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Season 2, Episode 16
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Air date October 28, 2001
Written by Larry David
Directed by Bryan Gordan
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The Acupuncturist is the sixth episode of Season 2 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It is the 16th overall episode.


Larry lends $5,000 to his old friend and former co-writer of Seinfeld, the poor and struggling Barry Weiner, who promises to pay him back after his dad (who has a heart condition) dies. Larry also offers another $5,000 to his acupuncturist, the confident Kazu Muriyama, if he can cure his neck problems. Later, at home, Larry receives a delivery of orchids from his acupuncturist. At a Japanese restaurant, Larry discusses Barry's misfortune with Jeff and tells him about the orchids. Jeff suggests that the acupuncturist could be gay, and Larry decides to stop seeing him. Later, Larry inadvertently offends a waiter by asking if men sending each other orchids is a Japanese custom, and then angers him even more by throwing water on his sleeve when it catches fire while the waiter is flambeing a dessert. That night, Larry, Cheryl and Jeff attend a surprise party for Barry's wife Carol, where they upset Carol by accidentally ruining the surprise when they arrive late, due to Larry putting on the wrong clothes, and having to change. At the party, Barry's father develops a crush on Cheryl, and Larry decides to help Barry with his problem. The next day, Larry meets Barry's dad to try to convince him to give Barry his money before he dies so that Larry can get his money back. However, Barry's dad refuses, stating that he has decided to instead give all of his money to the environmental fund that Cheryl belongs to, mainly because he has started dating her. Unfortunately, this meeting takes place in the same restaurant where Larry angered the waiter. The waiter recognizes Larry and tries to get back at him by throwing water on him, but Larry ducks and the water lands on Barry's dad, causing him a fatal heart attack. As a result, Larry gets his money back from Barry. Unfortunately, at the funeral, Carol (having not taken kindly to Larry ruining her surprise party) sells Larry out to Barry's family on the deal between Larry and Barry, causing Barry's relatives to mistakenly assume that it was Larry who killed Barry's dad. Barry's cousin Doug, unaware of Larry's neck problems, puts Larry in a headlock, leading to Larry going back to the acupuncturist. Larry ends up having to pay his acupuncturist the $5,000 that he got back from Barry, since Larry was feeling slightly better when the acupuncturist's receptionist called him a few days earlier. When Larry asks the acupuncturist if he sends all his patients orchids, the acupuncturist replies that it is indeed an ancient Japanese custom.


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