LOUIE “Double Date/Mom” Review

Louie CK (FX)

Last night’s LOUIE was one dark episode. Louis C.K. has an ability to poke fun at the less humorous moments in life, but in “Double Date/Mom” the jokes are few and far between the actual drama he allows to seep through his comedy program. In the first half, “Double Date,” Louie has another unsuccessful session with his therapist, which assumingly expresses C.K.’s own disbelief of the power of therapy. He then spends some time at the gym with his brother, played by comedian Robert Kelly, and discuses the possibility of a threesome with him. Talk about another level of dark. Louie asks his brother never to mention this again and leaves him in the gym.

We then cut to stand-up, where Louie discusses how it’s nearly impossible to teach his kids morals or values, since he loses his own each year. And then a small chat about deep down feelings leads to another quip by Louie about if he had his druthers he would be a terrible person. This type of talk is common with C.K., on both the show and his real-life standup, and it seems that he can not wrap his head around how bad thoughts don’t automatically make you a bad person.

Louie’s mom then makes a surprise appearance at his apartment door right when he was ready to drop off his kids at his ex-wife’s home. His mother, barely acknowledges her grandchildren and complains about the possibility of being left alone at Louie’s house as she doesn’t want to accompany her son on the trip to the ex’s. We get a glimpse at how awful a person she is when she says, “”Why are they here? I thought you got a divorce.” Louie takes the second stand up routine to discuss why we “love” our mothers. From the show and the routine, it’s easy to assume that Mr. C.K. does not have the kind of relationship with his mother that Hallmark cards are made of, and he mentions multiple times that while he knows he hates her, he can’t confirm why he loves her, if he does.

Louie and his mother are then seen at lunch, where the complaints from her are rampant once again — this time in regards to the type size on the menu. His mother, after finding out that the restaurant does not offer a menu with larger font drags them to another location, where she dismisses her meal the entire time. After spending mere moments with this woman, I can understand why Louie would admit he hates her. She’s awful – the kind of woman who makes waiters spit in foods, cabbies talk crap in other languages and the recipient of rolled eyes everywhere. Louie wants to know why this miserable woman decided to stop by and she drops the bomb that at age 70, she has decided she is a lesbian and has ‘married’ a woman. She spares no detail in describing how she figured this out to her son, which is another soul crushing moment worth of standup routines, and questions the worth of her two sons and deceased husband. She is upset that Louie doesn’t seem to care about her newfound sexuality and this causes him to lose it. He yells at her for ruining Christmas for him and his kids last year, as his mom asked him to come and visit and then took off with no notice. “My kids spent Christmas in a Holiday Inn! And Santa brought them each a bag of M&Ms!” And while to the onlookers in the restaurant it seems like Louie is being hard on his mother when jumps up and tells her he doesn’t love her and for her to go away with, if they had just had his lunch they would have understood the outrage.

This leads to another standup routine about gay sexual encounters, which seems to be another thing C.K. spends a lot of time thinking about and discussing. We then see Louie and his brother at a dinner, waiting for his mother. They chat about respecting their mother, and all she can discuss is how fat her children have become. We then get to meet their mother’s wife, Jasmine, who is at most in her mid-20’s. They learn that Jasmine has opened up her mind to many things, including vodka drinks. Robbie becomes irate and bitter over this new wife and lack of love from his mother. Another outburst from the boys, proving once again that this woman is about as evil as it gets, and it ventures into the dark territory comedies are always too terrified to get into it. Personally, I’m lucky to have a relationship with my mother that is about as opposite of this as possible, but I know there are thousands of people out there who never feel loved or appreciated by their mothers or families. And it’s pretty amazing that while Louie could barely touch on these scenarios, but instead it goes down deep and gets all dirty with muck that messes up a lot of people’s minds on a daily basis. The show continues to evolve, with its tone, quality of filming and story lines, and since FX just renewed the show for another season, we will hopefully continue to see this program age with more character.