Californication

Season 1 Episode 4

Fear And Loathing At The Fundraiser

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Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 03, 2007 on Showtime
9.0
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Meredith convinces Hank to escort her to an environmental fundraiser. Coincidentally Bill and Karen are at the same event, where Karen makes a scene, and Hank runs into Dani and Charlie while they are in his office.

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  • Gets better/more serious in some areas, but falls back down to earth in others.

    8.0
    Out of the episodes so far, this is by far the least funniest. Although there were a couple of chuckle moments, there wasn't really a single laugh out loud part whereas the first three episodes had them being churned out every minute. Despite that, this episode takes a different direction; it gets a bit more serious and unfortunately for you boobie lovers, there are none to be found aside from the recap in the beginning. A great chunk of this episode, besides Charlie's naughty scenes with his assistant, are pure character development. Hank is truly one of the most unique main characters in any TV show; a not so bad guy with immoral thoughts but some good desires. He doesn't go with the crowd, but against it. Even with the great character development, it isn't enough to cover the large gap that the lack of comedy covers.moreless
  • Karen still have feelings for Hank?

    8.5
    It kinda seems to me that Karen still have some feelings for Hanks, even though she seems to deny it herself. And when she 's making a scene with the spilling of the drink and the other man, Hank takes care of him! Just punching him down like that, because of a little argument between the man and Karen. It's just so typically Hanks personality. So protective and macho, but still he shows the greatest of love for his daughter, and gives her even a mobile phone. He is such a sucker.... lol... that is why we like him I guess;)moreless
  • Meredith convinces Hank to escort her to an environmental fundraiser. Coincidentally Bill and Karen are at the same event, where Karen makes a scene, and Hank runs into Dani and Charlie while they are in his office.moreless

    9.3
    where do I start. Right from the beginning the one liners were spot on, Becca"if its a date ok but a casual link up". No actual sex which was surprising, but the usual inuendos were there. Husband actually is starting to like the programme. The actors are beginning to jel and the action and acting in the sex scenes that do occur are natural, if you can say that. This episode was one of the best so far, and since I'm watching from Britain its only my fourth. The British reviews have been poor but I give it the thimbs up.moreless
  • The best episode so far?

    8.0
    It kind of tricks me into thinking... Why I think this episode may be the best centred of the entire show so far and still I don't give it a better rating than the one I gave to the pilot? Truthly, I have not a clue. The thing is, this episode is different of the rest of the series, making it even boring in some parts and really out of character most of the time. Nonetheless, it gives us a lot of character development and ideas of what may be to come in Hank/Meredith and Hanrk/Karen's relationships. The best part, though, is the fact that there isn't a single sex, nudity scene, making me wonder if it really come out of the woods and developed into something beyond the cliche.



    Stay tuned! I will.moreless
  • "holy **** nuts!"

    9.3
    After watching all four episodes straight, I can't wait until the next one. The character of Hank continues to develop, as more details are revealed for us to get a grasp on who he truly is. Right now, he feels clouded in mystery, which in turn adds to the atmosphere generated by this show. The show is still taking its baby steps, but it hasn't missed one and fell yet. The episode after has so far felt more satisfying than its prior entry. If the writing stays at this level, I don't see why this show can't become a bigger hit. Very witty, funny, and simply brilliant.moreless
Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Todd Carr

Guest Star

Camille Langfield

Camille Langfield

Sandy Carr

Guest Star

Amy Price-Francis

Amy Price-Francis

Meredtih

Guest Star

Rachel Miner

Rachel Miner

Dani

Recurring Role

Damian Young

Damian Young

William "Bill" Cross

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      Ce'U - "Lenda"
      Radio Citizen - "El Cielo"
      8 Bold Souls - "Brown Town"
      Luca Mundaca - "Ha Dias (There Are Days)"
      Arling & Cameron - "Popcorn 2006"
      Mundo Livre - "Meu Esquema"
      Mindy Smith - "Peace of Mind"
      Arco - "Lullaby"

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Becca: Do you remember what you used to do for me when I couldn't sleep?
      Hank: Dose you with opiates?
      Becca: No. Look at the ocean and count mermaids.
      Hank: I did do that. I'm a better father than I thought.

    • Hank: (On seeing Charlie and under-dressed Dani) HOLY F***NUTS!

    • Charlie: (On the phone to Marcy) So how is Angelina's cookie? Really? Well, that's the advantage of adoption.

    • Becca: (Looking at the present from Hank) A bribe?
      Hank: No. I like to think of it more as a token of paternal affection.

    • Meredith: Hank, I think we need to talk.
      Hank: Talk, really? Has anything good ever come out of such a thing ever?
      Meredith: I just feel like we've been spending a lot of time in the bedroom, which is nice, very nice. But I'm also just coming out of this horribly dysfunctional relationship that only existed in the bedroom...
      Hank: Oh, okay, you want me to do you in the shower. You know, I get it, I get it. You want to go out on the town with some Hank on your arm. You want to stroll around with some of this. That's totally understandable. We can do it. We go out. Anything. Anything you want to do. We'll do it. Just name it. Let's go. Right now.
      Meredith: Okay, there's this fund-raiser.
      Hank: No, can't do that. That, that sounds excruciating. I won't do that.

    • Meredith: Hank Moody, please say hello to my colleague Jonathan Mandel, and his lovely wife Nikki.
      Nikki: Hank Moody, the writer?
      Hank: I used to be, now I'm Hank Moody the blogger, soon to be Hank Moody the bartender.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Strach a hnus na dobročinném večírku (Fear and Disgust at the Beneficent Function)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 17, 2007 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: November 27, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Norway: November 28, 2007 on TV2
      Sweden: January 31, 2008 on TV4
      Denmark: March 23, 2008 on SBS Net
      Finland: April 7, 2008 on Nelonen
      Germany: June 4, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: September 22, 2008 on 2BE
      Slovakia: September 26, 2011 on JOJ

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

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Hank: (counting mermaids over the phone with Becca, helping her fall asleep) Seven...eight...nine...no, that's Daryl Hannah.

      Darryll Hannah is an actress who starred in numerous movies in the 1980s, among others as a mermaid in the movie Splash.

    • Jonathan: Who are you, Don Quixote?
      Hank: No, not even Don-fuckin'-Knotts.

      The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha is a novel, written by Miguel de Cervantes, that was published in two volumes in the early 1600s. In the book, the fictional character of Quixote is obsessed with stories of chivalry.

      Don Knotts (1924-2006) was an actor who was best known for his role as Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 to 1965.

    • Hank: (to Jonathan) You wanna fuck around, that's fine, fuck around all you want, I'm no Judge Judy.

      This is a reference to Judy Sheindlin, the family court judge who became famous as the host of the syndicated court TV series Judge Judy.

    • Becca: (to Mia) I wanna be a 40-year-old virgin.

      This is a reference to The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a 2005 comedy movie. Seth Rogen co-produced and starred in the film, and Steve Carell played the role of the 40-year-old virgin.

    • Hank: (Speaking to Dani, Charlie's assistant) Morticia, call me Hank please.

      Hank is referring to the goth character Morticia Addams from the TV show and Movie series The Addams Family.

    • Hank: (To the assistant after interrupting Charlie's and his assistant's photo session) Maybe it's time to punch out there, Bettie Page.

      Bettie Page is a former American pin-up and fetish model who became the first famous bondage model in the 1950s.

    • Hank: (To Charlie after interrupting Charlie's and his assistant's photo session) Hey, take it easy there, Diane Arbus.

      The American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) is well known for her photographs of the outsiders of society, such as nudists, dwarfs, transvestites and the mentally or physically handicapped.

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the works of author Hunter S. Thompson whose books include "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 1972."

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