Larry David, the leftist creator-star of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm has pulled a Homer. In the third season of The Simpsons, the episode "Homer Defined" introduced the expression "to pull a Homer" and defined it as "to succeed despite idiocy." That's last night's episode of Curb perfectly summarized. With a premise that I feared last week would be unwatchable, David has crafted one of his show's greatest, most important episodes — and all apparently by accident.
(Warning – plot spoilers of course follow. For a fuller summary of the episode check out the AV Club or Hollywood Life. There are other plot threads in the episode that I won't discuss here.)
The premise of the episode: Larry and his friend/manager Jeff discover a new "Palestinian" Chicken restaurant and decide to go in spite of knowing that their fellow Jews would disapprove. Once there they chow down on the best chicken they've ever eaten, indifferent to the anti-Semitic posters on the walls. Larry also discovers a new object of lust: the sexy "Palestinian" woman who manages the restaurant. He confesses:
You're always attracted to someone who doesn't want you. Well, here you have someone who not only doesn't want you, but doesn't even acknowledge your right to exist, who wants your destruction. That's a turn-on.