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Last episode of Season 7 gives us even more Seinfeld than last week’s “Table Read”; in fact, almost an entire episode plays out while behind the scenes Larry deals with evening the favors owed to studio coffee-jockey Mocha Joe; gets jealous over Jason Alexander’s coaching lessons with Cheryl, and tries to solve the mystery of who left the coffee stain on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ table.
Though stronger than most episodes this season, it really didn’t seem to aim for much more than last week’s episode—it gave us Seinfeld, but on Curb’s terms—though last week was not only the best episode of the season, it was one of the best episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Basically it gave you all the Seinfeld you could ever want—at least as much as this week’s “Seinfeld”—but went further with bringing back guest stars, addressing “The Michael Richards” thing, and Leon, dammit!
Not only that, but the Mocha Joe subplot, well, that and Cheryl, really most of the Curb moments in this episode didn’t quite click. I can’t think of anything particular, but the “expecting a tip for a favor” seemed like it had been done more than a few times before, as did the stain, as did Cheryl…
Still, it’s not a bad episode, they just did it much better last week.