Californication: Verities & Balderdash
by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 12th 2009 4:20AM
(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.