'Louie' recap: There will be bald

LouieImage Credit: FXAs usual, the entirety of last night’s Louie (FX, Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET) could best be characterized by PopWatch category Horrifying But Hypnotic. You know I usually like trashy reality TV to do the important nightly job of reminding me how awful it is that we are all even alive, but Louie consistently does this in a more…realistic way. Most of us would have trouble relating to the hardships of being an “international supermodel” who can’t score a date in the dark, but when it comes to eating pizza and hating yourself — come on, we’ve all been there. I might even visit there again tonight.

Sorry if this is bumming you out. I’m just trying to get you into the mood of the show! Anyway, a line delivered to Louie by his date (Amy Landecker), stood out to me as one of the saddest truths ever. After Louie rolled over and died in the face of violent threats from an angry teen in a doughnut shop, his date admitted that while she’d enjoyed his company until that point, his un-manly behavior had suddenly turned her off. “My mind is telling me that you’re a great guy, but my chemistry is telling me that you’re a loser.” Whoa. That was way harsh, Tai. But it was honest, and I like that the show goes there. And I like that Louie “went there” all the way to Staten Island to confront the kid’s family. He didn’t really know what he was doing and neither, clearly, did the kid’s dad, like ever. But they shared a smoke and commiserated about exactly that, and what else can you do?

Another poignant/sad moment came during the tag, when a perfectly cast “child Louie” expressed disappointment at the physical status of himself in 30 years (pictured). “You’re fat, you’re ugly…” “And you’ll be bald, too,” adult Louie chimes in.

“What happened to you?”
“I don’t know, man. [Pause.] You’ll see.”
“This sucks.”
“Mmm-hmm.”

Pretty much.

Anyone else appreciating Louis C.K.’s seemingly effortless ability to totally bum you out on Tuesdays?

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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  • Ceballos

    I loved that I had no idea what was going to happen once he went into the kid’s house in Staten Island.

    The diner scene was flawlessly acted. Obviously, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would’ve done in that situation. I came to the conclusion that I would’ve done pretty much everything in my power to defuse the situation and avoid getting into a fight with the kid (and, probably, his friends)…

    …except that I feel like it would’ve been impossile for me to say the words “Please don’t kick my a$$.”

    • Ceballos

      …also, how long has there been a “That was way harsh, Tai” tag?!

      • Annie Barrett

        I just created it!

      • Ceballos

        Ha! Long overdue.

  • Josie

    I love Louie. I think part of his genius is how much you laugh while you feel like crying.

  • devilsidkick

    Louie is a great look at life Thur the eyes of an everyday guy who just wants to get Thur life without problems. Its great that Louie ck writes and directs all the episodes it shows how he deals with real life.

  • tracy

    I love this show. You either almost cry at the honesty, he keeps it real, or die laughing cause some scenes are hilarious!! Cant wait to see him in person in DC in October!!

  • Hillary

    my husband loves this show but had never heard of Louis CK until I told him he wrote Pootie Tang, which for some reason is a film my husband loves to quote.

  • Francisco

    Great episode. If only Louie had gotten into the fight with the kid…Whether he won or lost he would more than likely have taken the girl home with him. It sucks to be the good guy sometimes.

    I thought it was a great scene where Louie and the father sat outside and had a smoke.

  • Costello

    Louie……way to stay funnny.

  • Cesar

    “That was way harsh, Tai”! Freakin’ awesome reference, Annie!

  • Ole C

    Awesome show!
    Best comedy in years!!

  • Joseph

    Louie is one of the best shows on TV! Love his comedy

  • Robin

    Since about the third episode, this show has been nearly pitch-perfect. I hope it finds the huge audience it deserves.

  • Desert Rat

    This show is GREAT. The only flat spot was last weeks “weed” episode
    which was horrible. This show reminds me of the first few GREAT seasons of ROSEANNE.

  • Hollywoodaholic

    I thought the ‘weed’ episode was brilliant for the actor (or character) of the neighbor alone. Not to mention the coffe shop scene which perfectly summarized the self-obsessed bores who hang out there. These last two episodes have definitely reached a sublime plateau of … laugh til you cry.

    • Nicole

      Agreed – the pot episode was hilarious. It’s weird – I recently caught a movie on dvd with Josh Hamilton playing a pothead (Diggers) and then a couple of weeks later he shows up in Louie playing a pothead again. I mostly knew him from House of Yes (1996) in a relatively serious role, but god he was funny in this episode. I loved the tag showing all of the attempts to land the water bottle on top of the car. I thought it was one of the most laugh out loud funny episodes of the show, but they’ve all been fantastic. Bully mostly made me squirm, but I loved it.

      Annie – props on the way harsh tag – I’m sure there will many uses for it!

    • laura

      Agree! I loved the coffee shop zombies and their nonsensical murmurings as he shuffled into the shop. I’ve felt that way sober.

  • richardfoc

    Louie = The Comedy of the Awkward

    And that’s a good thing.

  • DW

    I do enjoy the show, but sometimes I wish it were a bit funnier while also being horribly awkward and horrifying. I don’t think there was a single laugh between the two awesome stand-up routines that bookended the episode.

    • Dennis

      I agree. I enjoy the show but there are very few laughs aside from the stand-up bits.

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