Season 3 Episode 2

The Land Of Rape And Honey

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 04, 2009 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

After a job offer by Felicia Koons, Hank starts working as college professor and soon gets into trouble, while Charlie interferes with Marcy's romantic life.

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  • Another great ep.

    While the appeal to many fans of this episode may have been Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick guest starring, and playing a homosexual character as opposed to his womanizing personality on the CW drama, for me I loved it because it was Californication at its purest. The unique sense of deviant comedy is just unparalleled by any other show on TV. Californication has the humor of Entourage (except is funnier), the aura of Mad men, and the backstory of The Wrestler (just substitute an author for a professional athlete). In that sense it is one of pay cable's best shows.

    David Duchovny is just so into his character that it is impossible to imagine anybody else playing the part. Evan Handler continues to impress me this season as well as he is growing into a great supporting castmember when he was always just sort of there.

    Strong episode, one of the best comedies of the week, yet again.moreless
  • Is that a hot potato I smell?

    The thing that makes you keep watching this show is that it pushes the envelope in just about every direction it can go - and this episode's attention to rape fantasies was a typical example. Hot potato topics are a cornerstone of Californication, but this one took the biscuit (well, so far anyway - wonder what other tricky topics will be covered in future episodes?). And I have to say - how nice to see Ed Westwick, who plays a self-indulgent, pretentious gay character who is hard to like SO well. What a nice change from Gossip Girl's Chuck :)moreless
Billy Brown

Billy Brown

Marcy's Date

Guest Star

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Chris "Balt" Smith

Guest Star

Maggie Reid

Maggie Reid

Politically Correct Student

Guest Star

Diane Farr

Diane Farr

Jill Robinson

Recurring Role

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

Sue Collini

Recurring Role

Eva Amurri

Eva Amurri


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jill: You know, I try not to think about it too much, but I could have been TA'ing for Richard Bates right now, and that would have been a real eduction for me. I was doing my thesis on him. Yeah, and then you had to go and knock him off the wagon.
      Hank: But look how it worked out for you, you get to learn at the feet of a master...bater.

    • Charlie: I like me a big girl. Yeah, before Marcy here, most of my girlfriends were somewhat zofty.
      Hank: Yeah, I remember that. Your apartment was like half-off at Lane Bryant.

    • Charlie: Hank, please. We're all gay.
      Hank: What the what the?
      Charlie: I'm serious.
      Hank: Yeah I know, and it scares me.
      Charlie: Alright, let me put it this way. If you and I were trapped together on a desert island...
      Hank: I don't like where this is goin' already.
      Charlie: It would only be a matter of time before I was puttin' it in your pooper.

    • Hank: (referring to Marcy's cooking) Truth be told, I remember the food being a hell of a lot better. What about this steak? It tastes like prison ass.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 12, 2010 on HBO
      Sweden: May 10, 2010 on TV400
      Latin America: July 19, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Germany: August 19, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: September 20, 2010 on Nelonen

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


    • Sue: (describing her fantasy to Charlie) My own features a handsome stranger. Think Jack, circa The Postman Always Rings Twice.

      The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1981 movie based on a novel by James M. Cain. In the movie, Jack Nicholson plays a man who has an affair with a woman he meets at a diner, and they conspire to kill her husband.

    • Sue: Who knows, you might something better in my punani.
      Charlie: Yeah, Warren Beatty's lost Rolex, maybe.

      Warren Beatty is an actor and is considered one of the early Hollywood leading men. Charlie is making a joke about Sue's age--Beatty was born in 1937 and did most of his acting work in the 1950s to 1970s.

    • Hank: (to Chris) Your story was bad. It was terrible, in fact. It was like that lame Twilight bullshit. I have no patience for that crap. It's not writing, it's like bound toilet paper.

      Twilight is a series of vampire-themed novels by Stephenie Meyer. The first book was published in 2005, and the novels have been adapted into a series of movies, the first of which was released in 2008.

    • Sue: (to Charile) Are you thinkin' about some role playing? Because you name the game, I'll play the part. And I'm good at it. I used to run lines with Margot Kidder, before she went ape shit.

      Margot Kidder is an actress best known for her roles as Lois Lane in the Superman movies of the late 1970s and early 80s. Kidder suffers from bi-polar disorder and received attention in 1996 when she was found by members of the LAPD after a psychiatric episode.

    • Sue: (to Charlie while he works) All work and no ass play makes Chuck a dull boy.

      This is a reference to the proverb "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." The most famous use of the quote was by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 horror movie The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King.

    • Hank: (looking for a response from his students) How 'bout the rest of you spoiled rich kids? Someone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

      This is a reference to the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a comedy about a high school senior who skips school and tries to avoid getting caught by the dean. In that movie, one of the teachers used to address the class the very same way Hank does.

    • Stacy: (to Felicia) Are you done handling this? Because we are dealing with an idiot man-child here.
      Hank: (impersonating a retarded person) Uh, me love her too much, me pet her too hard. She no wake up.

      This is a reference to the 1937 John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men. One of the characters in the story, Lennie, is mentally disabled and very strong. Near the end of the book, he accidentally kills his boss's wife while petting her hair.

    • This episode's title shares a name with an album from the metal band Ministry. The Land of Rape and Honey was the band's third album, released in 1988.