Last night was the season finale of Louie, one of summer TV's unexpected gems. The show came to a close as Louis faced his greatest alienation yet and realized where he truly belongs.
Throughout the first season, Louis has been in some awkward situations - a gig in the South that turned bizarre, a date at a diner that nearly resulted in physical violence, etc. But, things were never more awkward for him than in last night's finale, when he went with two young, hip comics to a loud club in an attempt to get laid. As usual, things go pretty poorly for Louis, but things were a little different this time.
In previous episodes and moments like this during the first season, a disastrous real-life experience would cut to Louis on stage, talking tangentially about what had occurred or re-contextualizing that moment into comedy. This time, the two fused directly into each other and the connection between the real-life elements of the show and the stand up comedy bits was made overtly clear.
Then, to show us that he wasn't joking, Louis ends the show eating breakfast with his daughters at dawn. It's a surprisingly sweet ending to a show that often traded in harsh truths and certain vulgaries of language and thought.
Here's hoping this isn't the last we see of Louie.