Hank's father dies. Despite the memories of his father floating to the surface, he doesn't want to go to the funeral. Meanwhile, he goes to bed with a hooker named Trixie, despite the fact he doesn't have enough money to pay her.



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When Hank's father dies, he refuses to attend the funeral. He never forgave his dad for being as unfaithful as himself, while his ma was an old-fashioned Catholic. Like Hank, he spent his days seeking sex, never mind family, like visiting an old 'bed friend' rather then spending time with Becca. Hank takes out his frustrations on the film crew and Trixie, the call-girl he was trying to build a relationship with him. Written by KGF Vissers

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1 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


At the beginning of this episode Hank picks up his dad at the airport. They get in the Porsche with the broken headlight. This is a flashback to the period when the movie based on Hank's book was filmed. At that time the headlight of his Porsche was not yet broken, as was shown in the first episode. See more »


Trixie: So what are your thoughts of rehab?
Hank Moody: Rehab is for quitters.
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References Born on the Fourth of July (1989) See more »


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The best of Season One
9 January 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

California Son is the high point of Californication's first year, mainly because of its fearless portrayal of the lowest aspects of Hank Moody's character. It's bold, it's outrageous, and of course it's incredibly hilarious.

Just how low do you think a guy like Hank can sink? Well, how about this: after hearing his father Al (Mark Margolis) has passed away, he flat out refuses to go to the funeral. Okay, so he and the old man weren't on the best of the terms (the only one who always got along with him was Karen), but still - it doesn't justify going to bed with a prostitute (especially when you don't have the money to pay her).

The episode moves freely between flashbacks of Al Moody's rare visits to L.A. and people's memories about him in the present. Margolis is a great presence, his determination acting as a clear counterbalance to the more decadent approach to life Duchovny's character has, but it's the today section that really stands out, highlighting just how unbearably (and amusingly) flawed the show's sex-driven protagonist really is. Furthermore, what's not to love about dialogue like Hank and Charlie's conversation about Al? "He was a good man." "No, he wasn't. He used to say you looked like a walking penis.". Priceless

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