 7, 2011 at 7:03 PM

      You’ve got a point there. That was a classic.

      • bobwsc - Sep 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

        and why would Larry want to throw a bone to Buckner, since he’s an avid Yanks fan? or is this a way to piss off the Mets fans? if it’s the latter, what would they care – they should love the guy for that unfortunate roller (for Sox fans) in game 6.

      • bigleagues - Sep 9, 2011 at 9:09 PM


        In typical Curb fashion – the whole scenario is absurd but somehow works. Susie needs Larry to get a Mookie autograph for Jeff’s (who is a Mets fan) birthday. Buckner eventually helps Larry expedite the Mookie autograph (with Buckner commenting that Wilson owed him one).

        The ‘vibrator’ seat will be the forgotten classic subplot of this episode. Larry’s horror when Susie can no longer hold back is just awesome.

  5. bigleagues - Sep 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    B.O.S. and I seriously cannot ever get enough of J.B. Smoove. Best mid-series character addition of any sitcom I can recall.

    Glad SOMEONE here at NBCSports thought to blog this!