Californication: Season 1, Episode 12

The Last Waltz (29 Oct. 2007)

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Karen and Bill's wedding.



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Episode cast overview:
Tampon Lady
Charlie Mattera ...
Burly Husband
Female Minister
Irish Catholic Priest (as John C. McLaughlin)
Myles Trifon ...
Band Guy
Robert Gilling ...
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Shira Kreitenberg ...
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It's the day of Karen and Bill's wedding and everybody wonders how Hank will behave. While he's trying on his tie, Becca announces she just had her first period and, of course, Hank isn't prepared for this so they speed to the super market to see a woman take the last pack of tampons. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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The big finish of the first season
11 January 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

At first sight, The Last Waltz could be a worrying title - one that suggests Californication didn't make it past twelve episodes. Such concern is, of course, unnecessary, since the show was renewed practically right away, having conquered critics and audiences alike. Still, even if this had been the series finale, it would be a pretty great one, since it ties all the loose ends in the most unpredictable, provocative and entertaining fashion.

As is customary in most TV comedies or dramas (sci-fi and fantasy shows aren't taken into account), there has to be at least one wedding during the show's run. In this case, the nuptials this entire episode focuses on are those that will unite Bill and Karen forever. Everyone seems happy, minus of course Hank, who's still deeply in love with Karen, and Becca, who hates to see her father miserable. As for Charlie, he might have a shot at getting his wife back, but he could use some help. Oh, and the feud between Hank and Mia over the book she stole from him could end very badly.

As far as season finales go, The Last Waltz sure covers all bases: sex, violence, swearing, dirty jokes, witty remarks and a neat twist that sets up the second season rather nicely. Ultimately, though, the episode rests entirely on David Duchovny's shoulders: no one else could have played Hank like he does (then again, how many TV actors have an iconic role in their past like Fox Mulder to make fun of?) - acerbic, cheeky and undeniably charming, it's his presence that has made the show a hit since day one, and he's the reason the series can go on as long as it will. Not bad for someone who virtually vanished after The X-Files went off the air.

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