Blues from Laurel Canyon

Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 12/7/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Mia's book based on Hank's script gets a good review in the newspaper, so Lew Ashby throws her a party, at which Becca catches Damien two-timing on her. When Daisy shows up to the party with Ronny Praeger, an argument starts, and Charlie's true feelings are revealed.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Natascha McElhone

    Karen Van Der Beek

  • Pamela Adlon

    Marcy Ellen Runkle

  • Madeleine Martin


  • Madeline Zima

    Mia Cross

  • Evan Handler

    Charlie Runkle

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • This is the second to last episode?

    By thefanof, Dec 08, 2008

  • More story than normal, and the ending was a shock.

    By DoddsDonnelly, Dec 12, 2008

  • Actually rather a revealing episode, less slapstick than usual, but some much deeper moments.

    By hrgaffney, Dec 12, 2008

  • Great "penultimatum"!

    By mai3d, Dec 10, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Hank: You don't abandon a woman who stood by you thick and thin, 20 years, the minute she gets out of rehab. Charlie: Nope, you wait 90 days. I looked that shit up, that's the decent thing to do.

    • Karen: So Lew, it was a truly disastrous party. Lew: It was, wasn't it? Thank you.

    • Hank: (talking about Janie) If she loves you, she'll forgive you. Lew: You really mean that. Hank: I have to, otherwise there's no point. There is no life without love. None worth having anyway.

    • Lew: No offense, but I've a much bigger story. Crazy record producer lives alone in big empty house with a taste for under-age women. Writes itself. Hank: It's not the real story, though. Lew: It's a story. It's a version of the truth. The extended dance mix.

    • Charlie: Hank Moody. Ronny Praeger, the very gifted auteur behind Vaginatown. Hank: Oh, I'm honored, I'm a big fan. What is next for you? A Cock-work Orange or perhaps Twenty-sixty-nine: A Sit On My Face Odyssey?

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    Notes (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: March 17, 2009 on HBO
      Sweden: March 23, 2009 on TV4
      Finland: March 23, 2009 on Nelonen
      Germany: September 30, 2009 on AXN
      Slovakia: February 20, 2012 on JOJ

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for graphic language and adult content.

    Trivia (1)

    • Featured Music: "New Situation" by The Stereotypes (Played at the party) "Smells Like California" by Medieval Knievel (Played at the party) "Spreading Your Love" by Vibrolux (Played at the party) "Talking Words" by Darker My Love (Played at the party) "Get Your Kicks" by Poets & Pornstars (Played at the party) "Behind Blue Eyes" by Sheryl Crow (Closing scenes)

    Allusions (6)

    • Hank (to a high and twitchy Ashby): Sit down Ratso Rizzo, you're making me nervous.
      This is an allusion to the Oscar-winning film Midnight Cowboy, where Ratso, played by Dustin Hoffman, is nearly always similarly high and twitchy.

    • The character Lew Ashby shares many similarities to Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby. Both Ashby and Gatsby both share the same aspiration to find the woman who once got away, they are wealthy and hold huge parties but don't have many friends, and both die before getting back with the woman they want. There is also a woman named Daisy in both stories, who ends up being mixed in a love triangle.

    • Hank: (to Ronny) What is next for you? A Cock-Work Orange, or perhaps Twenty Sixty-Nine: A Sit On My Face Odyssey? These are references to two movies from director Stanley Kubrick. A Clockwork Orange was released in 1971 as a movie adaptation of an Anthony Burgess novel, and 2001: A Space Odyssey was a 1968 science fiction movie.

    • Mia: (to Hank) It's not like they're gonna make you go live in France with Roman Polanski. Roman Polanski is a well-known movie director who was arrested in 1977 for having sex with an underage girl. He fled to France to avoid sentencing, but he was arrested in Switzerland in 2009, facing extradition to the U.S.

    • Hank: (to Dani, referring to Charlie) Well, it seems that his new career in porn is not enough for him, he also has to marry the porn star, save her from her road to ruin. Apparently he's never seen Star 80. Star 80 is a 1983 movie that told the true story of the murder of former Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten. Her estranged husband, Paul Snider, killed Stratten three years earlier in Los Angeles.

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