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"Curb" Doesn't Do "Seinfeld" Any Favors

The season finale of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" that ended the "Seinfeld Reunion" story line had its funny moments Sunday.

Having said that, I was a little disappointed in the 40-minute episode.

If you watched the episode, one of the repetitive jokes in the finale was how often people say "having said that" to argue against a previous opinion.

Spoiler alert. If you don't want to know more about the "Curb" finale, stop reading now.

In the episode, "Curb" writer-producer-star Larry David dealt with his usual share of annoyances. He got in an argument with a guy who runs a coffee stand about the meaning of a favor. He was upset when he was falsely accused by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) of putting a drink stain on a piece of antique furniture.

And he got extremely jealous of the developing relationship between his ex-wife on the show, Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), and Jason Alexander (George). Cheryl was playing George's ex-wife in the "Seinfeld Reunion" story line that David created in an attempt to get back with his wife.

David got so annoyed that he re-wrote the script, prompting Alexander to quit and David to get a tryout playing the iconic character George. Since George was based on the annoying David in real life, you might have thought he could pull it off.

David badly overacted, was criticized by the cast and quit. But surprise, surprise, Cheryl quit, too. She decided she belonged with Larry, which suggested the second "Seinfeld" finale might have a happy ending.

But Larry being Larry, he quickly stained his romantic reunion with Cheryl after learning she was responsible for the furniture stain.

It all was very clever. But having said that, I just wish I laughed more often and that Jerry, Elaine and Kramer (Michael Richards) had more to do.

-- Alan Pergament  

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