Larry David is famed for his arguments on Curb Your Enthusiasm and he’s often in the right (even when he’s kind of being the bad guy).
It’s hard to believe that Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm just finished its 10th season. With its first episode airing in 1999, the Seinfeld co-creator has picked fights with celebrities, local businesses, and even his own friends and family, in some of the best comedy TV has to offer. While David is dubbed as a “Social Assassin”, and is ridiculed by those close to him for his confrontational attitude, a lot of the time, David isn’t entirely wrong.
Aside from his unwillingness to let go of a grudge, one could argue that David is on the right side of the arguments he frequently finds himself in. That’s not to say he’s always socially aware of the things he says, but we’ve compiled a number of times where everyone was against him, but he fairly stood his ground. Warning: This list contains spoilers from season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The Waiting Room Incident
While waiting to see his doctor, the receptionist at the office allowed another person to go ahead of him because she showed up first. In a clinic, this might make sense, however, Larry David had an appointment, and the doctor’s office did not respect the appointment.
This caused an argument between the receptionist and David, and eventually between David and his doctor. The office later changed their rules, and our favorite funnyman admitted he didn’t care about the rule, he just wanted to be served first. So, we guess he could be wrong in the end, but his initial stance was correct.
Getting a Second Opinion
When Larry David gets hit by a man in a motorized wheel-chair in his spite store, his doctor tells him he needs surgery. Uninterested in the long recovery time, the comedy writer lets the doctor know he will probably seek a second opinion to make sure he’s making the right choice. Once this happens, his doctor gets upset, but begrudgingly accepts that it’s his client’s right to do so.
Once David does this, he is told by another physician that the tear in his knee isn’t as bad as he was led to believe and would not require surgery. He passes the news along to his first doctor, and this causes a massive blow-up in the office. Yet, David was well within his right to explore his options.
The Shrimp Incident
While Larry David and Julia Louis-Dreyfus booked a meeting to pitch a new show to HBO, the Seinfeld co-creator orders some take-out from a local Chinese food restaurant, only to realize he was given the wrong order when he got home. So, he drove back to the restaurant, only to discover the man he’d be pitching his show to, Allan Wasserman, got his food. They swapped bags and went on with their evenings. Shortly after this interaction, David realized he was missing shrimp from his order, and assumed the HBO boss ate some before bringing it back.
Not to jump the gun quickly, the funnyman did some digging that confirmed his suspicions. When it came time to pitch his show, David accused Wasserman of his deed, costing him the chance to pitch there. Yet, what Wasserman did was unsanitary and rude, so we can’t blame David for blowing up here.
While at a party at Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ house, Larry David is accused of leaving a drink ring on an antique table the Seinfeld actress had in her family for generations. After being asked to pay for the damages, David investigated who the real culprit was, accusing Jerry Seinfeld, and Susie Essman for not “respecting wood”. To his surprise, however, he discovered his ex-wife Cheryl Hines was the person that did it the whole time.
While he was trying to get back together with her, she admitted to being the ring-maker, prompting David to make her admit her wrongdoing to Louis-Dreyfus herself. However, Heines refused and decided not to get back together with her ex-husband after all. David should have picked a better time, but in a way, he was being punished for being the only honest person.
The Sample Abuser
During the episode, “The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial” Larry David got caught behind a woman who couldn’t decide which ice-cream flavor she preferred. She was constantly asking for multiple samples, which caused David to snap. Eventually, he spoke up and pressured her to make a decision after a pretty heated argument.
Unfortunately, however, the woman he fought with was in charge of enrollments for a school the Black family was trying to enroll their children in. Forced to grit his teeth and apologize, the sample abuser didn’t think she did anything wrong either, making it even worse.
The Halloween Candy
One Halloween, Larry David was giving out candy to the children of his neighborhood. However, things went sideways when two teenagers showed up out of costume. Ever the confrontational fellow, David refused to give the girls any candy, even arguing with them about how they were too old to trick or treat anyway. As a result, he got profanities written on his door and his house was vandalized with toilet paper.
When he spoke to the police, they told him he should have just given the children the candy, and he really opened himself up for this by his actions. We disagree with that line of thinking. The teens did not dress up and they were pretty rude when he answered the door. Halloween candy isn’t a right.
His Feud With Michael J Fox
While accusing a man with Parkinson’s disease of using his disease as a cover to harass you is a bold claim. Yet, that’s what Larry David did when he spent a few months in New York City living under the Back To The Future star’s condo.
Throughout his time dealing with Fox, David accused him of stomping around late at night and shaking a bottle of soda before handing it to him so it will explode. Fox passed all of these accusations off as things that happen when you have Parkinson’s disease and almost everyone around him believed that story. Yet, one season later, Fox admits to “clomping” and shaking the bottle.
Dog Poo Argument
When Larry David caught the dog owner who isn’t cleaning up her animal’s dedication on his lawn, he got upset at her, she tried to pass it off as not a big deal, but that only made situations worse. A few days later, he discovered that the woman he flipped out on came from a safe house, and she faced some pretty bad abuse from a former spouse.
He did apologize for yelling but tried to explain how she needs to clean up after her dog, but it wasn’t received super well. David should have handled this situation better, no doubt. But dog poo on your front lawn is gross.
When Larry David catches Christian Slater hogging all the caviar at a party, he calls him out. Much like everything in David’s life, this causes a pretty intense argument, but Slater eventually backed down.
Things only got worse, however, when someone accused David of eating all the food, but he was quick to point the blame on Slater, who got even more upset. While he probably didn’t have to, David wasn’t the bad guy in that situation, the caviar was there for everyone, but Slater was being a hog.
Not Shaking Ben Stiller’s Hand
To kick off season four, Larry David is offered a role in Mel Brook’s hit musical The Producers after the Young Frankenstein writer saw David perform at a karaoke bar. Things get off on the wrong foot, however, when David runs into his soon-to-be co-star, Ben Stiller.
While the interaction seemed a little tense as Stiller asked David if he sings or acts, things ended poorly when Stiller sneezed into his hand before saying goodbye and trying to shake David’s hand. Disgusted, David swerves out of the handshake offer and pats stiller on the back. This causes some tension, as Stiller felt offended, but we can’t blame David here. It’s unsanitary to sneeze into your hand, and it’s disgusting to expect someone to shake it after.