September 14th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
Thursday's “Louie” continued the storyline that began in the last episode, when Louie found out he was on the short list to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show.”
With the opportunity all comedians dream of dangling in front of him, Louie realized he’d have to work to get the job.
But first, he tried to bail. He lamented to his ex-wife Janet that the job would take too much time away from their daughters. She agreed, “Yes, you’ll see them a lot less. But that’s because you’ll have. A job.”
Janet sabotaged Louie’s sabotage attempt: “You’ve been a fine father, but nobody needs a father that much. The girls need a role model.”
His one excuse demolished, Louie decided to heed Janet’s advice and “go get this job.”
First, he went for a run. As he dragged his aging, sagging body along the pavement, his harrowed face steely with determination, it seemed that Louie might actually have the will to fight for it.
Next, he went to see expert producer Jack Dall. The eccentric Dall seemed like a refugee from Twin Peaks, WA. Fittingly, he was played by weirdo auteur David Lynch.
Louie failed his first test: reading an ancient Nixon joke off a cue card. Then he botched a practice show open, so Dall demonstrated, performing the world’s creepiest late show intro.
Out of patience, Dall told Louie, “Body, face, beard, hair, clothes, you. Let’s talk about it.” When Louie explained that he wasn’t a suit guy, Dall said, “Just ‘cause you like laying around the house in your underpants doesn’t mean the United States of America has to see it.”
Louie would have to change for the job. Everyone does.
Even longtime late night king Jay Leno. Leno called and told Louie not to take it.
“You’re the hip guy, you’re the cool guy. That used to be me," Leno said. "But then you’ve got to do 14 minutes every single night - nobody is hip every single night.”
“Jay Leno is a liar,” said Louie’s pal Chris Rock. He reminded Louie that he was in the middle of the late night wars, and told him to watch his back.
Dall then sent Louie to train at a boxing gym with Alphonse (a.k.a Clay Davis), and you can imagine how well that went.
As he sat on his couch icing his black eye, Louie saw on “Extra” that Chris Rock was in contention for the "Late Night" job. It seems Rock slipped a knife in his buddy’s back before Louie thought to be on the defense.
Do you think Louie has the drive to battle Rock and Seinfeld for the gig? I mean, I know hosting a late night show is a big deal, but the task can’t be any more daunting than wrangling that little firecracker Jane in the grocery store.
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