Season 1 Episode 5


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

Bill asks Hank to step in as a guest speaker at Mia's creative writing class. Hank talks about his writing and motivations on a radio interview. Becca develops a crush on her guitar teacher Dave, but he ends up with Mia.

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  • Hank is my favorite!!

    I am OBSESSED with this show. Hank is my idol (and I'm female so that's saying a lot!! :) ) I really love the way he interacts with everyone and the way that he has the ability to be a total jerk and warm my heart at the same time... He so loves his daughter which i think is his most redeeming quality and makes him the kinda guy that so many women want to sleep with! I am also feeling pretty sorry for his agents wife. His assistant is clearly a tramp and he is clearly falling into the trap of being a jerk! i am glad that Hank and Meredith are over but I did feel kinda sorry for both of them because i think they both almost should be actually be together except they are in love with other people. Mia is a trip, she also needs some help but she is 16 so i don't know what they are going to do with her!moreless
  • lulz

    If there is one thing that will always be consistent about Californication, it's its brilliant and comedic writing. Hank pulling out amazing one liner after one liner has you giggling, laughing, or even slapping your knees every other minute. "Of course I'm single, who would have me?" Brilliant! Yet underneath all of the jokes is an insecure man who doesn't care about anyone's feelings spouting his sarcastic remarks left and right. The comedy has actually dialed down a bit, still funny, but the character development noticeably increased in this episode. Some interesting side stories as well, like Becca's crush on her guitar tutor who is messing around with Mia, and then Charlie and his dissipating sex life with his woman.moreless
  • Still disfunctional, but growing up.

    One of Hank and Meredith's dialogue lines about their relationship caught pretty much my attention because in more ways than I can describe it's how I sum up this show: "disfunctional". This hardly means one thing is bad, but rather that it could be better. Since the pilot episode I saw many great elements in this show and because of many subterfuges to attract attention (like the overnudity) or the twists in the show's original description, I stopped watching it until a friend told me it got better right where I left. The thing is, Hank's **** up life with his neverending wrong attempts to make things better is a perfect allusion to most people's day-to-day lifes. For one thing, he wants Karen and Meredith is just a distraction, but Meredith leaving him, even if he asked for it, is more than he can handle. All in all, this is without doubt the show's best episode so far and a sign that it can be back on track.

    Stay tuned to find out.moreless
  • Nice episode

    I just had to review this episode.

    Come on, it's not very often that we have a tv show with an episode named "LOL"... that's just cool... lol

    So I like the whole thing with the "LOL", "LMAO" and "BRB"...

    Hank was really funny in this episode. I like his point of view when Meredith asks him what's his issue with LOL and he says "I don't have an issue, unless you count the fact that every time you say it, you're contributing to the death of english language"... that was really... wow... lol

    I liked the scene when Bill goes to his house and Hank's like " "B" to the "I" to the double "L". What's up, my nig nog?"

    Good episode.moreless
  • I heart Hank and Becca bonding moments.

    Yes! Another episode of Californication that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. (Except the first 10 minutes I missed, but anywho.) I'm glad Hank and Meredith is over. (They are over, right?) One of my favorite moments in the episode was when Hank and Mia bantered as he "escaped" her school. He geniunely is trying to stay away from thinking of her in THAT way, but she just keeps on pushing. He diffuses the situation well, though, and I like that he's noble enough to do that. Another storyline I liked was the Becca and her guitar teacher thing, although I hated that we see Mia plant a big one on him at the end. It did make for some nice father-daughter moments at the end. I left this episode with a smile on my face and Bob Dylan playing through my head. I hope further episodes leave me feeling this good about the series. "If you see her, say hello, she might be in Tangier..."moreless
Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins


Guest Star

Camille Langfield

Camille Langfield

Sandy Carr

Guest Star

Amy Price-Francis

Amy Price-Francis


Guest Star

Damian Young

Damian Young

William "Bill" Cross

Recurring Role

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Hank and Karen are talking by the pool at night, Hank's position is inconsistent as the camera angle changes. In several shots when the camera is behind him, Hank's head it tilted to his right, but when the camera is in front of him, he is sitting upright.

    • Featured Music:
      Marsmobil - "Reversed Mantra"
      Mark McAdam - "While You Wait"
      Harvey Danger - "Little Round Mirrors"
      Bob Dylan - "If You See Her, Say Hello" (Closing scene)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Meredith: You know if you spent less time focusing on other people's flaws, you might actually notice you've got a couple of your own.
      Charlie: Speaking of flaws - Dodgers game. Friday night?
      Hank: I didn't say that I didn't.
      Meredith: Great. You wanna hear some?
      Hank: It seems like you want to tell me.
      Meredith: Yeah, I do. You drink too much, write too little and the only exercise you get is in the bedroom. You love women but you hate yourself so that any woman who actually really does like you is ultimately deemed a fool. And seeing as that woman could be pretty much anyone, this one is saying goodbye.

    • Hank: (To Meredith) Try not to forget all the times I brought you to fruition. 33 to be exact.

    • Hank: (To Meredith) Hey. You know, it's not fair to say BRB and then never actually BRB.

    • Hank: "B" to the "I" to the double "L". What's up, my nig nog?
      Bill: I need to talk to you.
      Hank: Well, you should have called. I wouldn't have answered, but you could've left a message, which I would have quickly erased.
      Bill: Uh, yeah, this isn't something I would choose to discuss over the phone. This is about Mia.
      Hank: Oh.

    • Henry Rollins: What's your latest obsession?
      Hank: Just the fact that people seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it's really given us is Howard Dean's aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People...they don't write anymore - they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it's just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King's English.
      Henry Rollins: Yet you're part of the problem, I mean you're out there blogging with the best of them.
      Hank: Hence my self-loathing.

    • Hank: I love women. I have all their albums.

    • (After Marcy shoves her finger in Charlie's rear end)
      Charlie: Whoa, what the f*** are you doing back there?
      Marcy: What, you don't like that?
      Charlie: No! I can't just send probes in an unexplored territory without an advance warning, you know what I'm saying.

    • (To Bill in a preacher outfit)
      Hank: are checking out my package?! You don't wanna...s**k my c**k, do you?!
      Bill: Do you want me to s**k your c**k?
      Hank: Do you want want s**k my c**k?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 24, 2007 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: December 4, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Norway: December 5, 2007 on TV2
      Sweden: February 7, 2008 on TV4
      Denmark: March 30, 2008 on SBS Net
      Finland: April 14, 2008 on Nelonen
      Germany: June 11, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: September 29, 2008 on 2BE
      Slovakia: October 3, 2011 on JOJ

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


    • Becca: (to Hank): Keats' La Belle Dame Sans Merci? Is that the best you can do, dad?

      La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a poem written by John Keats, an English poet, in 1819. It describes the meeting of a knight and a woman, neither of whom are named in the poem.

    • Hank: (on the radio) I want to get on Oprah's book club. You know, I want that sticker from the book club. I wanna get on that show and I wanna ask her about that scene in Beloved where she squats and many takes did she do, was she method?

      Beloved is a 1998 movie based on a 1987 novel by Toni Morrison. The movie, which involves former slaves after the end of the Civil War, starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.

    • Becca: Mother, It's all one world.
      Karen: Okay, Avril.

      This is a reference to Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne. Her first album, Let Go, was released in 2002.

    • Mia: (to Hank, referring to her teacher) Does he have carnal knowledge?

      Carnal Knowledge is a 1971 movie starring Jack Nicholson. The movie tells the story of the relationships of the two main characters over several decades.

    • All of Hank's books (God Hates Us All, Seasons in the Abyss, South of Heaven) are named after records from the metal band Slayer.

    • The episode's title "LOL" is online chat slang for "Laughing Out Loud".