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Why Was Vince Vaughn Talking About Sex Dolls on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'?

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 17, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 17, 2020 |


Last night, as I do on most Sunday nights, I unplugged my laptop, removed it from my “desk” (the dining room table) and sat down in front of the woodstove in the living room to watch three or four hours of TV (yes, I watch TV on my laptop in front of the actual TV because it feels like a more intimate TV watching experience. The “TV” is just for watching things with the family or in other communal situations).

Around 12:45, I turned on Curb Your Enthusiasm to get in one more show before bed. I was looking at my phone, though, and not paying much attention to the show, but then all of a sudden, Vince Vaughn appears on the screen. “What the hell is Vince Vaughn doing on Curb?” I wonder. I wonder it doubly so, because earlier that very day, the Pajiba Slack spent a good half hour joking about this very movie poster:

I think Kate may have actually watched the movie (so, she may or may not write about it), but Hannah definitely did alert us to the existence of two wigs in that movie poster.

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It was bizarre to see Vince Vaughn — without a wig? — in an HBO comedy only hours after that Slack convo, and weirder still because, as I looked up, Vaughn was having a conversation with Larry David at a newsstand about … sex dolls.

Larry: “You think I’m going to f**k that doll?”

Vince: “Yeah, yeah. You’ve never had one? … I have a couple of them. I’m comfortable. I’m healthy. There’s no disease. It feels good …”

Larry: “Maybe you should try necrophilia?”

Vince: “Now you’re talking about a different …”

And at that moment, my laptop battery ran out, and I didn’t feel like plugging it back in. I went to bed wondering what Vince Vaughn was going to say next about sex dolls. The girls were not feeling well, so they’d crawled into my bed, so when I went upstairs there was no room left for me in my own room so I slept in one of the girls’ bedrooms thinking about Vince Vaughn and sex dolls.

The girls woke me up at 6:15 this morning asking for a real doll that I was apparently sleeping on, so I got up and finished the episode.

Vince: “Now you’re talking about a different hang-up.”

Larry: “If you’re open to so many things, f*k a dead woman!”

Vince: “Here’s the good news. If I want to f**k a dead woman, I’ll f**k the doll. OK? And that way, I don’t have to f**k a dead woman.”

That’s what’s going on with Curb Your Enthusiasm these days. Actually, I went back to the beginning of the episode so I could find out who the hell Vince Vaughn is playing. He’s Freddy Funkhouser, the half-brother of Marty Funkhouser, played by the late-great Bob Einstein, otherwise known as Super Dave Osborn. In the Curb universe, Mary is still alive, but he’s in China, otherwise, I expect he’d be fulfilling the role of gifter of sex dolls.

Curiously, last night’s episode had two other major cameos, as well. Clive Owen played a version of himself, while Isla Fisher played a “professional cryer.” Clive Owen was opening a new play, but when Larry David wasn’t effusive enough in his praise of Owen’s performance, a thin-skinned Owen spiraled and started to perform poorly, until Jeff hired the professional cryer to come into the audience and give Owen a boost. After the show, Owen and Fisher became romantically involved until Owen found out that she was a professional cryer and her reaction to his performance was paid. Meanwhile, both the maid and Cheryl walked in on Larry trying to deflate the sex doll, which looked like this:

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And this is where we are ten seasons into Curb Your Enthusiasm. You’re welcome for the update.

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