'Louie' heads to China for season finale
September 28th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

'Louie' heads to China for season finale

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 Kenny PowersDoug and their children. (Poehler’s chemistry with Louie was electric - even through the phone.)

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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    October 25, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sarah

    The ending was.....Full Louie.He reminded me of me at Christmas...from doing a bad job at wrapping to plain just going to bed.I too have left the country at Xmas time,and found that it is much better that way.All that pressure to be happy at that time of year is gone.Bravo Louis ...see you next year

    September 30, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. laowang

    he didn't actually go to china, right? cause he just celebrated new year's eve, it should be winter in beijing too. but he was wearing a t-shirt.

    September 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hollywood

    I never thought this show would take off so well. Congrats.

    September 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jake

    Hey screw you for giving away the ending in the headline. You guys are idiots

    September 29, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. JMH

    That scene with the doll was absolutely hysterical

    September 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. madge

    i never thought this show was so great.

    September 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. idontneedanfingblog

    Bravo to Louis CK for once again showing that the Chinese people that are often despised and dehumanized by bigots in this country are wonderful people after all. Great show. Looking forward to next season!

    September 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don't be depressed "mary"

    be happy ....

    September 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. who cares

    who cares...

    September 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mary

    I stopped watching after the first couple of shows this season. I appreciate what is is trying to do but it's just so unbelievablly depressing. There's funny/sad and then there's friggin depressing. This is just getting friggin depressing.

    September 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sorry pumpkincig...

    these guys are really bad at times...hope your not angry xo

    September 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sucky?

    i just had a fried calamari from utah's ...tummy ache

    September 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Snorlax

    It is a stupid show. I am glad it is gone.

    September 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |

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