'Louie' and the hunt for Tape Recorder
August 24th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

'Louie' and the hunt for Tape Recorder

[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?

Filed under: Louie • television • TV recaps

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  1. buck

    love this actor and i hear he's a wonderful man

    August 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. who cares


    August 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin Nivek

    The people who hate this show are the kind of people who need to have their humor neatly laid out in front of them in easy to understand segments. They enjoy a laugh track and anything that involves Johnny Galecki. Those of us who appreciate a more subtle humor that's also uncomfortable and thought provoking will continue to watch this for as long as it remains on the air.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. all kidding aside.

    the scripts are written well and its a smart show...i am hoping for another season

    August 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hocking

    oh i'm sorry i was just kidding -

    August 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hey why is pugsley so hated...

    because he's a fat ugly pig.

    oh just kidding

    August 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eddie Munster

    mom? can you make some fried mouse tails for lunch? yum

    August 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. we are only kidding...don't take this too personal


    August 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Caption

    i love s-x better then louie. sorry i'd rather be with my man taking care of some hot wires.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. don't this too personal now...its just a joke

    paranoid bloggers looking for their boyfriends on cnn....now that made my summer
    this was almost better then Europe this year

    August 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony Caliazzo

    He is a fat troll!

    August 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stanley Rosenthal

    The whole gang at West Mt. Airy JCC has worked to obtain my release from Graterford Prison.

    thank you Abe Miller

    August 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Caption Obvious

    i love louie. its a wonderful show.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael Caliazzo

    the show is really about fun.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |

    its called disfunction.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. morningrocker

    I don't understand. Every time I visit this discussion, there are one or two "Louie sucks, the show should be taken off the air" comments. Why do you watch it if you don't like it??? Phew. K that's off my chest. As for the last episode, I loved it. I love watching Louie because there is no way for me to fathom what happens next. Somehow, this brilliant man marries COMPLETE absurdity with the ABSOLUTE mundane of life... and comes up with something no short of a gift I receive on my TV.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Maxine Powerful

    when a show is great i love to hit the reaplay button more then once.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. Sue Roll-iphone prob!

    shows great i've seen it a couple of times ... however if another opportunity needs more strenghth and attention from me this is most important. i love being educated with new ideas.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  20. Sue Roll

    shows great i've seen it a couple of times ... however if an opportunity has a much more strenghth involved thats most important. i love being educated with new ideas.

    August 26, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  21. John

    Funny intelligent show. Only smart people get it, though. The rest have Snooki and Jwoww.

    August 26, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. what a dunce...

    fward rabbi comments love

    August 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Gabriel Berk Esqure

    The show really sucks and should be taken off air.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jack (Bee Bop) Clauss

    This show is really stupid.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Stanley Rosenthal

    I want to thank the Gang from East Mt. Airy for trying to get me out of Graterford Prison.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Eric Rippman

    Jay berkman flew combat missions for the Mossad over Lebanon and is too tough for Madoff to take on.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Leon Peris

    My son Stanley and I can give him a B vitamin shot at our clinic.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  28. nakedjoe

    Duh – his last name is foreign and is hard to pronounce by reading it, so he spells it phonetically. It is pronounced C.K.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  29. Jack

    Hello. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 25, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  30. Sarah

    I love Louie, but not last night

    August 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Louie

    Louie is a wonderful actor–

    August 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Rotun

    Louis is a wonderful actor...

    August 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Guest

    what wonderful acting on this show.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Max Power

    Last night was a great episode; it seems that this particular book store is a magnet for crazy women, which is why Louie keeps going back! I’m glad I recorded it on my Hopper last night since I was half-awake watching it, but I still remember the first half of the show vividly. I’ve been able to save all the Louie episodes so I can watch them a few times and have space to record other shows. My coworkers at Dish joke that I replay every episode more than anyone else they know, but it’s my favorite show on the air!

    August 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. masge

    I love trendy shows. i'm glad i watched it.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  36. duh

    never seen this show because A. I won't watch anything that's trendy (as in articles about it on every site) and B I won't watch a pretentious a$$hol that uses 2 letters as his last name.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      You're not missing anything. It is a stupid show. Looking forward to its cancellation

      August 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |

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