Louie: “Elevator Part 4” Season 4 Episode 7 Review

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Louie’s previous loves were front and center in the fourth part of the Elevator arc.

Elevator Part 4 seemed to travel backward in time with us first getting glimpses of Amia interacting with Louie’s daughters in cute ways. This is his current life. If only for one month, Lilly and Jane get to see their father happy with this new companion.

We then move to a session with Louie and his ex-wife, who we now have to differentiate as Lilly and Jane’s mother. They are trying to figure out what to do with Jane, who has been acting up in school for most of the season. These scenes had a number of great moments. The arguments had the same realism that made Louie the great show it is, but also some of the surrealism that makes the show a true work of art.

As his ex-wife rambles, Louie walks over to the window, opens it, and lets out a scream of frustration. He closes the window, his wife still talking, and rejoins the conversation as if nothing had happened. It was a great example of how Louie creates such a real environment and then twists it. It’s a surprising, funny, unique, and shockingly honest form of expression.

The final scene between the two on the street was great too. Louie’s daughters have blabbed about Amia to their mother, and she seems genuinely happy for him. That is, until he describes the situation. And for the first time in this arc, Louie questions all the romantic moments that were laid out for us in the episodes prior. Just what the hell is Louie doing? This relationship is simply not practical and will only cause him pain.

The rest of the episode wasn’t quite as strong. Delving into a flashback detailing Louie’s first divorce (although one line of dialogue suggests that this could in fact still be Lilly and Jane’s mother), we get a young Louie and a nameless wife. Clearly miserable they bicker about noisy neighbors in their hotel and eventually settle on getting a divorce. I’m not sure it really contributed to much, but it was another scene spiked with realism that also had that surrealistic quality to it. For that, it was still decent television, just not up to par with what came before it.

One final note: the news stories of increasingly ridiculous weather reports seem to indicate that Louie may tackle an event like Hurricane Sandy in the near future. That is something I would love to see through this show’s eyes.

As a whole, this was one of the weaker episodes of the Elevator arc. But that hardly means bad. The first half had so many memorable moments and was perhaps the best look at Louie’s previous marriage yet. The second half was entertaining but a bit inconsequential. So overall it was still pretty strong. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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