Last week's Louie was psychologically acute and poignant; this week's is merely hilarious.
Louie Draws the Comedy Stars
Interesting to see all the comics on this week's episode. Louis C.K. apparently has friends in the business, including Robin Williams as himself, Artie Lange as a panicked chemical truck driver, J.B. Smoove as a gravedigger, the comedic highlight of the episode found in DJs Opie & Anthony, and Jim Norton and Amy Schumer as ridiculously cheeseball, "Morning Zoo"-style Kansas City shock jocks who interview Louie to promote his upcoming standup show.
Louie runs into Robin at the funeral of a club owner, Barney Ross. They politely nod to each other, but then Robin sits with Louie at a nearby coffee shop. A discussion between the two quickly leads to the revelation that they both hated the man, but felt bad that there might not be anyone at his funeral. The duo impulsively decide to visit the downtown strip club that Barney always tried to get them to go to, and learn that as hated as he was by all the comics who worked for him, he was much beloved in the lapdancing community.
Never Say Never
You know that Louie is being set up for some kind of hellish existential crisis when the kid he's asked to look after for an afternoon is named Never (Jeremy Shinder). And it's not just that Lilly (Hadley Delany) doesn't seem to like him. His mom, Nancy (Nancy Shayne), needs help because she's having her "vagina removed," and says Never can't eat "anything with carbon in it." Never pushes a stroller into traffic, causing a huge accident, before Louie even gets him home. These are bad signs.
On the Phone and in the Tub
Sure enough, Never is a handful, refusing to eat normal snacks like apples ("My mom says I'll die."), and tossing Louie's rug out the window the moment Louie turns his back. While Louie does some business with a radio interview, Never does his business in the bathtub. Weeds writers should be taking notes on how to do poop jokes. That radio interview was hilarious, with the inane, incomprehensible babble and insane overreactions of the KC crew, and Louie's hilariously misjudged dig at their hometown.
I am wondering why Williams was billed as "Robin Willaims" in the credits. Leave it to me to overanalyze a typo, but I mean, really? You misspelled "Williams"?
"I'm pretty sure Barney was the biggest piece of s__t I ever knew."
--Louie breaks the ice with Robin after the funeral.
"I have to do it now to stay on schedule. I want to get rid of my vagina before Easter."
--Nancy explains her medical emergency to Louie.
"The economy's really bad in K.C. No one's at work anyway."
--Louie's agent Doug (Edward Gelbinovich) explains why it doesn't matter that the radio interview is not during drive time.
"Alright, look, if you keep it cool while I'm on the phone, I'll give you another bowl of meat, okay?"
--Louie asks Never to quietly take a bath while he does his radio interview.
"My mom says that any choice I make is okay because I love myself."
--Never explains to Louie why he is that way.