Season 1 Episode 12

The Last Waltz

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 29, 2007 on Showtime
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In the season finale Hank has to deal with Karen's wedding and Becca's first period.

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  • Happy Ending, but not the way I wanted it to play out

    Don't get me wrong this show is awesome and the episode in particular was one of the best in the show, but I'm hung up on the ending in particular, the entire point of the episode and Hank's development was letting Karen move on and he would finally do the same. He even says "Maybe it's time for your old man to finally grow up," yeah it wouldn't have been as happy as it would've been but Hank would have changed more if Karen had stayed with Bill afterwards and it would lead to a great pick up next season where she realizes her mistakes after marrying Bill and then goes back to Hank and Becca but it just felt forced and seemed to come out of nowhere but that is my only complaint in an otherwise awesome episode. Note: the way that Charlie and his wife got back to together in this episode was believable and made me feel fulfilled by the ending of their sexual storyline. Can't wait to start season 2.moreless
  • Weird one

    I was disappointed by this season finale. Isn't Hank supposed to be the lovable loser who does the right thing but does not get what he deserves? It's been that way all series long and now it's all getting turned around to work out for him the way he wants it to?

    Hank was supposed to make a scene on the wedding of his love - he didn't. He was supposed to pay for screwing with Mia - he's not. He was supposed to watch his love marry another man - he did. But in the end she bails and runs away after Hank, the guy she knows she doesn't want to live her life with.

    Either the writer wanted to show that there are happy endings but Hank is not the guy to have earned one.

    So the end of the episode is either another dream sequence or they split up again at the start of the next season. Hank and Karen will no stay together for long.moreless
  • Great first season ending. Hank Moody is quite impressive.

    Hank Moody shows exactly how much he loves Karen in this episode. The entire season showed us how much Hank wanted Karen back; how he tried to woo her in his own special way. We saw Karen fight him and fight herself regarding her feelings for him. I really thought Hank would try one more time to convince Karen- but instead he does the best thing for her- he lets her go. He totally throws her off base. I think she really wanted him to convince her that it was the wrong thing. Then at the ceremony he tries his best to be gallant and help Mia through an awkward time. Even though Mia is basically ruining Hank's life in her own little way. There is a bit more to this, but I don't want to ruin it. It was a great way to end a great season.moreless
  • This episode in particular seemed a little forced.

    Just finished watching the 1st season of Californication. While I liked many of the episodes, this one seemed a little too forced - almost as if they had to fit a few episodes into one at the very end. The wedding scene, in particular, really proved my feelings to be true. With Mia interrupting the wedding, saying what she said, and then denying what she said, saying it was "fiction," I really thought the writers of the show were creating some fake drama. Really that scene meant nothing, as we're back to square one - Hank's novel is in the hands of Mia, and she can still confess at any time what the two had done. In my mind, there was no need for that scene at the wedding, or the later scene between Hank / Mia where she says "We're even."

    Maybe I just hate Mia.moreless
  • Awsome season finale.

    Now I'm a bit far back, I was jerking around back when this series started, so I have snapped on it just recently. So, I've just watched the season finale of the first season, and it was just so sweet. The ending gave me sweet vibes all through my body, I'm talking about those really good vibes.

    I'm not that 'on spot' critic, so I can't barely place any significant moment that was 9/10 or so, but just overall, the season ending was great. Unsure if whether it's okey to spoil here, but I'm keeping a low profile, just in case.

    After having seen the whole season, I must say this is quite a great production. HBO knows their sh-t, as many has so wise said before. I will continue watching second season real soon. Can't barely wait.moreless
Christen Sussin

Christen Sussin


Guest Star

Charlie Mattera

Charlie Mattera

Burly Husband

Guest Star

John C. McLaughlin

John C. McLaughlin

Irish Catholic Priest

Guest Star

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Marcy Ellen Runkle

Recurring Role

Damian Young

Damian Young

William "Bill" Cross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode ends with "You Can't Always Get What You Want", the same song used to begin the first episode of the season.

    • Featured Music:
      Steve Earle & Reckless Kelly - "Reconsider Me"
      Elton John - "High Flying Bird"
      Madeleine Martin - "Only Woman Bleed"
      Tommy Stinson and Friends for Done to Death - "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Karen: Hey Marce? I slept with Hank.
      Marcy: Okay, either I'm really fucking baked or you just told me that you boned Hank.
      Karen: His dad had just died, so...
      Marcy: You're such a slut!

    • Bill: (referring to Mia's book) Well the content is just a little unsettling, wouldn't you agree? The whole thing reads like some teenage girl's fantasy about having an affair with some depraved asshole who bears a striking resemblance to my least favorite American novelist.
      Mia: What makes you think it's fantasy?

    • Marcy: Has bill requested the ass yet?
      Karen: No! And he's not gonna get it.
      Marcy: Not even on his wedding night?
      Karen: No!
      Marcy: You don't deny your man the ass. You give it to him, because once he knows he can have that, he ain't gonna want that shit anymore. Believe that.
      Karen: I dig that.
      Marcy: Yeah man. The ass is always greener.

    • Hank: (To Karen) You know, I'm sorry I never gave you a day like today. I don't know what I was so afraid of... so negative. Because I look around and... I think it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen... beside from you.

    • Becca: I'm very proud of you.
      Hank: Really? And why is that?
      Becca: Cause you got through it...and didn't get into a fight with anyone. Well, you didn't start it at least. You're tragically flawed, dad, but you've got a good heart.
      Hank: I'll take that.

    • Karen: Jesus Christ, Hank. F***! It wasn't supposed to be like this. I mean, I wasn't supposed to be married to some other guy, and you weren't supposed to flush your f***ing career down the toilet, and Becca wasn't supposed to start her period and some strange woman show her to use the tampon for the first time.
      Hank: All those things that weren't supposed to happen... they happened. What happens next is up to you.

    • Becca: Dad?
      Hank: Yeah.
      Becca: It happened.
      Hank: What happened?
      Becca: It.
      Hank: It what?
      Becca: It.
      Hank: It.
      Becca: The it.
      Hank: Oh, it. Shit.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Poslední valčík (The Last Waltz)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 12, 2007 on Channel Ten
      Norway: January 23, 2008 on TV2
      Sweden: April 3, 2008 on TV4
      Denmark: May 11, 2008 on SBS Net
      Finland: June 2, 2008 on Nelonen
      Germany: July 30, 2008 on AXN
      Belgium: November 17, 2008 on 2BE
      Slovakia: November 21, 2011 on JOJ

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


    • Becca: (referring to the guitar player from her band) He asked me out...on a date.
      Hank: Captain fantastic.

      This is a reference to the 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by British musician Elton John. The album debuted at #1 and went triple platinum.

    • Hank: (to guitar player after Hank sees him kiss Becca) And you, no tongue. I'm serious, that's not cool. Check yourself, before you riggity riggity wreck yourself.

      This is a reference to the song "Check Yo Self" by rapper Ice Cube. The song was released in 1993 on his album Predator.

    • Becca: Are you there Dad? It's me, Becca. I'm fine. I'm not going to die or anything, I just got my period.

      This is a reference to the book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., written by Judy Blume and published in 1970. The book tells the story of a young girl growing up in a mixed-religion family.