Monday, January 17, 2011

Californication: Season 4 Episode 1 "Exile on Main Street"

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"Exile on Main Street"
(Aired on January 9th, 2011)

When I discovered Californication, it was right after the first season ended. I watched the whole thing On Demand in one sitting. It was some of the best cable television I had ever seen. Then season two came, and while it was still enjoyable, the magic slowly faded into season three. Then, after the finale last year, I remained faithful for season four. I'm glad I did, because this season's premiere was one of its best episodes yet.

After being arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, Hank Moody (David
Duchovny) hits rock bottom. His family despises him for sleeping with Mia (even though we know he didn't know she was under 18, plus that he was framed by her and her agent about the book she stole from him), but his career is bouncing back. He's been offered to write the screenplay for the movie based off his book called Fucking and Punching. His agent Charlie Runkle is more than happy to see his best friend and once all-star client get back in the game, but by the end of the episode, things take a turn for the worst when Hank is charged with statutory rape.

Despite the heavy theme, the show is as funny as it's ever been and the road that is being paved for Hank seems to be an interesting one. His lawyer, played by Carla
Gugino, is either going to be a fun addition to the storyline or a potential distraction. For now, it's not even close to the latter.

Watch the fourth season of the Showtime series
Californication on Sundays at 9pm.

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