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Season 5 of Curb Your Enthusiasm began on September 25, 2005 on the HBO Network.


Larry's friend, comedian Richard Lewis, is in dire need of a kidney transplant operation. Purely out of paranoid guilt, Larry offers one of his own to Richard if Richard cannot find a suitable donor in time. Larry then makes many concerted, ridiculous efforts to find Richard a kidney donor. Larry explores the possibility that he may have been adopted, because of a potentially misunderstood word his father said (and no longer remembers) while in the hospital — Larry hires a private investigator (Mekhi Phifer) to look into it. Eventually, he discovers the "truth" and visits his potential biological family, where he learns that he could be Gentile. His new faith in Christianity makes him agree to donating Richard his kidney.



Main cast[]

Guest stars[]

Special guest stars[]

  • Hugh Hefner
  • Dustin Hoffman as Larry's guide 1
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as Larry's guide 2


Picture Episode Episode Number Season Number Production Code Original Airdate
150px The Larry David Sandwich 41 5 September 25, 2005
Larry is changed by a near-death experience and a revelation about his father; on the lighter side, he finds that an unappetizing sandwich was named after him.
150px The Bowtie 42 5 October 2, 2005
Larry hires a private investigator to find out if he is adopted. After Larry adopts a dog, Wanda deems it to be racist because of its too-strong reaction to her when she visits.
150px The Christ Nail 43 5 October 9, 2005
Larry buys his housekeeper a bra, and is saved from the wrath of her vengeful husband by orthotics and a special nail.
150px Kamikaze Bingo 44 5 October 16, 2005
Larry dishonors an art dealer at a Japanese restaurant, and accuses a nursing-home resident of a Bingo fix.
150px Lewis Needs a Kidney 45 5 October 30, 2005
When Richard Lewis needs a kidney transplant, Larry and Jeff debate on how far they are willing to go to help out their friend in need.
150px The Smoking Jacket 46 5 November 6, 2005
On his birthday, Larry makes two wishes that eventually come true. One involves a visit to Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion. While there, Larry swaps "smoking jackets" with a living legend.
150px The Seder 47 5 November 13, 2005
Larry and Cheryl hold a Passover Seder for friends and family. Larry befriends a sex offender (Rob Corddry) and winds up inviting him to Passover, which causes a lot of awkwardness among the other guests. Larry accuses another guest of stealing his morning paper.
150px The Ski Lift 48 5 November 20, 2005
Larry and Jeff befriend the head of a kidney transplant consortium in an attempt to get Richard Lewis on the top of the hospital waiting list; Jeff and Susie invite Larry and Cheryl to spend the weekend at their ski lodge; Larry learns something about Jeff's penis.
150px The Korean Bookie 49 5 November 27, 2005
Larry pays off a debt and contemplates how to invest money from a debt paid. He also suspects his bookie of eating Jeff's dog, Oscar.
150px The End 50 5 December 4, 2005
Larry is changed by a trip to Arizona, to Richard Lewis’ profound relief. Larry also finds out the truth of whether he is adopted. Larry dies and goes to heaven, but manages to get in a fight with his guardian angels (played by Dustin Hoffman and Sacha Baron Cohen) and is subsequently sent back into his body.