That about sums up this week’s episode of Californication, “Blind Faith.”
Hank (David Duchovny) and Faith (Maggie Grace) decided to go on a small road trip to visit Faith’s parents. We learned that Faith was raised by a staunch Catholic mother, her father likes soft porn and Faith almost became a nun before she turned to the more glamorous life style of a rock ‘n roll groupie.
Twenty minutes went by in “Blind Faith” before we caught our first partial laugh, Hank getting a blow job in church, while saying “Eyes up here” to the crucifix.
A few minutes later, things went from a forced giggle to trite blasphemy. Church goers the world over covered their eyes as Faith dreamed of walking into the Church and seeing Atticus up on the cross like Jesus. Then Atticus pulled out the nails that held him to the cross. I couldn’t tell if the dream sequence was meant to be funny or just to give a shock. Either way, the needless scene did nothing to save the episode from its bland tale.
Californication Season 6 has been something of a rebirth for the series. However, “Blind Faith,” was an unnecessary, snooze fest filler ep. Cable series stand out from their broadcast big brothers because the abridged seasons come without the filler. However, this particular script should have been left on the cutting room floor.
Worst of all, “Blind Faith” was bookended by a happy-go-lucky scene between Hank and Karen. Are we really going down this path again? Everything was going so well. We had almost forgotten about Season 5 (cringing).
Tom Kapinos… we believe in you. But stick to what works and leave the Hank and Karen CW-esque melodrama out of it. That chapter closed at the end of Season 4. Revisiting it just brings up bad memories.