Season 1 Episode 9

Filthy Lucre

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 08, 2007 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

After the funeral of Hank's father Al, Hank comes back to L.A. with a new manuscript, that he wants Karen to read. After receiving a bonus paycheck, he buys a new car for himself and a new guitar for Becca.

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  • amazing!! a great performance by all actors.

    great cast, great plot, almost superb.Hank is the perfect example of how is difficult to be an adult and understanding what we wants and how we can be happy. it's not that easy give this aura to a tvseries, but i have to say that all the people that contribute to Californication are doing a brilliant job. Karen is a perfect example of how sometimes we choose to live always in the confort zone so do not take the risk of loving someone that is not properly " a good boy". well done, hope there will be more in the next season.moreless
  • Are things falling into place for Hank?

    Following his physical make up with ex Karen, Hank returns from New York and with apparently all the right inspirations manages to write again, typing a new novel in the process! Hurrah!

    However things then take a downhill turn for both Hank, and his agent Charlie. In what is a good piece of interaction and development, Karen and Hank face off in a really good emotional scene which ends with her asking him to respect her decision to marry Bob.

    Charlie suffers similar problems having also come home with new found hope to find out his wife is having an affair with secretary Danni.

    So it seems both of the main males in the show are on a bad run. To top it off Hank has his new Porsche stolen at gunpoint with his novel still in it, although a copy exists that he doesn't know of.

    Good development of Hank made this a good episode!moreless
  • This was kind of different episode , where we can see Hank like different person... Bravo !

    I like Hank's trying to be 'better' man. But he is like fish on dry. Like walking on the one place. All that trying is sweaty for watching. But Hank isnt lose his irony. Thats the key of his caracter. Man, they stealed his car and he light up cigarette. Bravo for his caracter. His relationship with Becca is impressive, iam glad about that. And about other reletionship, Hank and Karen, here i can say a lot. This is so confusing and hard for bouth of them, fighting against the shadows. And bettween theese fights we can rest with threesome Charlie, his wife and secretary. btw music in seria is very good.moreless
  • Hank comes back from NY and has actually written something, Mia proves her true colors

    Did I not say that we should hate Mia? Did I not?!?!?!?! She is awful and I just knew that she was going to wind up stealing that manuscript from Hank and pawning it off as her own as they showed in the preview. I think this show could totally function without her character and I wish they would get rid of her because watching her actually makes me ill. I understand that she doesn't like her dad and her life is sooooo hard, whatever. She's not a good person and I'm tired of her already. It was one thing when she was torturing him a little bit but this is just too much. On the other hand I really loved the way Hank bought that guitar for Becca. What exactly is going on with Karen? She is clearly still in love with Hank except she is saying that she's not but then she goes and sleeps with him, yea I know she was greiving but come on, its not like she didn't want to before either she just used that as an excuse. And now she is going back on her feelings to be with Bill? Not for nothing, but his character is so annoying everytime he's on screen he puts me to sleep.

    The stuff with Charlie and his wife is hilarious, I mean, there is clearly no need for it in the show, but I totally laugh at everything that goes on with the two of them and that Dani California girl. So funny and much needed comic relief for the drama and pain that I feel for Hank.moreless
  • Great episode. Hank seems a new man, he has a new outlook on life and a new car to boot.

    Great episode. Hank seems a new man, he has a new outlook on life and a new car to boot. Suddenly though everything is flipped on its head, he is awakened to the fact he is finally losing Karen. Karen however discovers a new side to Bill and could be a sign of things to come.

    Hank's agent Charlie is also going rough times, as his wife is find a new found interst in the bedroom with his current secretary.

    Rebecca and Hank's relationship grows stronger.

    The Pretenders by Foo Fighters is a fitting end to the episode. It almost sums up Hank's life at the moment.moreless
Johnny D'Agostino

Johnny D'Agostino

Rocker Dude

Guest Star

Brigitte Bako

Brigitte Bako

Car Dealer

Guest Star

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Marcy Ellen Runkle

Recurring Role

Rachel Miner

Rachel Miner


Recurring Role

Damian Young

Damian Young

William "Bill" Cross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hank: And I think this is where we should part company. I think I see a cab with my name on it.
      Bill: Don't be ridiculous.
      Hank: No, ah, Bill, it's just a figure of speech, there's really not a cab with my name on it.

    • Charlie: Get yourself a new car!
      Hank: I don't want a new car, I like me old's got character.
      Charlie: Yeah well, if by character you mean it's got lady juice in every nook and cranny of the upholstery, then yes, you're absolutely right.
      Hank: That explains a lot, actually.

    • Becca: (referring to Hank's new car) Wow, it's even more phallic than the last one!

    • Hank: I suggest that you brew one of your specialty teas...
      Karen: Oh really.
      Hank: ... settle into a backbreaking piece of modern furniture, and curl up with your favorite author.
      Karen: Alright, Martin Amis, or a Virginia Woolf or a Charles Bukowski.
      Hank: Imposters, all.

    • Mia: Hi, Bill.
      Bill: "Dad" or "daddy," please.

    • Becca: Father?
      Hank: Offspring?
      Becca: That was a nice guitar.
      Hank: Yes. Sometimes, it's best not to get involved in the affairs of others.
      Becca: That's interesting, coming from the most intrusive man I know.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Špinavý kšeft (Dirty Business)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 22, 2007 on Channel Ten
      Norway: January 2, 2008 on TV2
      Latin America: February 26, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: March 6, 2008 on TV4
      Denmark: April 27, 2008 on SBS Net
      Finland: May 12, 2008 on Nelonen
      Germany: July 9, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: October 27, 2008 on 2BE
      Slovakia: October 31, 2011 on JOJ

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


    • Hank: (to Karen and Bill) Hey, hey, I don't wanna get your hopes up, guys, but you keep rolling this way with the marital discord and I see you across from Oprah on the big yellow couch, fingers crossed.

      This is a reference to The Oprah Winfrey Show, which debuted in 1986. The show, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, is America's longest-running daytime talk show.

    • Hank: It's a's a short novel, more like a novella. It's a modern day answer to Lolita, really.

      Lolita is a novel by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov that was published in 1955. The book's main character, Humbert Humbert, is a middle aged man who develops a relationship with a twelve year-old girl.

    • When Charlie catches Marcy with Dani she mentions that they watched Bound. The main characters of Bound are a lesbian couple who try to steal money from the mafia.

    • Charlie: By the time I get through spinning nobody will be able to tell whether it's a piece of shit or a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.

      Referencing the memoir released in 2000 by Dave Eggers entitled A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and reached number one on the New York Times best sellers list.

    • J. R. R. Tolkien

      Hank refers to Bill as "Bilbo Baggins", the lead character in Tolkien's The Hobbit, and who also appears in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.