Californication Episodes

2007, TV Show

Californication Episode: "The Whore of Babylon"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: At a book signing, Hank gets into a scrap with the disgruntled director (Chris Williams) of the film based on his novel, and later runs into a woman (Amy Price-Francis) whom he embarrassed and insulted on a blind date; Mia attempts to steal some of Hank's work to use for her high-school creative-writing class.
Original Air Date: Aug 27, 2007
Guest Cast Chris Williams: Todd Carr Amy Price-Francis: Meredith Rachel Miner: Dani
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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 28:00
Aired: 8/27/2007
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"The Whore of Babylon" Season 1, Episode 3

I wonder who precisely tonight's episode title was supposed to refer to. Hank, presumably, although aside from his very colorful opening monologue describing the corruptive lure of Hollywood money, our Mr. Moody once again ended up behaving like quite the gentleman. Of course, there was also that brawl at the book-signing. Leave it to Hank Moody to reduce a literary gathering to a fistfight. For the first few minutes I found myself fervently hoping that the entire book-signing scene was a dream sequence; the previous two episodes opened as dreams, after all. It's a real test of credibility to think that a Hollywood director would appear at some screenwriter's book-signing to confront him about his dislike for a movie - and then to have the already improbable argument descend into a full-on brawl? Californication needs to knock it off with its clichéd male-fantasy shenanigans. The only real fight a guy like Hank Moody would get into would look a lot like that nipple cripple we saw performed on Bill on the courthouse steps. A hilarious moment, by the way. I was, however, very pleased to see the return of the redheaded Meredith. I thought we might be seeing her again; you could tell that she had some real moxie and can stand up to Hank, which is exactly the kind of woman he needs. Hank's charming Irish brogue would have won me back, too, and as for his theft of Meredith's beloved dog - well, it was a grand and wonderfully romantic gesture, however clumsily executed it may have been. Heck, even the falling-out-uterus line would have won me. Those two have terrific chemistry together. But the rest of tonight's episode had an uneven, false ring for me. The Mia character is becoming unrealistically devilish, Bill's tolerance for Hank's very aggressive advances toward Karen are beyond the realm of the believable, and the new Charlie/Dani California storyline seems to have been dropped on us from the sky. Tonight's final scenes left me with a big "wha huh?" as they reenacted the show's opening credits while Hank nattered on about his family going on without him and how he had to clean himself up for his daughter. It felt uneasily like a season finale rather than an Episode 3, didn't it? Have another go at Californication clips in our Online Video Guide. show less
I wonder who precisely tonights episode title was supposed to refer to Hank presumably although aside from his very colorful opening monologue describing the corruptive lure of Hollywood money our Mr Moody once again ended up behaving like quite the gentleman Of course there was also that brawl at the book-signing Leave it to Hank Moody to reduce a literary gathering to a fistfightFor the first few minutes I found myself fervently hoping that the entire book-signing scene was a dream sequence the previous two episodes opened as dreams after all Its a real test of credibility to think that a Hollywood director would appear at some screenwriters book-signing to confront him about his dislike for a movie and then to have the already improbable argument descend into a full-on brawl Californication needs to knock it off with its clichd male-fantasy shenanigans The only real fight a guy like Hank Moody would get into would look a lot like that nipple cripple read more

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Premiered: August 13, 2007, on Showtime
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: The carnal escapades of a New York City novelist who relocates to Los Angeles when one of his books is turned into a movie and he's pegged to work on the screenplay. After overcoming writer's block, he takes a job ghostwriting a famous record producer's memoir and later teaches a college course in creative writing.

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