‘Louie: Eddie’ Review
The second episode in FX’s hour block of Louie was truly a masterpiece within half-hour television. That being said, I will never watch this episode of Louie again. Eddie was not a funny episode, but it did some amazing things. The title refers to an old friend and mentor of Louie from back when he was just starting out as a comedian. Eddie, played wonderfully by Doug Stanhope, comes to Louie’s comedy club and watches him perform.
The only funny parts of this episode are the stand-up sequences, and in this episode we get a number of comics besides Louis C.K. that perform. Otherwise this episode is all about Eddie and his effect on Louie. Something is off with Eddie from the beginning as he says he is “cashing in”.
He and Louie tour the city stopping only for liquor and one comedy club in Brooklyn. None of the comics there are funny, but then Eddie gets up and manages to make a few people laugh, including Louie who watched from the back. Throughout the episode we are given black and white flashbacks of a younger Louie and Eddie as they were just starting. We get to see how they became who they are in the comedy world, and how their friendship fell apart.
Eddie eventually tells Louie that he plans to kill himself and that he wanted someone to say goodbye to. Louie does the best he can to convince him otherwise and even gets angry wondering out loud “why are you laying this on me?”. Never at one point during this did I feel like I was watching a TV show. I felt as if I was looking on from nearby witnessing these old friends discuss the importance of living. It will strike a chord with anyone who has considered suicide at any point in their life no matter how brief or significant. Louie’s understanding of his role in Eddie’s life is as real as it gets. In the end we don’t know if Eddie went through with it or not, which is appropriate and in line with the tone of the episode.
One of the best things about Louie is how it is able to do episodes that say something profound about life without focusing on comedy. This episode took that aspect of the show to a whole new level. (10/10)