'Californication': Relapse, don't do it
Hank has drugs and a little more Faith, Charlie pays a man not to have sex with him
In Sunday's episode, "Dead Rock Stars," Gabe (Patrick Fischler) suggests that Faith (Maggie Grace) leave rehab to attend a funeral, as part of her therapy. However, groupies aren't supposed to be seen by their dead guitarist boyfriends' wives. Gabe suggests that the solution to this breach of etiquette is to have Hank (David Duchovny) leave rehab to accompany her -- since, of course, there's no problem with that.
A roadie blocks Hank's access to the ceremony. (Even rock-star funerals have backstage passes.) While Faith is away, Hank plays. Apparently, the dead guitarist's wife (Alanna Ubach, doing a hideous British accent) has a thing for men who mess with Faith, because Hank gets some oral pleasure behind a crypt.
Faith interrupts them. The wife says to her: “You look familiar."
The guitarist is wearing a necklace in his casket that he gave to Faith the night before he died, although she forgot to take it. It was the only thing she ever gave him in return for all her inspiration. Hank tries stealing it back, earning words with Atticus Fetch (Tim Minchin), the dead guitarist's friend, who claims sole kissing rights to the body.
Atticus recognizes Hank as the dude he got into a fight with two episodes back. Then he introduces himself to Faith, whom the dead guitarist raved often about. Atticus apparently has an opening for a muse, and she an apparent ability to suck killer riffs out of musicians.
Faith and the dead guitarist's wife make up after the dead guitarist (Sebastian Bach), apparently predicting his own demise, pops up as a Tupac-like projection and thanks everyone for attending.
Atticus and Hank make up, too, and party together. Atticus plays a song inspired by Hank's work. Hank says Hit reminds him of "a pitbull raping a small deaf child."
The next morning, Atticus opens his front door nude to greet Karen (Natascha McElhone), who shows up for her job as his new interior designer. One of the first things she notices wrong about the house's aesthetics is her boyfriend asleep on its floor with a girl. She kicks him. Atticus adds a kick, too.
“It appears that I have had a relapse of some sort,” Hank says as he awakens and asks for a ride back to rehab.
Charlie (Evan Handler) administers a Stanley Kaplan course in being gay to himself, including an awkward attempt at getting into guy-on-guy porn interrupted by Hank. Charlie's got a big, gay Hollywood meeting with his new client, Robbie Mac (Johann Urb), the one he landed by pretending not to like girls as much as they really don't like him.
Charlie brings three gay-themed scripts to his meeting. But Robbie takes more of an interest in Charlie's personal life. He places the gay-tracking app Grinder on his iPhone. A horny male immediately man flies out of a nearby gym and approaches Charlie. Robbie insists that his new "gaygent" get his oil changed in the nearest men's room.
In the stall, Charlie explains that he's not really gay. The horny male understands and permits him to label himself whatever he wants to as they have sex. Charlie then confesses to the ruse, but the horny male is a huge Robbie Mac fan and wonders what would happen if he revealed the truth to his idol.
Charlie pays him off.
"Californication" airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.