24. "The Wire" (Season 1, Episode 6)
Catchphrase: “What’s the cut-off time?”
Standout Susie ether: “You weren’t thinking, [Jeff], cause you’re a fat fucking asshole!”
Much like Seinfeld, the early episodes of Curb have a slightly different feel than the rest of the series, with Larry caught in scenarios that intentionally come off as mundane, lending a mockumentary aesthetic to seasons one and two. Before we’d meet larger-than-life figures like Krazee-Eyez or the Korean Bookie, we were treated to characters like Porno Gil or, as seen here, The Weinstocks, whose realism makes them that much more cringeworthy.
Cheryl wants a low-hanging wire in the backyard buried but to do so she needs consenting signatures from their neighbors. Enter schmucky opportunist Dean Weinstock and his batshit wife Phyllis, who, with faux-politeness, refuse to sign until Larry arranges a meet with Dean’s celeb crush: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. When he finally does get Julia to their house (the first appearance from a Seinfeld alum on the show) Dean’s late, and Phyllis opens the door, face stained with makeup and mascara because...their cat has just died.
The scene that follows is spectacularly bizarre—Phyllis breaks out the camcorder— and things get even more uncomfortable when Larry disregards “the cut-off” and barges in Julia’s house late at night looking for his idea pad. Earlier the show portrays Dean as a thirsty super-fan when he asks Larry if the Seinfeld cast ever hangs out at his house, but the show gives us a meta morsel of fan service when Julia declares she’s calling Jerry to vent about the day Larry put her through. At the time, it felt like the closest thing to a reunion we’d ever get.