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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Larry in heaven at the end of Season 5.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: And how.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The Kafka Komedy that was normal in Seinfeld is turned Up to Eleven on this show. While you can easily say that Larry is enough of a Jerkass that he deserves plenty of the punishment that comes his way (especially because he doesn't really know when to back down or tone down the asshole), there are also many examples where the universe just seems to have it against Larry for no reason other than him existing (let alone just being in the wrong place at the wrong time), and this (plus the typical cast-ful of belligerent assholes that is normal to a Larry David production, including Larry himself, and the terrible things they do) can make it hard to find the fun in the gags, no matter how good the set-up.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Larry's reluctance to agree to love Cheryl even after death in "The Survivor" got a bit less funny when the two characters divorced only a couple seasons later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Larry complains that Ted Danson uses the term "Heaven" too much, exclaiming, "Everything is Heaven with him!" Cut to The Good Place, sixteen years later.
    • In a twofer, shortly after the episode "Mel's Offer" [Season 4 Episode 1] aired, an article appeared which suggested that since the season was going to take place primarily in New York, that Jerry Seinfeld was likely to show up, and we'd end up with what would be practically another season of Seinfeld. As is now well known, Seinfeld appeared for three seconds in the entire season (the brief cut, where he makes a "that's enough for me" gesture and leaves has since become a common reaction gif). Then comes along season 7, which really was practically a new season of Seinfeld. And of course, the latter half of season 8 does take place in NYC.
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  • Jerkass Has a Point: Susie starts off on the edge, constantly, but she actually tries to be nicer to Larry over the course of the series. However, he always finds a way to ruin things, and her anger at him (and often Jeff) is often unsurprising (after all, he never learns).
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Susie Greene. That is, if you don't find her hilarious. But just imagine Jeff's life with her... Jeff says that if there’s ever a divorce, he says he wants it to be amicable and without negativity. Susie, on the other hand...
    • Martine, the nanny from hell, is quite unnerving and creepy. For starters, she's overly giggly, which is already unsettling on its own. And according to Cheryl, she's full of Non Sequiturs, which is also a little weird. But she becomes downright crazy when she hears the Looney Tunes theme (due to hearing that theme over and over again at the Looney Tunes Lodge, where she worked for 15 years). She also hums it over and over and over. You know she's terrifying when even Susie thinks she's a mental case.
    • The running arc of season 9 involves the ayatollah putting a hit out on Larry.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Squick: Larry and company talking about a child's massive penis like it's a normal thing to talk about can be really uncomfortable to watch.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Larry is almost always the object of scorn and derision for his actions and opinions, but a fair bit of the time the audience is meant to sympathize with his refusal to go along with various abritrary and capricious rules of "polite" society, believing that Larry is typically in the 'right'.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: There's a stock music piece introduced in season 9 (heard in "A Disturbance in the Kitchen") that begins like "Ain't She Sweet" before going in a different direction.
  • Tear Jerker: When Sammie chooses Oscar over her dad. That's gotta be devastating to Jeff.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: While the eighth season was touted as the "Larry in NYC" season, only five of the ten episodes feature this setting, with the rest taking place in L.A. as usual.
    • While the adult Blacks got a good amount of spotlight, the two kids didn't. It would've been interesting to see Larry become a surrogate father figure and how he would've inevitably screwed it up, but that's relegated to a quick montage at the end of season 6.
  • What an Idiot!: Many, many examples from Larry, but perhaps the biggest was the season 7 finale. Larry had spent the whole season trying to win Cheryl back, most prominently by casting her in the Seinfeld reunion episode. When the finale aired on TV, Cheryl came to his house and the two were as good as back together... then Larry notices a cup stain on the table. It turns out Cheryl was the one who did the same thing at Julia Louis-Dreyfus's house previously Note . This prompts Larry to ask her if she respects wood and that he wants Cheryl to call Julia and tell her she made the stain. Cheryl instantly regrets getting back together with Larry and we find out in the season 8 premiere the two have officially divorced.


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