Season 2 Episode 1

Slip of the Tongue

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 28, 2008 on Showtime
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After their reunion in season one, Hank and Karen plan to move back to New York. Karen asks Hank to get a vasectomy, to which he agrees. At the party of a record producer, Lew Ashby, Hank has a sexual accident...

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  • Sterilization on Californication.

    So, Hank Moody is back. The season doesn't start with a bang; it doesn't try to score cheap points. Instead, the writers decided to just pick up where they left off last season. And I really liked it. There is a lot of character development in this episode. I just want to say this: the show wouldn't be what it is without the great David Duchovny. He's back in full form. I really like the idea (and execution) of the vasectomy. He's back with the woman he loves, has stitches in his **ck, manages to say 'no' to sex once, but ultimately still lets down Karen. He's the man in the wrong place at the wrong time. The beginning of the scene with the police officer is hilarious, but the final moments of the episode are painful to watch. Not just because of the physical pain (and being a guy), but also because of the emotions on Hank's face. I think he hits the officer because he is frustrated with himself. Thinking about the chorus from that Neil Young song: "why do I keep f*cking up?".moreless
  • transitional episode - for the characters and the audience.

    this was a transitional episode in many ways - we are transitioning from the first season when Hank and Karen were living separate lives, suddenly they are together again. Hank transitions from shooting live ammo to suddenly getting a vasectomy. Mia transitions from a life of anonymity to suddenly being independently wealthy (off Hank's talent). Thankfully Hank seems to have lost none of us talent for attracting drop dead gorgeous women, assailing all with his witty wisecracks, or managing to get himself into trouble in the way one snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

    In other words, the more things change the more they stay the same. In the case of Californication, that's a good thing.moreless
  • Californication returns.

    I think we can all agree that it's been too long since Hank Moody has been on our TV screens. Californication returned and delivered the same comedic excellence we have come to expect from the show. David Duchovny is incredible in the role and his wicked sense of sarcastic humor is unmatched on television today. The rest of the cast compliments him well as we all see them look at him slightly differently, but at the same time agreeing that he's an **** who's trying to change.

    Brian Posehn made a funny guest appearance here as a man on a riding scooter. Some of the scenes regarding the ripped penis were a little too much but that just shows how edgy the show truly is. A great way for Californication to come back and remind fans that it is one of the top five comedies on TV.moreless
  • Hank Moody is back and back big, even if he is missing a bit of himself.

    I was a little worried about how the last season ended. Well about the whole last season in general. It was outstanding, the overall plot arch started strong and ended strong. It almost seemed like there was nowhere left to go. Well season two starts off exactly where it should, the burgeoning re-relationship of Hank and Karen. They are officially a couple again "until we f*** it up."

    Pithy, vulgar, and poignant.

    Everything great about the first season continues in the Season 2 premiere. Everyone is on top form, and Callum Keith Rennie looks like he is going to a great edition. Couldn't have asked for a better start.moreless
Michelle Lombardo

Michelle Lombardo

Surfer Girl

Guest Star

Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz


Guest Star

David M. Fabrizio

David M. Fabrizio


Guest Star

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall


Recurring Role

Angus MacFadyen

Angus MacFadyen

Julian Self

Recurring Role

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Lew Ashby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "California Dreaming" by The Mamas And The Papas (Opening scene, Hank and Karen in bed)
      "Raining Blood" by Slayer
      "What You Want Me to Do" by Shake Some Action
      "Prima Donna" by My Heat
      "Go Low Step Low" by Echo Pilot
      "(Go to) California" by Rob Zombie
      "If You Could Read Your Mind" by Clinic
      "Can You Hear Me?" by Lions
      "My S***'s F***** Up" by Warren Zevon (Closing scene, end credits)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Julian: I like to think of myself as more of a creative midwife.
      Hank: Oh, well I like to think of myself as having a twelve-inch cock, but it doesn't make it so. Two inches shy!

    • Becca: How's the package?
      Hank: That's not a conversation I ever wanted to have with my daughter, but thanks for asking, sweetie.

    • Becca: (referring to the real estate agent) Next time she tells me to clean my room, I'm gonna say, "Clean this, lady!" and give her a titty-twister.

    • Hank: (opening condom wrapper) You better start talking dirty, this could take a while.
      Karen: Okay, what do you want me to say?
      Hank: Uh, right before you come, call me Bill.
      Karen: Who says I'm gonna come?
      Hank: Oh, a on. Get ready for Thor's hammer!

    • Urologist: You wanna see it?
      Hank: See what?
      Urologist: The section of the vas def I just cut out?
      Hank: Oh, vas definitely not.
      Urologist: If it feels like I'm sewing the flesh at the base of your penis back together, that's because I am.

    • Karen: Why are you smiling like that?
      Hank: How am I smiling?
      Karen: Like a retard.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Callum Keith Rennie (Lew Ashby) previously worked before with David Duchovny in two episodes of The X-Files and in the second movie of The X-Files: I Want To Believe, released some months before this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 6, 2009 on HBO
      Finland: January 12, 2009 on Nelonen
      Sweden: January 12, 2009 on TV4
      Germany: August 1, 2009 on AXN
      Slovakia: November 28, 2011 on JOJ

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

    • As of this episode, Pamela Adlon (Marcy) is featured as one of the main stars.


    • Hank: You know, if it's dark enough you can rip open an Alka-Seltzer.
      Lew: And bang her with it!
      Hank: No, it'll'll create the illusion that you're wearing a jimmy hat. David Copperfield does it...not on stage.

      David Copperfield is a magician who is generally considered the most successful of all-time, with more than a billion dollars in career earnings. Copperfield has received five Emmy nomination, winning once.

    • Hank: We...
      Surfer Girl: Sure did, couple of times, actually.
      Hank: A long time ago.
      Surfer Girl: In a galaxy not so far away.

      This is a reference to the Star Wars movies, which open with the text "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." rolling across the screen.

    • Hank: How you doin'?
      Surfer Girl: Same old, livin' la vida loca.

      "Livin' La Vida Loca" is a former #1 hit by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin. The song, from his self-titled album, was released in 1999.