Season 2 Episode 11

Blues from Laurel Canyon

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Dec 07, 2008 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

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  • This is the second to last episode?

    For the penultimate episode of Californication's season this was quite disappointing. Very litle happened and there was an obvious lack of jokes.

    I did like the Cool Hand Luke reference by Hank Moody as "what we have here is a failure to communicate" never gets old. Mia was amuaing in her limited role as well.

    But just about everything else seemed incredibly forced. The Marcy and Daisy "fight" was awfully choreographed and the Lew passing out bit was killed by previews of him alive next week. Just a weak, weak offering and I do not know how excited I am about a third season if this is the quality we can expect.moreless
  • More story than normal, and the ending was a shock.

    I can't believe that they killed him off. I kept thinking that they are going to work a story in with him a karen, but wow I really didn't see that coming. Runkle is stupid for leaving his wife she is so much better then him. The porn star is cool, but she cant compete. This show has to be climbing up my charts to one of my favorite. I cant wait to see the drama even the little drama they throw in like becks boyfriend kissing the other girl. I dont know how anyone that has watched it can not like it.moreless
  • Actually rather a revealing episode, less slapstick than usual, but some much deeper moments.

    I have to say that I didn't find this episode of Californication boring at all. There were lots of funny and sweet moments in the story. The book gets great reviews and the episode revolves largely around the party Lew gives for her. There was a lovely scene where he comforts Becca when she locks herself in the bathroom after catching her boyfriend two-timing her. Originally I thought Lew was a ratherone-dimensional character but this and some other later moments showed a much more thoughtful side to him than I had seen before. The final scene came as a surprise to me as I had not seen any previews of the subsequent episode so I did not know anything about Lew's fate until I read it here ;)moreless
  • Great "penultimatum"!

    A good friend and another reviewer both said this episode was boring - are we talking about the same episode?! This week was huge, I thought! There was Charlie telling Marcy he's leaving her for Daisy. Becka finding out her b.f. is cheating on her. Marcy controlling her drug and alcohol addiction. Mia's a.k.a. Hank's book getting rave reviews, and Lou covering for Hank by saying the guy in the book is Lou not Hank (until that point, I was convinced the writers were going to drop a bomb on Karen and reveal Mia and Hank's history). Furthermore, the character development of Lou Ashby was a great build-up for the episode - his bonding with Hank, his consoling of Becka in the bathroom and receiving praise from Karen, and his gathering of courage to accept his mistakes and face his ex-wife at the end. And of course the cliffhanger ending!moreless
Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller


Guest Star

Hal Ozsan

Hal Ozsan

Ronny Praeger

Guest Star

Carly Pope

Carly Pope

Annika Staley

Guest Star

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Lew Ashby

Recurring Role

Carla Gallo

Carla Gallo


Recurring Role

Mädchen Amick

Mädchen Amick

Janie Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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)

  • 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?

    • Dani: (talking about Charlie) A master of the Universe if you will.
      Hank: Or in his case, a masturbator of the Universe if you will.

    • Hank: Have you seen your old assistant?
      Charlie: She can go fuck herself. Not all women are like that, you know. Conniving, vicious, women who walk all over a man to get what they want.
      Hank: I forget. Is that one of the things you guys did together?

    • Mia: (quoting the review of Hank's book) "It's hauntingly, hopelessly romantic in the best sense of the word". That's good, right?
      Hank: Well I'll be dipped in dog shit.

  • 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.


    • 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.

    • Hank: What we have here is a failure to communicate.
      This line is a common misquote of the famous line from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, "What we've got here is a failure to communicate".