4/14/15

So Did the Fat Lady . . .

I'm finally watching Season 4 of "Louie" (which means Season 5 must now be available to you with cable - kudos) and, I've gotta' say, the show just keeps getting better and better. There is something about how comfortable Louis C.K. is with being UNCOMFORTABLE (and/or making you uncomfortable) that just resonates with me.

There is a fantastic episode where Louie's (C.K.'s alter-ego) daughter decides she is "dreaming" and just jumps off a subway train as the doors are closing leaving Louie and his older daughter distraught to get back and, when he does, he lays in to the younger, scared daughter like you cannot imagine and it is so real and honest and wonderful.

Then there is this scene (give it a view - it is like 7:00 of your life and a few profanities) which might be one of the best scenes in the history of improvised/semi-scripted television (delivered, it seems, in one or maybe two takes (that sun is low in the sky for too many takes)) that closes episode three (called "So Did the Fat Lady" - you will see why) wherein a moderately heavy woman schools a moderately obese man on the double standards and painful reality of life and love when you're overweight.



I don't entirely know if I agree with Sarah Baker (who plays Vanessa - the actress in the scene) that life is that much harder for a "fat girl" than a "bald man" or a "person with one limb" or whatever other physical difference can sometimes shock an otherwise would-be pursuer but the way she delivers the line and the way Louie reacts is about as real and honest and wholly convincing as one might imagine.

Sidebar - NO man has ever, ever said "no" to "screwing on a big can of peaches."