subsequent sympathy and inclination to help him after his accident
do show that she is not a completely emotion-less character. Yet,
her consistent anger and animosity toward Louie, which
contributes to his victimized nature throughout their
conversations, paints her as an extremely negative character and
reinforces the “nagging girlfriend/wife” stereotype. Though the
show presents April and many of Louie’s other love interests as
multi-dimensional, the confusing and often absurd behavior they
exhibit perpetuates negative stereotypes about women that are
already rampant on television. The following three examples of
love interests in Louie aim to develop this idea further with a series
of characters exhibiting the stereotypical features of women as
irrational, indecisive, overly emotional, or just entirely crazy.
The very next episode of the third season introduces Laurie
(Melissa Leo), a blind date Louie meets at a mutual friend’s house.
Though awkward and unpleasant in the beginning, the two decide
to get a drink after dinner and end up getting along well. They are
both visibly having fun, and everything about the date seems to be
normal until they get into Laurie’s car and she parks behind the bar
to initiate an orally sexual encounter. Louie is surprised and
reluctantly agrees, but when she asks for the favor to be returned,
he refuses because he is not comfortable doing it (“That’s very
intimate, and I don’t really know you.”). Laurie launches into a
tirade of disbelief punctuated with phrases like “How dare you?”
and “You gotta be shitting me,” and she eventually belittles and
insults Louie (while also accusing him of being homosexual). She
makes a bet that he will be returning the oral favor “in about three
minutes” then, suddenly, she violently shoves his head against the
car window, which smashes it, and forces herself upon him. The
episode ends with Louie calling her crazy as Laurie’s car drives out
of the frame.
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