Louie C.K. is a genius. No really! Not only is his comedy cutting edge (and hysterical), but he also writes and directs every show. His show on FX has been critically acclaimed now for three years and it has to do 100% with him. The show is loosely based on his life as a comedian and a single father of two girls. His acting ability had always been okay up to this point as well, but this season puts him another category. This season, with a few exceptions, specifically focused on his budding relationships with women.
The season is full of highlights, especially revolving around Louie’s relationships with women. One of my favorite episodes this year, entitled “Model”, involved Louie getting …uh, lucky with a supermodel (played by the uber-sexy Yvonne Strahovski). However, even when Louie is experiencing the best moment of his life, he manages to screw it up; Louie breaks her nose when she tickles him post-coitus, thus ending her modeling career (and brings a hefty lawsuit to boot). The majority of the season, however, revolves around Louie’s relationship with a non-English speaking Hungarian woman named Amia. The language barrier was a huge problem for Louie at times, but it brought several touching moments. There are several heartfelt moments to be had here, but my favorite scene was where Amia plays violin with Louie’s youngest daughter, Lilly. It was beautiful and touching…fabulous television.
I will say that something happened here that I was not expecting at all: a successful relationship. Bwaaah?!? And even more surprising, it’s with off again/off again (not a mistype…work with me here) girl, Pamela. Pamela has been a mainstay on the show for all three seasons and has been standoffish at the best of times and a straight up “b” at her worst. Both are single parents, both have some serious issues going on and both are perfect for each other. Some of the most real moments come from this duos interaction. One of which is when Louie is climbs into a bath with Pamela; Louie is reluctant to take his shirt off due to his lack of confidence in his body and after entering the tub, water pours over the side extinguishing some candles. Real life isn’t perfect and this is as real as it gets and it’s funny and very touching. My favorite scene, perhaps in the entire run of the show, comes when Louie takes Pamela out on their first date. As reluctant as Pamela is to enter Central Park at night, she acquiesces and is treated to a meteor shower. Their relationship is very unorthodox, not perfect at all…and is as close as it gets to real life. It’s a brave choice in a medium that doesn’t take too many chances.
I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention the episodes entitled “In The Woods”. Here Louie discovers his oldest daughter Jane smoking marijuana at a concert. The majority of the episode revolves around flashbacks of Louie’s childhood when he first started smoking pot. Louie goes from a slightly awkward geek with a promising future to a smart ass punk that skips class. Louie continues his downward spiral, which rips his mom to pieces, and even goes so far as to steal scales from the science lab (he’s only in middle school) to buy weed from the local dealer (played by Jeremy Renner). The entire episode was very touching and meaningful as Louie deals with the hypocrisy of being a parent. It may have something to do with the fact that I am a father of a kid who is about to be this age, but this was one of my favorite episodes of television this year.
Most of the comedy on Louie is awkward, which isn’t for everyone. This season, however, was the opposite of that feeling. Sure there were several awkward moments (don’t press a button that says “Press Me” in an art museum…trust me) and they were all funny, but the season was so heartfelt, sincere and real it touched me on several levels. I literally cried and cheered while watching this season. That doesn’t happen to me that often and it was surprising coming from a show that I typically rely on for belly laughs. If you have yet to watch Louie, please do so; it’s awesome. For those of you who are already a fan, be prepared to find an entirely new appreciation for what you know from Louis C.K.