FX’s ‘Louie’ season 4 keeps the dramedy rolling with Tuesday’s 90-minute
installment “In the Woods,” as Louie’s discovery of his daughter smoking pot
leads him to reflect on his own experiences as a boy, getting into trouble with
his mother, school, and a local dealer (Jeremy Renner).
Last week’s ‘Louie’ episodes “Elevator Part 6 / Pamela Part 1” saw a hurricane
complicating Louie’s ultimate goodbye with Amia, after which Louie forcefully
attempted to take Pamela up on her offer of a relationship. So how does “In the
Woods” continue the cycle of amiable misery?
Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Louie’
season 4, episodes 11-12, “In the Woods”!
Louie attends a music festival, feeling out of place by all the young
concertgoers, and realizing that some of the pot-smokers are no older than his
12 year-old daughter. Suddenly, Louie spies Lily actually among the smokers, and
whisks his daughter out of the park in a manic huff. Louie takes the girl for a
burger and assures her Janet will be furious, though Lily questions what Louie
could possibly know about the situation.
Louie remembers being dropped off by his mother (Amy Landecker) at school at the
age of 13, in which Louie had a cordial relationship with his affable chemistry
teacher Mr. Hoffman. That day at lunch, Louie and his friend Brad dodge being
bullied by a boy named Danny, before Louie stammeringly attempts to ask one of
the popular girls to the coming dance. Later that night, Louie’s mother laments
that she isn’t around for him more, and offers him $10 for after the dance.
Louie goes to the dance and approaches Mr. Hoffman’s friendly daughter
Danielle, before Brad drags him out to the parking lot and reveals a joint he’d
gotten from his brother, Upon retreating to the woods to smoke it, Brad and
Louie realize that neither of them have matches, before Danny appears and offers
his lighter to share with the three. The three quickly forge a bond, and
continue their marijuana habit as friends throughout the year.
While Louie’s relationship with his mother deteriorates, the three friends
become delinquents, and Louie offers to further their stash by buying directly
from known dealer Jeff Davis (Jeremy Renner). Louie nervously travels to Jeff’s
house, wherein the spacey dealer agrees to sell to Louie, offering even more if
Louie can obtain some of the expensive scales from his school.
The next day after Mr. Hoffman’s class, Louie volunteers to clean up, and uses
the time to swipe several of the scales from storage. A while later, Louie’s
mother turns over her son’s room in search of drug paraphernalia, noting later
that something seems different about Louie. Meanwhile in the present, Louie and
Lily return home, wherein Louie tells his visibly upset daughter they need to
have a talk.
After sleeping through Hoffman’s class, Louie cuts school to deliver the scales
to Jeff, receiving a large bag from the dealer and his ladyfriend. Louie and his
friends smoke a bit of the stash later on that night, reasoning they should have
a party to make more friends, before Danny’s brother bursts into the room and
beats the boy up, calling Louie and the others losers for their adolescent drug
Following school the next day, Louie arrives home to find his father (F. Murray
Abraham) waiting on his bed, telling Louie that his mother has become fed up
with the drug use and that he’ll be in charge from now on. Not having seen his
father for a month, Louie promptly rejects the authority and curses out his
father. That night, Louie and Danny leave a party in the woods to find Brad at
his house, wherein Brad explains that his mother found his drugs, and
subsequently forbid him from hanging out with Danny and Louie. Danny grows
violent, for which Louie is forced to hold him back and questions why everything
upsets Danny so quickly.
The school principal calls both Louie and Mr. Hoffman into his office,
explaining to Hoffman that Louie is responsible for the recent scale
disappearances, which constitutes grand theft, given their expensive price tag.
Hoffman refuses to believe the principal however, citing the lack of evidence
against Louie beyond hearsay, and believing Louie to be far too nice a boy to
ever commit such a crime. That afternoon, Louie returns to Jeff’s house and asks
for the scales back, though Jeff relays that he’d since sold them to his
dealers, and violently asserts that Louie will have to live with the grown-up
consequences of his criminal actions.
The next day, Louie finds Danny being arrested for attacking Brad, before the
principal insists he knows Louie to have committed the scale theft, and
expresses his relief at not having to deal with the boy once he graduates to
high school. Louie returns home to find his mother ready to unload about his
troubling changes of late, as the woman reminds her son that they used to be
friends, and he won’t be welcome in their home if he continues on with his
vacant behavior. Louie flees to the woods to sleep, while in the present fixing
a plate for Lily after her nap.
Sometime later, Louie makes up with his mother and attempts to make amends to
others, first dropping by Mr. Hoffman’s house to confess that it was he who
stole the scales to trade for drugs. Louie apologizes for his actions, leaving
the house, and a stunned Mr. Hoffman behind. Awhile after, the school guidance
counselor assures Louie that he isn’t such a bad kid, and had only used the
drugs to cope with his parents’ divorce, even as Louie insists the state of
their marriage never really bothered him.
Back in the present, Lily questions if her father has a longwinded speech for
her, though Louie only jokes that her childhood is gone, and assures her that
he’ll both love and support her no matter what.