Curb Your Enthusiasm, "The Safe House": a breast blow out

Quick Take: Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Safe House”
"I have breast vision!" – Larry 

Larry

Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Safe House”
(S0802) Larry and company left me worried after the weak eighth season premiere last week, but all is forgiven with this week’s entry that has Larry exploring the lure of boobs and the quicksand of stereotypes while managing to provide some unwitting tips on how to really offend women in a battered women’s shelter. Just like any great episode of Seinfeld, Curb works best when several strains of awkward social situations weave together for one satisfying, and hopefully, unexpected conclusion. "The Safe House" achieves that with more than a little help from the episode's VIPs in Leon and Richard Lewis.

At the top of the episode, Larry, Jeff, and Marty are having a meal where Marty shares that Richard is dating a very hot burlesque model with gorgeous breasts. As they discuss the woman’s merits, Lewis slinks in and is expectedly ticked to hear his buddies talking so cavalierly about his new love. Offended, he leaves for an audition and the guys decide on the down-low to go watch Richard’s new squeeze perform. As they ogle her ample assets another evening, we hilariously learn that Larry has breast vision and Leon reveals that boobs have their own language. Who knew?

Elsewhere in the story, Larry is in hot water for promising to watch a stranger’s computer for a few minutes, but instead leaves it in the care of a fellow African American diner who promises to keep an eye on it. The computer's owner returns to find Larry and the computer gone. A day later, Larry and the man run into one another and the computer guy gets even angrier when he discovers Larry handed the computer’s care to a black man. When Larry reluctantly shares his predicament with Leon later on, his longtime house guest laments that he doesn’t want that kind of behavior reflecting badly on all black men.

Larry also gets into a scuffle with the woman who runs a battered woman’s shelter in his neighborhood. At the grocery store, Larry proves to be insensitive when he tries to bypass the woman and her distraught charge in order get some Chubby Hubby behind the refirgerator case. A day later, the shelter matron shows up at Larry’s door to let him have it for berating another of her charges who let her dog poop on his lawn. Unapologetic, Larry does see an opportunity to go meet the women (and maybe scope out a possible date – classy Larry!). While there with all smiles, Larry ends up inferring the women are fat, nuts, and basically asking for it. He also implies that one stout resident doesn’t belong there because she looks like she could beat up anyone – man or woman. As a peace offering, Larry then opens his home to the women to do their laundry and ends up offending the large woman so much she threatens to deck him. However, the frightened Larry instead slips, falls and earns his own self-inflicted shiner. And really of anyone on the planet, who is asking for it more than Larry?

At the hospital with Leon later, Larry somehow engenders sympathy from his doctor who thinks he might be a domestic abuse victim at Leon’s hands. It’s wince-inducing racism that pays off nicely a few beats later when the stolen computer story comes full circle heightened by Larry’s brilliant riff, “I think all computers look alike.” That coupled with Lewis’ comeuppance for his shallow fascination with his paramour’s boobs makes for a great episode that brings the show back to form.

By Tara Bennett

About the author

is an author (The Lost Encyclopedia), a national entertainment journalist and a media studies adjunct professor at Rowan University. She's been a film, TV and pop culture junkie for as long as she can remember and she's got the old TV Guide's to prove it. Pray for her thighs as she spends far too much time at her desk writing or her couch watching what she loves.

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On: Monday, July 18, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

Very happy to see Curb picking up the pace! 

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