Californication

Season 7 Episode 12

Grace

13
Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jun 29, 2014 on Showtime
8.5
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Season 7 ends with Hank making a life-altering decision. Meanwhile, Karen steps in to smooth over the situation when Hank doesn't approve Becca's plans. Later, Hank and Levon reconnect with Hank's old student Tara; and Hank reassures Julia and invites her to a special dinner.

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  • You want the weakest lame-a$$ ending of a previously cool show - this is it!

    3.0
    I hung around for the season, actually enjoying the slower pace. I toiled through who-loves-whom unending battles between the Runkles and the Moodys. I endured the TV job, although it was just a necessary backdrop with no substance. But this ending - man, this ending... The ONLY way one could justify it is if what Hank says on the plane is being mouthed in a poorly acted show by the writer of said show: the freakin' happy ever after. Even if we chose not to get bogged down by the Stu breakdown and his $1 million "penance" and similar "Really?!" moments, we have the one single truth that came out of the last episode: EVERYTHING that Hank was in previous seasons, everything that all the wonderful and weird and f**ked up characters were - it's all for nothing, because in the end - what we are told is that the normal and the mundane and the boring will prevail. And you know what? I don't care if Hank is fu**ing and punching or having an idillic walk on the beach with Karen, I don't care if Charlie is pretending to be gay or watering his fern: these characters can be whatever they want - but never a force for the normal and the mundane and the boring. A stink finger upon this ending.moreless
  • Grace (Spoilers Ahead)

    7.0
    Here it is. Rather than going out in a blaze of glory Californication decided to end with a whimper while giving into soap opera and romantic comedy tropes rather than having the ending spring from character. Rough synopsis: Runkle stops Marcy from having sex with Stu and they keep the million, Stu eats dinner sadly with Marcy sex doll. Hank gets on a plane after refusing to go to Becca's wedding and reads a heartfelt poem/letter to Karen and she is compelled to take him back (but it being this show some other attractive woman wants Hank to sit next to her instead). But he sits next to Karen, and leaves his Porsche on the tarmac in LA. The end. Right? I mean it's no Dexter but it's still massively disappointing on a show that always wallowed in its own aimlessness. The show honestly should've ended after Season 4 when the inciting incident of the show was finally dealt with (Hank sleeping with the underage girl and getting punched). After that the formula of the show became truly strained as it became "Hank works with whacky Hollywood rich person who wants to make this project and since no one else will work with Hank he has to take the The stories were underwritten and directionless and the humor became strained and one-note even with David Dochovny's easy charm at the helm. The main problem being that creator Tom Kapinos started writing ever episode. I lament for this show, that had a promise and heart in its first four seasons as one of the funnier things on TV that gave way to its own success. It just shows that Showtime really doesn't know when enough is enough (a lesson that they could learn from FX which is ending Justified and Sons of Anarchy after a finite amount of time). With that said I'm not sure why I stuck with this show for so long. I'll never watch the latter seasons again but may perhaps re-visit the early works. I can only hope that Tom Kapinos doesn't end up in a showrunner capacity any time soon and he can actually learn to not have to rely on juvenile humor, homphobia, and the same plot device to drive his stories forward. But Hank Moody was fun to watch and on some level it is always good to see a hero (as bad as he is) end up in a good spot, now matter how frustrating and undeserved it feels as an audience member.moreless
Kelen Coleman

Kelen Coleman

Hope

Guest Star

Emma Fassler

Emma Fassler

Tara

Guest Star

Sharon Angela

Sharon Angela

Cranky Woman

Guest Star

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Rick Rath

Recurring Role

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stu Beggs

Recurring Role

Oliver Cooper

Oliver Cooper

Levon

Recurring Role

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