‘Louie: Subway/Pamela’ Review

Another Thursday night, another great episode of Louie. Last night’s episode dealt with two different topics and didn’t even include a stand-up segment until the end credits. This was fine since the two storylines were both wonderfully done and included the perfect blend of the show’s sense of humor and ability to say something more.

One thing I noticed about this episode was that it was very…artsy. The beginning of the piece in the subway had a violin playing over a homeless man giving himself a public shower. The juxtaposition of the music and the visuals was comic genius. Then on the subway all the people riding in a certain car were staring at a puddle of an unidentified liquid settling on one of the seats. Louie then daydreamed (in an artistic black and white film) about cleaning the puddle up and everyone on the subway giving him attention and looking at him as a hero. Anyone who has been on a New York subway before probably couldn’t contain their laughter, myself included.

The next segment featured Louie and Pamela hanging out. First they went to an artsy fartsy French restaurant, which of course had wonderful food (its Manhattan). Then they went walked through a typical market that you would find on the streets in lower Manhattan. Louie told Pamela that he loved her but she couldn’t return the feelings. The episode ended with Pamela offering to take a bath with Louie but he didn’t catch it until after he left. His reaction upon realizing what had happened was hilarious.

I loved this episode for a lot of reasons. Louis C.K. is very particular as the director and writer of the series. He wanted to show his more artistic side in this episode. What ended up happening was a love letter to downtown New York City. Meanwhile we got some great interactions between Louie and Pamela. This is easily the best episode of the season and one of the best episodes of the show period. (10/10)

photo credit: http://www.avclub.com/articles/subway-pamela,59607/

~ by mattsmoviethoughts on July 29, 2011.

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