Larry David injured his shoulder in the latest episode of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" while wrestling Lin-Manuel Miranda over the "boss chair" – the elevated, power-seat behind the desk of a fancy office.
David lost the fight to the much younger "Hamilton" mastermind. But the ninth season of "Curb" ends this Sunday with David re-occupying the throne of TV phrase-creating king.
He's extended a reign he began with "Seinfeld," which introduced "master of your domain," "close talker" and "not that there's anything wrong with that," among other sayings.
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David has long used "Curb" to over-analyze and label everyday human interaction – no more so than this frequently hilarious season, which, like every outing, could be his last.
As David prepares to get in what might be the final word, here's a look at some Season 9 verbal gems that go beyond the usual yada, yada, yada:
• The Art of the "Foist": David repurposed "foist" in the context of pushing an unwanted person into the life of an unsuspecting dupe. Case in point: David foisted his incompetent, constipated assistant (played by Carrie Brownstein) onto his frenemy Susie Greene (Susie Essman).
• Type + Distance = No Door Hold: David's formula for whether to hold open a door for a stranger walking behind him adds up to disaster – thanks to his pathetically erroneous assumption on whether the woman (played by Julie Goldman) was the "type" who wanted a door held opened for her. She later overcharges him for a haircut. He inadvertently breaks up her planned marriage to her girlfriend.
• Patient-Doctor Confidentiality: David's shrink (played by Bryan Cranston) invokes this twist on doctor-patient confidentiality after David tells his ex-wife the doctor loves truffles. Cranston's character takes revenge by conning David into buying him a new office chair (fights over chairs – including Larry's seat battles with Richard Lewis – are a Season 9 theme).
• Haskell Rights: David digs deep into sitcom history to assert his right to go upstairs at will in the Greene home. It's a reference to Eddie Haskell, the young, obsequious family friend on "Leave it to Beaver," who ingratiated himself with June Cleaver.
• Never Wait for Seconds: David loudly decrees at a restaurant that anyone who already has waited in a buffet line can cut the queue when getting seconds. The beneficiary of the declaration – an assassin (Navid Negahban) who planned to carry out a fatwa on David (a Season 9 plot line) – is so touched, he successfully makes a case to remove the death sentence.
• The Accidental-on-Purpose Text: David's latest social subterfuge can be defined as pretending to accidentally send a text to the wrong person to make yourself look good and/or to get your own way. Case in point: Jeff (Jeff Garlin) "accidentally" sends Susie a text purportedly meant for David. Jeff writes he can't go to the Rams game with David because he needs to drive Susie to the airport – hoping she'll appreciate that he’s a good guy and let him go out of guilt. Susie sees through the ruse, though the accidental-text-on-purpose seems destined to enter the ranks of top "pretty pretty pretty pretty good" Larry David-isms.