Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 9/10/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Bill asks Hank to step in as a guest speaker at Mia's creative writing class. Hank talks about his writing and motivations on a radio interview. Becca develops a crush on her guitar teacher Dave, but he ends up with Mia.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Hank Moody

  • Natascha McElhone

    Karen Van Der Beek

  • Madeleine Martin


  • Madeline Zima


  • Evan Handler


  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Hank is my favorite!!

    By Starghella, Sep 12, 2007

  • lulz

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Aug 02, 2010

  • Still disfunctional, but growing up.

    By ascensx, Oct 24, 2007

  • Nice episode

    By Manu4380, Oct 14, 2007

  • I heart Hank and Becca bonding moments.

    By Audrey_Allen, Sep 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Meredith: You know if you spent less time focusing on other people's flaws, you might actually notice you've got a couple of your own. Charlie: Speaking of flaws - Dodgers game. Friday night? Hank: I didn't say that I didn't. Meredith: Great. You wanna hear some? Hank: It seems like you want to tell me. Meredith: Yeah, I do. You drink too much, write too little and the only exercise you get is in the bedroom. You love women but you hate yourself so that any woman who actually really does like you is ultimately deemed a fool. And seeing as that woman could be pretty much anyone, this one is saying goodbye.

    • Hank: (To Meredith) Try not to forget all the times I brought you to fruition. 33 to be exact.

    • Hank: (To Meredith) Hey. You know, it's not fair to say BRB and then never actually BRB.

    • Hank: "B" to the "I" to the double "L". What's up, my nig nog? Bill: I need to talk to you. Hank: Well, you should have called. I wouldn't have answered, but you could've left a message, which I would have quickly erased. Bill: Uh, yeah, this isn't something I would choose to discuss over the phone. This is about Mia. Hank: Oh.

    • Henry Rollins: What's your latest obsession? Hank: Just the fact that people seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it's really given us is Howard Dean's aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People...they don't write anymore - they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it's just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King's English. Henry Rollins: Yet you're part of the problem, I mean you're out there blogging with the best of them. Hank: Hence my self-loathing.

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    Notes (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 24, 2007 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: December 4, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Norway: December 5, 2007 on TV2
      Sweden: February 7, 2008 on TV4
      Denmark: March 30, 2008 on SBS Net
      Finland: April 14, 2008 on Nelonen
      Germany: June 11, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: September 29, 2008 on 2BE
      Slovakia: October 3, 2011 on JOJ

    • This episode is rated TVMA for mild violence, brief nudity, graphic language and adult content.

    Trivia (2)

    • When Hank and Karen are talking by the pool at night, Hank's position is inconsistent as the camera angle changes. In several shots when the camera is behind him, Hank's head it tilted to his right, but when the camera is in front of him, he is sitting upright.

    • Featured Music: Marsmobil - "Reversed Mantra" Mark McAdam - "While You Wait" Harvey Danger - "Little Round Mirrors" Bob Dylan - "If You See Her, Say Hello" (Closing scene)

    Allusions (6)

    • Becca: (to Hank): Keats' La Belle Dame Sans Merci? Is that the best you can do, dad? La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a poem written by John Keats, an English poet, in 1819. It describes the meeting of a knight and a woman, neither of whom are named in the poem.

    • Hank: (on the radio) I want to get on Oprah's book club. You know, I want that sticker from the book club. I wanna get on that show and I wanna ask her about that scene in Beloved where she squats and many takes did she do, was she method? Beloved is a 1998 movie based on a 1987 novel by Toni Morrison. The movie, which involves former slaves after the end of the Civil War, starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.

    • Becca: Mother, It's all one world. Karen: Okay, Avril. This is a reference to Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne. Her first album, Let Go, was released in 2002.

    • Mia: (to Hank, referring to her teacher) Does he have carnal knowledge? Carnal Knowledge is a 1971 movie starring Jack Nicholson. The movie tells the story of the relationships of the two main characters over several decades.

    • All of Hank's books (God Hates Us All, Seasons in the Abyss, South of Heaven) are named after records from the metal band Slayer.

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