Louie, Ep 3.04: “Daddy’s Girlfriend, Part 1″ sees Louie’s relationship woes resurface
Louie, Season 3, Episode 4: “Daddy’s Girlfriend: Part 1″
Written by Louis C.K.
Directed by Louis C.K.
Airs Thursdays at 10:30 PM ET on FX
Continuity has never been high on the list of priorities for Louie. Normally, this would be a hindrance, but Louis CK has managed to use the freedom gained by not having to follow up storylines by telling tales whose ambiguous endings better serve the story, most notably in season 2′s Eddie, just as a single example. This season, however young it may be, has already seen the show lean more towards establishing running ideas that thread the episodes together—seeing Louie’s motorcycle make a return appearance is a big deal when one recalls that his niece has yet to make another appearance since her mother got arrested—making this the season in which Louis takes on serialization, in his own unique way. In the spirit of that continuity, this episode once again picks up on Louie’s woes at holding down a steady relationship with a female, something that has been touched on in a significant manner now in each episode this season.
Following a lunch session where Louie is quizzed by his kids on why he doesn’t have a girlfriend yet, a nice nod to the season premiere where April spoke about not having met Louie’s daughters, we met Maria Bamford, playing what really boils down to Louie’s friend with benefits. Maria is a Queen of awkward conversations and situations, and this segment did a great job of playing to her strengths in that regard, providing for an interaction between two characters who were socially underdeveloped in unique ways.