Season 2 Episode 4

The Raw & the Cooked

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 19, 2008 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Hank proposes to Karen right before a dinner party, to which Mia, Charlie, Marcy, Lew Ashby, Sonja and Julian are invited. Drugs and special circumstances turn the evening in an unexpected direction.

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  • Hank and Karen have a dinner party.

    Californication has been great this season, there's no denying that, but this episode took a step back in garnering more popularity and critical praise for the second year program. The dinner party episode is so played out and has been done to death on almost, possibly every, single sitcom. Hank Moody still gave us some great one-liners, but I have actually read reports of people who believe that Becca is the best character. She got time here, but yeah, she's pretty annoying. I don't like how every week we have the break-up fight between Hank and Karen either. It's growing tiresome, but luckily we should be seeing the author venturing back into the dating world (or at least the tapping world, what up?).moreless
  • Why?!?

    Ok, I don't even know where to start.. For one; is it normal to have a dinner party where you talk openly about sex and drugs etc. in front of children (teenagers)? And to top it off you have people doing drugs in the kids room and yourself in the bathroom? As a parent, is it normal to let someone into your home who is off their heads on ecstacy? I don't have kids, but I didn't think so. Sure Californication is definitely different, but I was still surprised by that. But the biggest question here is, why the H*LL would they invite Mia to this dinner, she only causes trouble...moreless
  • Hank proposes to Karen just before hosting a dinner party where some shocking revelations are revealed. Funny and heart-felt, a great ep.

    Hank finally works up the strength to propose to Karen just before a dinner party that they are having with freinds. At this dinner party Hank is introduced to his daughters boyfriend and though he makes life hard for him he thinks he's a really good kid. But a big bombshell is waiting for him when the rest of the guests show up and no, I don't mean Hank's agent and his wife hyped up on E all night!

    I don't want to spoil the fun but lets say it leaves things in a tough spot for Hank and Karen.

    If there has to be a fault to this ep it has to be the agent (sorry my mind has gone blank with his name) and the missus who as of late have been a real chore to watch. I hope that somethign good happen with them soon or they will just drag the show down!moreless
  • Love it... really brilliant... really sad... Best episode so far (Even considering Season 1)! I think only real tears can express how good and real and sad this show really is! But I ain't gonna cry at my keyboard :Pmoreless

    I am not going to write to much. I was completly emotionally with Hank. Such a funny and equall sad episode. I can't really believe how good David and Natsaha are. They are top notch actors and this episode is frakin brilliant. I love special efects, I love stunt or fighting sequences, but when something gets me on an emotional level... well that is extra-ordinary!

    I could cry like a baby after this one. The style of Californication also got upgraded, we get sequences filtered in a way, like they do them in the oficial intro, it really is a good way to show how time passes, or to make it clear to the viewer, that a very personal scene is about to be screended.

    After the first two episodes I thought the whole thing suffers from "Season Two syndrome" - like Heroes, but in fact, after this episode I have to say that Californication was never better than now... and it was really genius already last year!moreless
Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller


Guest Star

Zita Vass

Zita Vass


Guest Star

Angus MacFadyen

Angus MacFadyen

Julian Self

Recurring Role

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Lew Ashby

Recurring Role

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Hank plays Guitar Hero III)
      "The Apple" by Lady Sa ()
      "Heavy Metal Lady" by Lions (Damien and Becca play Guitar Hero III)
      "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Closing scene)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Julian: There was only one guy, according to Sonja. And, um, you know, she was lonely, he was there, you needed a little positive reinforcement, didn't you? And, he gave you that. So there is nothing to be ashamed of, we all do it. The point is to rise above it and to love ourselves.
      Marcy: Totally, totally, totally.
      Hank: You just come up with that shit, or do you have cue cards written somewhere?

    • Julian: You should come to, uh, one of my workshops, free of charge.
      Hank: You do workshops now? I am down with that s***.
      Julian: See what it's about, maybe it'll help you with your working.
      Hank: When you extract the artist within, does he cut you a check, too?

    • Karen: We're having a dinner party, so why don't you focus on the patio.
      Hank: God, when you say it out loud like that, it sounds awful. Is it too late to call off?
      Karen: Stop it, it's going to be fun, right?
      Hank: Really? Cause I think it's going to be like having a Q-tip jammed up my urethra...for three hours, without lube. Which could be fun, if you do it to me. Wanna?

    • Becca: (saying Grace at the dinner table) I would like to thank the Lord below, for giving me the strength to make it through this dinner. Praise, hail, Satan.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 27, 2009 on HBO
      Finland: February 2, 2009 on Nelonen
      Sweden: February 2, 2009 on TV4
      Germany: August 12, 2009 on AXN
      Slovakia: December 19, 2011 on JOJ

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


    • Hank: (to Karen, referring to the situation with Julian) Now it's like Jaws 3, it's personal.

      Jaws 3 is a thriller film released in 1983 as part of the Jaws movie series about killer sharks. The next movie in the series, Jaws: The Revenge, released in 1987, was actually the film that used the tagline "This Time It's Personal."

    • Julian: I think that woman who indulges herself sexually should be celebrated and not condemned.
      Hank: Hey, chapter seven, let a ho be a ho, right?

      This is a reference to the song "Let a Ho Be a Ho" by the Geto Boys, a hip-hop group from Houston. The song was the eighth track on their second album, Grip It! On That Other Level, which was released in 1989.

    • Julian: Well, it's all well and good to indulge your children, but uh, to endorse a point of view that profanes every sacricent concept in our culture is wrong, no?
      Hank: Okay, I think it's time to put Sir Walter Raleigh back in the can.

      Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) was an English writer and poet. Although his poetry is not particularly well known, he typically wrote in a simple, straightforward manner, sometimes commenting on the political and social culture of the era.

    • Mia: (to Sonja, referring to Julian) Or maybe he's just not that into you.

      This is a reference to the 2004 self-improvement book He's Just Not That into You, written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The authors' inspiration for the book came from a line in the TV show Sex and the City. A movie version of the book was released in 2009.

    • Hank: (to Charlie and Marcy) You guys are f***in' retarded, you're worse then Sid and Nancy.

      Sid and Nancy is a 1986 movie with Gary Oldman playing the role of Sid Vicious, the bassist for the Sex Pistols, and Chloe Webb playing Nancy Spungen, his girlfriend. The movie focuses on their relationship, which was filled with sex and drugs.