This week’s episode of Louie was a little odd in that it felt very disjointed, but it also called back to two of Louie’s previous one-night stands, adding a continuity that’s usually lacking in the Louie universe (the Louineverse?).
The first section deals with Delores, who announces to Louie outside of his daughter’s school that she’s feeling unresolved about what happened between them last year. When Louie refuses to go to therapy with her, she asks him to accompany her to IKEA in exchange for a blowjob. I get that the setup was probably just to get them to IKEA, but I didn’t really believe that Louie especially wanted a blowjob from her, and, while he is a nice guy, is he nice enough to endure a hellish trip to IKEA just to be nice? Apparently he is. Now, I didn’t really mind this all that much, however, since the scene at IKEA was quite funny. I loved how they turned into every other bickering couple there, and how the camera panned out to show the young couple vowing never to turn into that. The best part, however, was when Delores pushed Louie to form an opinion about a rug other than “It’s fine”:
“It’s fine. That’s the level of passion a rug warrants. It’s a rug. It doesn’t solve all my problems but it doesn’t make me angry. It’s a rug. It doesn’t smell bad. It’s flat, it’s blue, it goes on the floor, it’s not coated with AIDS and it’s not a portal to a nether-place. It doesn’t make me come, but it’s fine.” Genius.
He drops of Delores and tells her she can just “owe” him the blowjob. End of part one.
The second part is titled Piano Lesson, but that’s just there to set up another cameo by Maria Bamford, who interrupts Louie’s first piano lesson to tell him that she has crabs. She’s not sure if she gave it to him or if he gave it to her (“So fuck you, or I’m sorry. I don’t know which”), but Louie definitely has them and he cuts his piano lesson short to go to the pharmacy. The scene at the pharmacy was only “meh” for me, but that’s okay.
The final part of the episode served as a reminder that Louie is a comedian. I didn’t realize how much I missed seeing the little bits of standup throughout his shows until I realized that they’ve been missing from the past several episodes. I hope he brings them back sooner rather than later. In this episode, we get a reminder of his comedy job as he stumbles across a Best of the ’80s comedy special. Seeing a younger, more innocent, clean-shaven Louis CK was a bit weird. I was at first convinced that it was an actor playing a younger version of himself, but some googling has assured me that it was him. Weird. Sarah Silverman, on the other hand, looks like she hasn’t aged a day, except to get better hair. I loved the conversation between Louie and Sarah on the phone. The pauses and the reminiscing without not having to say much felt very authentic to how I imagine their real life friendship to be. I liked how they both hated their old acts and hated watching themselves, but loved seeing their friends. When Marc Maron comes on the screen, Louie reveals that they haven’t spoken in 10 years, and then seems to come to the sudden epiphany that the reason for their argument was all his fault. I also have to admit my ignorance in this regard, but some more googling reveals that this like the Dane Cook episode in that it draws on a real disagreement, so that was also a nice touch. Although Sarah Silverman’s part essentially was to move the plot (such as there’s ever a plot on Louie) forward, I loved how she was at first sad when a comedian came on stage who she thought was dead, and then when Louie said that he wasn’t, she was sad that she couldn’t be sad anymore. “Tell me someone else who’s dead,” she asks Louie. He replies “Richard NIxon?” And Sarah responds with a sad little “aww.” I don’t know why, but it really cracked me up.
The final scene has Louie going to Marc’s house to apologize. In his typical way, Louie bumbles around, stepping on his words, starting sentences but not finishing them, until he finally gets out what he wants to say. Marc sits there listening silently until Louie’s done before revealing that Louie came to his house and said the exact same thing 5 years ago, except he cried that time. He tells Louie that maybe instead of apologizing every 5 years, they could just hang out. Louie says sure, but you can tell that he doesn’t really mean it. The apology is ultimately a self-serving exercise, as evidenced by the fact that Louie only asks how Marc’s doing as he shoves him out the door. Louie might try his best to be a nice guy, but sometimes, that’s just not enough.