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The Terrorist Attack is the fifth episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 3. It is the twenty-fifth episode overall.


Larry (Larry David) and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) are out at dinner when they run into Paul Reiser and his wife Mindy (Linda Bates). Larry stops and chats.

Afterward, Cheryl chastises Larry for ignoring Mindy, which he was not even aware of. A distraught Larry says, "Now the whole night just can't go out." Larry and Cheryl plan to let their friend Stu Braudy (Don Stark) pick up the check, but he sneaks off to the bathroom when it comes, as usual.

Stu and his wife, Susan (Amy Aquino), are hosting an NRDC fundraiser for Cheryl, but they are in some kind of feud with the Reisers, who have not been invited. Alanis Morissette is supposed to perform at the fundraiser. When Larry hears there's a mystery about who inspired her hit song "You Oughtta Know," he says he'll get Morissette to confide in him.

The next day, Wanda Sykes stops by to tell the Davids that there ia going to be a terrorist attack in L.A. the next weekend. She has a source, and tells them they should leave town, but they can't tell anybody about it. Cheryl won't leave town because of the NRDC fundraiser. Larry suggests that he could go golfing at Pebble Beach. "Then at least one of us would survive," he reasons, "It almost seems a little selfish for you to want both of us to perish."

Larry goes to Mindy's perfume store to tell her about the attack warning, in hopes of making up for ignoring her. When people skip town because of the rumors, the benefit is canceled, and the blame is placed squarely on Larry for telling Mindy, who proceeded to tell everyone else.

Several people get angry at Larry because he did not tell them about the terrorist attack.

Alanis Morissette agrees to perform in Larry's home. Stu Braudy hits Alanis Morissette car and gives her whiplash.


Larry and Cheryl don't share the terrorist threat with anyone. Instead Larry treats it as an opportunity to smooth over his argument with Mindy Rieser, who is annoyed that he didn't speak to her in the restaurant. He drives to Mindy's store and tells her the news, because she can no longer be mad at him. What is a matter of life and death becomes part of a childish game of hurt feelings and one-upmanship. It never crosses Larry's mind that he has a duty to warn everyone he knows. It never occurs to him that people's lives are more important than a childish tiff. Larry's actions are those of someone who inhabits a nihilistic world. They're the actions of someone convinced that all issues are equally trivial. This nihilism was already present in Seinfeld. Where the abortions debate was about pizza. But Curb Your Enthusiasm pushes nihilism to unprecedented heights.[1]