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The show returned to Showtime for its fifth season in January 2012. Creator Tom Kapinos said that the show needed to take on a completely new direction to stay fresh.


Season FiveEdit

    The narrative takes place 2 years and 9 months after season four, almost at the end of Hank's probation. Hank has since made New York his home, but he returns to Los Angeles for a short, business-related visit but his family issues end up extending it. Karen is married to Professor Bates, 19-year-old Becca is in college and has a new boyfriend, and Marcy is married to Stu Beggs and is sharing the custody of her son Stuart with Charlie.


Episode List Edit

# Image Title Airdate
01 Californication Title Ep2 JFK to LAX

January 8, 2012

The narrative begins 3 years after Season Four, soon after the successful release of Hank's new novel, Californication, when Hank breaks up with his latest lover Carrie (played by Natalie Zea) in New York. Depressed at the unpleasant breakup, he unquestioningly accepts Charlie's invitation to return to L.A to meet a potential client, hip-hop artist Samurai Apocalypse (played by RZA). On the flight he almost joins the Mile High Club with a woman named Kali (Meagan Good) he later learns is Apocalypse's main squeeze. While in L.A., Hank visits Karen and Becca and meets Karen's new husband (also old foe), Bates. Later he meets Becca's new boyfriend Tyler. The episode ends with Hank learning that his New York girlfriend has just torched his apartment.
02 Californication Title Ep2 The Way of the Fist

January 15, 2012

Hank continues to consider writing Sam's new movie, then decides against it after a brief but not-so-good meeting with the movie's director, Peter Berg (playing himself). During a night at a local club with Sam, Hank spots Becca's boyfriend Tyler making out with another girl. After confronting him, he decides to talk to Becca about Tyler instead of lashing out at him. He doesn't end up telling Becca what he saw, but Sam and his men decide to teach Tyler a lesson that lands him in the hospital. Meanwhile, Charlie, Marcy, and Stu deal with Stuart, who has exposed himself to a preschool classmate.

03 Californication Title Ep2 Boys & Girls

January 22, 2012

Finding himself in debt to Sam for Tyler's beating, Hank finishes writing Sam's film script. Later, as he tries again to leave for New York, Sam asks him to take Kali out on the town. Tyler recovers from his injuries at Karen and Becca's. Marcy and Stu leave little Stuart with Charlie when they go out, and Charlie pays too much attention to new nanny Lizzie (Camilla Luddington). 
04 Californication Title Ep2 Waiting for the Miracle

January 29, 2012

Hank receives an unwelcome surprise from Carrie, his New York ex-girlfriend, then is forced to bring her along to a dinner party at Karen's that evening. The party soon gets out of control as Stu, Marcy, and Bates get talking about sexual proclivities. The party abruptly ends when Carrie realizes and reveals something about Hank. Meanwhile, Lizzie (Stuart's new nanny) fixes up Charlie with a blind date named Mary. 
05 Californication Title Ep2 The Ride-Along

February 5, 2012

While Karen is still upset about what she thinks Hank did to Tyler, Sam asks Hank to help Kali write love-song lyrics. Hank tries to understand Kali better so he can write more sincere lyrics, so she tells him about her feelings when she came to LA. This makes Hank flash back to his and Karen's move to LA. Later, Karen tells Hank she might have made a big mistake being with Bates, who won't stop drinking. 
06 Californication Title Ep2 Love Song

February 12, 2012

While Karen is still upset about what she thinks Hank did to Tyler, Sam asks Hank to help Kali write love-song lyrics. Hank tries to understand Kali better so he can write more sincere lyrics, so she tells him about her feelings when she came to LA. This makes Hank flash back to his and Karen's move to LA. Later, Karen tells Hank she might have made a big mistake being with Bates, who won't stop drinking.
07 Californication Title Ep2 Here I Go Again

February 19, 2012

On another drinking binge, Bates unknowingly sleeps with exotic dancer Holly, and Hank tries to pick up the pieces in order to keep Karen from being humiliated. Fired as Marcy's nanny, Lizzie asks Charlie to help her get her job back; at the last minute Marcy begs her to return.
08 Californication Title Ep2 Raw

March 4, 2012

Hank gets stuck reading Tyler's script discovering hidden talent (though the script appears to be a disturbingly autobiographical account of his relationship with Becca) and subsequently meets his parents. Runkle and Lizzie defile his ex's marital bed, but hear a little more than they bargain for when Marcy and Stu come back early and are up for a little roleplay. 
09 Californication Title Ep2 At the Movies March 11, 2012
Movie production starts for Sam's movie, Santa Monica Cop, but Hank jeopardizes his friendship with Sam by having a rendezvous with the lead actress. Charlie continues his relationship with Lizzie and attempts to sign Tyler to his talent group. Hank gets released from Sam's movie and has a blowup with Charlie; he fires Charlie as his agent and as his friend. 
10 Californication Title Ep2 Perverts & Whores

March 18, 2012

 Hank crashes with Karen and Becca while looking for power agent Larry Levine; when he finds him, Levine quickly sets up a meeting with German filmmaker and idol Lars Manderhoff; Hank also bumps into old flame Trixie (Judy Greer). Emotional and distraught from recent losses, Charlie seeks comfort from Marcy while dealing with Lizzie getting her big-break role in Santa Monica Cop thanks to Stu.
11 Californication Title Ep2 The Party

March 25, 2012

Hank overstays his welcome at Karen's and prepares to hit the road with one last stop at Malibar. There he bumps into Lizzie, who uses her new acting skills to lure him back to Charlie's place, which is full of his loved ones, plus Sam, Kali, Tyler, and Gabriel (Bates' sponsor). The party ends abruptly when Hank has a run-in with Tyler after catching him with Kali in the bathroom. 
12 Californication Title Ep2 Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be

April 1, 2012

 As he sleeps in his car outside of Karen's house, Hank has a nightmare starring his late friend Lew Ashby as a bartender in hell. When he wakes up and enters the house, Bates announces that he has decided to leave Karen & . . . 

Main CastEdit

David Duchovny - Hank Moody

Natascha McElhone - Karen van der Beek

Madeleine Martin - Rebecca Moody

Evan Handler - Charlie Runkle
Pamela Adlon - Marcy Runkle

Meagan Good - Kali

RZA - Samurai Apocalypse

Natalie Zae - Carrie 

Other Seasons Edit

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6

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