Curb Your Enthusiasm : Affirmative Action (2000)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Josh Ralske

Larry (Larry David) makes an insensitive joke that has serious consequences for his wife, Cheryl (Cheryl Hines). It all starts when Larry is going to meet his friend, Richard Lewis, and Cheryl asks him to pick up the prescription for her dermatitis, which is acting up. Walking along the beach, Richard explains that he's upset because his girlfriend and Larry don't get along. Larry agrees to bring Cheryl over after dinner and try to patch things up. Then they run into Dr. Grambs (Gregg Daniel), Richard's dermatologist, who happens to be black. Larry makes a tasteless joke about affirmative action, and Dr. Grambs storms off, ignoring Larry's desperate apologies. "I was just trying to be affable," a distraught Larry explains. He later meets Cheryl at a restaurant for dinner, where she's desperately waiting for her medication, which Larry's forgotten to pick up. To make things worse, there's a long wait for a table. Larry decides to cut ahead of the line by folding up a bill and surreptitiously handing it to the maître d'. "I'm extremely attracted to you right now," says an impressed Cheryl as they take their seats. But then Larry has to use the men's room, and he notices an NBC exec he doesn't want to speak to sitting at a table by the rest rooms. He decides he'll go to another restaurant two doors down rather than be forced to say hello. But at the other restaurant, he's accosted by a black woman line producer (Karen Bankhead) whom he failed to hire for his film, Sour Grapes. Things continue to go wrong when Larry and the itchy Cheryl get to the pharmacist after dinner, and Larry realizes the folded up paper he gave the maître d' was Cheryl's prescription.