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Published on December 11th, 2009 | by Alexis James-Whitehead


Californication Season 3 Finale Episode 12: (Mia Culpa)

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I’m sad to say that without Kathleen Turner, Californication Season 3 took a small nosedive in Episode 11, “Comings & Goings.”

The conflicted drama between Hank Moody and his inner struggle to choose his love for Karen over a quick ejaculation was trivialized down to a mediocre episode of “How Hank got Me.” Episode 11 actually felt more like the season finale. All the major conflicts of the season have already been concluded. Hank’s love pentagon has been resolved, with Karen once again coming out on top. While at the Runkles, Marcy and Charlie seem to have put aside their indiscretions to continue their marriage.

What else can happen this season to make you watch? How about the return of Mia? That’s right, after a season of Heroes, Madeline Zima is back on Showtime. The girl who fucked and punched Hank will be making a surprise visit to shake things up. But, this addition seems somewhat left field when looking at season 3 as a whole. Hank has never truly been interested in Mia after the one-night stand in season one. However, Mia has always been interested in Hank. Will she leak the truth to Karen? If she does, then the season finale may become a repeat of the season 2 finale, except with this time Hank and Karen splitting on unfriendly terms. The real question is how will this affect the relationship between Hank and his beloved daughter, Becca?

As for Kathleen Turner, she’s stopping back by Californication for the Season 3 Finale! Yay! Could it be that Turner will become an ongoing cast member in Californication Season 4? If so, I couldn’t be happier.

In the season 3 finale, 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 (Madeline Zima) shows up at the house unannounced, in town with her slimy boyfriend / manager PAUL (James Frain) 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 (Kathleen Turner) gives Charlie a career opportunity of a lifetime, but Charlie must confront the fact that he might be losing Marcy for good.

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  • julia

    this shows days are numbered. the show is fun still there’s no depth. Weeds is by far showtime’s funniest show

  • You’re stupid

    Julia is dumb.

  • Agreed.

    Agreed. Weeds used to be the funniest show on Showtime. But depth??? You are seriously complaining about depth?! Weeds became all about fucking and getting weirder and weirder at that…, Californication has always had depth.
    Julia is dumb.

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  • hankinthejail

    Kathleen Turner is the best thing ever happened on Californication. So far.

  • Alex

    I just watched Season 3 Finale… and it was great!! Love it! No matter what Hank does, he always somehow sabotages himself! Love it…’cause maybe I relate??? Lol

    Julia…you have no idea what you’re talking about. I liked Weeds for the first 2 seasons…but when they got involved with the Mexican druglord and all that crap, it just got way out there…and she turned into a raving slut which really didn’t jibe with my impression of her in the beginning of the series.. I can’t even watch it anymore ’cause it’s so stupid.
    Californication is brilliant! I never cared for Duchovny but he really surprised me with this show… He’s wonderful as Hank Moody and unless you’ve been there or lived that kind of lifestyle, you wouldn’t ever understand… It’s spot on! Granted, some things are skewed out of proportion…but that’s t.v. for ya!

    Can’t wait until September 2010 for Season 4! Seems like way too long to wait, right??

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