SEINFELD AND CURB PARALLELS

Mostly for my own reference 🙃
  1. Seinfeld: Jerry picks up a woman, Donna Chang, over the phone because he wants to date an Asian woman. Turns out she's not Asian and her last name was originally Changstein.
    She also played into the Asian persona: picked a Chinese restaurant for their date, practices acupuncture, quotes Confucius
  2. Curb: Larry has a good divorce lawyer, Andrew Berg, whom he later fired because he's not actually Jewish like his last name suggests.
    Berg also took on a Jewish persona: has a shofar on his desk, says "oy" and "mazel tov," has friends over for Hanukkah
  3. Seinfeld: a man on the street asks George to watch his suitcase and takes a while to return--meanwhile, George gets frustrated and leaves with the suitcase
    George later runs into the owner of the suitcase whilst dressed in his clothes
  4. Curb: a man in a restaurant asks Larry to watch his laptop, Larry has to leave so he asks another person to watch the laptop
    Larry later runs into the owner of the laptop
  5. Seinfeld: Kramer inadvertently causes a golf course-related death
  6. Curb: Larry inadvertently causes a golf course-related death
  7. Seinfeld: Jerry has to pretend to enjoy wearing fur coats in order to make his landlord believe his wife isn't cheating on him with Newman
  8. Curb: Larry has to pretend to enjoy wearing women's panties in order to make Susie believe Jeff isn't cheating on her
  9. Seinfeld: Jerry puts a Pez Dispenser on Elaine's lap during George's girlfriend's piano recital, Elaine laughs through the whole show, and post-recital, the trio is backstage with the ashamed and angry girlfriend. The girlfriend doesn't yet know who was making all the noise
  10. Curb: Susie takes Larry's seat at Jeff's potential new client's (Ricky Gervais) Broadway show. Larry and Susie fight throughout, and they and Jeff are backstage post-show with an ashamed and angry Ricky. Ricky doesn't yet know who was making all the noise
  11. Seinfeld: Elaine tries to turn a gay man straight, but fails because as Jerry puts it, she can't compete with other men who have access to their own "equipment" 24/7
  12. Curb: Larry feels like he can't compete with a lesbian for the affection of a bisexual woman because women are the experts on their own bodies
  13. Seinfeld: Jerry and George pitch a TV show to NBC (Seinfeld's network), which doesn't end up working out
  14. Curb: Larry pitches a TV show to HBO (Curb's network), which doesn't end up working out
  15. Seinfeld: Jerry dates a doctor who's too doctor-y for him
  16. Curb: Larry dates a doctor who's too doctor-y for him
  17. Seinfeld: George pretends to be going out of town to avoid participating in a charity event. He ends up having to actually go out of town because he gets caught up in his own lies
  18. Curb: Larry pretends to be going out of town to avoid participating in a charity event. He ends up having to actually go out of town because he gets caught up in his own lies
  19. Seinfeld: has a character named Bob Cobb
  20. Curb: has a character named Bob Cobb
  21. Seinfeld: Elaine complains about a guy from college who makes an "ahh" sound after every sip of coffee
  22. Curb: Sammy gets Larry to confront Susie about how she makes an "ahh" sound after every sip
  23. Seinfeld: Elaine makes a bet with Kramer that if he fixes her neck, she'll give him her bike
  24. Curb: Larry makes a deal with the acupuncturist that if he fixes Larry's neck, Larry will give him $5,000
  25. Seinfeld: Jerry dates an understudy to Bette Midler, George accidentally injures Bette Midler, and they're accused of hurting her on purpose so the understudy could star in the show (Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical)
  26. Curb: Larry accidentally trips Shaq at a Lakers game and is accused of hurting him on purpose because of a bet he made on the Knicks
  27. Seinfeld: Kramer comes up with the idea of a "car periscope" so you can see the traffic in front of you
  28. Curb: Larry invests in and uses a "car periscope"
  29. Seinfeld: Jerry tries to return a jacket out of spite, and is rejected because it's not a legitimate reason to return something
  30. Curb: Larry tries to return a "half shirt/half jacket" and is rejected because of a disgruntled employee with whom Larry had fought with earlier in the episode