Easily my second favorite comedy of 2010 (“Modern Family” rightfully took the #1 slot), “Louie” returned to FX for its second season premiere, an episode entitled “Pregnant.” And while I don’t think this episode of “Louie” is up to the show’s usual standard of utterly uncomfortable comedy, it definitely had its moments.
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The scenes and stand-up with Louie frustrated with his youngest daughter were golden. When he’s giving the middle finger to his five-year-old because she likes mom better or can’t correctly explain the concept that giving is better than receiving, “Louie” is firing on all cylinders.
The actual storyline of “Pregnant,” to me, felt like a bit of a misfire.
Louie’s very pregnant sister drops by for an impromptu visit, and though she’s not due for two months, she suffers severe stomach pains and needs to be rushed to the hospital.
Louie can’t think straight, and his creepy but ultimately caring neighbors stop by to offer their service. Once at the hospital, we learn that Louie’s sister wasn’t having contractions (or suffering a miscarriage)—she just needed to let out one long, massive fart.
Still, the best part about “Louie” is the utter unpredictability of the show. You not only have no clue what will happen each and every week, but the ways in which the characters interact with one another can surprise or even shock you.
And, like this week’s episode, when things actually do go right (Louie opts to leave his two young daughters in the care of a complete stranger while he rides to the hospital), you’re equally surprised that Louie’s life doesn’t descend further into madness.
And he is too.
I’ll be on a conference call with Louis C.K. on Monday, so look forward to more “Louie” coverage next week!
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In Boston, “Louie” aired on FX at 10:30 pm eastern.
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