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The 25 Best "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Episodes

2. "The Doll" (Season 2, Episode 7)

Standout Susie ether: “You four-eyed fuck! And you fat piece of shit! Get me the [doll] head!”

Earlier we said it’s the rare Curb episode that manages to restrain Larry David’s attention span and introduce varying plot elements that assemble together beautifully and seamlessly in the climax. “The Doll” is one such treasure. Everything that precedes the final scene, from an annoyingly righteous theater attendant, to a latch-less bathroom door, and of course, thee doll, plays a part in creating the horrific, hilarious but also horrible, how-is-he-going-to-explain-this situation that Larry finds himself in during the final minutes. Nothing is extraneous, making “The Doll” a textbook example of tight sitcom writing, and as only the seventeenth episode of the series, solidfying Curb as unfuckwittable.

As if it needs more praise, “The Doll” also boasts a top five Susie massacre (and the first time the show employs the Western-showdown score as her takedown theme?) when she catches Larry and Jeff sneaking around the house (they’re separated at the time) and later when she realizes what they were up to. In the opening moments, Larry and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss are pitching a show about a sitcom star tired of being associated with her one famous role. After this episode though, Larry had officially stepped out of Seinfeld’s shadow.

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