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    10 Seinfeld Plot Ideas Reused In Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Some of the themes in Larry David's two shows were pretty, pretty, pretty similar.

    The Decapitation of Collectible Girl's Dolls

    "The Doll" (Season 7 Episode 17)

    George discovers a doll that bears a remarkable resemblance to his overbearing mother in Susan's extensive childhood doll collection. Over the course of the episode George begins to imagine the doll nagging him in a similar fashion as his mother. The episode concludes with George's father tearing the head off the Estelle look-a-like.

    "The Doll" (Season 2 Episode 7)

    Larry and Julia Louis-Dreyfus successfully pitch a series to ABC. During his search for a bathroom at an ABC executive's house he encounters a young girl who asks if he could give her doll a haircut. The girl doesn't realize the hair won't grow back and is traumatized. Larry then goes to Jeff's house to steal the head off one of Sammy's dolls.

    Hatred for Geometric Art

    "The Junior Mint" (Season 4 Episode 21)

    Elaine's ex-boyfriend, Roy, is about to go under the knife for serious surgery. He is an artist who specializes in geometric art. When George hears news that Roy has taken a turn for the worse he purchases some of his art in hope that it would increase in value if he passes away. Instead Roy makes a miraculous recovery. George is stuck with paintings of triangles and rectangles.

    "Shaq" (Season 2 Episode 8)

    Larry becomes a social pariah after accidentally tripping and injuring Shaquille O'Neal while sitting courtside at a Lakers game. As a result no one wants to be associated with him, including an artist who asked Larry for a letter of recommendation before the incident. When the artist breaks the news to Larry that he no longer needs his help Larry can't resist but make some verbal jabs over the silliness of calling shapes art.

    Backlash After Injuring Stars

    "The Understudy" (Season 6 Episode 24)

    Jerry is dating the understudy for Bette Midler in the musical "Rochelle Rochelle." During a softball game George runs over and injures Midler, who was blocking home plate, preventing her from starring in the play. The entire city of New York turns against Jerry and George for their role in injuring the beloved Midler.

    "Shaq" (Season 2 Episode 8)

    Larry becomes a social pariah after accidentally tripping and injuring Shaquille O'Neal while sitting courtside at a Lakers game. As a result no one wants to be associated with him in all of Los Angeles.

    Apathy Towards the Handicap Population

    "The Handicap Spot" (Season 4 Episode 22)

    Kramer convinces George to take the available handicap spot during a trip to the mall to buy 'The Drake' a television. While inside a disabled woman was injured due to the fact George parked in the handicap spot forcing her to park across the lot. An angry mob later destroys George's father's car.

    "The Bowtie" (Season 5 Episode 2)

    Larry uses a handicap stall because all the other options were unavailable. While leaving the bathroom he gets into an altercation with a wheelchair-bound man who is offended that Larry had the audacity to use the handicap stall.

    "I've Always Been a Stall Man"

    "The Note" (Season 3 Episode 1)

    Due to his insecurity over his own sexuality George feels the need to announce that he has "always been a stall man." Apparently he believes urinating in privacy proves his masculinity.

    "The N Word" (Season 6 Episode 8)

    Larry, the real life inspiration for George, feels the need to explain to a medical board that he always uses the stall if it is available over a urinal.

    Escaping a Relationship With Someone Who Has Serious Medical Issues

    "The Alternate Side" (Season 3 Episode 11)

    Elaine is dating an older man who has a stroke in Jerry's apartment. In the aftermath of the stroke Elaine no longer wants to date the man but feels a moral obligation to stay with him because she is worried how it would looks to dump a recent stroke victim.

    "Vehicular Fellatio" (Season 7 Episode 2)

    Larry desperately wants out of his relationship with girlfriend, Loretta Black, however when he is about to break up with her Loretta finds out she has cancer. Larry feels a moral obligation to stay with her, however he attempts to find a loophole to get out of the relationship.

    Chicken Addiction

    "The Chicken Roaster" (Season 8 Episode 8)

    A Kenny Rogers Roaster moves in across the street from Kramer's apartment and the incredibly bright neon sign keeps him up all hours of the night. Kramer protests the restaurant while secretly developing an addiction to the chicken.

    "Palestinian Chicken" (Season 8 Episode 8)

    Larry begins frequenting a Palestinian chicken restaurant after hearing rave reviews. Of course he feels no moral conflict in spite of his Jewish heritage. The Palestinian restaurant aims to open a second location next to a Jewish deli, leaving Larry with a dilemma between delicious chicken and his religion, family and friends.

    Hatred of Extracurricular Drinking Noises

    "The Masseuse" (Season 5 Episode 9)

    Elaine complains about a roommate from college who made a lip smacking noise every time she took a sip of a beverage.

    "Palestinian Chicken" (Season 8 Episode 8)

    Jeff's wife Susie makes a annoying lip smacking noise followed by an "Ahh" sound after she takes a sip of anything. Sammy is getting made fun of at school because of this annoying habit so she blackmails Larry "social assassin" David into confronting her about it.

    Respect for Wood

    "The Cigar Store Indian" (Season 5 Episode 10)

    When George's parent are out of town Jerry puts down his drink on their new table without a coaster and leaves a stain.

    "Seinfeld" (Season 7 Episode 10)

    During the Seinfeld reunion season of 'Curb' Julia Louis-Dreyfus blames Larry for a condensation stain on the her family's antique coffee table. Larry professes his respect for wood and the fact that he never puts his drink down at parties to avoid social interaction.

    Desire for a Car Periscope

    "The Invitations" (Season 7 Episode 24)

    While stressing out about George's pending wedding Jerry imagines his future as a bachelor in Manhattan. His imagination yields an older Kramer, sporting a mullet, ranting about a periscope for the car.

    "Car Periscope" (Season 8 Episode 8)

    Larry and Jeff meet a inventor in New York City who created a prototype for the car periscope. Of course the two of them are enamored by the prototype and become perspective investors in the invention.