“No retreat, baby. No surrender.” Just wanted to make note of the Springsteen lyric Hank quoted last night. Besides that, “Dog Town” is probably my least favorite episode of the season thus far, possibly of the entire series. Charlie gets fired (hopefully it’s the last we see of Kathleen Turner), the girls have a night out, and Hank and Charlie get drunk. There were some funny moments, no doubt, but the whole shebang amounted to 28 minutes of filler that concluded with a forced reaffirmation that Hank loves Karen and Karen loves making Hank breakfast. (makes finger-gun, aims at temple, pulls trigger) Even after Hank and Charlie shared a possibly profound near-death experience, all significance is sucked out of the moment with Charlie’s tramp stamp. Dumb.
There are only two episodes left in season 3 and the show could go two ways in 2010: Karen stays with Hank in Cali., Karen goes back to NYC. I don’t see Hank and the entire show relocating to NYC. They’d have to change the name of the show to New Yorkification or something and also relocate Charlie who has been consistently more interesting than Hank this season.
On the other hand, I didn’t hate Becca this episode as she spit some wisdom to the jaded women. Quit playing with my emotions, Californication.- Patrick Cooper