Louie: Sleepover
May 15, 2015 9:00 PM - Season 5, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Louie hosts a sleepover.
posted by bleep (6 comments total)
The fact that Jane obviously has friends proves that the entirety of "Untitled" was a dream. There I said it.

Other things that made me LOL:
Bobby's story - loved the cinematography
The Screaming Mouth Show
"It's a financial thing"
"I guess it lives in the subway now."
I loved the matter-of-factness of it all
"I asked the policeman at the station and he told me exactly the same story." "Wow!"
That they eventually got ice cream
"You know it comes out of the tits, right?
posted by bleep at 9:01 PM on May 15, 2015

I'm so glad you've started posting these! I just caught up last night. Louis' conversation with Shasta about being the child of divorce was so great, especially the way it was filmed. The payoff with Shasta's mother picking her up and Louis just closing the door on them was wonderful.

Loved Louis barricading himself in his room for phone sex.
posted by gladly at 8:33 AM on May 16, 2015

She also couldn't bring herself to do whatever that guy was there for. I loved that reveal. The whole time they were on the phone I was like, is that a Barbasol can? Why is there a Barbasol can there? What kind of kitchen is that?
posted by bleep at 11:21 PM on May 16, 2015

As soon as I figured out she was in the bathroom, on a toilet, I thought she was peeing. It wouldn't have been out of character, for her or the show.

I liked this one a lot, but I am starting to wonder if CK writes his younger daughter and her friends as maybe a little too young. People who actually have kids would know better than I, but there have been a few times lately when his daughter or her friends act like more like little kids than 9-year-olds or whatever they're supposed to be. I'm thinking of the one girl at the police station who held her stuffed animal up to a cop and said somebody had robbed it. It was a cute gag, but it seems more like something a 5-year-old would do. (I suppose you could argue she was sassing the cop a little, or she was caught up in the frenzy of the sleepover and was just being silly.)

All that being said, I found the girls in the jail kind of inspiring, in a weird way. They were in just about the glummest place imaginable, a NY jail on a Saturday night, and they were laughing and screaming and running around and having a great time. It reminds me of something Andy Warhol said, about how even a funeral is only sad because you choose to be sad. Down the block from the funeral parlor, people are having pie and coffee and laughing about stupid jokes. I'm not sure if I was supposed to get that from the scene, maybe the point was more the awkwardness of Louie trying to care for this screaming horde of little girls in a jail. But to me there was something kind of beautiful in it, a reminder that there's joy to be found, even in the worst times.

I can't ever hear Louie's brother say, "Bro! Bro!" again, without flashing back to Louie's dream where the brother was a creepy simpleton who just stood there staring and going, "Bro bro bro bro bro...." That being said, I'd already guessed he was locked up for something skeevy, probably involving hookers, and his story about the goat was adorable anyhow. I find myself rooting for that sad little creep, more and more.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 5:31 AM on May 17, 2015

Ursula, I'm the father of a 9-year-old girl, and I can tell you from experience that when you get her in a room for a party with a bunch of her friends, it is almost guaranteed that at one or more points they will behave exactly like 5-year-olds. I thought the realism there was pretty darn spot-on.

That said, I'm beginning to wonder why I still watch this show. I guess because it's artfully done and smart, but at the end of each episode I find myself thinking, "I just took on 20 minutes of another human being's misery. What exactly am I supposed to do with that?"

The answer is certainly NOT "laugh at it." This show stopped being a comedy a long time ago.
posted by jbickers at 1:50 PM on May 17, 2015

Jbickers, I think the show is still funny, but it's a very dark and complicated kind of funny. I don't think it's just about Louie's misery. There's plenty of cringe comedy there (like the whole thing where he accidentally tells the kid her parents are divorcing) but there is a lot of mercy too. On many occasions, the show has introduced us to some character who seems like a monster and then stripped away the layers until we can relate to them. The recent episode with Michael Rappaport as the cop wasn't a laugh riot, it was one of the more dramatic recent episodes, but it took this loathsome guy and wore him down until we saw what a desperate, childlike character he was. It wasn't so much that we realized he was a good person at heart, it was more that he was he was just kind of a big, lonely idiot on the brink of total collapse. The bit in the closing credits where Louie was teaching him to knit was super sweet. It was like Louie was playing with a pitbull or something, a big dumb pup who had been locked up in some yard snarling at people for way too long.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:31 PM on May 17, 2015

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