Season 2 Episode 11

Blues from Laurel Canyon

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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".