The gorilla goes to the ballet on ‘Louie’
July 6th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

The gorilla goes to the ballet on ‘Louie’

The genius of “Louie” is that it changes tone on a whim. So after last week’s decidedly muted meditation on aging and masculinity, Louis C.K. lightened the mood with a deliberately uneven but wholly hilarious episode.

Louie and his daughters Lily and Jane told knock-knock jokes over dinner, and his laughter was genuine.

But that sweetness was balanced with another storyline that was shockingly raunchy and straight-up disturbing (but in a good way).

Louie’s friend Allan (comedian Allan Havey) invited him to dinner at his home. Louie rode his hog to the suburbs (I guess his accident didn’t derail his midlife crisis).

But Allan’s high-strung wife Debbie had orchestrated the dinner as a surprise setup between Louie and her friend Laurie. (MELISSA LEO! This is happening. Everyone, just calm down and take a deep breath.)

After an awkward dinner, Allan and Debbie retired to the kitchen to argue as Laurie lamented, “married people. They just want to spread their s*** on everybody.”

Louie and Laurie went to a bar where, freed from the pressure of the setup, they bonded over their shared pessimism and menstruation jokes.

Then, Laurie turned into a parking lot and offered Louie a, well, “favor.” (We have to keep it PG-13, readers – sorry!)

When she asked for some reciprocation, Louie refused, claiming it was too intimate for a first meeting. Laurie, and trust me on this, was not pleased.

Louie claimed they just had different values about these things, causing Laurie to launch into a rant with, "Are you saying I'm a whore?"

"No!” Louie protested. “Not by how you feel. That's what you did. I'm just saying if I had done what you did, I would feel like a whore." Smooth, Louie.

He did finally returned the “favor,” but it was after she accused him of being gay and smashed his head into her car window. (Now you see what I mean by disturbing.)

After all that, they made plans to go out again. The entire interaction was bizarre and completely bewildering. As always, Melissa Leo was an absolute thrill to watch. I’m pretty sure we’ll never see Laurie again, but I’m happy (and a little unsettled) to know that Louie will.

But Louie wants us to be uncomfortable, so he cut immediately back to another lovely scene with his daughters. As he laughed at Jane’s straightforward joke about the gorilla at the ballet, he finally seemed at ease again.

While I think this episode was aiming for comedy over insight, it achieved both. People aren’t just one thing. Louie is a doting father, but he’s also his daughters’ “first a**hole.”

(This was an incredibly astute observation. No offense, dad.)

He’s crude, but seems positively prudish compared to Laurie. Who we are in each moment depends on the situation.

What did you think of last night’s episode?

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  1. Patrick

    The beginning of the episode was cute. I work full time at Dish and I have two beautiful daughters so the things Louie does for his children do not go unnoticed. The second half of the episode was hilarious and confusing. I watched it a second time at Dish Online and I still don’t know how I feel about the end.

    July 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hugh hefner

    Is this article about rappers? I mean cRappers?

    July 9, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Paul Arden

    Jimmy Carter really sucks.

    July 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Porter

    He is so fat.

    July 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Caliazzo-Pacific Palasades

    What a dreamy person.

    July 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah

    Shocking...Yes! Funny .Yes!

    July 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    You two clowns would just have to wait in line. I get him first. I know you want him bad @evel, but vixen told me you don't hold out too long and he would much rather a strapping and thick man like myself. *biting lower lip with dreamy eyes*

    July 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful Vixen

      We could all have him at the same time, a foursome! Want to, Evel would, he is into that.

      July 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer @ Beautiful Vixen

      Evel looks like a greedy man and hog all the loving. I might not get any. *A tear rolled down* sob

      July 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful Vixen

      Oh don't worry, I will make sure you get your share. Wink

      July 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • -

      Sorry, I don't kiss lips that are brown.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tanya

    That show is not funny and he isn't either. He's pretty raunchy actually.

    July 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Evel Knievel

    Oh, he is so dreamy. Got to get me a lover like that.

    July 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful Vixen

      What is wrong with me. I look alot like him. I not dreamy enuff for you?

      July 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Beautiful Vixen

    What a fox! He puts his finger in his mouth like I do. [When nothing else is available.]

    July 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |

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