Season 3 Episode 3

Verities & Balderdash

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 11, 2009 on Showtime
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At a university mixer, Hank comforts his dumped assistant Jill in his very own way, while Charlie lands a very important client for Sue Collini, which really turns her on.

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  • Good episode.

    Man, last year I was disappointed with Californication, but this third season is back to the highly entertaining, dark and classically-humorous show we saw during the inaugural season. Peter Gallagher is awesome as Dean Stacy Koons and Hank Moody is on top of his game as always with his witty lines that just make women throw their clothes off.

    Kathleen Turner manages to both make you laugh and really creep you out with her role as Charlie's boss, so that's just another unique element about this show. I think a lot of things that are funny on Californication would not pass for funny elsewhere and that just shows what a special show this is.moreless
  • Hank to Jill: you're scary smart, you're crazy beautiful, and you're also incredibly sexual...and 2 minutes later their bodies become entangled on top of Mr Koons private study's desk...

    So why do women find Hank so irresistable? Fortune and fame? Compared to the rest of the habitants of LA, his little pile of gold and his dirty Porsche can hardly count for much, not even if you throw in his ruggedly handsome looks and his writer's charm. Here's what made me realize why Hank will eternally be irresistable to women:

    Hank: It's my purgatory, dinner, drinks, whatever, never really all that interested but i find myself telling her how beautiful she is anyway. Because it's true, all women are, in one way or another, you know there's always something about everyone of you, there's a smile, a curve, a secret, you ladies really are the most amazing creatures, my life's work. But then there's the morning after, the hang-over, and the realization that I'm not so available as I thought I was the night before.

    It's because Hank loves women, he's not out to conquer territory or increase his score, he simply loves women in a more general sense. That's why he gave those compliments to Jill. He didn't need to get laid, he just narrowly escaped Mrs Koons kiss-attack, he only wanted Jill to understand that she is a wonderful, attractive woman. This is almost the kinda advice you'd expect from Sex and the City!

    Hank is a woman-lover, not a womanizer. He may express it in unorthodox ways, such as being extremely promiscuous, but he's never done anything bad to a woman (OK except for cheating on Karen), while he's pulled plenty of wicked stunts to all the other men on the show. Usually he just acts his normal woman-loving but **** self, and the women come flocking to him. Why? Because we women have a radar for men who don't only want sex, but who cares about us and who respects us. Hank is the most obvious specimen of such a kind. Exaggerrated of course because we're on TV, but this is the modern day Casanova, the type of men that all women love to hate but cannot bear to.

    Now to some of the more menial plots during this episode:

    So Hank and Mrs Koons' kiss was the biggest non-surprise of this TV season, their not-having-sex was quite the bomb though. You'd almost believe Hank's behaving...until he shags Jill. As I said, he loves women!

    OK, am I the only one who find Sue's sexual harrassment of Charlie more vulgar than Hank's casual sex with women? The age limit for watching her should be like 28 or sump.

    Busty English student with a sexy stripper alter ego is soooooo not worthy a replacement for Mia, I want her back! More punchin and f**kin please!

    I said it, I meant it, I'm here to represent it? That's about the cheesiest thing ever to come out of Hank's mouth. Next episode please!moreless
Cory Knauf

Cory Knauf


Guest Star

Philip Lenkowsky

Philip Lenkowsky


Guest Star

Greg Bond

Greg Bond


Guest Star

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

Sue Collini

Recurring Role

Embeth Davidtz

Embeth Davidtz

Felicia Koons

Recurring Role

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

Dean Stacy Koons

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "You Got a Killer Scene There, Man" by Queens of the Stone Age (Opening scenes)
      "Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice" by The Monks (Hank comforts his assistant)
      "Not Dark Yet" by Jimmy LaFave (Closing scenes)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Hank: It's my purgatory, really, inner drinks, whatever. I'm never really all that interested, but I find myself telling her how beautiful she is anyway. 'Cause it's true, all women are, in one way or another. You know, there's always something about every damn one of you, it's a smile, a curve, a secret. You ladies really are the most amazing creatures, my life's work. But then there's the morning after, a hangover, and the realization that I'm not quite as available as I thought I was the night before. And then she's gone, and I'm haunted by yet another road not taken.
      Felicia: Wow, I'm impressed. You actually dropped the act for a moment and said something real.
      Hank: Yes, I do that sometimes, but you never know when it's coming. You gotta stay on your toes.

    • Felicia: Now, what if I said your job depends on it, Hank?
      Hank: Are you sexually harassing me right now? Because if you are, I think I'm going to have to report you...for giving me a serious boner.

    • Hank: (referring to Felicia's English department mixer) Well, that sounds awesome, and I'm stoked, but alas, I've got plans with the soul-sucking vampire I call my daughter tonight, so I gotta take a rain check.
      Felicia: Well no, Chelsea's already asked if Becca can spend the night.
      Hank: Yes, but I think she'll change her plans when she hears what her old man's got on tap. Besides, wine gives me a headache and cheese makes me fart...a lot. You don't want me stinking up the place.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 19, 2010 on HBO
      Sweden: May 17, 2010 on TV400
      Latin America: July 26, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Germany: August 26, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: September 27, 2010 on Nelonen

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


    • This episode's title shares its name with a 1974 album by Harry Chapin. Verities & Balderdash was Chapin's fourth album.

    • Charlie: (to Rick Springfield) First we get you some Indie-cred. Let's find you your Wrestler, like Mickey Rourke.

      The Wrestler is a 2008 movie about a washed-up former professional wrestler, played by Mickey Rourke. The film earned Rourke several award nominations and represented a significant comeback in his acting career.

    • Becca: Try not to get too hammered.
      Hank: Don't put Daddy in a corner!

      This is a reference to the famous quote "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" from the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing. Patrick Swayze's character, Johnny, says the line near the end of the movie after he is upset that his dance student, nicknamed Baby, is forced to sit in the corner by her family at a dance competition.