It's no secret that Louie is more than a comedy. The show can range from the happily hilarious to the utterly depressing. So for this fourth season, we're going to plot each episode on "The Louie Scale" to figure out just how comedic or dramatic it was.
Sarah Baker, ladies and gentlemen. The end of "So Did The Fat Lady" wasn't perfect, but if it didn't wreck you on some basic emotional level, then I just don't know.
The episode opens with Louie turning Baker's Vanessa down when she asks him out – a complete flip from the start of the previous episode "Model," which saw Louie as the one being rejected. A couple of scenes follow, including one where Louie and his brother Robbie go on a "bang-bang" where they eat two meals back-to-back (in this case: Indian/diner). Eventually, he agrees to go out with Vanessa. There are a few funny lines, like the bit about "dating" versus "trying," but it's Baker's final monologue that simply crushes. "What is it about the basics of human happiness – you know, feeling attractive, feeling loved, having guys chase after us – that's just not in the cards for us?" she asks a bewildered, speechless Louie. And Louie's inability to do anything for minutes that feel like weeks just adds to the whole thing.