There is no show quite like “Louie” on television today. Comedian Louie CK’s singular vision simply can’t be matched or replicated. No where is this better reflected than in the six story arc ‘The Elevator’ which concludes in a fashion so unexpectedly charming and arresting its almost difficult to put to words. As much as Louie will miss Ezter Balint as Amia, we in the audience will miss her just as much.
A Storm Coming
The Logline for “The Elevator Part 6” states simply yet vaguely ‘Mother Nature Takes Control of Louie’s Life.’ A massive hurricane is baring down on New York and yet it feels quite unreal. The talking heads on the news speak like no other news professionals you’ve ever seen; first they give the storm a first name and a surname and then the supposed Weatherman declares portions of Brooklyn dead and soon to be dead.
In the soon to be dead range are Louie’s ex-wife Janet (Susan Kalechi Watson) and his two daughters. This leads Louie to make the dangerous trek to the almost dead portion of Brooklyn to rescue his family. This series of unusual scenes seem to have grounding in reality but they also have a flavor of Louie’s imagination. The heightened reality of the newsmen making the storm seem ludicrously dangerous, Louie’s heroes welcome at Karen’s apartment, the oddball searching a missing dog that’s not his dog. This series of scenes is entirely unconnected to the Amia plot and that may be the point of these scenes.
As much as we may want Eszter Balint to stay around for good as Louie’s Bulgarian love interest it’s best for this plot to finally come to an end. There really weren’t many more wordless avenues for these two travel; eventually they needed to speak. When Amia finally breaks it to Louie that things simply aren’t going to work out there is both a strong comic element and an honestly moving dramatic quality. Unable to communicate with Louie, and not wanting to further involve her mother, Ellen Burstyn, Amia takes Louie to a Hungarian restaurant where she ropes the waiter into her break up.
This is why ‘Louie’ is so great
Where most comedy writers might go for simple humiliation or culture clash misunderstanding, Louie simply allows the scene to unfold with sincerity which leads to humor, pathos and resolution. When Louie takes the hand of the waiter to stop him from reciting anymore of Amia’s break up letter, the comic beat is laugh out loud but the sentiment doesn’t have any less impact; these two people care about each, Louie and Amia, not Louie and the waiter, and under different circumstances they might even be happy together but it can’t be that way now.
It’s a wonderful scene that caps yet another wonderful episode of this gloriously unusual series that never fails to pair a love and wonder for people with the reality of every day, mundane existence. “The Elevator Part 6” is classic “Louie.”