CALIFORNICATION 5.04 ‘Waiting for the Miracle’

At a dinner party with friends, Carrie sees Hank for who he is, forcing him to do the same.

Hilary Rothingby Hilary Rothing

Episode Title: 'Waiting for the Miracle'

Writer: Tom Kapinos

Director: Bart Freundlich

Hank Moody (David Duchovny) knows what a drink in the face and a good slap from a woman feels like. But getting "leveled" by one in front of his closest friends and Karen? That's a new territory for L.A.'s most slippery bachelor.

"Californication" has done the comedy of manners dinner party before and frankly, the back and forths about prostate stimulation and sex toys were starting to get a bit tiresome. Then Carrie (Natalie Zea) suddenly dressed down Hank in a fashion he's most unaccustomed to and things got interesting, for a moment.

Hank Moody may be a womanizing, boozing degenerate but he's no loser. Right? Hank's certainly had plenty of affirmation from men, including best friend, Charlie (Evan Handler), Stacy, the college dean who referred to him as "the girl whisperer" and Eddie Nero, the dude who played him in a movie. But it all seemed a bit empty and meaningless when Carrie called Hank the L word.

There's really no denying, at this stage in the game, that Hank is most definitely a loser. He lost the woman he loves to the worst person possible: a great writer he really admires who's actually a decent guy. As for Becca (Madeleine Martin), she barely takes Hank seriously. In fact, she's become increasingly good at disarming both her parents, anytime they try to act like one.

As for the title, "Waiting for the Miracle", we had Charlie's bizarre deflowering of a forty-year-old virgin and Karen's (Natascha McElhome) suggestion that reconnecting with Hank would take "a miracle." Even in the face of serious jail time, this is probably the most sober and solemn we've seen Hank. Like everyone else, he may have finally become sick of himself. This episode did a fine job of demonstrating just where everyone stands, most importantly Hank. I'm just not sure where he can go from here and still remain the same person. Maybe, that's the point.


Crave Online Rating: 7.5 out of 10.