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Review: Californication - Zoso

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 20th 2009 3:18AM
Embeth Davidtz and David Duchovny on Californication(S03E04) - "You once spent an entire class ranting about how much you hate Coldplay. Something tells me you could care less about what's frowned upon." - Jackie to Hank

Hank is normally the kind of guy most average heterosexual males would form mobs against, complete with rows of flaming torches and pitchforks (used both as weapons and Freudian references to using one's phallus as a weapon).

Still, he's become the most likable monkey in the Californication barrel. And it's not because he's living a life that would make most Arabian princes jealous. It's because there is a method to his manliness tendencies. He's vulnerable and sees those vulnerabilities in people around him, especially those of the opposite sex with genes that get saved in the secret cabinet in most high priced fertility clinics.

And time and again, the most interesting and fascinating relationship is the one he has or is trying to have with his own daughter, Becca. You would think that this X chromosome whisperer would have no trouble figuring out the mind of his own flesh and blood, but he seems more lost than a Spanish explorer using Mapquest. Or maybe he just doesn't want to face the real changes that are occurring in both of their lives? Even the king of sex gets squeamish talking about the birds and bees with his own drone.

As for the other people in Hank's life, I've enjoyed Kathleen Turner's "Sue" character up until now. Her scenes are still funny, but it's becoming too one-dimensional and predictable. Every sentence that flies out of her mouth has at least three words from the Abridged Perversion Dictionary, and her suggestion that Hank boink every power player in the publishing world to get back on his feet is starting to seem paper-thin. If this show were set in any other place outside of Los Angeles, I would have written off her intentions altogether.

Plus, I wanted to hate the "incident" with the tampon at Charlie and Marcy's house, and write it off completely as just a crass joke in search of a cheap laugh for an easy way out of a situation. But in the end, I found it funny. How else could the show ruin their chances of selling their house and finally cutting each other out of their lives? If it were anything else, I would have felt cheated and used.

Even I have vulnerabilities.

[Watch clips of Californication at SlashControl.]

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TorrentFreak

"Still, he's become the most likable monkey in the Californication barrel."...what?

"Hank is normally the kind of guy most average heterosexual males would form mobs against"...what planet are you on?
This comment and those of many posters demonstrate a whole lot of insecurity toward cool/sexy/smart men.


October 23 2009 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cgar

this is my favorite show on tv.

October 20 2009 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

Californication rocks this season. 'Zoso' was the funniest episode yet this season, although the reveal scene last week of Eva Amurri had to be the season highlight.

Re: Hank. I think he is every guy's dream. To say what you are really thinking, to have all these hot women, to be true to yourself.

October 20 2009 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Drex

I agree, but why is it only the ugly guys like Larry David actually say what they're thinking?

October 20 2009 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
metajerk

I think this episode and last have been the best since the first season. As for Hank being what people wish they were, I hope people are a little less one dimensional.. Hank always complains that sure he has sex, but that's where it stops, he can't develop any emotional attachment as he is still in love with Becca's mother.

October 20 2009 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jj

I have to agree, I don't know why they can't come up with other storyline instead just keep having "every" girls on the show wanna to sleep with Hank. People complain about Tommy Gavin sleep with too many people.

Its just too boring and stupid for a show keep getting renew.

October 20 2009 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jables

"It's all about a lazy guy getting laid in many unrealistic ways."

Be honest with yourself...pretty sure that's every man's dream.

I've never met any guy who's dream was to work real hard all day and only have sex with somewhat attainable woman and only in the missionary position.

October 20 2009 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mb

I don't understand why this show is on the air.

It's all about a lazy guy getting laid in many unrealistic ways.

I don't envy him at all. I just laugh at the writers who think all men want to be a lazy whiner like Duchovney.

Still, that stripper/student was hot.

October 20 2009 at 3:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kesey

Don't watch. It's that simple.

For the rest of us, with a sense of humor, the show is entertaining.

October 20 2009 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mb

Wrong.

This isn't free TV. If I have to pay for it (just like you), then I'll comment on it. It's my right to watch it and comment on it, just like you.

The funny thing is I also commented on that horrible HBO show, Bored to Death, and the fan or two of that show claimed that I needed a classier sense of humor to "understand" that show.

Here, I criticize Californication, and everyone here says I need a "certain sense of humor." If this show is the opposite of Bored to Death (also bad, btw), I guess I'm stuck somewhere in the middle of comedy shows.

But yeah, this show is lame. Or is it "simple?"

October 21 2009 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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