Friday, August 24, 2012
Louie - "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes"
Louie sure meets a lot of crazy women, huh. To be more specific, Louie meets a lot of crazy women portrayed by nineties indie darlings. And last night Chloe Sevigny's crack PI/public masturbator attempted to help Louie track down Parker Posey's less-than-sane Liz from the "Daddy's Girlfriend" episodes. Though the unhinged Liz may have scared him, Louie can't shake her; she has invaded his dreams. He no longer wants a normal girl. So he gets another non-normal girl to help him find the previous non-normal girl.
I've read more than a few complaints that all the female characters on Louie are crazy. A valid complaint; but I think the real point in the show is that these are the kinds of women Louie seeks out. They're just much more exciting. So, though it's not normal to get a sexual thrill from the stalking of another individual, masturbating in a coffee shop sure makes for an interesting day out.
But then again, the second segment in this episode could add legitimacy to those critiques. It portrays Louie's attempts to deal with his changing daughter. Previously a happy-go-lucky kid, Lilly has now become moody, refusing to talk to her dad. She is becoming an adolescent; she is becoming irrational. Then she disappears; younger daughter Jane thinks she left the building; Louie calls the cops; and it turns out she was in the closet with headphones all along.
I think this second segment was mostly just a depiction of the annoyances involved in raising children. In a nutshell, kids just become assholes during adolescence. But, as I said, coming as this segment does, after the previous crazy-woman segment, it seems that Louie is making another point as well. (Of course, a point could also be made that this segment was about Louie's failings as a parent: ignoring Jane when she tried to interrupt his shit; failing to look in the closet for his daughter, failing to call his wife to let her know that her daughter was missing.)
I don't know, maybe I'm uninspired this morning, but it was a real struggle to come up with much to write about "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes." Overall the episode felt slight. I can't say I didn't enjoy it; but standing in the shadows, as it does, in the masterful two-parter "Daddy's Girlfriend," I was just underwhelmed.
Great stand-up routine in the opening. As with Louie, I look forward to nothing more than good shits and good sleep.
I'll never tire of seeing Louie give his kids the finger.
Awesome, the neighbors from the fart episode.
“Yeah, I’m looking for Liz. She works here.”
“Not anymore. She quit. Anything else?”
“She changed how I feel about everything. In one night.”
“Just so you know, I’m married, so please don’t come by the store or anything.”
“I don’t wanna say anything for you to listen to.”
“Wait, you called us but you didn’t call the mother.?”
“Now you’re gonna put this on her.”
“There’s no way I’m digging in blindly into the Egyptian hepatitis and severed toes so that you can have a seatbelt. You gotta put on your own mask before helping the others.”