Louie: “Elevator Part 5” Season 4 Episode 8 Review

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Louie is a show that goes on a lot of tangents, but for the first time this season, a tangent fell completely flat.

The way Louie is right now it will never be a bad show. It’s rating are extremely low, meaning that if it stops garnering such passionate critical reception, FX would likely have no problem canceling it. If Louie were to drop in quality, Louie would end.

But in a season this good, there would have to be one or two duds, right? Welcome to Elevator Part 5, the first dud of Louie Season 4.

The first half of the episode is a long tangent about comedian Todd Barry and his life without a wife, girlfriend, and/or children. It was boring, and yes, that was the point. It was hopelessly mundane for its own purposes. The thing is that it didn’t succeed in those purposes. There was no way to root for Todd. There was no unique perspective on the single life. It was just a simple story that had some chuckle-worthy moments and not much else.

So let’s just move on to the second half of the episode.

When Louie finds Evanka passed out in the elevator, he immediately bangs on the door of the doctor in the building. He reluctantly comes out to help only to find that Evanka was choking on a piece of hard candy. Louie helps her up to her apartment where Evanka asks if he and Amia are getting serious, thrusting her pointer finger into a small hole created by her other hand. Old ladies making direct references to sex will probably always be funny. But when Louie says no, she claims its not serious.

The next time Louie and Amia go out, he tries to bring her home with him. She resists, but Louie persistently begs. It’s horrendously awkward until she gives in to a kiss. The pair wake up next to each other, but Amia doesn’t seem pleased. She knows it wasn’t a good idea and she leaves. This was sad, but not entirely unexpected. With only one episode left in the arc, things had to start going downhill.

So while the second half of the episode was better than the first, it wasn’t quite strong enough to save the whole episode. I am looking forward to seeing how this arc ends, but at this point, I think I’m more excited for what comes after. Grade: C+

By Matt Dougherty

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