Two episodes in and Showtime’s Californication feels fresh and is hitting its stride in its fourth season out as Hank Moody (David Duchovny) finds himself dealing with the ramifications of his secret (having sex with a 16 year old Mia) being out of the bag. He’s already in handcuffs, not for some naughty sex play but for him being arrested for statutory rape. Enter his lawyer, the always sexy Carla Gugino, who goes to bed, I mean to bat for him. Meanwhile homeless Hank who shacks up with Charlie (Evan Handler) and his now ex-wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon) is asked to write the screenplay of the movie from the book that he actually wrote but Mia passed off as her own until the end of last season.
So far, Hank’s already had sex with the actress (Addison Timlin) who wants to play Mia in the movie…and yes she does have some “nice boobies” and she does punch Hank in the face during the act as part of her Method acting approach… and Rob Lowe was featured in a hilarious spoof of an actor who’s handsome having to take on a grungy role to get some respect. Yet through all this hanky panky, Hanky still pines for the love of his life Karen (Natascha McElhone) and their daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). But even his attempt to buy Becca a wicked guitar goes awry as his credit card is declined. How much worse can his life get?
No matter what storylines executive producer and creator Tom Kapinos comes up with….and how raunchy the sexual content is…I love this show. Duchovny, during a panel at the recent winter TCA press tour, offered this reason for the appeal of his character of Hank Moody.
“I think there is a lot of, ‘will Hank will be Hank’ from both Karen and Becca. I don’t think there’s any kind of moral outrage in our show. I can’t think of any character that has ever evidenced any kind of moral outrage in our show it’s just not the world that we’re dealing in. But in terms of likeability, that’s also something that I don’t think about as an actor when I approach a role. But I’ve always thought, and I’ve talked about this with Tom from the beginning, that if this guy is likeable, what makes him likeable is that he’s honest, that he does not ‑‑ that he’s only had one secret the whole time and that’s the thing that happened with Mia that we deal with this year. And other than that, he will speak the truth to his own detriment, and I think the wish-fulfillmentalso of the show, is that you can go through life and actually speak your mind and do it in an articulate fashion and with a really intelligent point of view. So if he’s likeable, I think it’s because he is who he is in every situation that you find him in.”
The wicked skewering of Hollywood is always right on target and it’s great to see all the locations as the show is shot in Southern California.