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'Louie' Wraps Season on a Positive, Delusional Note, With Some Help From Chris Rock (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 9th 2011 5:40AM
'Louie' - 'New Jersey / Airport''Louie' (Thu., 10:30PM ET on FX) wrapped Season 2 with one of the most brilliantly unique scenes I've ever seen on any kind of television show. Honestly, the only way to describe that moment is that it's so ... 'Louie.'

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

The show sticks with its two-vignettes format for this episode, but the halves work well together, pushing the character of Louis C.K. reluctantly toward a genuine adulthood. The first half was incredibly awkward and uncomfortable, as Louis succumbed to his weakness and yearnings by agreeing to get in the car with a strange woman.

It's all Steven Wright's fault, really. Actually, despite Steven trying to tell Louis he should stay and pick up some tail after a killer set at the comedy club, Louis should have picked up on the fact that Steven was leaving because he had adult responsibilities. Louis had those, too.

Oddly enough, one of those does not include the niece who was supposedly going to be in his care, but logic seems to come and go as it's convenient in these stories, and considering they're all basically stories ... well, how many storytellers do you know who get their continuity right all the time?

Regardless, after being rejected by all the women, Louis was feeling particularly down, which made him just vulnerable enough for this woman to pick him up. This led to a hilarious scene when they arrived to find her husband, played by F. Murray Abraham, ready for a kinky three-way.

But what it was really getting at was a chance for Chris Rock, who's managed to have a comedy routine and a normal domestic life, giving Louis some hard love about where he's at in his life and what he really needs to be doing. He needs to settle down and not act like he's in his 20s or 30s. He has kids and responsibilities, so he can't chase tail across state lines in the middle of the night, though.

Unfortunately, this news had to pass through the twisted Louis filter in his brain before he could comprehend it, so that meant making another and more aggressive try at Pamela. Their relationship is one of the sweetest on television, and Pamela Adlon's performance is so endearing I find myself agreeing with Louis that she has to see something in him.

Certainly, he's a better choice than the jerk she's flying off to Paris to try and make things work with, but 'Louie' never takes the easy way and it never gives us the Hollywood ending. Pamela is going to go to Paris where she will likely be miserable, and Louis will stay here and continue to pine after her.

It was heartbreaking watching him watching her every ... single ... step of the process through the airport, but the closing scene was heartbreaking genius at its best. When she waved, and he didn't wave back, she shouted "Wave to me!"

Louis heard "Wait for me!"

That's all he needed, and have you ever seen Louis C.K. with a more genuine and happy smile on his face than when he walked out of the airport? On the one hand, you're so happy to finally see him happy in his life, but on the other point it's all a lie -- a terrible misunderstanding.

Will 'Louie' pick up on this thread next season, or will misery have kicked him back to the ground by then?

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