Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11 Ending Explained

The eleventh season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" thankfully debuted just a year and a half after the series' previous chapter, blessing us with more socially awkward hijinx and cathartic cringe. True to series form, Larry David has to navigate his way through a host of intermingling scenarios, this time centered around his attempts at repealing a Santa Monica fence law to avoid getting sued.

"Curb" has had quite the unorthodox release schedule, often with year-long gaps in-between seasons, with one particularly lengthy hiatus after season 8 that lasted from 2011 to 2017. Considering that season 10 aired at the start of 2020 and keeping in mind general Covid-related setbacks, it was a pleasant surprise to hear that season 11 would premiere so soon after the previous installment. The deceptively complex plotting of "Curb," combined with heavy improvisation, adds up to a glorious display of comedic chaos that, in this particular finale, left Larry helplessly flailing. Let's lay out all the pieces of this misshapen puzzle to try and figure out where, exactly, LD went wrong.

The Five-Foot Fence Affair

The central premise that drives the season forward is a classic "Curb" conundrum that leaves Larry David's personal issues spilling out onto his professional life. This time, the woefully and frustratingly inept actress Maria Sofia Estrada threatens to derail Larry's upcoming show about his young adult years, cheekily named "Young Larry." This is, of course, because Maria Sofia's father Marcos is threatening to sue Larry for his lack of a five-foot fence around his pool, an omission that accidentally drowned the burglar who was Marcos' brother.

In the final episode, Maria Sofia has stalled the production of "Young Larry" to a snail's pace while her father has claimed Larry's on-set chair. In a desperate act, Larry ropes his chair off, drawing the ire of the rest of the cast and crew. Santa Monica's fence regulations not only cursed Larry's show, but they've inadvertently damaged Larry's social standing in his professional sphere. Then again, "Curb" always muddies the line between cause and effect and begs the question of how responsible Larry is for his own misery. Perhaps there's no symbol of that tension more powerful than one Councilwoman Irma Kostroski.

Keeping Up With Kostroski

Besides the captivatingly cringy Maria Sofia, one of season 11's standout characters was Irma Kostroski, played to perfection by Tracy Ullman. The Santa Monica councilwoman thankfully became a central part of the show in the final four episodes as Larry tries to woo her into repealing the city fencing ordinance, even though he secretly finds her repulsive. There's a brief period of respite when Irma comes out in support of repealing the law, but this is "Curb Your Enthusiasm" we're talking about. After Larry's episodes-long scheme of suffering through his superficial relationship with Irma, social carelessness in chance encounters seals his miserable fate.

For instance, there's Larry's burning curiosity to inquire about a Mormon man's attitude towards polygamy. This occurs during a City Council meeting in which the man's wife decides to side with Irma in support of the fence law repeal. Of course, the man seriously considers Larry's musings and starts seeing other women, confounding Larry and pushing the angry councilwoman to retract her stance.

In an effort to revive the situation, Larry promises to donate to the Church of Latter-Day Saints. That may have softened up the councilwoman, but it also draws the attention of Alexander Vindman in a guest role as himself. The petty local squabble that Vindman is involved with here parodies the actual role he played in a real-life international political event, making Larry's quest seem even more high-stakes.

A Fateful Pair of Shoes

In an entirely separate incident, Larry's aversion to hugging his acquaintance "penis-first" causes him to step back from a greeting and land his foot in a pile of dog poop. This seemingly mundane inconvenience occurs right before an event at a Holocaust Museum, which means Larry walks into the building with only socks on. When it's time to leave, LD steals a pair of shoes from a memorial exhibit, tap-dancing his way out and reaching new heights of insensitivity. The twist is that these turn out to belong to Irma's grandfather, driving her to relapse from her recovery and miss the big council vote.

It's not specifically clear as to why this discovery shakes Irma to her core, only that she takes it as a "sign" from Grandpa Ytzhak Maultsevitch. Nevertheless, this seals the fate of the fence law, though it's not enough that Larry loses his political battle. At the same time as Irma's discovery, Larry attempts to infiltrate the residence of the head councilman to retrieve the "bribe" Vindman recorded. Upon his escape, he lands in a fenceless pool, drawing the season full circle.

It would be a disservice to fail to mention that Leon's season-long planning also backfires. After trying to find a suitable Mary Ferguson to replace his ex, with whom he had bought non-refundable tickets to Asia (who knows where more specifically?), Vindman scurries off with the fourth Ferguson candidate and Leon's passport.

Who Got Curbed the Most?

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" always has its winners and losers at the end of each season, but this time around seemed particularly rough for Larry and those in his orbit. Even Irma Kostroski, whose abrasiveness towards the curmudgeonly Larry made for some satisfying moments of schadenfreude, is in a rough spot the last time we see her. Maria Sofia is arguably one of the winners this season since her role in "Young Larry" seems to longer be in jeopardy. Knowing how "Curb" works, though, Larry will have most likely given up on that venture the next time we see him. Still, it would be nice to see both of these women the next time "Curb" airs (whenever that will be) since they never got a definitive conclusion to their respective arcs.

Of course, it's Larry who gets the most poetic punishment. It's almost as if as Larry David gets older, the less of a hoot he can give about social tact, which makes his bottled-up disdain for Irma even more hilarious. The irony is that his irresponsible behavior traps him in a prison of his own making, where one careless social screw-up (and he makes several in the season finale alone) can ruin a season-long plan to take control over his life. He might daydream of a scenario in which Lily Collins replaces Maria Sofia and Irma is kicked out of his house, but he's left quite literally gasping for air.