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Californication 7 Seasons 2009

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Season 3
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4.4 out of 5 stars (450) IMDb 8.4/10

This season on Californication, Hank Moody's life, like the economy, is officially turned upside down. The lack of writing assignments forces him to get a "real" job as a college professor while trying to keep wild child Becca on the straight and narrow with Karen still working in New York. Can he learn to keep "regular" hours and inspire the next generation of scribes? First, he'll have to stay on the right side of the dean of students, the dean's wife and a teacher's assistant who's immune to his charms... Meanwhile, Charlie's returned to the mainstream -- he's ditched the porn world for a job at a legitimate agency. His only problem is a boss/agency head who's more interested in him than her clients (hello, Rick Springfield!). It would all be manageable with Marcy by his side, but she's still bitter over his affair and is even back on the dating scene, which is further complicated since the two are platonically sharing the house - who can afford a divorce in a recession?

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David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone

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Season 3
1. Wish You Were Here

Watch the season three premiere for free and don't miss Californication every Sunday at 10pm ET/PT, only on Showtime.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 27, 2009
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2. The Land of Rape and Honey

Newly anointed (and decidedly reluctant) professor Hank Moody grapples with teaching an undergrad creative writing course. A brutally honest assessment of a student's work lands Hank in hot water. In order to placate the Dean and maintain his position, Hank visits the student to make amends. Damage controlled, Hank ends up giving gorgeous and talented writing student JACKIE a ride to her surprising place of employment. Meanwhile, Charlie overly concerns himself with roommate Marcy's dating life to disastrous results.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 4, 2009
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3. Verities and Balderdash

Hank and Becca attend the annual English Department Fall Mixer hosted by Dean Koons and wife Felicia. After flirtatious exchanges with student Jackie and Felicia, Hank finds himself consoling his jilted teacher's aide Jill the best way he knows how. Meanwhile, Becca and Chelsea sneak out to discuss life, love, and the finer points of psychedelic mushrooms. Charlie tries to coax Marcy into celebrating his first signing at the new agency, teen idol Rick Springfield. When Marcy passes on the offer, Charlie finds a modicum of comfort in the arms of his new boss, Sue Collini.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 11, 2009
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4. Zoso

Becca drags Hank to a trendy shopping boutique to pick out some more grown-up attire. But Hank isn't so sure he likes the "new" Becca's makeover. At work, Hank juggles sexual encounters with teacher's aide Jill and boss Felicia. And finally, in an attempt to figure out why talented writer Jackie is missing class, Hank drags Charlie to the strip club where she works. Unfortunately, temptation gets the better of the Hank. Charlie and Marcy attempt to sell their house, but an unexpected surprise chases the buyers away.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: October 18, 2009
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5. Slow Happy Boys

Hank has the apartment all to his bad self when Becca visits Karen in New York for the weekend. Meanwhile, Hank's old buddy from Long Island, Mike Zlosowski, pays a visit. Hank shows Zlos an epic time, inviting him to a swanky party hosted by Sue Collini and her eccentric husband Dickie. The weekend culminates in a night of debauchery where Hank and his talented pupil Jackie take their student / teacher relationship to the next level. Upon picking up Becca at LAX, Hank's surprised to see his daughter isn't traveling alone. Charlie and Marcy are finally hitting the sheets again, but it's coitus interruptus after Charlie reveals a dirty little secret involving ex-flame Daisy.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 25, 2009
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6. Glass Houses

Back in L.A. for a short visit, Karen hatches a plan to move the family back to New York for good. Hank's mighty pleased, but Becca's crestfallen about leaving her new best friend, Chelsea. After inviting herself to Hank's class, Karen meets the comely ladies of the university: T.A. Jill Robinson and sexpot student Jackie. Later on, tempers flare when Becca and Chelsea get into some serious trouble and Hank and Karen are forced to pay a tense visit to Chelsea's parents, Felicia and Stacy Koons. Charlie is crushed when Marcy loudly consummates her girlhood-crush on Rick Springfield. But Sue Collini thinks up a creative way to restore Charlie's confidence.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 1, 2009
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7. So Here's the Thing...

Eager to set things right with Karen again, Hank tries to distance himself from the ladies of the university. But after Dean Koons catches Hank in an intimate moment with Jackie, Hank finds himself more entangled than ever. Meanwhile, his attempts to cool things off with Felicia and Jill begin to backfire. Adding insult to injury, Becca calls Hank out on the awful example he's been setting for her. Charlie fights to keep Sue Collini's favorite client from leaving the agency. Later, Sue asks Charlie for a most curious favor.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 8, 2009
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8. The Apartment

Hank's in for a hedonistic night to remember when Jackie and two stripper friends arrive at his doorstep, unannounced. The next morning, before Hank can escort his new friends from the apartment, Charlie shows up with a verbally abusive Rick Springfield. Hank's forced to hide the hung-over party girls all over the house after Jill and Felicia pay surprise visits. The charade reaches its boiling point when Dean Koons arrives on the scene, resulting in a messy catharsis by fire.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 15, 2009
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9. Mr. Bad Example

After Becca and Chelsea get into a brawl at school, Hank and Karen are called into the principal's office along with Felicia and Peter Koons. Karen's disgusted after the Dean offhandedly airs Hank and Felicia's indiscretions. Later, Hank gets up close and personal with campus security when a distraught Charlie storms the college in search of cocaine for high-maintenance client Rick Springfield. Felicia flexes her power to help save Hank from his own bad judgment. Meanwhile, Karen encourages Becca to make amends with Chelsea. As Marcy becomes increasingly infatuated with coke fiend Rick Springfield, Charlie valiantly tries to protect her from a relapse, jeopardizing his agent/client relationship in the process.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 22, 2009
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10. Dogtown

Hank takes Charlie out on the town to drown his sorrows after Sue Collini fires him for causing client Rick Springfield to leave the agency. Meanwhile, Karen, still miffed by Hank's dalliance with Felicia, organizes a girls' night out with Becca and Marcy. Drunk and up to no good, Hank and Charlie have a near-death experience when they confront a couple of thieving hoodlums in a convenience store. The night ends with Charlie realizing he made a questionable body art decision and Hank having the breakfast of his life with the woman he loves.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 29, 2009
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11. Comings and Goings

Karen drags Hank to an end of the semester goodbye luncheon at Felicia's. Hank realizes he's walked into a hornet's nest as Felicia, Jackie and Jill all gang up on him. The Hank bashing is interrupted when Richard Bates, the novelist / professor Hank replaced at the college, pays a surprise visit. Hank's none too pleased to learn that Bates and Karen share some intimate history. Finally, a drunken Dean Koons storms the lunch in full Civil War re-enactment regalia, challenging Hank to a sloppy duel that ends in catharsis. Marcy and Charlie get an offer on their house the same day their divorce papers arrive. While hooking up once more for old time's sake, Charlie has a nasty sex accident and Marcy discovers his new tramp stamp.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: December 6, 2009
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12. Mia Culpa

As the Moodys at last prepare to move to New York, Becca tells Hank about an intimate coming of age experience she had. Hank's stunned when Mia shows up at the house unannounced, in town with her slimy boyfriend / manager PAUL for a book signing. Hank fails to prevent Mia and Paul from hatching a devious publicity stunt, forcing Hank to finally share the long-buried heartbreaking secret with Karen. Sue Collini gives Charlie a career opportunity of a lifetime, but Charlie must confront the fact that he might be losing Marcy for good.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: December 13, 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Season 3 was at least as strong as Season 2, if not stronger, which is quite a feat of writing.

Duchovny is masterful throughout, and his stunning chemistry with his screen muse Karen, is the cornerstone of what has been an unparalleled series.

Yep, it's strictly adult entertainment, and it needs to be seen as, to paraphrase the beautiful Embeth Davidtz, a mockumetary of the crazy, no-consequence LA life that it is portraying. The show, from the beginning, has been a parody of itself, but it works.

As we go into Season 4, Hank will be facing some major challenges, partly due to his poor, reactive handling of the Mia situation in the Season 3 finale.

Interesting times ahead.
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As a fan of the series up to this point I almost did not purchase this season via Video On Demand due to the negative reviews written here. Magically enough if you purchase the season or episodes you get the full pleasure of enjoying the series as it was meant to be viewed. It is not such a far stretch that Amazon would not allow a free viewing of a series with this sort of content without applying some sort of buffer to it...it was simply a courteous way to offer an insight into the direction of this season. If you like the show than purchase the season and it won't disappoint...if you are new to the show than start at season one...and in closing...don't complain about free.
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This show is 100% pure awesome. You thought Duchovny was born to play Fox Mulder? Who knew he'd end up surpassing that role with Hank Moody, a flaky, laid-back and possibly washed-up writer who hasn't put pen to paper in years?

Season 3 begins with Hank making a stab at teaching writing in college. He runs into trouble with his student, his teaching assistant, and the Dean's wife. Hank and Karen't relationship remains complicated, and the acting-up of their daughter Becca matures into a new flavor of petulance. And every time Hank seems about to get things right, he finds a way to turn his life into a new and different kind of train wreck.

Hank's pal Runkle is headed for a divorce while working for one of the more memorable characters we've seen on this show - an extremely rough-edged and intimidating talent agent played by Kathleen Turner. Early in the season, Turner's voice and mannerisms seemed to me like too much, but by the end I thought she was a ton of fun. Runkle's soon-to-be-ex Marcie even gets to meet and greet her one-time idol, Rick Springfield. You know, the actual Rick Springfield from the 80s.

This show is smart, sexy, funny and even at times emotionally tender.
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I have been unnecessarily harsh on Hank Moody. I gave Californication Season 2 a 5-star, but in essence gave Moody a 1-star. I wrote that he was revealed to be horny, empty and afraid. I now realise that I've been in all these three states myself, but my gender grants me allowances to be weak, which is what these three states are equated to in men. To clarify, being horny, empty and afraid does not make you weak, but macho cultures do not allow men to express these feelings or any feelings-- not that cultures give women carte blanche on these three. This is not a contest on whether men or women have it worse. This is Californication and it is about a man.

The first few episodes of Season 3 are tedious because Hank makes many conquests that you can see are wearing on him. The season builds up to a reckoning beginning in Episode 8, where his daughter completely unmasks him.
- I can't believe you slept with all of them.
HM: It's not that simple, sweetheart...
- That's not good enough. I want to know why. There has to be a reason. Make me understand...
HM: There's no excuse for my behavior. There's no defense if somebody got hurt, especially you. But I need you to know that I started out With the best of intentions. I guess I just wanted them all to see it, The thing that makes them special. I guess that's all anybody wants is to be seen, To be recognized.... But I'm sorry if I let you down, sweetie.

Moody is correct. He does shine the light, however briefly, on whichever woman is with him in the moment. He does make them feel seen, a lot. But in doing that he also shines the light away from himself, so that he is seen as little as possible.
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Right up front: I don't mind the sex and nude bodies. I am no longer the religious prude I used to be, and I enjoy looking as much as any red-blooded guy. HOWEVER: in real life, there is a limit to how big of a jerk a guy can be and still have women - ALL women - beg him to have sex with him. But in Californication, there is NO limit. No matter what he does or how he treats women, they all beg him for sex. It's totally unrealistic, and it's disgusting. It's as if in this series not a single woman has the willpower or wisdom or discretion to refuse to have sex with him. It portrays all females as idiots, perhaps with the exception of his young daughter, who sees right through him. I had to stop watching. And I can't imagine any self-respecting female watching this, except in the sense of watching a train wreck.
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