Californication

Season 4 Episode 2

Suicide Solution

2
Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jan 16, 2011 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Hank's tries to reconnect with Becca by taking her to a guitar store run by musician Zakk Wylde. Later, Hank takes a meeting with an Oscar-winning actor(played by Rob Lowe) who's set to play him in the film of the novel. At the Runkle house, Marcy is becoming sick of Hank and Hank is failing at apologizing to Becca.moreless

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  • 402

    6.0
    Californication returned here tonight, but this episode just did not do it for me in my mind. The "attempted suicide" at the end just seemed so random, and yes, I understand that one can argue they have been building toward this, but of all the things that have happened to him throughout this show's history, why would he try to do it now, after a gorgeous young woman wants to have sex with him?



    A few laughs here, but I didn't like the whole You, Me and Dupree thing at the beginning of the episode. Okay, but nothing to write home about here.moreless
  • Hank's descent continues as he meets an actor who wants to play him in the movie of F+P

    8.5
    Some people may complain about the way Tom Kapinos and crew have been blending the drama and comedy into Californication in the past few episodes of the show, but I must say, it's turned Hank Moody into a more three-dimensional character, something that I've wanted from David Duchovny since the first season. Sure, he's a major sex addict, but what else is he? We get hints here and there about how important his family is to him, but so far, this season has done a great job of making Hank Moody into a better character, something you wouldn't expect four season into a show. Of course, it's sacrificed some of its rapid-fire dialogue and hilarious scenes as a result, but is that such a bad thing?



    At least the show is still funny. Whether it was Rob Lowe's appearance as a Brad Pitt-esque actor named Eddie Nero who once apparently defecated on a woman or his always entertaining bromance with Charlie, the show found ways to get the laughs out. The show has made huge strides since Season 1, and while it's difficult for me to figure out where I stand on which is my favorite, I have to say that it's impressive that the show can at least stay consistent over time.



    I'm not sure how I feel about the Sasha Bingham romance and I'm glad to see Hank having actual doubts about hooking up with so many people when he really just cares about his family. I hope that the Bingham/Moody romance doesn't overtake everything else. But it should be interesting to see how the relationship unfolds.. I mean, think about how many ridiculous scenarios there are: Hank Moody hooking up with the actress playing Mia, the actress playing Mia possibly hooking up with the actor playing Hank Moody.. it's like a ridiculous puzzle, one that should be prety fun to watch.moreless
  • Further Down the Rabbit Hole: A Hank Moody Sob Story

    9.0
    Hank continues his downward spiral as he finally gets his visitation with Becca but learns that she truly despises him still as they go to run an errand. Hank and Charlie meet with Eddie Nero (Rob Lowe) who is interested in playing Hank in the movie adaptation of F & P and Hank begins a tryst with Sacha who wants to "character work." Charlie continues his upward count to 100. Hank continues to wallow in his sorrows with excess of drink and an assortment of pills from Runkle's medicine cabinet and writes an apology letter to Becca for what he's done because he can't live with her hating him. Solid episode, but I feel as if it's coming on a little heavy thus far with Hank's depression sinking into everything but hopefully they will balance that in with next week's episode with a few more laughs along with the drama.moreless
Summer Crosley

Summer Crosley

Girl With Charlie

Guest Star

Cordelia Sonnenschein

Cordelia Sonnenschein

5 Year Old Becca

Guest Star

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

Guitar Guy

Guest Star

Addison Timlin

Addison Timlin

Sasha Bingham

Recurring Role

Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino

Abby Rhoads

Recurring Role

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Eddie Nero

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Hank: (voiceover, as he types a letter) To my dear beautiful daughter: I'm writing you a letter. That's right, a good old-fashioned letter. It's a lost art really, like handjobs--shit (crosses out "handjobs" on the typewriter). I have a confession to make: I didn't like you very much at first. You were just this annoying little blob. You smelled nice, most of the time, but you didn't seem to have much interest in me, which I of course found vaguely insulting. It was just you and your mom against the world. Funny how some things never change. So I cruised along doing my thing, acting the fool, not really understanding how being a parent changes you. And I don't remember the exact moment everything changed, I just know that it did. One minute I was impenetrable, nothing could touch me. The next my heart was somehow beating outside my chest, exposed to the elements. Loving you has been the most profound, intense, painful experience of my life. In fact it's been almost too much to bear. As your father I made a silent vow to protect you from the world, never realizing I was the one who would end up hurting you the most. When I flash-forward my heart breaks, mostly because I can't imagine you speaking of me with any sort of pride. How could you? Your father is a child in a man's body. He cares for nothing and everything at the same time. Noble in thought, weak in action. Something has to change, something has to give. It's getting dark, too dark to see.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: May 3, 2011 on HBO
      United Kingdom: October 13, 2011 on 5*
      Finland: January 9, 2012 on Nelonen
      Sweden: September 26, 2012 on TV11

    • Featured Music:
      "Sex Machine" by Rob Lowe
      "Half Full Glass of Wine" by Tame Impala

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