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Published on December 2nd, 2009 | by Alexis James-Whitehead


Californication Season 3 Episode 11 (Finale Lead In) – Comings and Goings

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“When a plumber works on pipes, he doesn’t think about the quality of the pipes he just fixes the shit out of them and then he goes the fuck home… And drinks to forget.” — Hank Moody (David Duchovny)

In one sentence, Hank Moody summed up three seasons of Californication. His plumbing activities knows no boundaries, and the result has left his life one giant-unfulfilled-love roller coaster. With only two episodes of Californication left, we’ll have to see where wheel-o-love falls for the future of Karen (Natascha McElhone) and Hank. Season 1 ended with them running off together into the sunset. At the end of Season 2, the loved-loss couple split when Karen found a career-defining job in NYC and Hank chose to stay in California for “Becca’s sake.”

How will Season 3 end? I’d like to think that Becca (Madeleine Martin) would decide to go live with her mom for a while and get a better taste of what the phrase “morally correct” means. Yet, I can’t imagine the show without Becca’s dour take on life. If Karen chooses to stay in California to be with Hank (great for drama bad for life choices), she’ll have to sacrifice an excellent job. Is love worth the cost? And, can Hank really be faithful long enough to reap the benefits? We’ll find out in just two weeks.

In this clip, Hank and Karen discuss the aftermath of sex.

In Californication Season 3 Episode 11, “Comings and Goings,” Karen drags Hank to an end of the semester goodbye luncheon at Felicia’s (Embeth Davidtz). Hank realizes he’s walked into a hornet’s nest as Felicia, Jackie (Eva Amurri) and Jill (Diane Farr) all gang up on him. The Hank bashing is interrupted when Richard Bates (Jason Beghe), 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 (Peter Gallagher) 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.

As for Kathleen Turner, she will be forever missed by the ever-loving fans of “Californication.”

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