Californication: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (13 Aug. 2007)

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Meet Hank Moody, a depressed writer with a writer's block who has a daughter, an ex he wants back and lots of casual sex.



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Nun / Heather
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A one-night-stand causes writer Hank Moody to be late in meeting his 12-year-old daughter Becca at home, much to the disgust of ex-girlfriend Karen. Then, a romp with a hot bookstore shopper will upend Hank's life in ways he could never imagine. After Becca sneaks out to a party, Hank and Karen go in search of their daughter. Later, Hank and Karen have a heart-to-heart where he admits he wants her back, but she reveals she's engaged to another man and is moving on. Written by Showtime

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Did You Know?


When Hank is sleeping and his daughter puts the blanket over him, the newscast that can be heard about a bombing in Iraq and the man who went berserk, is the same newscast heard during the beginning of Chamillionaire's song "Morning News". See more »


After picking up Becca from the party, Hank and Karen have a glass of wine together. The camera shows Karen pouring herself a glass of wine and then Hank's. The camera switches to Hank and then back to Karen, where she is shown pouring her glass of wine again. See more »


[first lines]
Hank Moody: [to Jesus] Hey, big guy, you and me. We've never done this before but desperate times call for desperate measures. My name is Hank.
Nun: Hello, Hank.
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A top-notch first episode
11 October 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

From its controversial opening scene to its excellent finale, the first episode of "Californication" sets the tone for the series. Stylishly directed by the always-reliable Stephen Hopkins, the pilot is thoroughly entertaining adult comedy. Watching the first episode reminded me a little of a modern Blake Edwards' production.

The cast are excellent, especially David Duchovny as the seedy Hank Moody, a man whose mid-life crisis is on display for all to see, from his Porsche to his constant bed-hopping.

The script is sharp and the whole show exudes quality.


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