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Californication Review: "Home Sweet Home"

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Rise and shine and give God your glory.

Before he could get spiritual with Karen on "Home Sweet Home," Hank had to deal with the cynical doctor who took care of him. The miffed MD, tired of seeing celebrities over-serve themselves, lectured Hank about the myths of living fast and dying young and beautiful. I loved how he checked out Karen’s ass, too, when she entered the hospital room to visit Hank. A very small but realistic detail.

Then, there was Hank’s hospital roommate, Marv, and his saggy old posterior. I could have lived without that little bit of reality.

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Hank must have felt like he got a second lease on life with how nice Karen was being to him. Of course, we learned it was largely in part because she thought he was so miserable that it forced him to try and kill himself.

Hank just went along with it and ended up getting some sugar from her, despite her initial reluctance. Karen can’t help but love her man and a scare like the one Moody gave her is all the excuse she needed to let him back into her bed.

Charlie and Hank walked on the strand enjoying some burgers. Charlie remarked what a cheap date Hank was and Moody responded by saying, “When you come perilously close to shucking off this mortal coil, you realize what’s important.” This phrase drew from that of Hamlet’s 'To be or not to be' speech in Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1602:
What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause.

I loved this reference. It served well to remind us that while he can be a despicable person in terms of morality, Hank is a very talented and intelligent writer. The character of Hamlet also conjures up images of internal struggles and inner character strife, which was very appropriate for Hank.

Becca showed us some talent of her own when Hank paid her a visit. While Hank’s weapon of expression is a typewriter, Becca showed how she slays her emotional dragons with her music. Her guitar is her Excalibur. At first, I thought the song she was playing on the strand was “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones, but then I thought I heard hints of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. I could be wrong on both accounts. Hopefully someone reading this can lend some clarity. Either way, I loved it.

I also loved Hank’s “Oh Dear” response when Becca told him she was saving up for a place of her own in the Valley. It wasn’t so much that she was looking to move out, but more because she wanted to move to the Valley that concerned him.

Something tells me though we don’t have to worry too much about our Becca becoming a typical “valley girl,” especially if she ends up hanging with Pearl (Zoë Kravitz) and the Queens of Dogtown. I was pumped to see Stephanie Hunt as one of the members who tormented Becca. Hunt, who played Crucifictorious guitarist Devin on Friday Night Lights, is a talent.

The way Pearl approached Becca on the strand like that at night reminded me of the way Kiefer Sutherland interacted with Jason Patric in Lost Boys. It also conjured up memories of The Craft.  What a crusher to see Becca’s guitar and amp got stolen.

The storyline featuring Stu Beggs and Marci is going to be interesting. His bravado with Marci was great, as was the cell phone conversation she was having with Karen about masturbation as he pulled up. No need to feel too bad for Charlie, as Heather found time between emails to help him take another step toward his quest for 100 women.

The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ song “Second Life Replay” played as Hank left Karen and Becca to check into a hotel. It really summed up nicely what Hank faced this week. He is always striving for a second chance to make his family love him so he can feel alive and they can reload all their dreams and hopes.

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David Johen I disagree completely. It was definately an overdriven version of Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. Go watch it again and you will hear it.

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I find Becca's character development kind of a disappointment. Anyone who actually plays guitar knows that a distortion pedal is used by people who want to sound better than they are. Plus, the only decent guitar licks are heard when you can tell it's not Becca playing. Any idiot can use a distortion pedal. That the show producers are going out of their way to portray her as some guitar player is really sad. I like the show less because of it, because Becca was already not very believable. She's a walking cliche edgy kid. Whatever. I did like your review, though.

Leigh r

Great comparison to Hamlet and the idea that while Hank is morally corrupt, he still has a brilliance and talent to him. I almost feel bad for him. I don't think he was trying to kill himself but he was definitely trying to "numb the pain." And more aggressive than he usually is with his drinking and drug use. Am I the only one who thinks Marci is totally pregs? And although I was never a fan of Crucifictorious (sorry Chris!) I do love any crossovers, especially if it's FNL!

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Is the hotel supposed to be a particular la spot?

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What an episode! I'm just in awe.

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The song Becca was playing was an overdriven version of "Little Wing", by Jimi Hendrix. Yet another great cultural reference, given her state of mind. Nice review, by the way.

Californication Season 4 Episode 3 Quotes

I was just putting my thoughts in order when I was rudely interrupted by the ill affects of self-medicating.

Hank

Honey, I didn't mean to force moisture from your face.

Hank