August 24th, 2012
12:11 PM ET
[This post contains spoilers for the August 23 episode of FX's "Louie."]
On Thursday night's “Louie,” our sad sack hero searched for a pair of complicated women.
Louie couldn’t stop dreaming about Liz, i.e. Tape Recorder, the enigmatic woman who took him on a strange but enlightening date earlier in the season. He went to the bookstore to find her.
But instead of Parker Posey, he found another indie darling - Chloe Sevigny. (Careful, she’ll shoot!) Her character Jeanie insisted they find Liz.
As they stood across the street from Liz’s apartment, Louie confessed, “She changed how I feel about everything.”
Though their mission failed, Jeanie urged Louie not to give up. “You can’t just drift through life and hope that love is just going to flow into you like plankton into a whale’s f****** mouth.”
Then she pleasured herself. In the middle of a coffee shop. (Another case of stars confronting real-life controversy on “Louie”?) Before leaving, Jeanie informed Louie that she was married, so he shouldn’t come looking for her.
In the second half of the episode, Louie saw some girls bullying Lilly after school. He took her to the carousel in Central Park to cheer her up. She stoically rode her pony as he bopped alongside her. When she gave him more attitude, Louie flipped her the double bird behind her back.
When they got home, Louie retreated to the bathroom to smoke a cigarette on the can while looking at his computer (porn, I assume). When he finally emerged, Lilly was nowhere to be found. Jane informed him, nonchalantly, that “she left.”
Frantic, Louie went to ask his neighbors (the couple who watched his girls in season 2, when he had to rush his sister to the hospital. You know, because she had to fart.) to watch Jane, but they were in the middle of an exceptionally dramatic fight.
Outside, Jane started yelling in a strange language and casually explained to Louie that a school friend was teaching her Slovenian. Louie looked baffled, wondering what other secrets this mysterious little girl was hiding.
Police crowded into his apartment and forced him to finally call his ex-wife. Just as he was about to tell Janet that Lilly was missing, she wandered through the room, headphones on, a blanket around her shoulders.
She had been reading in a closet the whole time. She apologized for her behavior, and all was forgiven. Well, the cops still seemed pretty annoyed.
As with any storyline involving his daughters (the two most natural child actors on television), this vignette rang with truth. Poor Louie. This is only the beginning of his girls’ mood swings and complicated emotions.
But complex women fascinate Louie. While I’m disappointed that he didn’t find Liz Tape Recorder, I’m happy to know that she had such a profound effect on him.
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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