Sep 5, 2011, 8:43 AM EST
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.
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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