The worst factor ever to occur to Curb Your Enthusiasm happens in season six, episode seven. Cheryl David, Larry David’s long-suffering spouse, reaches her breaking level when she calls Larry in a panic from a turbulent flight, pondering she’s about to die a violent loss of life, just for Larry, preoccupied by a go to from a TiVo service technician, to ask that she name him again later. Consequently, Cheryl leaves Larry (are you able to blame her?). The present has by no means been the identical since.
Hear me out: Curb was an infinitely higher present when Larry was married to Cheryl. With Cheryl, Larry is incorrigible, to make sure, but additionally human, adaptable, striving. Although his pure impulse is to squirm out of taking duty for his actions, Cheryl conjures up Larry to do the fitting factor, nevertheless begrudgingly. Cheryl pushes Larry to socialize, to play good, to make amends. With Cheryl within the combine, you suppose, “Well, if she can love him, he must not be that bad.”
Take, for instance, the third episode of season six, titled, “The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial.” On this episode, Larry has pissed off everybody in a 20-mile radius, as per standard, necessitating that he make apologies. When a sweaty 50 greenback invoice given to him by frenemy Marty Funkhouser is deemed no good by a florist, Larry has a vivid thought whereas driving by the roadside memorial devoted to Marty’s mom, who was killed whereas traversing a crosswalk in her wheelchair. Larry pulls over, snatches just a few bouquets, then distributes them to the ladies with whom he’s within the doghouse. When Cheryl realizes that Larry has given her secondhand flowers from a lifeless girl’s memorial, she is understandably disgusted, and joins with Marty in insisting that Larry return the flowers to their rightful place. It’s a textbook Curb set-up—in an effort to atone for one sin, Larry commits one other. That mentioned, with out Cheryl round, you possibly can wager your backside greenback that Larry wouldn’t put himself by way of the social agony of rescinding a present. That is Cheryl’s stabilizing affect on the present, and on Larry—she serves as an engine of added drama in forcing Larry to be higher.
Within the season ten premiere, Larry / Cheryl (Larryl?) shippers got a present: for the primary time since Larry self-sabotaged his means out of profitable Cheryl again in season seven, there appears to be hope for a reunion. With Cheryl’s beau Ted Danson out of city, Larry affords Cheryl a experience residence from a celebration; upon pulling over at her home, they kiss within the automotive and go inside to sleep collectively. Within the second episode of season ten, Cheryl ends their temporary dalliance, whereas within the fourth episode, her relationship with Ted hits the skids when Ted discovers she and Larry have slept collectively. With six extra episodes to go, I am not satisfied it is actually over. Curb is aware of higher than to dangle such an enormous reunion, then refuse to see it by way of. But as a lot as I need them to reunite, I’m undecided Cheryl may stand to be married to the person Larry has develop into with out her.
Again in season six, as Cheryl packs her luggage to go away her marriage, she says to Larry, “People ask me all the time, ‘How do you stay with him?’ I always tell them, ‘There’s another side to Larry that you don’t see.’ I just realized today—there’s no other side. There’s no other side. This is it.”
Cheryl was proper—there’s no different facet. 4 seasons later, we all know now that Larry with out Cheryl is unhinged, unmotivated, amoral. Larry with out Cheryl is a person who strikes to the other coast to keep away from doing just a few hours of charity work, who claims to be “on the spectrum” to elucidate away his unhealthy habits, who tries to make a girl signal a non-disclosure settlement whereas in mattress with him. He’s a person who dates a wheelchair-bound girl to use her entry to front-row seats, who teaches a baby to attract swastikas, who tries to control his girlfriend into breaking apart with him after her most cancers prognosis.
As a lot as I need Cheryl to get again along with Larry and restore ethical order to the present, on the identical time, I wouldn’t want that on her. Cheryl looks like a reasonably cool individual to be round, in spite of everything—a dedicated environmentalist, a foodie, a tennis maven. She deserves higher than the man who solutions the telephone throughout intercourse, who horrifically botches her aunt’s obituary, who blows up her sister’s engagement. As Ted Danson says of Larry means again within the first season of the present, “I could kind of take or leave him.” Clearly Cheryl was proper to go away him.
But even when Cheryl doesn’t want Larry, Curb wants Cheryl. Larry and Cheryl’s “will they or won’t they” power calls to thoughts the identical propulsive power that Seinfeld derived from Elaine and Jerry’s on-again, off-again flirtation. Cheryl could also be too good for Larry, however when Larry is preventing for her, whether or not it’s to maintain her blissful of their marriage or get her again after their divorce, it makes him a greater man. It makes him the form of man who does favors, who affords rides, who lets the small issues go (nicely, below duress). Don’t search for Larry to show into an altruist in a single day, however with Cheryl round, Curb has ahead movement—and Larry has an impetus to vary. Change is the engine of drama, in spite of everything—and if the years with out Cheryl have taught us something, it’s that Larry certain as hell gained’t change and not using a shove.