Californication (2007–2014)
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Hell-A Woman 

Hank accepts a blogger position and attends a dinner party as he continues to try to salvage his life.


Scott Winant


Tom Kapinos (created by), Tom Kapinos

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Episode cast overview:
David Duchovny ... Hank Moody
Natascha McElhone ... Karen
Madeleine Martin ... Becca Moody
Madeline Zima ... Mia Lewis
Evan Handler ... Charlie Runkle
Pamela Adlon ... Marcy Runkle
Lucy Davis ... Nora
Paula Marshall ... Sonja
Rachel Miner ... Dani
Damian Young ... Bill Lewis
Brooke Banner Brooke Banner ... The Blonde (as L.E. Brooke)


Hank caves in and accepts the blogger gig for Hell-A Magazine. Meanwhile Becca helps Hank get invited to a dinner party at Karen and Bill's. All the while Hank attempts to heal the rift between his family despite romps with a scientologist, a porn star, and the continuing situation with Bill's daughter Mia. Written by Brian Ross

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

20 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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First appearance of Bill Lewis, played by Damian Young. See more »


When Hank arrives at the dinner party, he gets out of his car and is wearing Converse sneakers. In the next shot, as he walks toward the house, he appears to be wearing boots (definitely not Converse). See more »


Hank Moody: Hell-A Magazine blog number 1. Hank hates you all. A few things I've learned on my travels through this crazy little thing called life. One, a morning of awkwardness is better than a night of loneliness. Two, I probably won't go down in history, but I will go down on your sister. And 3, while I'm down there it might be nice to see a hint of pubis. I'm not talking about a huge 70's Playboy bush or anything. Just something that reminds me that I'm performing cunnilingus on an adult. But I guess ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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"Hank hates you all..."
24 December 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The pilot of Californication was a very bold introduction to the controversial lifestyle of depressed writer Hank Moody. The follow-up, Hell-A Woman, which was heavily criticized for a very explicit (and somewhat disgusting) sex scene, continues in the same direction, with tons of lovable, foul-mouthed humor.

Whle trying to patch his life together, Hank gives in to Charlie's begging and accepts to be a blogger for Hell-A Magazine. Inevitably, his comments are acerbic and reflect his spiteful attitude ("I probably won't go down in history, but I will go down on your sister..."). Then again, Karen ignores his sentimental pleas, Mia keeps bothering him and the luckiest he can get is with a Scientologist (Paula Marshall). Poor fella.

Witty, filthy and deliberately provocative: the three main characteristics of Californication, and the three reasons it's so damn good. The script moves from one explicitly hilarious set-piece to another, relying on the light mood (pardon the pun) and Duchovny's cheerfully self-deprecating work. Brilliant.

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