Californication Season 2 Episode Guide

Californication Season 2 Episode Guide

Episode 1 – Slip Of The Tongue – Original Air Date – 09/28/2008

After reuniting at the end of Season One, Hank (David Duchovny) and Karen (Natascha McElhone) decide to pack up and head to New York. As part of the reconciliation, Hank undergoes a grueling vasectomy at Karen’s request. 

That night, Hank and Karen meet Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon) for drinks. They wind up bumping into Sonja (Paula Marshall), the vomiting Scientologist from season one, who’s now pregnant, and her new boyfriend Julian (Angus MacFadyen), a renowned self-help guru.

The group heads to a party at the home of legendary record producer Lew Ashby (Callum Keith Rennie), where Hank has an accident when he confuses a partygoer for Karen. On the ride home, Hank gets arrested for driving under the influence and assaulting an officer.

Guest Stars:  Paula Marshall, Angus MacFadyen, Callum Keith Rennie, Pete Wentz, Brian Posehn, Michelle Lombardo, Sheri Moon Zombie, David M. Fabrizio

Directed By : David Duchovny
Written By : Tom Kapinos

Episode 2 – The Great Ashby – Original Air Date – 10/05/2008

Hank finds himself in jail after assaulting a mouthy police officer. Karen, still upset at Hank for his accident at the party, refuses to bail him out. 

In prison, Hank is reintroduced to fellow inmate Lew Ashby, who proposes that Hank write Ashby’s long-awaited biography. When Hank refuses, Ashby bails them both out and tells Hank a story of the girl he loved and lost.

Meanwhile, Charlie gets fired after his former assistant, Dani (Rachel Miner), plays the agency president a montage of Charlie’s self-pleasuring office sessions.

Guest Stars:  Paula Marshall, Callum Keith Rennie, Carla Gallo, Rachel Miner, Alexis Arquette, Paul Rae

Directed By : David Von Ancken
Written By : Tom Kapinos

Episode 3 – No Way To Treat A Lady – Original Air Date – 10/12/2008

On Hank’s first day as biographer to Lew Ashby, he’s reintroduced to Trixie (Judy Greer), the hooker with a heart of gold, who stirs up trouble by claiming that Hank is better in bed than Ashby.

When Karen and Sonja meet to discuss a renovation project, Julian interrupts to work his guru magic on Karen. 

Becca (Madeleine Martin) grudgingly starts her first day at Mia’s (Madeline Zima) private school, where she meets an unexpected friend, Damien (Ezra Miller).

Meanwhile, Charlie spots one of Marcy’s clients, a porn actress named Daisy (Carla Gallo). While pitching himself as her agent, Charlie hops a ride with Daisy only to realize that he’s in the middle of an impromptu porn shoot.

Guest Stars:  Paula Marshall, Angus MacFadyen, Callum Keith Rennie, Carla Gallo, Judy Greer, Ezra Miller

Directed By : John Dahl
Written By : Gina Fattore

Episode 4 – The Raw & The Cooked – Original Air Date – 10/19/2008

Hank and Karen throw a dinner party for a few close friends: Charlie and Marcy, Ashby, Sonja, Julian and Mia. Becca and her new boyfriend Damien round out the group.

Before everyone arrives, Hank pops the question, but Karen begs off to think it over. At dinner, it’s revealed that Hank is the likely father of Sonja’s baby. Becca stands up to Julian, much to Hank’s delight. And Ashby nearly dies of an allergic reaction to sushi.

At the end of the evening, Karen decides that she can’t marry Hank.

Guest Stars:  Paula Marshall, Angus MacFadyen, Callum Keith Rennie, Ezra Miller

Directed By : David Von Ancken
Written By : Tom Kapinos

Episode 5 – Vaginatown – Original Air Date – 10/26/2008

After getting dumped by Karen, Hank is relegated to living at Ashby Manor.

In order to distract Hank from his heartbreak, Ashby arranges a sex session with popular, yet incredibly annoying, celebrity chef, Chloe Metz (Meredith Monroe).

Meanwhile, Charlie takes on a new client, Daisy, who’s eager to land the lead in a porn film called Vaginatown, a remake of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. Charlie meets with the film’s director, Ronny Praeger (Hal Ozsan), and secures her the part, but only after investing $100,000 of his own savings.

Guest Stars:  Callum Keith Rennie, Carla Gallo, Meredith Monroe, Hal Ozsan

Directed By : Ken Whittingham
Written By : Jay Dyer

Episode 6 – Coke Dick & the First Kick – Original Air Date – 11/02/2008

Hank decides to seek out Lew Ashby’s long lost love, Janie Jones (Madchen Amick). He discovers she’s now a Beverly Hills wife and mother.

Later, Hank accidentally walks in on Julian going at it with a rocker chick he’s “mentoring”. When Hank confronts Sonja about the discovery, she reveals that, much to her frustration, they have an open relationship.

Mia spends the day trailed by Rolling Stone reporter Annika Staley (Carly Pope). After finagling their way into Ashby Manor, Hank takes a liking to Staley, but is shocked to discover Mia leaving Ashby’s bedroom later that night.

Meanwhile, when a location falls through, the Runkle residence is transformed into the set of Vaginatown. The lead actor’s failings force Charlie to step in for the money shot.

Directed By : Michael Lehmann
Written By : Gina Fattore & Gabriel Roth