Season 3 holds the best consecutive 12 episodes for Californication yet. The best part about it was that it had very little to do with the first two seasons. The show underwent major revisions in late Season 2 as 'Hank Moody,' played by an increasingly attractive David Duchovny, severed ties with his former wife 'Karen van Der Beek' (Natascha McElhone) and saddled up into bachelorhood again. Karen made a career choice and moved back to New York, leaving Hank with room to breathe and a clean slate; he broke free of the chokehold of coke, estranged himself from Mia the book thief and even caught a break with his kid, Becca (Madeleine Martin). This season played more on the relationship between Hank and Becca than his failed marriage and writer's block -- a genius move. It was the perfect marriage of minute conversations via Skype to the wifey and generic sex with the best cast of crazy characters yet.
Unfortunately, the season finale wrapped with Hank and his new ladies in a return to what was. Mia Lewis (Madeline Zima) returned and brought back all the old grievances that plagued the first 20-odd episodes of the series. Mia was the under-aged harlot that Hank slept with in Season 1 and then wrote about in Season 2. Sadly, Mia was more than just another one of Hank's nameless sexual encounters as she stole his latent manuscript and had it published under her own name. This left Hank a broken (and uninteresting) man. He trudged on through this murky plot for multiple episodes, but from the start of the third season had moved on and the show was all the better for it. Again, very sadly, that plot hole had to filled at some point and with it came a wave of the same old story.
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