The day Californication's Hank Moody (David Duchovny) has dreaded for three seasons finally came in the show's Season 3 finale.
After managing to escape a complicated web of lovers and deciding to settle down in New York with his soul mate, Karen (Natascha McElhone), Hank receives a surprise sucker punch: Mia (Madeline Zima), his ex's almost-daughter-in-law, wants to go public with their one-time affair and dirty little secret.
"I always thought that it would be the right endpoint," series creator Tom Kapinos tells us. "That secret with Mia - the fact that [Hank] slept with her and Karen doesn't know about it - is such a huge part of the show and was a huge part of the pilot. To a degree, by the time you get to Season 3, the audience had kind of forgotten about it. So it felt like the right time to bring it back. On another show you might wait to the end of the series to answer that question, but I always vaguely knew that's how I wanted the season to end."
These are decidedly complicated waters for Hank to navigate. Not only did Karen not know, but Mia was also 16 at the time of the tryst, unbeknownst to Hank. Those circumstances left him powerless to stop Mia when she stole his novel based on the sexual encounter and published it in her own name as a memoir.
Now, after beating up Mia's new boyfriend/agent who suggests Hank tell the world about the scandal, and confessing everything to Karen, Hank finds himself being hauled away in handcuffs. "For three seasons, I've had a character who's seemingly unaffected by everything. He skates through life, there are no consequences," Kapinos says. "I think what we're going to be dealing with next season is consequence. At some point, that character has to be rocked by the choices he makes. That doesn't mean the show is no fun anymore, but I think it's time to deal with consequences of your actions."
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