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Californication: Verities & Balderdash

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 12th 2009 4:20AM
Embeth Davidtz and David Duchovny on Californication
(S03E03) - "Don't put Daddy in a corner." - Hank to his daughter, Becca

Something spectacular happened on last Sunday's episode of Californication, something I've been hoping and waiting to see from a big-budget television show ever since I was old enough to realize what life was worth living for, what makes television worth watching.

Jackie showed us her boobies!

That being said, there was much more to the most recent saga of Hank Moody and company worth mentioning, and Lord knows I could spend a whole review on Eva Amurri's "revealing" opening scene of Hank imaging his star pupil at her night job. Hell, if Joel would let me do a list of TV's best racks, I'd put Jackie's on the number one and two spots, left and right respectively. I have my reasons.

Hank finally opens up to the most recent women in his life and makes his move with one of them, his assistant Jill. The thing that makes this show so special is that usually when a moment like that happens, the sad, fat, jilted prom date inside me wants to hate Hank with every ounce of my being, but I hold back. It's hard to hate a guy who is so open, affectionate and funny towards life, whether he's passionate about women or anything else in life. That's when my inner frat-boy thinks I'm a pussy.

The same can't be said for Charlie who finally gives in to Sue's "Patton-esque" sexual advances while trying to win back the heart of his jilted ex-wife. That made it all the funnier when she catches Charlie and Sue in mid-stroke. The whimpering "yes" Charlie gave while hiding (literally) behind his boss alone was worthy of a good laugh.

And we get our first taste of a celebrity cameo this season with Rick Springfield, a cameo that's bound to turn into something more significant based on the promos and the post-episode preview. The brief five minutes he had on screen gave me plenty of confidence that he'll keep the show's pacing smooth and contribute some great comedy to the series. Of course, he'll have his work cut for him with a cast like David Duchovny, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon, Eva Amurri and Eva Amurri's boobies. I'll stop now.

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Californication is back! Best episode since S01.

Here are my favorite's of last night

> Dream sequence with the very beautiful and nude Eva Amurri. Is that just super nice or what? Great character, too. She's got a season-long arc, so we will be seeing a lot more of her.

> Hank's conversation with the Dean's wife: "Are you sexually harassing me right now? Because if you are, I think I'm going to have to report you . . . for giving me a serious boner!"

> Kathleen Turner. Period. Isn't she just the greatest? Super funny as a horned-up talent agent and Charlie's boss.

October 12 2009 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As shallow as this sounds, could the producers have found someone a little more attractive than Diane Farr? Her onscreen time makes me cringe, especially when Duchovney tells her how "hot" she is.

I guess he can act. She is painful to look at.


October 12 2009 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been a big fan of this show since season 1, but I'm starting to get concerned that the writers have gotten lazy and the show is turning into a show solely about how Hank Moody is the world's coolest funniest, most clever wise-cracker, hot-woman picker-uper. Sure Hank has always been a cool character, but it seems the show has resorted to focusing SOLELY on that, and going a rather overboard. The way he's acted towards the dean ("dean Koonz" or whatever the guy's name is) is just irrational and uncharacteristic, in my opinion. Hank is not crazy and unstable, even if he's smoked a little pot. After all, he can't be both super-cool AND unable to handle his drugs (especially just pot).

Has this become nothing more than "The Hank Moody Show" where we see Hank do wacky things in wacky situations and always come out cool and funny? So far all the new characters are one-dimensional and are only there to be props for Hank. This is not like the two previous seasons when there was actual plot and tension between the characters and their actions.

October 12 2009 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I busted out laughing when Hank brought the pillows/blankets out to Charlie while wearing a Snuggie. That's funny right there.

October 12 2009 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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