What the Fuck Is Going On With Louie's Creepy Sex Scenes?

Last week on Louie, the protagonist was convinced—by several fellow losers and an old lady—that his four-episode courtship of Hungarian beauty Amia wouldn't count as a relationship until he fucked her. So he repeatedly coerced this non-English speaking woman and, after some resistance, was rewarded. It went like this:

Questionable, but not the worst thing the guy's ever done. But then last night, heartbroken after Amia's left the country, Louie returned to his old Nice Guy obsession Pamela (played by co-writer Pamela Adlon; last seen leaving for Paris in the second season finale), who made it clear she was no longer interested. So far, so good.

After a standup gig—the longest of the season, and one that finds him running through much of his best feminist material—Louie finds Pamela asleep on his couch, just like his lost love Amia, crashed out after babysitting his kids. That's when this happened:

So my question is: What the fuck? The language-barrier romance was tricky enough (dream girls are those who don't speak?), and there's intentional parallels everywhere here, in which the gigantic Louie keeps finding teeny-tiny women asleep on couches and coercing them into intimacy: He finds Pamela asleep not long after mournfully staring at the similar couch where he met Amia, and so on. But other than that, I'm at a loss. Does this, um, happen a lot? Are we in Louis CK's usually (but not always) brilliant realm in which he speaks truth to the power of our convenient, conventional wisdom? Or are we being tempted to read this in the context of the auteur's own life and experiences?

I'm not a lady, and I don't date 'em. I'd like to say a dude coming at me with that bullshit would get a Double Dragon kick in the face. (And I've heard enough stories of acquiescence, from our smaller/more passive gay bros, to know he probably wouldn't.) But even so, I'm not dealing with thousands of years of complicated subtleties and negotiations: It's quite possible there is a dance happening here that I'm not equipped to notice, because I never had to learn the steps. I don't enjoy speaking for straight people any more than I'm comfortable speaking for women. But from where I'm standing, in both instances, this was scary as hell.

There are a couple episodes left of the "Pamela" arc, which closes out this season of the show. Is it maybe possible there's a larger lesson our protagonist has yet to learn? I don't think of Louis CK as infallible, in the sense that nobody is, but even when he's saying something troubling there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. Even now, I think the only reason I've been thinking this hard about it is because it is him. But I just can't stop thinking about how small they are, and how thrown they seem, by his Nice Guy creeping. So you tell me: How does this work out?

[Clips via FX]

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