August 10th, 2012
12:35 PM ET
On Thursday night’s “Louie,” the title character reconnected with an old friend and with a bizarre former acquaintance.
When Dolores approached Louie outside their children’s school, a flashback reminded us of their sexual encounter last season. (Dolores begged to be spanked, then collapsed sobbing.)
This time, Dolores was asking Louie to accompany her to IKEA. Their trip was less like the buoyant scene from “(500) Days of Summer” and more like Liz Lemon’s exasperating Valentine’s Day relationship test.
Dolores wanted Louie to share his opinion on a rug. “It’s fine. That’s the level of passion that a rug warrants ... It’s not coated with AIDS, and it’s not a portal to another place.”
She broke down weeping, again, and he tried to bury her under the covers of a child-sized bed. On the way home, she insisted on repaying him sexually, as promised. Disgusted, he agreed to accept at a later date.
The second half of the episode was only slightly less awkward. Maria Bamford called Louie to inform him that she had either given him crabs or contracted them from him. “So f*** you, or sorry. But I don’t know which one.”
After scrubbing himself down with medicated shampoo, a dejected Louie sat down to watch TV. He stumbled upon an old comedy show featuring a young, thin Louie with a full head of beautiful red hair.
He pulled up the face-time on his computer and looked back and forth from his current face to the young, handsome, presumably crab-free visage on TV. Sarah Silverman took the stage next, so he called her.
As they talked, Louie’s former best friend Marc Maron took the stage. Louie told Sarah that he and Marc hadn’t spoken in 10 years. When she asked why, he suddenly realized that the fight he had blamed on Marc for a decade was entirely his fault.
Louie visited Marc (No cats? Unrealistic!) and poured his heart out in an apology.
Marc listened patiently, and when Louie finally finished, said, “You came over here five years ago and said the exact same thing.”
“I did?” Louie asked.
“Yeah," Marc responded. "I mean, you cried that time, you didn’t cry this time, so that’s, I guess that’s something.”
Louie was at a loss for words, but Marc appeased him. “Look, I accepted that time, I don’t know, this time whatever.”
Part of the appeal of “Louie” is that it blurs the line between reality and fiction. Like last season’s Dane Cook confrontation, Louie and Marc’s reconciliation mirrored reality. (They patched things up on Marc’s WTF podcast.)
Though it’s fun to imagine these two, in real life, engaging in a “Groundhog Day”-like circle of apology, I hope that they’ve gone out for coffee as Marc suggested at the end of the episode. I also hope that real-life Louis has a better memory.
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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