This week on Californication, both fresh out of rehab, Hank and Robbie Mac meet to discuss a potential project, one with which Hank cannot get on board at the outset of "Hell Bent for Leather."
Charlie, meanwhile, was happy to have his best friend back - but didn't like the sound of Hank's plans.
The whole reason any of us know Hank Moody is because the man has a gift for the written word. Because he has strayed from his wheelhouse, his life has been a tumult. So it was very interesting to see Charlie almost enabling Hank, pushing him toward another project like those which have only caused him grief. Hank may have his drinking under control, but he needs to listen to his heart and get back to doing what he does best.
I think he got a glimpse of just that this week when he caught the tail end of Becca's reading. I hope seeing his daughter display the same talent for writing will reenergize Hank and inspire him to take on a worthy project regardless of the potential payday. If Hank decides to go on a vision quest of sorts, Charlie may be in for a rough patch. With his cover now blown, because of his refusal to blow, it will surely be interesting and hilarious to watch him desperately go after some new clients.
With Hank and Charlie both busy working, we should hopefully be in for some more scenes of Karen and Marcy hanging out. Marcy is always good for some memorable Californication quotes, bringing out the best in her best friend. I hope we are treated to many an opportunity for Marcy to flex her "shenis."
As sexy as Ali Andrews and her assistant were, my favorite returning character this week was Richard Bates.
I can't get enough of Jason Beghe's raspy delivery. He really was embracing the role of the bartender. Not so much by wearing the dog collar, but by sharing some very sage advice with Hank. Instead of focusing on the fairy tale ending, Hank should focus on the now. If Hank concentrates on being there for the people he cares most about presently - while doing what he loves, writing - the ending he wants will hopefully occur naturally.