July 20th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
“Louie” was nominated yesterday for three Emmy Awards - although it was still overlooked for outstanding comedy series - so let's start off this recap of Thursday's episode with a congrats.
Now recall "Louie's" pilot, when Louie explained his outlook on relationships. “If you smile at somebody, and they smile back, you’ve just decided that something s****y is going to happen.”
He further espoused that the best-case scenario with relationships “is that you’re going to lose your best friend, and then just walk home from D’Agostino’s with heavy bags all day, and wait for your turn to be nothing, also."
Fast-forward to Thursday's episode when Louie’s daughters asked him when he was going to get a girlfriend, thereby sending him on a quest for a woman suitable not just for himself, but for his daughters.
On stage, he explained that he was prejudiced towards Scarlett Johansson because he would like to sleep with her. “I never met her or saw her in person. But I just know, come on! I just know that would be the greatest thing that ever happened to me, and the worst thing that ever happened to her.”
Cult comic Maria Bamford probably wouldn’t call sex with Louie the worst thing that ever happened to her. Maybe the second worst.
Louie and Maria were in bed post-coital, watching a terrifying, but not far-fetched, parody of “The Real World.” (Have you watched the current season? Someone is definitely going to get stabbed.) Then he asked her to meet his kids. She responded, “You really ruined my night, in two ways now. You’re bad at sex.”
Later, he went to the Community Book Store in Park Slope (a wonderful place! Though, sadly, Parker Posey isn’t a real employee) and a lovely woman (Posey) helped him find a book for Lily.
He returned later, and she gave him excellent, accurate advice about the inner lives of 10-year-old girls. Posey’s performance was so gentle, and Louie’s nervous excitement so relatable.
When he finally asked her out, it was spectacular. “Being a woman in New York must be hard because it’s basically disappointing ... You try to be nice to men as human beings, and then they respond just by torpedoing towards your vagina.” Yes, that’s true.
“I grow on people, women," Louie went on. "Some time goes by, you get past the bald head and I sweat a lot and I’m lumpy.” (I’m past it, Louie. Call me.)
When she said yes, the look on Louie’s face as he did a lonely tennis victory pump was unfamiliar: hope.
In a rare instance of continuity, this was the first installment in a two-episode arc involving Posey’s character. Though I suspect their exchanged smiles will result in imminent disappointment, I hope it ends with Louie’s best-case scenario. He looks strong enough to shoulder the burden of those heavy D’Agostino’s bags.
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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