Thursday, March 29, 2012

What I’m Watching: Californication

Californication: Season 5, Episode 11 “Party” (B+)

More than anything else, this show knows how to make use of a space. Hank’s surprise going-away party offered up plenty of surprises and adventures, with different rooms housing unexpected and lamentable developments. It’s strange to see Bates try to reject Hank after being so unexpectedly kind and friendly with him, and it’s such a passive booting that it’s disarming. I’m glad that Charlie refuses to give up in his pursuit of Hank’s friendship, no matter how rude the writer is to him, and throwing him a surprise party was a fantastic idea. Bates’ indiscretion was perhaps the most jarring event, and I enjoyed the casting of Patrick Fischler from “Mad Men” and “Lost” as his confused sponsor. Once again, Hank took the high road and didn’t tell Karen, though his composure didn’t last through the night. It’s appalling that Tyler thinks that Hank wouldn’t be furious about his indiscretion with Kali, and punching him in the face repeatedly in front of Becca isn’t going to open up his eyes, unfortunately, it’s just going to alienate those he loves most. And to think that he almost got to be with Karen again on the beach. Samurai Apocalypse seems relatively calm these days, and Tyler is more likely than Hank to bear the brunt of his fury. I can’t comprehend why Charlie is so obsessed with Lizzie when she clearly doesn’t care about him at all, far too committed to advancing her career through a series of business transactions with Stu. It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the season finale, but fortunately, this show was renewed for a sixth season back in February.

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