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Friday, July 6, 2012

TV Chitty-Chat Club: Soooo... was Louie Date Raped?

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Who watched last night's episode of Louie? Once again Louis CK crafted another confusingly great episode where you're laughing your ass off one minute, and then enduring a Quentin Tarantino-style 15 minute "talky" scene. And like Tarantino, you trust Louis to eventually get you to a surprising, and sometimes illuminating place... but STILL. Ya know? Allison Benedikt from Slate has similar thoughts...

By forgoing narrative logic and creating a half-hour space where pretty much anything goes, has Louis C.K. gamed the system? That is, with the structure-less structure he’s built for the show, can C.K. ever actually mess up? We can’t knock the show for being unrealistic (a critique often lobbed at Girls, Aaron Sorkin shows, and the new Dallas) because, duh, it’s not supposed to be realistic! We can’t cry foul when emotions, let alone plot points, don’t track; we can’t get upset when an episode isn’t that funny. (Because isn’t that brave of him, to not always try to make us laugh?) The dude can’t lose. Is this genius, or—I’m conjuring my best whiny daughter voice here –totally unfair?

She has a point—which is why I'm usually uncomfortable with the squeals of rapturous joy coming from many critics about this show. But no doubt about it, Louie is GOOD STUFF. And there's nothing else quite like it on TV... like the scene from last night's episode where he... ummmm... kinda got date raped?

Let's talk about that after the jump.

So Louie is set up on a blind date with the trash-talking Laurie (played by the great Melissa Leo) who at first hates him, but after a few drinks, the pair are having a great time. Things seemingly get better when Laurie pulls over her pickup truck and offers him a blowjob, which OF COURSE, he immediately accepts. Things go awry when afterwards, she demands that he do some oral reciprocation, and "strap on the feedbag" as she put it. He says he's not into that, claiming it's too intimate of an act. She bets him $1000 that he'll be eating her out within three minutes, and when he takes the bet, she slams his head into the passenger side window, puts him into a restraining hold, and forces him to lick her hoo-hoo.

He finishes, and they plan to go out on another date.

WHAT... THE... FUCK.

Obviously, if the roles had been reversed, the internet would be lighting up like a firecracker this morning—but you haven't really heard much about it have you? This was an amazing scene in that it all somehow ended up with each of them being satisfied, and perhaps even seeing each other again... but once again, as Allison from Slate stated above... couldn't this also be construed as a cop-out? Instead of dealing honestly with the attack, Louie just kind of acted like nothing extremely disturbing just happened? Or do you think that was the entire point?

Like I said, he makes ya think. So. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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