Californication

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

8
Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Aug 13, 2007 on Showtime
9.2
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We meet 30ish year old Hank Moody in a church asking Jesus to help him get his life back on track. He is then distracted by a hot nun, which turns out to be a dream that is representative of his lifestyle. Sex-addicted Hank sleeps with many women including a woman who is cheating on her enraged and muscular husband and a 16-year-old girl who he thinks is in college. Moody also has to interact with ex-girlfriend Karen who might still love him. With her, they share the custody of their 12-year-old daughter Becca who is wise beyond her years but is starting to have a sex life, which freaks out both of her parents.moreless

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  • about the episode

    10
    It got great cinematography.
  • What a pilot!

    9.0
    Hank became a favourite of mine in just the first ten minutes, and he does a great job of maintaining that for me the rest of the episode. His sense of humour is almost like James Bond, except he's a bit more of a prick instead of a gentlemen, but the results are the same; consistently creating laugh out loud smart remarks in between having sex with the next random stranger. Not only has this episode successfully made you laugh on several occasions, but it also presented us a super clear picture of the character of Hank and the life he lives. In addition the story was pretty cleverly set up; this whole talk about his story being turned into a movie was the movie that he watched near the beginning. And the random 16 year old he banged is actually the daughter of the husband of his ex wife. Absolutely brilliant writing and a cast of characters that are already lovable, if there is one way to kick off a TV series, this is the way to do it.moreless
  • Sex and the City... from a male point of view

    10
    I have not been able to watch this episode till the very end, but I will do it soon, for I recorded it :). First thing: I was concearned it would be a male version of Sex and the City... and somehow Hank is a male version of Carry Bradshaw... but you can really see how much this male Carry, his choices, his live is very diffrent from the female version. For me as a male this is much more apealling. Love the humor, the sarcazm, the sexizm and of cours the nudity!!! There are quite some hot chicks undressing here... but the humor is way better than that... the first scene in the church... heavy... very heavy... but a great laugh! And it was not the end... a father wishing for his daughter to be lesbian, becouse he knows what kind of jerk men can be... there are religious, sex-related and many other jokes... and they are not light! Its almost as if someone took the humor of South Park... and made it mature! If they keep this level, its going to be something very special... for males... and females (if they wish to really know whats happening in our male heads, and believe me... I am far away from beeing Hank... but there is a Hank in all of us ;) )!

    All thumbs up for this one from someone with hope!moreless
  • Californication

    9.0
    A one-night-stand causes Hank Moody to be late in meeting twelve-year-old daughter Becca at home, much to the disgust of ex-girlfriend Karen. Then, A romp with a hot bookstore shopper will upend Hank's life in ways he could never imagine. After Becca sneaks out to a party, Hank and Karen go in search of their daughter. Later, Hank and Karen have a heart-to-heart where he admits he wants her back, but she reveals she's engaged and moving on. I really enjoyed watching the pilot episode of this show and i will be tuning in next week to see what happens to Hank.

    This was a funny episode and was very entertianing.moreless
  • I loved it immediately.

    9.3
    This episode has it all, drama, comedy, love, sex.



    I wanted to see the pilot because of David Duchovny (I'm an X-files fan) and it was even way better than I expected. I almost killed myself by watching it, it was so funny. Hank is a character where you can feel sorry for, his life just fell apart and he's lost.



    I have to say that David Duchovny looked good and was kind of hot, no wonder he got the role of Hank and he plays it really good.



    I'm definatly going to watch the next episodes. This is a show that could make it here in Belgium.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • After picking up Becca from the party, Hank and Karen have a glass of wine together. The camera shows Karen pouring herself a glass of wine and then Hank's. The camera switches to Hank and then back to Karen, where she is shown pouring her glass of wine again.

    • The license plate on Hank's Porsche reads "5KZ0475".

    • Featured Music:
      Rolling Stones - "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (Opening scene)
      Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Pushin' On" (Outside the movie theather, by the bookstore, when Hank is sleeping with Mia and the girl in the bar)
      Ive Mendes - "A Beira Mar" (In the bar when Hank is talking to Charlie)
      Peepin' Tom - "Mojo" (Hank and Karen pick up Becca at the party)
      My Morning Jacket - "Rocket Man" (Closing scene)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Karen: This is Mia, Bill's daughter, and this is Hank. You two know each other?
      Hank: No.
      Mia: Well, I do recognize you.
      Hank: No.
      Mia: Yeah, sure I do.
      Hank: No.
      Mia: From your book. Your picture is on the back.

    • Mia: What happened to your eye?
      Karen: Yeah what did happen to your eye, Hank?
      Hank: Well, you should see the other guy.
      Mia: I hope she doesn't press charges.
      Hank: It was not a "she", it was a "he", the other guy.
      Mia: Right, or whatever I'm off to bed, good night. It was nice to meet you, Hank.
      Hank: Nice to meet you, too.

    • Mia: Hey, that was really cool what you did tonight, it's nice to see some good old fashion family values in this morally bankrupt city of ours.
      Hank: That's me, I'm all about the family values.

    • Hank: Now you're giving me that look, right now, look like I fingerbanged your cat.

    • Becca: Father?
      Hank: Daughter?
      Becca: Can I ask you something?
      Hank: Anything, my love.
      Becca: Why is there a naked lady in your bedroom?
      Hank: You stay right here.
      Becca: There's no hair on her vagina. Do you think she's ok?
      Hank: I'll check.

    • Karen: Well, Bill and I never touched each other till we were dead and buried.
      Hank: Ok, are you trying to make me throw up now?

    • Becca: Don't yell at him!
      Karen: I'm not going to yell at him...much.

    • Becca: So, who won that round?
      Hank: Oh, it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.
      Becca: Looks like a fun game.
      Hank: You think I made her laugh?
      Becca: Sure. A little. On the inside.

    • Hank: What?
      Karen: You smell like pussy.
      Hank: Thank you.

    • Hank: (To Karen) Oh, I know that look. That's the look that shrivels me testes.

  • NOTES (5)

    • For this episode, the show won the 2008 Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography For A Half-hour Series".

    • Seven advertisers, including Burger King, Finish Dishwashing Liquid, CRC, Cadbury, Flight Center, Ferrit, and the Ministry Of Economic Development, pulled their advertising from the show after this pilot episode aired in New Zealand, mainly due to it's featuring of explicit sex scenes, nudity, teenage drug use and bad language.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: August 27, 2007 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: November 6, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Norway: November 7, 2007 on TV2
      The Netherlands: November 12, 2007 on Comedy Central
      Sweden: January 10, 2008 on TV4
      Denmark: March 2, 2008 on SBS Net
      Finland: March 17, 2008 on Nelonen
      Germany: May 14, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: September 1, 2008 on 2Be
      Slovakia: September 5, 2011 on JOJ

    • This episode is 33 minutes long.

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

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Hank: Yellow Submarine?
      Becca: Pirates.
      Hank: Again?

      Yellow Submarine is a 1968 animated movie based on The Beatles' music. The title track to the movie was their 1966 song, Yellow Submarine, and The Beatles released an album with the same name in 1969 as the soundtrack to the film.

    • "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is a song performed by the English rock band Queen, written by singer Freddie Mercury. While it peaked at number two in the UK, it hit number one on the U.S. charts on February 23, 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. It topped the charts in Australia for six weeks.

    • When Hank's daughter Becca says that she wants to see a pirate movie, she also says that Johnny Depp is hot, she is referring to one of the films of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, that Depp plays the main role, Captain Jack Sparrow.

    • The movie adaptation "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love" to Hank Moody's book stars Hollywood actors Tom and Katie, both supposed to be a couple, so this might be an allusion to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

    • Californication is the title track on the 1999 album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As of 2007, it is their most commercially successful album.

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