If the primary episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11, “The 5 Foot Fence,” was establishing the course of the season, and the second episode, “Angel Muffin,” confirmed simply how brilliantly David and showrunner Jeff Schaffer might intertwine seemingly unconnected tales into one incredible narrative, the third episode, “The Mini Bar,” focuses on how the present’s nice visitor characters and simply steal the present.
Certain, already this season we have seen Albert Brooks, Jon Hamm, and Dylan O’Brien, however “The Mini Bar” crams the visitor stars in. This episode wastes no time exhibiting off its star energy, as Jeff (Jeff Garlin) and Susie (Susie Essman) throw a cocktail party that additionally consists of Larry, Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), Cousin Andy (Richard Form), Freddy Funkhouser (Vince Vaughn), and Larry and Jeff’s enterprise supervisor Harry Baskin (Patton Oswalt), amongst others.
At this ceremonial dinner, “The Mini Bar” is ready to begin nearly all the episode’s storylines. Cousin Andy and his spouse Cassie (Lisa Arch) sit on the center of the desk, and be taught they will’t “center,” which means they’re horrible at being the focal point at a celebration, boring everybody to the purpose that Larry and Susie have to mix their powers to cease them. After Larry saves the day, Andy and Cassie need Larry to be the center for their very own ceremonial dinner, to which he refuses.
Harry involves Larry with an issue: after getting a girl’s quantity, he texted her too typically, and now she received’t reply. Larry tries to save lots of the day by telling Harry to reply with a joke about being in scorching canine consuming competitions. In the meantime, Freddy Funkhouser has purchased his personal resort, and now Larry provides his companies to curate his mini bar.
Whereas “Angel Muffin” began with completely different tales that had nothing to do with one another in the end coming collectively in a superb approach, “The Mini Bar” nearly does the other, beginning all these tales at one level and permitting them fan out from there. Sadly, the consequence isn’t as efficient or satisfying. Andy’s ceremonial dinner and Harry’s romantic issues do join ultimately, however not in a very fascinating approach.
Nevertheless, Larry’s curation of the mini bar does result in a few of the episode’s largest laughs, as David and Vaughn are at all times a pleasure to observe collectively, and Larry’s full ignorance that he has packed this mini bar with extremely divisive meals like black licorice, multiples forms of olives, and wasabi peas is hilarious due to Larry’s full indignation and assuredness in his selections. After all, since that is Curb Your Enthusiasm, these three tales could possibly be establishing for payoff down the road, however apart from Freddy’s resort, it doesn’t look like there’s actually anyplace else for these tales to go.
Surprisingly, it’s Keyla Monterroso Mejia as Maria Sofia who continues to steal the present this season. With Larry’s new sequence getting the boot from Netflix, Larry and Jeff take the present to Hulu. Since Maria Sofia is an unknown actress (and for good motive), the brand new streaming service needs to see her on tape. To try to make her prepared for the digital camera, Larry enlists the assistance of Cheryl, who just isn’t prepared for a way horrible of an actress Maria Sofia really is.
All through this season, Mejia has performed Maria Sofia in a approach that makes it extraordinarily clear that there isn’t any hope for Larry’s present if she really finally ends up being one of many leads. Her over-confidence and fallacious selections in each scenario is baffling, as she’s so positive she’s making all the best strikes, though nobody watching right here has any thought what the hell she’s attempting to tug off.
Effectively, besides Hulu, who finally ends up loving her, as she will get in an actual combat on tape with Cheryl and Ted Danson, even after Larry and Jeff have thought they’ve saved the present from Maria Sofia’s horrible instincts. Whereas Netflix had Don Jr. (Reid Scott), the Head of Hulu (Elon Gold) spends nearly each line proving to Larry that he’s Jewish. This trait actually looks like the sort of factor that may ultimately get below Larry’s pores and skin sufficient to trigger Larry’s Younger Larry sequence to have to search out one more streaming service.
Whereas each Netflix and Hulu have existed this season as far as little extra of a method to arrange the present’s plot, will probably be fascinating to see what Curb Your Enthusiasm is attempting to say concerning the age of streaming. For instance, the places of work of Netflix and Hulu are just about the identical, and each heads of the studio appear to have three assistants/lackeys who’re there to suck as much as the studio heads and the expertise. That is the primary season Curb Your Enthusiasm has been round since HBO Max debuted, so who is aware of what Larry is attempting to say concerning the period of streaming companies, and if Younger Larry will ultimately land on HBO Max.
It’s wild to say that an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm that ends with Larry David and Patton Oswalt in a scorching canine consuming contest is a little bit of a disappointment, however after this season’s flexing its unimaginable capacity to show wild threads right into a cohesive narrative that finally ends up tying collectively, “The Mini Bar” finally ends up feeling like a sequence of disparate threads that by no means fairly discover a strong conclusion. An amazing episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm makes each component repay in a gratifying approach, and whereas “The Mini Bar” has its moments, like Maria Sofia, and Larry’s fury over the reception his mini bar snacks obtained, this one simply would not tie collectively and culminate in the way in which one would hope and count on.
With season 11 across the nook, let’s jog our reminiscences.
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