Season 3 Episode 9

Mr. Bad Example

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Nov 22, 2009 on Showtime
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After the revelations of his affairs, Hank expects to be fired from campus, but Dean Koons tells him otherwise, when they are both contacted by the principal of their daughters' school, who tells them their girls had a physical confrontation with each other. When the parents meet at the principal's office, one of those affairs is revealed to Karen. Meanwhile, Charlie risks his job trying to hold Marcy off drug addict Rick Springfield.moreless

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  • Probably the weakest episode so far this Season

    I was slightly bored by this episode I have to admit, something that hasn't happened to me before in Season 3. I liked the resolution to the Koons' story line, at least some joy came out of it with Felicia being f***ed to happiness by Hank and set free. I'm guessing the next 2 episodes will focus on Hank's other two lovers and their ending, leaving the Finale all to Hank and the people who really matter in his life.

    On another note, I'm confused about Rick Springfield. He's like a second rate Lou Ashby. The writers must just really like old school rockers.moreless
  • A bunch of funny moments thrown into an episode where nothing much happens.

    After last week's episode, which was superb by simply focusing on the characters interacting with one another and resolving long festering plot points, this week's felt a little stale, especially since nothing much happened except Charlie losing his job as Rick Springfield's agent. Everything else felt a little like filler. However, this isn't to say that the episode wasn't funny, because it was filled with some great moments. Everythintg with Charlie was excellent (as usual) and Hank and Charlie trying to get the coke from David Edelstein's dorm room was classic. I enjoyed a lot of Hank's lines, but overall, the episode felt a bit lackluster.

    I'm not one to 100% trust Wikipedia, but the finale seems to be titled "Mia Culpa." Now, with three episodes left, I'm hoping that they start leading up to a Mia/Hank reunion. Mia remains one of the only pawns on the board that could potentially provide an onslaught of drama and intensity to Hank's life. I could see this season ending stronger than Seasons 1 or 2 if they can pull this off right.

    Overall, a pretty good episode, but there wasn't too much going on, at least to me.moreless
  • A fun and funny episode.

    How awesome was that dorm police chase scene? It was like something right out of an 80's comedy, and few movies or TV shows can capture that aura of classic film so that's a true testament to the show.

    I also hope that this is not the end of Rick Springfield's tenure on the show as he has been awesome this season in the role of the exaggerated rock star.

    But for the first time in a few weeks we just had a truly funny installment of Californication from top to bottom. Hank being so irresponsibly hilarious and Dean Koontz being awesome as well when he suggested he and Karen make love.

    Only three more episodes left.moreless
Mary Gross

Mary Gross

Principal Green

Guest Star

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield


Guest Star

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

Sue Collini

Recurring Role

Ellen Woglom

Ellen Woglom

Chelsea Koons

Recurring Role

Embeth Davidtz

Embeth Davidtz

Felicia Koons

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "My Precious Little One" by Rick Springfield (At Sue's office)
      "Love Is Alright Tonight" by Rick Springfield (At the trailer)
      "The Weight" by Little Feat (Closing scene)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Hank: This does seem mighty small. I think I got a bigger bonus check when I worked at Blockbuster in '91.
      Charlie: Wait, wait, be kind, rewind. Hank Moody worked at Blockbuster?
      Hank: Yeah, yeah, I had the khakis, the tucked-in polo, the whole thing. I used to splice porn into the Disney films.
      Charlie: Of course you did.

    • Rick Springfield: Hey, I'm doin' a children's charity concert at, uh, The Grove, Thursday night. Yeah, half the proceeds go to, uh, juvenile diabetes. (Charlie stares at him) What?
      Charlie: Um, I'm speechless. Girls at the orphanage? Juvenile diabetes? Who are you two, and what have you done with the nymphomanical sociopaths I've grown to love and loathe?
      Sue: Sorry to burst your bubble, Runkle. I'm a complicated beast.
      Rick Springfield: Me too. Plus, you know, charity events are like ground-zero for single pussy.
      Charlie: And he's back.

    • Charlie: I miss this, I miss us. Do you know how long it's been since I've heard you say those three little words?
      Marcy: Eat my clam?
      Charlie: Eat my clam? No, no, not eat my clam. I love you.

    • Principal Green: We have a zero-tolerance policy on violence here at The Mayflower School. We've just never had to apply it before since most of our young ladies have been taught not to resort to physical violence as a means of expression.
      Hank: So hey, let's look at the bright side here. We're makin' history. Big ups for women's rights.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: March 2, 2010 on HBO
      Sweden: June 7, 2010 on TV400
      Germany: September 15, 2010 on AXN
      Latin America: September 6, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Finland: November 8, 2010 on Nelonen

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


    • Hank: This does seem mighty small. I think I got a bigger bonus check when I worked at Blockbuster in '91. Charlie: Wait, wait, be kind, rewind. Hank Moody worked at Blockbuster? Hank: Yeah, yeah, I had the khakis, the tucked-in polo, the whole thing. I used to splice porn into the Disney films. Charlie: Of course you did.
      This exchange includes references to the 2008 film Be Kind, Rewind, starring Jack Black and Mos Def, with Hank referencing Fight Club, in which Tyler Durden splices porn into family films.

    • Hank: Where is the love, lady?
      Felicia: The love?
      Hank: Yes, where it be located, to misquote a 70s soul classic. Don't make me go Roberta Flack on your ass.

      This is a reference to the 1972 duet "Where is the Love" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. The song came from their album Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, released the previous year.

    • Hank: (to campus security officer) Easy on the cuffs there, Bad Lieutenant, you're making a big mistake.

      This is a reference to the 1992 movie Bad Lieutenant, a crime drama starring Harvey Keitel in the role of the "bad lieutenant," a corrupt police officer.

    • Hank: (to Charlie) Becca got expelled. She went all Leon Spinks on her BFF.

      Leon Spinks is a former boxer who won an Olympic gold medal in 1976. Hank is referring to Becca's fistfight with Chelsea.

    • Charlie: (referring to Rick Springfield) That guy is not the biggest friend to women.
      Marcy: Oh, and you're friggin' Bella Abzug over here.

      Bella Abzug was a social activist who served in the U.S. Congress in the 1970s and was one of the prominent leaders of the Women's Movement. Marcy is sarcastically implying that Charlie treats women poorly.