Season 1 Episode 6

Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 17, 2007 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Hank spends the night with a sexy surfer girl and in return she robs him. Mia wants more of Hank's writing to pass her class, instead he offers her to help her with her own writing. Charlie wants to spice up the sex life with his wife, but she is not as fond of spanking as Dani is.moreless

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  • This is getting to fast... to early... at least a whole season too soon.... Hanks potential as the messed up guy aint used out yet!!!

    I am gonna write this from a male perspective... we almost all were done that road, maybe not with that much girls, but we all broke up with our girls we really loved, we hit then rock bottom and we got our sh*t back together... and from that moment everything was back at the right way...

    But for the sake of this show... its happening too fast, I mean I like it, I like those characters... and I know this was the step for Hank and his beloved one to take, but so soon... is Hank on his way for family-papa already? Or is this going to be his nail in the coffin?

    I really liked messed up Hank from episode 1... I liked the idea of someone beeing totally messed up but still cool, somehow. I liked the offensive and offendive tone of the show, but slowly it turns to become family entertainment... with the moral, that what ever makes you and your close ones happy, just do it.

    I somehow get the feeling this show has too fast evolved, Hank got what he wanted too fast... whats going to be next? He and his beloved secretly dating? Or maybe she letting him fall finally... there has got to be another ending... I believe the potential of messed up Hank has not been used out, but the potential of Hank the shiny knight on the white horse (even when its still entertaining) is slowly getting less and less entertaining... There has been on the forum a lot of talk if Heroes jumped the shark in the season finale... I am afraid that this could be it for this show... a few more episodes and its gone be like melrose place... and that means: BAD, BAD TV. Bring back the freshness, spice it up... and don't tell the whole story in 12 episodes... there is far more potential to this show!

    But I still liked the episode ;)moreless
  • Funny, as always!

    After every episode of Californication, you wonder to yourself, what strides did this episode make? How much progress has been made in the story and characters? Sometimes there's close to none of those things aside from incremental character development, but at the same time that's the whole charm to it; a slice of life comedy revolving around a guy who has a fvcked up life fvcking a lot of girls doing so. That scene in the beginning where he hooks up with a random girl who steals his guitar the next morning, it doesn't feel like it was necessary, but it showed just how spontaneous and fvcked up Hank's life was. Charlie's sex life the same; not to mention it was pretty damn hilarious.moreless
  • Once again, another great episode of Californication. All the characters are growing on me, although Hank is abrilliant character, it's almost too bad that we don't more of the other character, but then the show only lasts 20 minutes.moreless

    Once again, another great episode of Californication. consistently good. All the characters are growing on me, although Hank is abrilliant character, it's almost too bad that we don't more of the other character, but then the show only lasts 20 minutes.

    There was a turning point when Hank's ex wife was asked by her daughter, if she still loves Hank... She's definitely getting closer to him. Somehow, you know that the fact Hank slept with Mia, is gonna pop out eventually, and the wedding is probably getting closer...

    Wait and Watch.

    I loved the part when Becca played her first gig, this girl is an amazing actress. I know, most series tend to be unrealistic, but she really plays like a teenager.

    It's also funny how Hank made me forget about Mulder. Can't wait to see the next episode now.moreless
  • Whole show is great, and iam happy cause finally i can watch ironical and 'different' show

    this one was realy great, but i have two reproach.

    First is when Hank go to pick up Mia , and on the exit he put off cigarette on teacher chests.

    - Hank is no guy who solve his problems on fisical way , he is muc better on intelectual level ... he is not a fighter type

    Second is when Hank rejecting sex with Mia all time. Ok maybe i am wrong , but comeon, he fak everything what is on two legs an than he rejecting young nice lady. Ok, once again maybe iam wrong with this one.

    Because this two disagreement, my score is 9,8.moreless
  • Hank hangs out with a sexy surfer chick. He also watches his daughter's band play, helps Mia out of a jam and kisses Karen.

    This show is really incredible. I am reading some of the posts out there and I really think that anyone who says they don't like it or it's "awful" maybe doesn't get the show. I haven't seen a show this smart in years and my one hope f or the writers is that they don't mess it up in years to come. Hank Moody is probably one of my top 2 characters on TV right now I absolutely adore the dynamic he shares with everyone on the show. This episode was great because it shows how much he loves his family and how he is even starting to picture Mia as a daughter. This show makes me feel...moreless
Lance Barber

Lance Barber

Mia's Teacher

Guest Star

Michelle Lombardo

Michelle Lombardo

Venice Beach Girl

Guest Star

Daisy Gardner

Daisy Gardner

Crusty Cashier

Guest Star

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Marcy Ellen Runkle

Recurring Role

Rachel Miner

Rachel Miner


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the opening scene, the necklace beads on the Venice Beach Girl change position between shots.

    • Featured Music:
      Madeleine Martin - "Don't Let Us Get Sick" (Becca performs with her band)
      Gus Black - "Paranoid"
      Sea Wolf - "The Garden That You Planted"
      Pat Guadango - "Don't Let Us Get Sick" (Closing scene)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hank: What do you want?
      Mia: Oh, I don't know. Peace in the Middle East, two hour orgasms, a few pages of your lesser work.
      Hank: That is not possible. There's no such thing as a two hour orgasm or my lesser work. You're shit out of luck, no.

    • Mia: (Voiceover) "Rome is burning", he said as he poured himself another drink, "yet here I am knee deep in a river of pussy." "Here it comes", she said to herself, another self-centered whiskey soaked guy talking about how f***ing great everything was in the past and about how all us poor souls born too late to see the Rolling Stones at where ever or snort the good coke they had at Studio 54. How we all just missed out on practically everything worth living for, and the worst part was, she agreed with him. "Here we are", she thought, at the edge of the world, and all of us are so desperate to feel something, anything that we keep falling into each other and f***ing our way towards the end of days.

    • Karen: What would you do if our little spawn actually became, like, a rock star?
      Hank: I would be really proud of her.
      Karen: You would?
      Hank: And I would be there to help pump her stomach when she OD'd.

    • Hank: What is your name, by the way?
      Beach Girl: Wouldn't you rather just f*** me and never know?
      Hank: Oh, f***. Who says romance is dead?!

    • Marcy: (To Charlie in bed, about bondage) want me to beat the crap out of you?!

    • Beach Girl: Do you know anything about wine?
      Hank: Wine is fine but whiskey is quicker.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Po absintu je srdce něžnější (After Absinthe the Heart Is More Tender)

    • Daisy Gardner, who plays the Crusty Cashier, is a staff writer for the show.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 1, 2007 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: December 11, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Norway: December 12, 2007 on TV2
      Sweden: February 14, 2008 on TV4
      Denmark: April 6, 2008 on SBS Net
      Finland: April 21, 2008 on Nelonen
      Germany: June 18, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: October 6, 2008 on 2BE
      Slovakia: October 10, 2011 on JOJ

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


    • Hank: This chick stole my T-shirt, my favorite T-shirt.
      Karen: I saved you a seat.
      Hank: The Keith Richards for president one.

      Keith Richards is a guitar player in the English band The Rolling Stones. Fans designed a navy blue and yellow T-shirt with his picture in the middle and the slogan "Keith Richards for President."

    • Hank: (referring to Becca) I just came by to say goodnight to our little Courtney Love in training.
      Karen: Well, you know, she went to celebrate with her bandmates.

      Courtney Love is a musician, best known as the former lead singer of the band Hole. She was married to Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana until he committed suicide in 1994.

    • Hank: Wine is fine, but whiskey is quicker.
      Surfer Girl: Suicide is slow with liquor.
      Hank: Oh...
      Surfer Girl: Sabbath.
      Hank: Mmm, close...Ozzy, solo. But nice try.

      These are lyrics from the song "Suicide Solution" by Ozzy Osbourne, the former lead singer of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. The song was released in 1980 on Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz album.

    • Episode Title
      The episode's title is a play on the popular saying "Absence makes the heart grow fonder".