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Lucky Louie, Ep. 1.03: “A Mugging Story” lazily deals with race

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Lucky Louie, Season 1, Episode 3: “A Mugging Story”

Written by Patricia Breen

Directed by Andrew D. Weyman

Aired on June 18, 2006 on HBO

From the beginning of Lucky Louie, the main impetus behind the project has always seemed to be to address issues which its stylistic progenitors couldn’t discuss. In the first two episodes, that meant issues of female sexual desire and pregnancy. As prior reviews have discussed, Louis C.K.’s results in these episodes were mixed, as he often teetered between laughing at the atavistic views of his male characters and endorsing them. The same inconsistency continues in “A Mugging Story,” but on a different subject: racism.

Before that though, the episode kicks off with a humorous cold open in which Louie plays a failed game of hide and seek with Lucy. The scene serves to illustrate Kim’s parenting superiority over Louie, as her willingness to play along »

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