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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 12 (Season Finale) Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 28th 2011 4:42AM
'Californication' S04/E12['Californication' - 'And Justice For All']

The title of the season finale of 'Californication' suggested a sort of closure that it could never possibly deliver. There would be justice, for sure, but for "all?" Certainly Hank would feel the cold hand of justice probing him in unwanted zones, but would Becca have a real father? Would Charlie learn that he has a child in the making and end up back with Marcy? Would Karen have something -- anything -- to rely on? Would Mia die in a tragic sex-related explosion? That would be pure justice.

The notion of "justice for all" may be misleading and idealistic, conjured up to give people a false sense of hope and to keep them believing in a truth or purity that doesn't exist. Is there justice for us all? It's difficult to imagine, and I don't think Hank Moody will bring us any closer to knowing.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 11 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 21st 2011 6:40AM
'Californication' S04/E11['Californication' - 'The Last Supper']

Hank Moody was running out of options, especially options that end with him and his family intact and happy. He Loves to talk about how much Karen and Becca mean to him, but rarely exhibits behavior that would corroborate such an outrageous claim. He's a classic test case for a communication study: Which form of language -- our words or our actions -- do we trust the most in others?

Hank's words would have us believe that Karen and Becca mean more to him than anything, but his actions put them somewhere between enemas and getting punched in the junk on the list of things he truly cherishes. It took Karen way too long to shift her trust, and that's a comment on either Hank's mysterious allure, or Karen's stupidity.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 10 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 14th 2011 6:30AM
'Californication' S04/E10['Californication' - 'The Trial']

The last trial I watched on television was the 'Seinfeld' finale, so I was looking forward to seeing how everything would play out for Hank. Getting dressed for the trial, Hank stated that "I look like an FBI agent" in a not-so-subtle nod to Duchovny's most famous role, Fox Mulder from 'The X-Files'.

For the first time through all his 'Californication,' Hank was scared, but what was he scared of, exactly, was left open to interpretation. After a pep talk from Karen -- statutory rape trial pep talks aren't in the pep talk handbook, either -- Hank took a few seconds of personal time to reflect, fix his hair, and barf. It would be easy, if not irresponsible, to assume he was puking about the trial, but considering what had been said, he was sick over the thought of losing Karen and Becca.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 9 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 7th 2011 5:45AM
'Californication' S04/E09['Californication' - 'Another Perfect Day']

Hank Moody lives a simple life. Sleep, screw, smoke, write, argue, wear the same clothes, repeat. Do you notice something missing from that day-to-day routine, besides eating and pooping (he's like Jack Bauer with a hangover)?

I don't see "love somebody other than himself" or "stop acting like a 16-year-old after his first beer and hand-job" on the list. Maybe you see other omissions, and I'm sure those omissions would help make Hank's life more easy than simple. As it stands, his simple life is hard, but a few more adjustments in attitude and responsibility could help make his simple life a lot easier.

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Our Eight Favorite TV Davids

by Jane Murphy, posted Mar 3rd 2011 4:00PM
David DuchovnyThe name David is king on TV, or nearly. Remember 'Starsky & Hutch'? Starsky's first name was David (who knew?). 'Dave' has had its own sitcom ('Dave's World', the '90s show starring Harry Anderson), and it is a go-to name for talk (nighttime's David Letterman and David Susskind, 'This Week''s David Brinkley and 'Today''s founding father, Dave Garroway).

One of the biggest TV stars of the last two decades, David Duchovny, (at right) once scored an Emmy nomination playing "David Duchovny." The 'X Files' and 'Californication' star made a riotous appearance on 'The Larry Sanders Show,' playing a side of "himself" that was strangely attracted to Larry.

Let's take a look at more TV Davids, Daves and, yes, even Davys.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 7 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 21st 2011 5:20AM
'Californication' S04/E07['Californication' - 'The Recused']

So, what happens when you have that inevitable sexual encounter with the friend, co-worker, or person from high school you bumped into at the reunion who used to look like a troll, but now has a whole "used to be hideous, now I'm hot" thing going on? What if that person is your lawyer, set to defend you on your statutory rape charge and frustrated over how much of a hapless prick you are in spite of that fact? But the biggest question of all is: How do you use the entire situation to win back your daughter and her love-of-your-life mother?

I can guess how Hank Moody will answer these questions. The morning after will be a tale of two reactions: Hank, having brokered any number of these "whoops, we just hit it" situations, will rise with a quip and a fart and be on his way, to relish in his memory until the next one rolls around. Abby, will be all wrapped up in the ethics of it, and possibly a tad skeeved when she stops to think about how many notches came before her. As for winning back Becca and Karen, the "hey I'm powerless to stop my sexual prowess" well is running dry, and with it the pity. He can only hope he was good enough in bed to re-hire Abby. Not quite your typical job interview.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 14th 2011 5:30AM
'Californication' S04/E06['Californication' - 'Lawyers, Guns and Money']

The title of this episode of 'Californication' hints at something decidedly not Hank Moody. He despises lawyers and their soulless profession. The thought of Hank brandishing a weapon is absurd to almost comic degrees, and while he should have money shooting out of his fingertips at will, he doesn't.

He holds the kind of elitist cool principles that make all three of those things cripplingly lame. Now his actions and decisions have transformed them into necessary evils for Hank to survive: The lawyer to keep him out of his own way, out of prison, and presumably into her bed; the money to pay for the lawyer, to buy his daughter's guitar and love, and to fund his various binges; and the guns to challenge Ben, the new threat to Karen's love, to a duel at high noon.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 5 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 7th 2011 6:05AM
'Californication' S04/E05['Californication' - 'Freeze-Frame']

What do you do when you rely so heavily on one thing, one person, one relationship to define you? You don't do anything if everything is going smoothly, in fact, you most likely never even think about how great it is while it's happening. Hit a bump in the road, however, or a pothole the size of Kentucky in Hank Moody's case, and in one turn you don't really know who you are anymore.

Without Karen and Becca, Hank is just another celebrity cautionary tale, here to warn children about the evils of drugs, alcohol and a cynical disposition. With them, he's a beacon of hope for art, language, and true love, sent here from the future to save the world.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 4 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 31st 2011 5:45AM
['Californication' - 'Monkey Business']

For all Hank Moody's trials, tribulations and blackout-induced personal abuses, he has known all along that there's one thing that could save him. It's the thing that, from an outside perspective, should come most easily to him, but that outside observer probably never had to sit down and write something for money.

Writing is ultimately what Hank is running -- or at least hiding -- from, and every day that he doesn't write is a day when his idle hands and mind get into more mischeif. When he's writing, manipulating language and finding the way, he's at his most content -- and so is everyone around him. We last saw Hank alone in a dark room, banging away at a typewriter. Good times.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 3 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 24th 2011 5:15AM
'Califronication' S04/E03['Californication' - 'Home Sweet Home']

Hank Moody has been down before, both literally and figuratively, but we've never seen him this low. So low that he has to reach up to touch bottom.

I'm hoping that the fading moments of last week's episode of 'Californication' showed a man who thinks he knows everything, completely out of answers, humbled and terrified by a life that has been chasing him for years and has finally caught him from behind.

That's my hope. It looked a lot more like the last act of a desperate psycho girlfriend playing the "I'll kill myself" card for one last chance at happiness. Say it ain't so, Hank. Say it ain't so.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 2 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 17th 2011 6:30AM
David Duchovny in 'Californication'['Californication' - 'Suicide Solution']

Hank Moody is a lot like another cad that I have written extensively about: The same sense of the world owing them something, the same blatant disregard for candor and social contracts, the same penchant for the lady-folk, and the same flair for the shockingly vulgar as Kenny Powers ... only with a firm grasp -- one might say "a stranglehold" -- on the English language.

Hank knows how to use his words to get what he wants, and to manipulate those less acquainted with the ways of the pen, while Kenny banged away at his words with a utilitarian bent that approached grunting. Yes, it's words that separate Hank Moody from the sea of cads of his ilk, and it's time to see if they can save him from himself.

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Showtime News: 'Californication' Renewed, 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara' Get Premiere Dates and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 14th 2011 5:15PM
David Duchovny, CalifornicationGood news: David Duchovny will continue to seduce women on your TV screens for another season.

At Showtime's Television Critics Association panel this afternoon, Entertainment President David Nevins announced that the network has renewed 'Californication' for a fifth season. The comedy's fourth season, which chronicles the attempt of Duchovny's womanizing Hank Moody to stay out of jail after some ill-advised sexual adventures, premiered on Sunday night to its highest-rated telecast ever.

Also at the panel, Nevins officially announced a new reality series that will follow the San Francisco Giants as they defend their World Series title in the 2011 season. The show doesn't yet have a title, but it will likely air during this year's baseball season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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'Californication' Season 4 Premiere Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 10th 2011 11:10AM
Californication season 4['Californication' - 'Exile on Main Street']

When we last saw Hank Moody, he was banging co-eds and punching cops, and it seemed as though the much maligned and misunderstood lothario had hit rock bottom, having recently told the love of his life that he had sex with an underage girl who was set to be her step-daughter (Mia) before the vixen stole his second great novel detailing the particulars of their affair.

But for Hank Moody, that's like a typical Wednesday. Hank Moody's rock bottom makes other people's rock bottoms look like Sunday afternoon fro-yo -- with sprinkles -- and if you asked Hank where he goes from here, he'd come back with a hearty, defiant, "I have not yet begun to almost impregnante every woman in California while trying to raise my daughter right!"

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David Duchovny Says Parents 'Too Involved' in Kids' Lives (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 16th 2010 4:00PM
We're glad you're not our daddy, David Duchovny. According to Duchovny, the problem with kids today is that parents are far too involved in their lives, and not hands-off like his father was with him, he said on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

"Parents are just way too involved in kids' lives now," Duchovny said. "It's true. My son, when he was three-years-old, he was in t-ball, and there were forty parents watching these kids miss a t-ball. I had to beg my father to come to the little league championship game, right? So, by the time these kids are five, their parents have seen them in 700 sporting events. And it's too much."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Carla Gugino Becomes David Duchovny's Latest 'Californication' Love

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 15th 2010 9:20AM
When last we saw 'Californication's' Hank Moody (David Duchovny), he was being hauled off to jail after a fight with love Karen that spilled out into the street. So it's no surprise that when the Showtime series returns for its fourth season later this year, Hank will have a new love interest.

Carla Gugino, last seen in primetime as Vincent Chase's agent-turned-girlfriend on 'Entourage,' has signed on for a 10-episode stint in season 4, in which she'll play a "likable corporate attorney," according to Deadline.

Meanwhile, 'Cashmere Mafia' actress Addison Timlin will also join the show next season, playing an actress who stars in the film-within-the-series, for eight episodes.

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