Californication Review: Raw I'm Gonna Give It To You

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After a week off, like the episode title promised, Hank and crew brought it "Raw." In the infamous words of the Wu Tang Clan's U-God, it was an episode complete with "no trivia, like cocaine straight from Bolivia."

A least the scenes involving the heart of this series fell into this category, namely Hank, Becca and Karen. Truth abounded this week, from the light-hearted shots about Hank's fame (or apparent lack thereof) to the more intimate and heartfelt confessions of Tyler. He may be a work in progress, but Tyler showed Hank something here, not just through his writing but also in the way he fessed up to his initial motivations for dating Becca.

His line about how she is one of those girls a guy meets when he still has looting left to do was the best of the episode. Hats off to the young man for not making the same mistake so many others in his position do. We'll see how he does, though, when all the fame of having a hit script falls in his lap. 

Becca, Hank

Hank, never one to shy away from some good old pillaging and plundering, continued his attempts to regain the affections of Karen, who was still struggling with Bates' recent relapse. Kudos to Richard, however, for coming clean about his dalliance last week involving Holly. I was glad to see Hank get the credit he deserved for thinking of someone other than himself for once. 

Despite the predictability of Charlie and Lizzie getting walked in on by Marcy and Stu, their Charlie deprecating role play was pretty hilarious. It was pretty clear Lizzie is using Charlie for his money and influence, but it didn't seem to bother him one bit. He seemed happy with the current state of things for the time being.  

Just when you thought Samurai had left us to walk the Earth like Caine, he returned and with him was Eddie Nero, whose voice seemed to have gone from Brad Pitt to Kirk Lazarus. I am always game for one of his sex-infused rants and tonight's installment about becoming Hollywood's first real life action figure was a pretty good indicator of the kind of lunacy we are in store for. 

There was a lot going on this week, but "Raw" was a good midseason transitional episode. One last thought, though: I loved the scenes with Hank and Tyler's moms, and while I know better than to put too much stock in Hank's language, I just thought his use of a rather ugly word to describe them to Karen was uncalled for. He is too creative a wordsmith to go that route. Am I being too sensitive? Or if his word choice was a blemish on what was otherwise a pretty fresh and clean episode?


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C f ohara

BTW I forgot to comment on how amazing the house Tyler's mothers live in was. That view off the back deck...good god. Why am I on the East Coast?

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MOL I think you are right on having to be in "the club" as you termed it, to use such a word. Many groups have reclaimed as their own, words that in the past were created and used to hurt and degrade. We saw in earlier episodes Samurai tell Hank to cut out his use of "urban patois," because he found it insulting given the tone Hank used.


One of the reasons I love this show is the use of language. Good question on the use of the "d" word in this episode. I had to go look at it again, and it certainly was used in an affectionate manner. But, even though it was a word that lesbians were zealously taking back in years past, maybe it has become one that only those in the club can use. On the language note, loved "nut guzzler"!


Interesting take on Hank's lack of self defense. I had interpreted it as yet another factor of his self-loathing: he deliberately let criticism go because beneath it all, he felt he deserved the social punishment. I agree though: t was good to see Bates come clean - makes me even more of a fan of that guy. But why is Karen so quick to believe the worst of Hank - instead of adopting a wait-and-see stance? That bugs me about her (when I'm not falling in love with her - a result of the great writing which allows us to see her through Hank's eyes).

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We are definitely in for some fireworks between Hank and Charlie when the issue of Tyler's script comes up. Great call on the intonation he put on the word Agent. While we don't see Hank defend himself there are references to him doing so. We as viewers don't need to see him explain what we already know to be the truth so they merely reference his defense claims at later dates like when he told Becca on more than one aoccassion how he had nothing to do with Tyler getting beat up. Given Hank's track record I think they often need a third party to fess up to believe Hank, like in the case of Bates coming clean with Karen or Tyler admitting his cheating to Becca.


Part #1 I thought the word Hank used was acceptable to the gay community. We hear it all the time during Gay Pride week in Toronto, at any rate. Maybe it's different, and less acceptable elsewhere. As the series goes, this particular episode served to move the story forward. Nice that for once Hank wasn't in the doghouse. Have you noticed that the writers don't let him actually try to explain himself all that much? I mean, ever? He just seems to shrug and accept the criticism. The man has less of a sense of personal justice sometimes than the rest of us. I'd be hopping all over the place if my well-intentioned actions were maligned as much as his is.


Part #2 Tyler is messed up - but no less messed up than what we now know is his hero Hank. And...he appears to be a decent guy (like Hank), often falling into his own vices (like Hank), and he's' a decent writer (like Hank). I liked the ending of the episode, where it appears the student may have outshone the teacher. We sort of knew that once Charlie showed interest in Tyler's script. (Loved Hank's warning voice, and his use of the word "AGENT!" - which got the message across to Charlie right away). However, the life of the script is out of Hank's hands - now that Eddie Nero has taken an interest. Good times - with the up and coming Ken doll. *brr*

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Charlie totally knows he is getting taken advantage of and doesn't care as long as he's still getting that tail. Tyler's moms were great. I'm starting to hate Tyler a bit less now. Also glad that Batesy came clean to Karen.

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Californication Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

Becca: Sometimes I think you wish I stayed some asexual little goth muppet creature forever.
Hank: You say that like it's a bad thing.

You know what they say? Whatever doesn't kill us makes us even more annoying.