Thursday, April 5, 2012
Californication: Season 5, Episode 12 “Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be” (A-)
This was a finale if ever there was one, just as memorable as past concluding installments on this show, and packed full of action. Bates telling Karen that he needs to be a wild animal, as in to be an alcoholic rather than to try to live soberly, went just about as well as it could have, as Karen expressed relief, and Bates all but wished Karen and Hank a happy life together. It’s so wonderful to see them together, though of course such things can’t last too long. Hank’s visit to the set was full of drama, some expected and some not. Hank stepping in front of Tyler to confess his affair with Kali was bold and brave, and almost as daring as Charlie diving in front of Hank to take the bullet. Things worked out for just about everyone, as Kali was so moved by Samurai Apocalypse shooting someone for her that she wanted to be with him again. Tyler’s proposal to Becca likely won’t materialize into anything soon, but it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere, and Becca won’t soon forget him. I liked Marcy and Charlie’s conversation, which included their son uttering his first horrifying words, and Marcy’s act of good riddance to Stu was highly memorable. Everything was set to be blissful, but of course Hank had an unexpected surprise waiting for him at home, in the form of Carrie. This is a role that Natalie Zea was born to play, so it stands to reason that she would poison Hank in an attempted murder-suicide. While he’s sure to survive, this event is going to shake things up considerably, and leave it to this show to pull a fast one with a surprising dramatic end. This season turned out to be pretty great, and I eagerly look forward to season seven.
Season grade: B+
Season MVP: David Duchovny