How did Larry David end the show?

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spoiler ALERT: This article discusses plot points from the series finale “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

After nearly 25 years of Larry David’s disagreements, feuds and anger, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” aired its final episode on Sunday.

The appropriately named “No Lessons Learned” – the 10th episode of season 12 – wrapped up a season-long arc that began when Larry was arrested for giving water to Aunt Rae (Ellia English) in Atlanta, when She was in line to vote, a violation of local law. Over the course of the season, he became a pop culture hero for doing the right thing, even though he had no idea he was breaking any laws, let alone making any kind of statement.

Of course, Larry’s crew is headed to Atlanta for trials, including Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) and Ted Danson (playing themselves), Jeff (Jeff Garlin) and Susie (Susie Essman), and Leon (JB Smoove) and Includes Richard Lewis (playing himself). , Richard heads to Atlanta early to visit his old girlfriend Cynthia (Allison Janney), who of course alienates him before even meeting Larry when she won’t let his car move into her lane on the highway and fingers him. Gives.

As the trial begins, Larry and his attorney Sibby Sanders (Sanaa Lathan) prepare for a tough battle against District Attorney Earl Mack (Greg Kinnear) in Judge Whitaker’s (Dean Norris) court.

Yet Larry is preoccupied with more pressing issues such as the lack of costars in court, Ted’s headline-grabbing protest of the Election Integrity Act, and his belief that Cynthia is lying about a suicide attempt.

In Earl’s opening statement, he says, “Larry David does not respect the law” and presents his case by calling several of Larry’s major enemies over the years to the stand, including Mocha Joe (Saverio Guerra), Mr. Takahashi (Dana . Lee), Rachel Heineman (Iris Bahr), Bruce Springsteen (playing himself) and more. Real-life Trump whistleblower Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman made another appearance, serving as a witness and saying he could not tolerate Larry’s corruption.

The trial is reminiscent of the infamous finale of “Seinfeld,” which David co-created, where the main four characters face multiple character witnesses in court and are ultimately sentenced to prison. Lyonne also mentioned her alleged termination with Larry in court, telling him, “I heard some terrible things about it. I heard you messed it up.”

After Aunt Rae and Susie’s outrageous court accusations land Larry in trouble, Jerry Seinfeld (playing himself) comes to Atlanta for support and less-than-stellar conversation about bearded women.

Taking the stand in his own defense, Larry tries to portray himself as a hero, yet Earl’s cross-examination revisits many of Larry’s trials and tribulations, going back to the first season of the series. Ultimately, Larry is found guilty and put behind bars for a year, and he is seen in his cell concentrating on his pants tent, much like the first episode of “Curb” – another “Seinfeld” finale. Mirror.

In the end, Jerry bails Larry out of jail when he learns that a juror broke his sequester, leading to a mistrial and sentencing. The two then have a meta conversation about the “Seinfeld” finale: “You don’t want to end like this. No one wants to see this. Trust me,” Jerry says, to which Larry replies, ” Oh God, it This is how we should have ended the finale!”

There were countless other notable moments: Larry effectively summed up the series with the incredible quote, “I’m 76 years old, and I’ve never learned a lesson in my entire life”; Leon was watching “Seinfeld” for the first time and found like-minded Kramer rude; And Larry causes a stir when he hits a fly in the court.

Yet the final scene – in which Larry and all his friends are fighting after Susie opens the window shade on the flight back to Los Angeles – was a perfect summary of what made the series so brilliantly obsessive and petty. Was.

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