Californication

Season 6 Episode 8

Everybody's a Fucking Critic

21
Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Mar 10, 2013 on Showtime
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  • Californication is back!

    10
    What a great episode of Californication after so much time. I love the storyline about Becca trying to be a writer. You know, Californication wasn't always only about naked chicks and dirty innuendos, it was about Hank being a father to Becca and a partner to Karen and I want more of that. Natascha McElhone must also have a more active part in the show than she does lately (she is very good). Also, I' m happy to have Marcy back in some way with Charlie, they should be together. In short, what Californication has to do from now on is sticking to the basics and to what it was as a show in the beginning and cut the crap it showed for one and a half season (5th season was a series low). Not every sentence has to be a sexual reference, no one talks like that, it feels forced and I don't like it. So, looking forward to the next episode..
  • Writers Blocked

    9.5
    I must say this was an impressive episode on many levels delivering on many of the reasons I still watch this show. Getting straight out of last episode with Hank telling Becca that her manuscript isn't that good and that she should move onto something else was hard to watch but he didn't get much of a chance to get more than that out before she left emotionally. This isn't her fault since Hank, as her father, should approach the situation with a lot more tact than he did. But Becca isn't the only writer who gets some heavy criticism. Hank's draft, when meeting with Charlie, Atticus, and Stu they tear him to ribbons. At least Charlie had the nice way of putting it that "It was It's no surprise because Hank does dabble in the dark arts of life and him seeing musicals as a drab feminine thing would make him want to scoff at the notion of such a thing. There had clearly been a misunderstanding that Atticus had wanted the script closer to the book when Atticus said he wanted it closer to the movie that was made. Hank almost getting replaced when he got defensive with Aaron Sorkin was amusing, Sorkin is a very talented writer in my opinion, but Hank promises to go back to the drawing board and flesh out a new draft. Charlie and Stu meet for a drink and Charlie tells him about his night with Marcy which Stu congratulates him on. Stu actually does love her it turns out and is still wearing that male chastity belt thing that Ophelia made. Stu and Charlie lead Marcy to the bar under the false pretense of buying weed and they get her to drink with them both and play pool while they both make their cases to her to be with them, respectively. Ophelia shows up and rains on the whole thing and when Stu and Charlie say that Marcy has her own choice Charlie gets tazed and Stu gets tazed in the junk which was painful to watch. Marcy tells Ophelia to leave her alone but Ophelia makes certain that this is not the last time Marcy has seen her while Marcy attends to her two fallen men. Stu offering to write Ophelia a check for the key to his cage was funny but also how he said he would give up his fortune to be with Marcy again was also really tender for a character that often seems too over the top in his orientation. That whole reference to Marcy wanting to be done on the pool table like in the Accused was really disgusting though knowing what that movie is really about kind of like when they wanted to remake Cruising with Robbie Mac earlier in the season. But the real meat in this story is Hank. Karen comes to him to talk to Becca who is depressed and wants to go to law school now. Hank goes to see Faith in his rock bottom state and they have sex. She reads his pages and tells him that he's posing, basically that he's trying too hard to be dark and edgy in a genre that is seen as too fluffy and peppy for his writing tastes. The takeaway quote of the episode being, "Anyone can be cynical, dare to be an This inspire Hank who goes to Becca and tells her he was too rough on her when he can't handle criticism of his own work either. He hands her his pages asking her to give him notes and he agrees to give hers a second over too. When he says to be an optimist to her she amusingly inquires if he is in fact her father. It's good to see the effect that Faith has on Hank since so much of this character has been down and depressed especially after the whole Natalie Zea coma thing after last season. Seeing him on an up-note even though he gotten torn to shreds over his writing doesn't mean he can't rise from the ashes with help from a muse. Faith is good for Hank, and while it took a while to get to this level of quality, this season seems to be maturing which is always a great time in this show as we see Hank evolve in new ways. I only hope that they can keep this momentum going for the next episodes of the season to make the latter half the better part of the season.
  • Charlie and Stu together to win back Marcy.

    8.5
    I loved this one. This time, Hank wasn't succeed with his musical. And it was great. Nobody is that perfect all the time, don't you think? That chat between Hank and Becca on that balcony was really nice. But the best part was Stu and Charlie. Those guys are perfect together.
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