Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I’m Watching: Californication

Californication: Season 4, Episode 7 “The Recused” (B+)

What’s most intriguing to me about this episode is that Abby is revealing herself to be very similar to Karen when it comes to her opinion on Hank. Her desire to recuse herself from his legal case so that she can pursue a romantic (or at least sexual) relationship with him signals that she’s desperately searching for a loophole through which her infatuation with Hank can be legitimized. It’s good that Abby is so into Hank, even if she’s ultimately going to keep a lid on it so that can act as his lawyer, because Karen is clearly starting to move on, as evidenced by her hand-holding with Ben at the end of the episode. Hank’s run-in with Ben in the morning was rather amusing, and I like how Michael Ealy and David Duchovny play off of each other. I’d like to acknowledge that, barring anything I’m forgetting, this is the lowest-ranking role that Alan Dale has ever played, portraying a simple lawyer rather than the high-powered director or overseer of the entire firm. I am very much enjoying Stephen Tobolowsky’s part as Stu, especially in relation to his free thinking regarding Charlie’s inclusion in his sexual relationship with Marcy. I’m so ecstatic that Charlie finally did something right and managed to salvage the meeting, potentially even winning Marcy over once again! That guy does not deserve all the bad stuff that happens to him, and it’s nice to see him shine by coming through in a professional sense for the woman he loves.

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