July 27th, 2012
11:34 AM ET
[This post contains spoilers for the July 26 episode of "Louie."]
On last night's episode, Louie and Parker Posey’s character went out on a date. A really incredible date.
Though not necessarily in a good way.
Tape Recorder (I know her real name is Liz, but Tape Recorder suits her) took Louie to a bar. Unbeknownst to him, the bartender alluded that his date had a drinking problem. Mortified, she rushed out of the bar, claiming it was too crowded.
So they walked. As they strolled, she talked manically about battling cancer as a teenager. “I’m sorry I told you. I tell everything.”
She rushed into a vintage store and begged Louie to try on a sparkly gold one-shouldered gown. “Do you want to say a list of things to impress me, or do you want to try this on and let me really like you? Just for having the guts. Plus, I think it’ll look pretty on you.”
He reluctantly put on the dress and she howled with laughter before kissing him. He looked equal parts confused and delighted.
Back on the street, she finally asked Louie his name. She introduced herself as Tape Recorder. “Do people call you Tape?” Louie asked sincerely.
After feasting at a market, Tape Recorder said that she wanted to go to North Dakota. “I’ll never go. I just want to. I just want to keep desiring it.”
Louie dropped his leftovers next to a homeless man as a “more humane version of throwing it in the garbage.” Soon they were purchasing the man’s prescriptions and getting him a hotel room.
Next, Tape Recorder forced Louie to walk to the top of a building. When he complained, she screamed, “Do it! Get up! Now!”
At the top, she sat on the ledge, making Louie uncomfortable. “That’s why you’re afraid to come over here, because a tiny part of you wants to jump, because it would be so easy. But I don’t want to jump, so I’m not afraid. I would never do that. I’m having too good of a time.” They beamed at each other, radiant and fully alive.
But then her face dropped, and she looked back. She didn’t jump. Instead, she came back down to Earth, where her name is just Liz.
While Louie and Tape Recorder had a magical, if overwhelmingly strange, evening together, Louie and Liz clearly could never work. They went home where, presumably, Louie would fart for the rest of his life, alone.
Parker Posey’s performance as this damaged, free-spirited beauty was exhilarating and heartbreaking in equal measure. Liz wasn’t the sweet bookworm he imagined her to be. She was so much more, too much more. She could never be "Daddy’s girlfriend."
What did you think of Louie’s date with Parker Posey?
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