At the end of “Californication” Season 2, Karen (Natascha McElhone) said she loved Hank (David Duchovny) even more because he decided to stay in California for the sake of his daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin).
Unfortunately, Hank’s decision didn’t have the same impact on Becca. At the end of Season 3 Episode 2, “The Land of Rape and Honey,” Becca and Hank have their first all out fight on “Californication.” Daddy’s little girl has grown up and her emo tendencies have exploded into full-blown hatred of her father. Is college life and teenage growing pains the only reason for Becca’s newfound animosity, or is something deeper going on with her character?
We’ve seen Becca do several “rebellious” things so far this season. In the premiere, Becca stole Hank’s marijuana and got high with her new friend, Chelsea. Then Becca decided to boycott dinner at the Runkle’s claiming that she was on a diet. Now, she’s chosen spending time with Chelsea over quality time with her father. When Hank bluntly refuses to let her go out, Becca gives him a verbal slap – prompting Hang to grab her phone and throw it at the wall.
Sure, Hank’s reasons for wanting to hang out with Becca were selfish. He had just come home from visiting a student he drove to suicide. Also, he needed to shake his desire for Jackie’s college-coed flesh with a little family time. Maybe, a cold shower would have been better. Hank mentioned in the premiere, that he would be okay with Becca if she were a lesbian, interested in Chelsea. Was that comment only a joke or foreshadowing? Could Becca be acting out of sexual frustration or is she just tired of her father’s cavalier attitude? We’ll find out more as this sexually tense season continues.
In “Californication” Season 3 Episode 3, “Verities & Balderdash,” Hank and Becca attend the annual English Department Fall Mixer hosted by Dean Koons (Peter Galagher) and wife Felicia (Embeth Davidtz). After flirtatious exchanges with student Jackie (Eva Amurri) and Felicia, Hank finds himself consoling his jilted teacher’s aide Jill (Dianne Farr) the best way he knows how. Meanwhile, Becca and Chelsea (Ellen Davis Woglom) sneak out to discuss life, love and the finer points of psychedelic mushrooms.