Review: Californication - Glass Houses
by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 4th 2009 6:00AM
(S03E06) "L.A. is no place to raise a daughter...or a dad." - Hank to Karen
If I ever procreate and God curses me by turning said offspring into a female teenager, the last place I would raise her is Los Angeles. In fact, I would get as far away from that cesspool of pretentiousness and greed as possible; its literal polar opposite, in fact. That's right, I'd actually raise her in the Indian Ocean.
The idea had always been hidden in the back of my brain, but it was yanked into my consciousness by Becca and her snooty, drugged-up pal Chelsea. Both of them are really starting to piss me off. They are vapid, whiny and annoying. In other words, they are perfect Californians.
Part of the genius of the show is that Hank always rebelled against such wasted personalities by acting in his usual charismatic, charming self; like a modern day Groucho Marx with more pot smoking and slightly less drinking. But when Karen returned from tough ol' New York with her angry daughter in tow, she wouldn't put up with any of it. It almost made me want to stand up and cheer.
Chelsea's parents, however, made me want to ram my fist through my television in the hopes that one of them would contract a bruise. They oozed this laissez-faire attitude towards disciplining her bad influence kid because Karen realizes just how much of a wedge she is driving between her and her daughter. There's nothing lower than two yuppie parents who don't have the gumption to stand up to their own rotten kids and put them in their place, mainly their room for a month on bread and water rations. This means Karen wants to bring Hank and Becca back to New York, which might be the best thing for them both but would, of course, be the worst for the series and set up another interesting challenge for Moody and company. Besides, what would they call it? New Yorkication? Big Applingus? Sex and the City?
Speaking of unnecessary sexual innuendo, Sue's colors really shined in this episode. I know I'm in the minority, but her character really grated on my nerves up until a few episodes ago. She was just this two-dimensional and single-minded horn doggy who spoke perversion-speak every other sentence, but she really served as a valuable character and an important lesson for poor Charlie Runkle who reminded him that "Sex is supposed to be about joy" in a way that only Sue can illustrate. That'll teach Rick Springfield not to f#*$ with Runklicious, but will it teach Runkle anything?
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