Californication (2007–2014)
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Bill asks Hank to replace him as a guest speaker at Mia's creative writing class. Becca has a crush on her guitar teacher.


Bart Freundlich


Tom Kapinos (created by), Susan McMartin


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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
Rachel Miner ... Dani
Damian Young ... Bill Lewis
Amy Price-Francis ... Meredith
Henry Rollins ... Radio Show Host
Joaquin Pastor Joaquin Pastor ... Dave
Amy Okuda ... Mia's Classmate


Bill hasn't got the time for it and asks Hank to replace him as a guest speaker at Mia's creative writing class. Hank accepts and finds himself very popular with all of Mia's classmates, and Mia as well. After she uses the Internet lingo LOL and Hanks mocks it on a radio interview, Meredith tells Hank they are finished. But this doesn't turn out to be the real reason she ditches Hank. Charlie's wife is trying to spice up their sex life by sticking a finger up his ass while Becca has a crush on her handsome guitar teacher Dave. Unfortunately for her, Mia likes the look of him as well. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

10 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?


The names of Hank Moody's books ('South of Heaven', 'Seasons in the Abyss', and 'God Hates Us All') are all names of albums by the metal band Slayer. See more »


[to Meredith]
Hank Moody: Hey. You know, it's not fair to say BRB and then never actually BRB.
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References Beloved (1998) See more »


Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A bit of self-loathing never hurts
6 January 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

LOL is one of the most satisfying episodes of Californication's first season. Why? Because it does that age-old thing (comedy serving as a social commentary) with newfound gusto and irony. In other words: it goes all Hank Moody on whatever topic is at hand.

Two significant events take place in the episode: Hank's relationship with Meredith is endangered by her sudden use of acronyms instead of full sentences, which bugs the depressed writer for obvious reasons and makes for an excellent subject during a radio interview. The other thing is that Bill asks Hank to replace him as a guest lecturer at Mia's creative writing course. No need to say how that ends... Oh, and sweet little Becca has a crush on her guitar teacher.

The interview is the key to the show's charm: in truly old-fashioned style, Hank berates what post-modernism and technology have done to the English language, reduce to "BRB" and "LOL". The irony is, of course, that he himself contributes to this decay by writing a blog. Naturally, being the nihilist he is, he doesn't give a damn. Way to go, Duchovny!

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