Season 2 Episode 2

The Great Ashby

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 05, 2008 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Hank ends up in jail and makes a new friend there, while Charlie runs into job trouble after a fight with Dani.

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  • Season 2 continues to entertain.

    One of the great things about Californication is how real the dialogue and situations are and how relatable everything is. Okay, I don't exactly have a plethora of beautiful women offering me BJ's, but you can understand the plight of Hank Moody and how complications always get in the way of him doing the right thing. David Duchovny's character is a modern-day hero. He doesn't have a cape or super powers, and many things are his kryptonite, but he always perseveres above everything. In this episode we see Hank in jail over his altercation with a police officer. We see him as his same sarcastic self and give us a few quotable lines to use on people tomorrow morning. We also saw a breakdown of Charlie after he was caught on film masturbating in his office. Evan Handler is not the greatest actor in the world, but his performance here was riveting from the yelling to the panicking, we could all name at least one person in our lives who has done something like this before. His unfortunate events resulted in laughs for us, and that is why he is there; that is the main goal of the "loser" in any comedy. I can't remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did when he started freaking out in front of his wife. That's just good television.

    Californication continues to be on a hot streak here in Season 2. Let's see if they can keep things up.moreless
Paul Rae

Paul Rae


Guest Star

Alexis Arquette

Alexis Arquette

Lady In Jail

Guest Star

Billy Mayo

Billy Mayo

Cop 1

Guest Star

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall


Recurring Role

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Lew Ashby

Recurring Role

Carla Gallo

Carla Gallo


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Dirty Thang" by Mega Jive
      "So Hott" by Kid Rock
      "Beautiful" by Uninvited Guests
      "Wake Up Time" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Closing scene, Hank and Karen pillow talk)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Becca: (referring to Hank, who's still in prison) Mom thinks he needs time to think.
      Karen: He does need time.
      Mia: Well, what if while he's thinking, some cholo tosses his salad?
      Karen: Ah, Mia?
      Becca: What does that mean?
      Mia: Nothing good.

    • Hank: (helping Charlie out of the tub) Let's towel you off, big boy. What's with the bib, bub? Come on.
      Charlie: I ate some crustaceans.
      Hank: You look like you crawled out of a dumpster behind the Red Lobster, and you smell like a mermaid's ass crack.

    • (After Lew Ashby bails Hank out of prison, he tries to invite him for a drink and a ride in his car)
      Lew Ashby: Come on, one drink and I'll drop you off. Come on, come on. Yes, silence is a yes.

    • (Hank is in the prison and talks with her daughter over the phone in prison guest facility. Karen sits next to Rebecca and tries to ignore Hank.)
      Rebecca: I'll work on her.
      Hank: (silently) Okay.
      Rebecca: In the meantime, don't bend over for the soap.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The shot of Hank in bed with Karen at the end is reminiscent of the famous 1981 Rolling Stone cover of John Lennon embracing Yoko Ono.

    • Mia: (to Becca, referring to her book) I think this one might be a little too NC-17 for you, Juno.

      This is a reference to the 2007 movie Juno. Ellen Page played the role of Juno MacGuff, a sixteen year-old who becomes pregnant. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

    • Lew: (to Hank, referring to his biography) You can write it--be my Boswell.

      This is a reference to James Boswell, a writer who lived in the 1700s and became famous for writing the biography of English author Samuel Johnson. Boswell's name has become synonymous with a companion or observer.

    • Lew: (to Hank) God Hates Us All, that was your Gatsby. What happened to you, man?

      This is a reference to the classic 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. The story is set in the early 1920s and offers a critique of the immorality and materialism that accompanied the prosperity in America after World War I.

    • Mia: (to Charlie) If it's all the same to you, Runkle, I think I'd rather sit down with David Fincher.

      David Fincher is a movie and music video director. Some of his films include Fight Club and Panic Room, and he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director for the 2008 movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    • Hank: (under his breath, as an inmate urinates with his pants down) There's no place like home, there's no place like home.

      "There's no place like home" is a famous quote by Judy Garland from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. Garland's character, Dorothy, repeats the phrase to transport herself back home to Kansas.

    • Hank: (to Charlie) You're not helping, Scarface.

      Scarface is a 1983 drama film written by Oliver Stone. The movie's plot centers around a Cuban immigrant, played by Al Pacino, who moves to Florida and becomes a gangster and cocaine dealer.