Pilot (Californication)

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Californication episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Written by Tom Kapinos
Production code 101
Original air date August 13, 2007 (2007-08-13)
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"Pilot" is the pilot episode of the Showtime series Californication, which originally aired in North America on August 13, 2007, though it was released to Netflix subscribers on July 24, 2007.[1]


Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is a man in his 40s struggling with a mid-life crisis. He is still in love with his ex-girlfriend, Karen, who is about to be married to her fiancé, Bill Lewis, and with whom Hank shares custody of their 12-year-old daughter, Becca. The show begins with Hank in a church receiving oral sex from a nun, but it is soon revealed that it is a dream that epitomizes Hank's lifestyle; he was receiving a blow job from a one-night stand. After writing a book entitled God Hates Us All and receiving great accolades and critical acclaim, Hank finds himself struggling to write a new book. He is angry that his book has been turned into a movie titled Crazy Little Thing Called Love starring Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Hank has sex with a young woman he meets at a bookstore; during sex she repeatedly punches him, giving him a black eye. She turns out to be Mia Lewis, the 16-year-old daughter of Bill Lewis. Hank and Karen have to team up to retrieve their daughter Becca from a wild party.

Cultural references[edit]

  • When Hank is sleeping on the sofa and is awakened by his ex-girlfriend, part of a radio broadcast from one of the Fensler Films GI Joe Public Service Announcements is audible in the background.



  1. ^ "Californication". Netflix (registration required). 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 

External links[edit]

"Pilot" at the Internet Movie Database