Episode two pays off for Louie super fans
In the second-season Louie episode "Bummer/Blueberries," Louie is at one of his daughters' schools, where he meets a fellow parent, played by Maria Dizzia. She wants him to have sex with her, and he's OK with that, but before they get it on, she sends him to the supermarket for a few last minute essentials -- condoms, lube, and antioxidant-rich fruits. During sex, she asks him to spank her and to let her call him "Daddy," and afterward, she demands that he watch her cry and eat blueberries at the kitchen table.
Well, Dizzia reunites with CK in the second episode of Horace and Pete, this time playing Tricia, a woman with Tourette's who'd met Pete while they were both hospitalized. (We're not privy to Pete's illness, but he takes Propitol for hallucinations.)
Although it's tough to judge a show after just two episodes, we also have no idea whether there will be three or 300, so here we are. To be blunt: loving Louis CK's comedy is not enough to keep a person invested in Horace & Pete. The drama is thin and the shaggy production can feel like stumbling into rehearsal of play you probably wouldn't pay money to see anyway unless one of your friends was in it.
But anyone who digs schadenfreude, doesn't know when it's OK to laugh, reels from excessive tragedy, relishes uncomfortable silences or wishes all those noisy kids would keep it down will likely find kindred spirits with the Eugene O'Neill-ish series. Or, anyone who prefers their drinks watered down.
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Jenna Marotta has covered comedy for New York, Playboy, Esquire.com and VICE.com. She once played a Saturday Night Live extra named Eileen Dover. Follow her: @jennamarotta