Wipeout – This special Armed Forces edition introduced a fantastic new obstacle in the Qualifier. Wearing vision-distorting goggles, contestants have to try and grab a trapeze to swing across a mud pit. But none of that matters, because after a few seconds a giant bee swings down to knock them into the mud. It’s got everything – it’s almost impossible to succeed, it’s got a surprise that’s impossible to anticipate, and it’s got a weirdly specific theme. (Bees!) We approve!
Louie – Wow. This will be a hard episode to talk about and still keep things safe for work. Let’s see – Louie’s friends invited him over for dinner and a thinly veiled fix-up. (With Oscar winner and Homicide star Melissa Leo!) After a hilariously awkward dinner, Louie and Laurie headed off for some drinks. And then, well, she did Louie a favor, but he wasn’t willing to… reciprocate. (Laurie: “Are you saying I’m a whore?” Louie: “No. Not by… how you feel. I’m just saying that if I had done what you did, I would feel like a whore.”) It was really an amazing scene – the interaction was so clever and honest, and nothing that you’ve really seen on TV before. It’s such excellent work from everybody. There’s also a fantastic framing sequence about Louie’s daughters telling jokes, and it’s so sweet and funny. Such a contrast from the main theme of the episode. Once again, Louis C.K. is making TV better than just about anybody else.