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These Slate people. Last night’s episode of “Louie” was not good. It was boring. The episode began with Louie picking up a woman he’d met in the previous episode for a date. We quickly realize that the woman is loony tunes – unbeknownst to Louie she’s an alcoholic. This is basically an episode where the woman leads Louie on a series of adventures – a bunch of things that Louie would never do on his own. He tries on a dress, eats at a deli that he’s never tried before, helps out a homeless man by filling his Rx and getting him a motel room, and by hiking up a flight of stairs to the top of a building overlooking the city. But the episode is not entertaining; it’s mostly just a platform for Parker Posey’s (who plays the crazy female character) to display) acting skills. At the end of the episode we see Posey’s character telegraph her mental problems when she’s sitting on the edge of the rooftop. Louie is scared for her, afraid she’ll jump. She tells Louie that he’s afraid of the ledge because a part of him wants to jump off. L’appel du vide, “into the void”. The tension between the rational and irrational, and the fear that the irrational will win out. But Posey’s character says that she does not want to jump therefore she is not afraid of sitting on the ledge. But she quickly turns. She finally tells Louie her name (after the entire date) and then looks solemnly down to the street, indicating that her mind has switched, that she’s now back into her “real” self, and is afraid that she might jump. She is then ready to leave the rooftop and go home. Sounds all artistic and artsy-fartsy, but it’s mostly just boring and overplayed. But nobody at Slate is willing to admit that they don’t like such refined tastes so they pen these ridiculous circle-jerks trying to make “Louie” something that it isn’t – an entertaining, or better yet, compelling, TV show.