‘Californication’: Broadway bound
Hank and Charlie get musical amidst mini 'Lost' reunion
Wallowing naked in his Malibu bachelor pad, Charlie (Evan Handler) is depressed about being unemployed, divorced and a bad father. He suggests a suicide pact to Hank (David Duchovny). Hank suggests something barely more acceptable: that they reconsider that musical Atticus Fetch (Tim Minchin) wanted Hank to write in an earlier episode, a suggestion Hank originally responded to by puking on Atticus’s piano and cocaine.
Stu (Stephen Tobolowsky) says he’ll make a call. In return, he asks Charlie to put in a word with Marcy (Pamela Adlon), since Stu’s business is collapsing without her. Charlie suggests that Marcy will never listen to him. So Hank makes the call and works his usual miracle.
“When you say, ‘(Expletive) you,’ what do you mean exactly?” Charlie asks Atticus.
Atticus acknowledges having mended fences with Hank, but says he can’t collaborate with someone who thinks he sucks. Hank pretends to have had a change of heart. It happened after listening to his early stuff. (Hank fakes his way through a description of said early stuff by reading the posters behind Atticus.)
Atticus has fired his manager; Charlie volunteers out of desperation. Atticus will agree only if Charlie can fetch him a pound of a specific strain of cocaine (Peruvian flake), and the missing guitar that once belonged to his dead rock-star friend played by Sebastian Bach in a hologram two episodes ago.
The key to succeeding in this quest lies in guest star Jorge Garcia, who reunites with his "Lost" co-star Maggie Grace as the drug dealer who accepted the guitar as payment for the dead rock star's debt. Faith (Grace) offers up her friend Shari (Meghan Falcone) as a trade. The dealer declines. Hank offers Charlie, whom he announces was gay until recently. The dealer demands that Charlie get naked. (How much more can Charlie get naked this season? Is he in a race with Lena Dunham?)
They bring the guitar to Atticus, but they’re a bit short on the pound of coke (about 15 ounces). Atticus nearly smashes the guitar in a fit. But a compartment in the guitar case opens to reveal a huge bag of drugs and the deal is sealed. Now Charlie will have to fake being rock ‘n’ roll instead of being gay, which will probably be harder for him to pull off.
Stu enters Marcy’s place to find Ophelia (Maggie Wheeler). She’s there to confront him about his cheating in the most man-hating way possible. Marcy enters with a male chastity device. If he wants to make it up to her, this is how. Stu obliges and the girls have fun exciting him as he screams in pain.
Faith officially offers her muse services to Hank. She admits that reading his writing has made him seem less irritating, perhaps even attractive, to her. Hank calls this “every writer’s dream” and they make out.
"Californication" airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime