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Louie – Come On, God

This week we were treated to a double
dose of Louie with two back-to-back episodes. The duo started
with “Come On, God” an episode that explored a subject close to
Louie’s heart: masturbation. C.K.’s unrelenting self-deprecation
reached new levels in this episode, and made for a hilarious
installment. A very memorable performance from a relatively unknown
actress also helped make it one of the series’ funniest episodes to
date.

“Come On, God” started with a scene
that felt like another of Louie’s surreal fantasies. I kept waiting
for the protagonist to snap out of his dream in which he was finding
himself publicly defending masturbation on a nationally televised
news segment. Such was not the case, and Louie really had agreed to
come on television and speak out in the name of self-love. Even real
life news anchor, Greg Gutfeld, was surprised anyone would be willing
to come on his show and debate the morality of masturbation. Don’t
get me wrong, if there is one man for the job, it’s Louie C.K. 
Voicing the views of the other side was a woman who had started an
organization dedicated to staying way more chaste than anyone needs
to be. The scene was a laugh riot from start to finish, thanks
greatly to the outlandish views of Louie’s opponent.

It was clear Ellen had sipped a little
too much of the sacramental wine in her day(especially when claiming
that the genocide in Rwanda was actually less tragic than this plague
of self-abusers), but that didn’t stop her from digging right into
Louie’s subconscious. Asking him if he has ever been happy was
enough to shut down any intelligent argument Louie could make. The
melancholy cello music that seems to haunt Louie from episode to
episode kicked in at the perfect time and was a nice touch to the
moment. Louie turning into a petulant child after realizing this
silly girl just called him out was a hilarious closing to a scene
that had already scored a ton of laughs. Before storming offstage,
the comic got in one last remark that has to be one of the crudest
things a man could say to a woman; granted it is hilarious so long as
it isn’t a woman you know. “And later I’m gonna masturbate and
I’m gonna think about you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

The role of the devout and virgin
anti-masturbater was filled by an actress who isn’t well known, but
deserves to be after her performance in “Come On, God.” Liz
Holtan had her work cut out for her in playing Ellen. In addition to
the difficulty of not cracking up around C.K., her character had
numerous lines of her own that would have been hard to deliver with a
straight face. Ellen also impressed in her scenes outside the news
segment. After offering Louie an invitation to attend one of her
group’s meetings(Which by the way he should have jumped at, if only
for the material it would give him), the character began to come out
of her shell. She even encouraged Louie to come along just to mock
the whole thing, and their “date” afterward garnered an equal
number of funny moments. It was surprising to see Ellen actually had
a sense of humor, but she was laughing it up for Louie’s story of
losing his virginity ending in farts and shame. And God bless Louie
for trying to make her understand that virginity is something you
want to lose when you are young, if only so you can forget about how
awkward it was.

It would be all to easy to dismiss
Ellen as another religious yahoo for her views on self-abuse, but she
is plainly smarter, wittier, and more open-minded than many of her
fellow Christians Against Masturbation. Even if she does let her
faith blind her to common sense sometimes, there was more to her
argument than than just what she had been taught growing up. Having
never heard someone express what saving themselves for marriage
actually meant to them -as opposed to just regurgitating what their
religion mandates, I was surprised by how beautiful a picture Ellen
painted. Louie was as well apparently, but as he said in his
standup segment: a man cannot have a beautiful thought about a woman
that isn’t immediately followed by a disgusting one. So after
Ellen’s eloquent and impassioned speech just to him, Louie winds up in
her bathroom doing what he does best – besides comedy that is. The
telltale sound of his flatulence, while crude, was a nice tie in with
the story he told of his first sexual experience.

Like most episodes of Louie, “Come
on, God” found enormous amounts of humor in awkward and depressing
situations. Even more so than normal though, it was the
protagonist’s indifference to embarrassment that made the episode so
good. It wasn’t the first time C.K. has brought up masturbation, and
it surely won’t be the last, but he definitely earned his right to
“love thyself” this time around.

Rating
9.5

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