September 28th, 2012
12:55 PM ET
On the heels of Louis C.K.’s Emmy wins, “Louie’s” third season came to an end last night with the funniest, saddest, most puzzling, yet, heartwarming moments of the season.
Louie looked lonely sitting on his couch, but he wasn’t alone. Lilly and Jane were there tearing open Christmas presents.
Lilly squealed when she opened a beautiful doll. The ensuing flashback sequence, which showed Louie trying to fix the defective doll’s eyes, was so funny that I cried right along with him.
Jane’s last gift was a book about a duck that lived on the Yangtze River in China, where the girls were headed on vacation with their mother and her boyfriend Patrick.
Then, the elevator door closed.
Alone for real, Louie shook the ornaments off his Christmas tree and shoved it out the window before getting a call from Amy Poehler, also known as Louie’s sister Debbie.
Debbie got choked up as she invited Louie to Mexico with her husband
Later, Louie had a nightmare. His grown daughters (Lilly had “like a careery thing”) talked about how lonely their father was. “Why didn’t he try harder to be less alone?” Lilly asked.
When he woke up with cake on his chest, newscasters Flappy Howerston and Fanny Chapcranter urged Louie to put a gun in his mouth. He packed a bag instead.
He saw Tape Recorder Liz (Parker Posey) on the bus. (He finally found her!) But just as she saw him, blood began pouring out from her nose. She was rushed to the hospital where she died at 11:59 p.m.
Louie seemed to be following through with his pitch from last season’s “Ellie” segment, piling misery on an already depressed character.
Instead of Mexico, Louie went to China. He got a man to take him to the Yangtze River. Only, it was more of a stream.
Louie stood in the middle of a deserted wilderness, more alone than ever. Until he wandered down a hill and a woman called for him. A group of people welcomed him with food. They were speaking Chinese, but everyone laughed, it was clear they were all communicating just fine.
And just like that, Louie wasn’t alone anymore. He even looked happy.
What a satisfying end to a season that largely focused on the theme of loneliness. From the manic highs of “Daddy’s Girlfriend,” the solemn quest of the “Late Show” trilogy, and the tonally unique “Miami,” this optimistic finale was a joy to watch.
Though Louie’s not one for morals, my takeaway from season 3 is this: if you can just get yourself out the door, you won’t really be alone.
What did you think of “Louie’s third season?
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