Sunday, October 26, 2008

What I'm Watching: Californication

Californication: Season 2, Episode 4 "The Raw & the Cooked" (B+)

Now this is a priceless installment of this series. What better way to really dig into these characters than by bringing them all together at a dinner party? And of course, in Hank and Karen's world, youngsters Becca, boyfriend, and Mia are all invited to the decidedly adult affair. All the conversation is completely intriguing, and I enjoyed Hank and Becca's boyfriend's interactions. I'm continually impressed by the cable curve, where an actress who appears on a weekly network sitcom is one hundred times better just because she's on a better cable show. That actress would be Paula Marshall, currently appearing on "Gary Unmarried" while moonlighting here as (gasp!) the mother of Hank's unborn child. It's so incredible how this show subtly reveals things like that, especially with Mia as the one to point out the unfortunate truth. Karen's ultimate rejection of Hank sort of puts him back where he started in season one, albeit a far more mature human being. What will become of him now?

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