Californication 4.04 "Monkey Business" Review

"Don't be tasing my agent!"

After three great episodes of Californication to begin season four, the fourth episode seemed a bit slow in comparison and doesn't quite stack up to the first three. That's not to say that it didn't have its entertaining moments or wasn't enjoyable, because it did and it was.

When last week's episode ended, Hank finally sat down to write the screenplay. We learn early that he finished it and Charlie loves it, calling it "broner inducing." He's found a billionaire financier, and their mission is to meet with him.  This financier is Sid (played by Fisher Stevens) or "Creepy Warbucks" as Hank appropriately calls him. He's a strange man who has two sisters as wives, a severe case of erectile dysfunction and seems to really hate Charlie. Each time he screamed at Charlie was great. I loved when Hank asked the sisters if they were really sisters or if it was "kinda like a White Stripes deal." Sid says that screenplays bore him, so he invites everyone involved to his mansion to act it out. The end result of this is everyone getting stoned and Charlie sleeping with one of Sid's wives, at least until Sid's monkey interrupts. This leads to Charlie picking the chimp up and throwing him across the room to his untimely death. Hank and Stu thought this was quite funny, despite how angry they were that Charlie could potentially be ruining the deal. They go up to Sid's room to tell him the bad news about the monkey only to find him hanging from a door, dead from autoerotic asphyxiation. The title "Monkey Business" works on two levels here. Very funny. They call the police, which leads to another funny scene where Charlie gets tased and the officer gets knocked out by Hank's fist, and a visit from Abby, Hank's lawyer, who was proud of him for calling her to help handle the situation. Read More...


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Apr 29, 2016 12:20PM EDT

This is the worst episode of Californication ever. The writers should be ashamed of themselves. Humans acting badly and I don't mean actors acting badly, is painful to watch. The monkey should have never been involved and certainly never killed. Billionaires might be superficial and ego driven, but this guy was simply an insult to humanity. Since when do movies get financed by one person?

Hank is just a screw up who doesn't deserve his wife or daughter. I don't care if he is talented, this show sucks. I grew up in Los Angeles and I know all too well how superficial people can be there, but this show has lost all of its merit of the first season.

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