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It's Fair To Say Louie May Have Some Issues

In the latest installment of Daniel's Marathon Diary, Louie hates: his mom, hecklers, airplanes, how old he is, his lack of self-control.

I don't know why I didn't really notice this when I started the Marathon Diary, but the initial episodes of the season (apart from the pilot) are all double-titled with a slash: "Poker/Divorce," "Dr. Ben/Nick," etc. Well, I noticed that, but what it took me a little while to pick up on is that each side of the slash could be cut from the episode without affecting the other; each episode's storyline is self-contained and they don't intersect at all.

I don't know what to make of that, but it looks like it peters out just after the midway mark (at least in the first season -- I'd rather not look too far ahead). Are we to look at these as independent short films that just happen to pair up to make the traditional length of a sitcom? A little interweaving of the storylines might be appreciated, given the plot of any given half-episode may generously be described as thin. "Louie takes a plane." "A woman brings her son over for a playdate with Louie's daughters."

At any rate, it's nice to think about this stuff instead of Louis C.K.'s sexual issues.

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So in "So Old/Playdate," Louie has sex w--

Goddammit.

Okay. So Louie gets hit on after his show by a woman sixteen years his junior, who tells him older men turn her on. Louie's excitement is tempered by her offhand insults of men his age: "You've given up, which makes you grounded." He fumbles awkwardly to ignore her rhapsodizing about his old man smell -- again, this is a man not quite two years older than I am) and tells her she smells good, and she explains: "Young pussy smells good."

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Fortunately, the resulting sex scene is at least trying to be funny (through exaggeration, anyway): while Young Pussy rides Louie, she demands that he tell her how old he is, and she screams in ecstasy as he explains he remembers smoking on airplanes and when it cost three dollars to go to a movie.

Then it's back to a little more likely plotline for the forty-two-year-old father: Louie goes to a PTA meeting (featuring Bobby Cannavale) where he is, as is often the case, the only sane person in the group. Well, except for Pamela (played by Pamela Adlon, who played his wife in his short-lived HBO show Lucky Louie. Wait, that was "Louie," not "Louis" as well! Maybe it's because everyone knows how to pronounce "Louie" but "Louis" is a coin flip? Anyway, Pamela brings along her son Serg (pronounced "Sir" and not Serge, as Louie is sure it must be) for a playdate with Louie's daughters (after first asking, "You're not trying to stick your dick up me, right?"), and she and Louie get along great until she falls asleep on the couch.

"Travel Day/South" has Louie heading to Alabama for a hyperbolically bad airplane ride, with Obnoxious Guy on Cellphone, Fat Guy Edging Into Seatmate's Space, and Comically Thimble-Sized Glass of Water From Uninterested Flight Attendant. This storyline feels directly opposed to one of C.K.'s better known bits, which castigates people for complaining about the miracle of flight.

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Then Louie gets booed at his Birmingham show because he won't talk shit about Mobile, a hostile man pulls a gun on him because he doesn't want to make out with the man's obsessed sister (Louie's really fighting 'em off, hey?) and he kisses the sheriff who rescues him full on the lips (at the sheriff's request). WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON HERE. You never know what that crazy Louie is going to do next! In fairness, this is what I consider a good thing.

In "Heckler/Cop Movie," Louie goes nuclear on a woman (Megan Hilty) who, during his set, chatters away to her friend. He tells her, "You wouldn't even exist if your mom hadn't raped that homeless guy"; asks her, "Please die of AIDS"; threatens to sue the hospital where she was born for medical malpractice for not killing her at birth; calls her worse than slavery, 9/11, and Pearl Harbor; and calls her and her mom cunts. The confrontation after the show (in front of Louie's comedian buddies) is a thinly veiled PSA for audiences about why talking during a comedian's set is unforgivable, and Todd Barry is still convinced Louie could have slept with the woman if he hadn't ended it by sincerely telling her she's a bad person, which appears to hurt her more than anything else he said.

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The Cop Movie part goes full-on (instead of half-on) Curb Your EnthusiasmGodfather remake, and watching Louie make a complete hash of his scene with Broderick was more enjoyable than the predictable end, where Louie, taking a break from the location shoot by going for a stroll around the neighbourhood IN HIS COP COSTUME, fails to stop a grocery store robbery.

"Double Date/Mom" starts off weird, with Louie's brother needing his help getting a woman in bed, since she apparently can't get excited with anything less than two men at once; it then continues awkwardly, as Louie unleashes years of pent-up bitterness and hate at his own mother for not giving a shit about him.

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Louie appears to be correct about that, but still, yelling, "I don't love you. My kids don't love you," in a crowded restaurant -- SOME MAY ARGUE -- is a bit much. Dude, it's your mom. Oh, and she's a lesbian now, and only had sex with Louie's father twice, and that's when their kids were born. Given what we've seen of Louie and Robbie's own issues, I'm not sure I can blame her for wanting to give it up.

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Okay, "Dogpound" made me laugh. Louie returns his daughters to his ex-wife's for her portion of their shared custody. By the way, she is being kept offscreen, obviously purposely, although I don't know why yet. I'm going to give C.K. the benefit of the doubt and assume it's not just a Home Improvement-esque gimmick.

On Pamela's advice, Louie tries to not devolve into a "bag of shit" like he always does when they're not around. I can relate -- I'm not divorced, but I do feel pathetically sorry for myself when my wife and daughter are away. Louie's attempt not to spend the entire time eating pizza and ice cream fails immediately, as does his effort, two days later, to get some exercise. Been there, Louie.

Then Louie smokes pot with his neighbour and decides to get a dog. He feels simpatico with an older pooch at the pound (at least partly because the pound worker rubs the old dog between his legs); and brings the mutt home, where it dies, like, a minute after arriving at Louie's place.

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On the plus side, Louie manages to get the dog's corpse out of the building moments before his daughters arrive home, so things are looking up for Louie!

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