Season 3 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 18, 2009 on Showtime
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Becca develops a new and more adult fashion sense which Hank does not approve. In the meantime, Hank wants to find out why Jackie dropped his class, so he brings along Charlie to visit the strip club where she works.

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  • I just got beaten up by a J. Crew catalog.

    Funny episode of Californication, but I really am not a fan of the direction the show is taking with three women into Hank (four if you count his ex-wife). The show is just too smart for this broad, Two and a Half Men like storylines and while Charlie Sheen's Charlie Harper character is certainly funny, his dialogue is nowhere near on par with the intelligent, but comical wit of one Hank Moody.

    Some of the stuff was just a bit too inappropriate, and while I am not offended by anything I see on TV, others might be so the show might need to rethink some scenes (see tampon in the toilet).moreless
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:
      "Rock Your Body" by 3L Flex (At the fashion store)
      "Rock Star" by N.E.R.D. (At the strip club)
      "P**** Liquor" by Rob Zombie (At the strip club)
      "Cha Cha (Be My New Boyfriend) Rock Remix" by Spider Problem (At the strip club)
      "You're The One That I Want" by Danielle Duval (Jackie takes care of Hank)
      "Can't Find My Way Home" by Stuffy Shmitt (Hank talks to Karen)
      "Babbette" by Luther Russell (Closing scenes)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jackie: Are you okay?
      Hank: No! I just got my ass kicked by a J.Crew catalog, I'm not okay.
      Jackie: What hurts?
      Hank: My ass.

    • Sue: Hank, I've been making some phone calls on your behalf, and guess what? People think you're a cunt. No joke. Now here's what I think we should do. There's a lot of dried-up Hollywood snatch out there in need of watering. Powerful older women, whose limp-dicked husbands have long since stopped tending their gardens, and they want someone young, dumb, full of cum. That's where you come in. Now, I think we should send you around town to these executive suites, and you charm your way into the hearts, minds, and pants of these unfuckable monsters. Next thing you know, my phone is ringing for Hank Moody.
      Hank: So you're suggesting that I dump this whole writer thing and reinvent myself as a Hollywood man-whore?
      Sue: Oh, abso-fucking-lutely.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 26, 2010 on HBO
      Sweden: May 17, 2010 on TV400
      Latin America: August 02, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Germany: August 26, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: October 4, 2010 on Nelonen

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


    • Jackie: (to Hank) You know, I appreciate you trying to help me unleash my inner Hemingway, but I'm a big girl.

      Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a writer and journalist who won Pulitzer and Novel Prizes during his career. Jackie is referring to Hank's effort to help her with her writing by rejoining his class.

    • Hank: (paying the stripper for Charlie's lap dance) This is for Ralph Baldo Emerson.

      This is a reference to Ralph Waldo Emerson, an 1800s poet and essayist. Emerson was a controversial figure late in his life because of his anti-slavery views. Hank is making a joke about Charlie's baldness.

    • Hank: (to saleswoman) I think I see someone over there in the market for a $250 Jethro Tull T-shirt. And by the way, I was at that show, I payed all of ten bucks for the shirt.

      Jethro Tull is a British rock band that was created in 1967. The band was most active in the 1970s and 80s and has experimented with a variety of music styles over the years.

    • Hank: (waiting at the clothing store) Come on, Becca, you're killing me softly here.

      Killing me Softly is a 2002 movie based on a novel by Nicci French that was published three years earlier. Hank's quote is also a possible reference to the 1971 Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel song "Killing Me Softly with His Song."

    • Sue Collini's line "Young, dumb and full of cum" was used to describe Johnny Utah in the 1991 movie Point Break. It also possibly a reference to lyrics from the song "Purple Pills" by D-12.