|Current mood:|| depressed|
|Current music:||Bill Ward, WPLO Atlanta, December 1963 (RESTORED)|
Sometimes It's Better Not To Touch Your Dreams
This one (Californication Season 5 Episode 3: Boys & Girls http://www.sho.com/site/californication/episodes.sho?episodeid=139052) should have been dedicated to Rod Serling (As should most episodes of most TV shows but that kind of complicates and dilutes our point, so we'll skip it) because while nothing overtly supernatural happened to him, Hank was trapped in LA by freaky forces beyond his control.
And then there's Charlie and Lizzie. If that wasn't a Twilight Zone moment, I don't know what is. In a day and age when you can go to prison for life (Or even get lethally injected in the electric chair as Bart put it in a recent episode of The Simpsons) for even thinking, let alone doing that to anyone who is unwilling, Charlie is going to be rewarded with yet another touchdown on his scoreboard.
And Tyler is going to score with Becca again. And it's not like we already didn't know that LA is the capital of The Commonwealth Of The Twilight Zone but it's always nice when the producers, directors and writers of Californication decide to showcase it that way.
Speaking of showcases, did you notice the subtle use of In-N-Out Burgers' as metaphor for Hank and Kali's little tryst in the Hollywood Hills? And did anyone but me hear Bob Seger singing, "He spent the night staring down at the lights of LA," during that scene?
Now that we have the periphery plot issues out of the way, let's take a look at what this episode was really about: Unreasonable editors and house guests juxtaposed with accommodating nannies (I know we've already touched on Lizzie but she deserves to touched twice).
Where does Calvin...AKA Samurai Apocalypse and did you notice that he offered Hank the chance to call him Calvin after he admitted that he hates typos? That, kids, was some writer getting even with some tyrannical unreasonable editor somewhere in his or her past...get off being upset about innocent mistakes?
Hank gets paid to write, not proofread. Why doesn't Calvin get that? To be fair, he didn't make a huge deal out of it but he did acknowledge it and that's enough. I'm glad that Hank had an In-N-Out moment with his girlfriend. Just as I'm glad that Lizzie is counseling Charlie on the finer points of seduction.
And Charlie can return the favor by teaching her how to get Internet cam-models to drink their own pee for $2/minute and the finer points of ATM. He already told her about ATM but what good is a lecture without a lab demo? And should we conclude from that that honesty is indeed the best policy?
At least in the Twilight Zone? Everything from Hanks typos (Editing is, after-all, just another form of lying) to Tyler's confession to Charlie's clumsy groping (Which, though unwanted, was just another form of honesty) seems to be paying off for the truth tellers.
Yes, the moral of this one seems to be: Winners always tell the truth. Remember that the next time you see your editor. Or girlfriend. And most of all, when you see your nanny.
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