Californication Season 3, Episode 1 Review: "Wish You Were Here"

All I can say is, it was worth the wait. It's been many months since we have seen Hank Moody, but it worth it. Just a warning ahead of time, this review will CONTAIN SPOILERS, so do not read ahead if you are yet to view the episode, which comes out on September 27 at 10PM on Showtime.

Where we pick up, things have changed quite a bit for the group. In some cases, it's for the better, but some for the worse. To start with, Hank is just the same old Hank, which is relieving cause he holds the show together. Hank's Lew Ashby book has failed to bring in large sums for him and so he is looking for something to pass the time.

Becca has become...well, a teenager I guess. But it is certainly a turn for the worse as she is no longer the cool kid, but an annoyingly rebellious teenager.

I never thought I would miss the manipulative Mia, but she is truly missed in the Season 3 premiere. I know she does not return for at least the first few episodes and I can only hope her absence is not too extended. There is just some element that is missing from the show and I never realized how much I had enjoyed her character and her relationship with Hank.

Karen is in New York working, and personally I think this is great. Karen never seemed to fit into the workings of the show, and I was never a fan of Natasha McElhone's portrayal of her. So I think this is how I will enjoy her most - from a distance.

I was extremely concerned that the separation of Charlie and Marcy would ruin the show, as I think they bring much of the comedy to it. But they could possibly be even better apart. The argument in the lawyer's office was a classic moment:

Charlie: "If you weren't too busy bringing every unemployed actor with a cougar fetish back to my house...

As for this episode in particular, Hank attends yet another eventful dinner party. It seems that it is Hank's specialty to destroy any semblance of normality at these events. Whilst personally not as funny as the scene in Season Two when Mia reveals Hank may have another child, this scene may be certainly more memorable. Kathleen Turner is a welcome guest star, as she plays Charlie's boss who seems determined to find out the most intimate details about her new employee.

Whilst extremely satisfied by this episode, I most note that the plots were a tad predictable. Hank supplying the recovering alcoholic, and the cyclist being at the party were foreseeable, but entertaining nonetheless.

Overall I'm excited to see where Californication goes this season. Let me just say the second episode is even more outrageous than the first, and is sure to be controversial. Charlie has his most stupid idea yet, and Hank tells one of his students the truth. Episode 2 guest stars Kathleen Turner and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) in a refreshing role, that isn't Chuck Bass.

Let me know what you thought of the premiere.


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Oct 4, 2009 6:59PM EDT

What a great show! :) I'm so happy it's back!

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