Californication (2007–2014)
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Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder 

Hank has a one-night stand with a sexy surfer girl who steals his records and guitar.


Ken Whittingham


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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
Lance Barber ... Nick Lowry
Michelle Lombardo ... Surfer Girl
Rachel Miner ... Dani
Daisy Gardner Daisy Gardner ... Crusty Cashier
Dana Michael Woods ... Emcee
Robert Gilling Robert Gilling ... Band Member
Jory Glick ... Band Member
Shira Kreitenberg Shira Kreitenberg ... Band Member
Myles Trifon Myles Trifon ... Band Member


A one-night-stand doesn't end the way Hank expected it to: the sexy surfer girl he slept with has stolen his records, a shirt and his guitar! With Karen he goes to see Becca perform with her band. When strolling around with Becca and Karen after the gig, Mia calls Hank and asks him to save her from her teacher who wants to do a threesome with her. Meanwhile, Charlie and his wife are trying to spice up their sex life. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

17 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end, when guitar girl comes back to give Hank his things, Mia narrates the line "here we are, she thought, at the edge of the world and all of western civilization". This is a lyric from the song Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the song the reference California as the "edge of the world and all of western civilization". See more »


When Karen is recording Becca's performance she has her finger over part of the lens on her camera. See more »


Karen: Coffee?
Hank Moody: Oh GOD yes!
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References Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937) See more »


Written by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward
Performed by Gus Black
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Trouble at home
7 January 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Californication continues its successful mission of being one of the edgiest, funniest adult TV comedies available. This time, all it takes to do that is a one-night stand, marital problems and the usual freewheeling profanity.

So, what's up with Hank in this episode? Well, after dumping Meredith, he finds temporary comfort in the arms of a pot-smoking surfer girl (Michelle Lombardo), only to regret the decision the following morning when he discovers she has stolen some of his stuff. While berating himself over that issue, Hank accompanies Karen to watch their daughter perform with her band, but is interrupted by some new Mia-related trouble. As for good old Charlie, he and his wife Marcy are trying to come up with new ways to spice up their love life.

In terms of stealing scenes, the real king of this episode is Evan Handler, all thanks to his wonderfully filthy conversation with the missus ("Remember the last time we tried daylight anal sex? Not good!"). It's way funnier than his breakthrough role in Sex and the City, and why he didn't receive an Emmy nomination for the effort remains a mystery. Then again, neither did the superb Duchovny. Mysteries...

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