Succession – “Lion in the Meadow” (B+)
Adrien Brody comes in with his fastball (and multiple layers of outerwear) as a deceptive investor screwing with Kendall and Logan at every possible turn. Their relationship reaches a stalemate, but Shiv and Tom are falling apart (in their working life and their romantic one).
Curb Your Enthusiasm – “The Mini Bar” (A-)
Some classic Larry behavior both annoys or delights everyone, but what really takes this episode up a notch is the performance of Keyla Monterroso Mejia as Maria Sofia, the terrible actress Larry’s being blackmailed into casting in his TV show (now at Hulu). It takes a great actress to play a bad one, and her misplaced intensity after taking one of Cheryl’s acting classes is a season highlight so far.