Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Wandering Bear
Larry calls Native American plant expert Wandering Bear to get rid of the poison oak in their backyard. Cheryl stops taking her birth control so Larry needs to use condoms. As a result Larry doesn't want to have sex, but Jeff Greene gives him some condoms which have a numbing ingredient to make him last longer. Larry puts the condom on inside out and completely numbs Cheryl's vagina. Wandering Bear ends up discovering this and remedies Cheryl's problem.
Comment: Overall, Wandering Bear's treatment of Natives was decent. Not perfect, but better than average.
True, the character's "Wandering Bear" name was phony. What, no first name such as Russell? And the drum that sounded whenever he shared his Native lore was blatantly stereotypical.
Other than that, though, he was a modern-day Indian. He spoke, dressed, and acted like a normal person. He was a landscape gardener in Beverly Hills, a job and location where you never see Indians.
His ability to produce an herbal remedy and calm a growling dog were sketchy. But they could stem from his outdoors work as a naturalist. The show veered close to implying he was a mystical medicine man, but didn't cross the line.
My grade for the show's Native bits: B or B+.