Episode Title: "Rock and a Hard Place"
Writer: Tom Kapinos
Director: David Von Ancken
Previously on "Californication:"
Hank Moody (David Duchovny) can get just about any woman he wants. But this time, he needs a muse. Unfortunately, his longtime source of inspiration and baby momma, Karen (Natascha McElhone) is unavailable because she has a job, something Hank can't seem to comprehend.
But wait, remember Faith (Maggie Grace), Hank's free-spirted rock groupie rehab friend and self-proclaimed wandering muse? Well, she's back on the scene and offering her services to Hank.
We've seen Hank have a few torrid affairs before, but this one has the makings of something a little more serious - and dangerous. Faith knows how to keep guys like Hank on the hook, right up until they die of a drug overdose.
When Charlie (Evan Handler) gets fired for losing Robbie Mack as a client, he's desperate for money. Hank decides to suck it up and go back to Atticus Fetch, hat in hand. Atticus agrees to consider working with Hank and Charlie if they can procure his dead rockstar friend's vintage guitar and a little (or rather a lot of) "Peruvian Flake."
This leads Hank back to Faith, who tells the boys her dead lover pawned the guitar to a "crazy drug dealer." That drug dealer turns out to be Jorge Garcia and we get another mini-"LOST" reunion between Maggie Grace, Garcia and his old friend from the psych ward, Evan Handler.
Charlie, Hank and Faith manage to get both the "flakes" and the guitar from the dealer for three-grand, Charlie’s suit and a blowjob from Faith's ditzy blonde friend. Charlie gets the gig with Atticus, Hank is now presumably Broadway-bound writing a musical with the rocker and Faith is going to help him "nail it." Oh, yes she is.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much of Karen since she started working for Atticus’ wife, but now that both she and Hank are Fetch employees, they’ll probably be running into each other on the job. As for Marcy (Pamela Adlon), she’s still under Ophelia’s spell, forcing Stu (Stephen Tobolowsky) to wear something called a "cock cage" in order to restrain his sexual desires for other women. Ophelia’s a fun parody of the typical female empowerment relationship therapist, but this gag isn’t nearly as funny as the scene at the restaurant where Marcy and Ophelia go off on a group of guys for sending drinks to their table.
Thus far, this season has felt like all to familiar territory, but Hank’s budding relationship with Faith could take things to a place the show hasn’t gone before. Though he may never be "clean and sober," Hank is at least focused on writing again. Tired of the same old same old, Karen’s supportive, but there’s nothing "sexy" about pushing sobriety on Hank.
Faith, on the other hand, embraces and perhaps even encourages Hank’s vices. You could argue that Mia was also a muse for Hank, but In the end it was more the nature of the relationship than Mia herself, that inspired Hank. Faith could just be the best thing for him, at least until he finally writes the piece de resistance that’s eluded him, thus far. But by then, Karen could be long gone. We’ve been led to believe that Karen and Hank are meant for each other, and perhaps they are, but maybe not in the way we imagine. Now that’s an interesting idea and one we may explore if things go far enough with Faith.