The Wikipedia entry for Californication includes a summary for each season, but for some reason my favorite season, the penultimate Season 6, contains an exceptionally brief, superficial summary:
- Season 6 started on January 13, 2013, and features a storyline revolving around Hank penning a musical with a “coked-up rock star” Atticus Fetch, portrayed by Tim Minchin. Maggie Grace portrays Faith, a groupie and a muse to the stars. The season also features Marilyn Manson appearing as himself, a friend of the rockstar Atticus Fetch.
To make matters worse, the entry also shortchanges my favorite girlfriend Faith in its description of the recurring characters:
- Faith (Maggie Grace) is a groupie and a recovering addict. She meets Hank in rehab and later they start a short relationship. (Season 6)
Because Wikipedia depends on users to improve its product, I decided to improve the Californication entry by editing the Season 6 summary and the Faith description. After re-viewing the 12-episode season, I came up with the following edits:
- Season 6 started on January 13, 2013. Its storyline revolves around Hank’s relationship with Faith (played by Maggie Grace), whom he meets in a rehab facility. Hank reluctantly agrees to go to rehab, not because of a drug dependency, but rather because of depression over his role in ex-girlfriend Carrie’s suicide at the end of Season 5. Faith is a famous rock-star groupie/muse who is in rehab because of the recent death of her rock star, and ultimately she becomes Hank’s muse. Faith and Hank seem to be made for each other, but in the end Hank is too weak to move on from Karen even though it appears that that relationship has run its course.
- Faith (Maggie Grace) is a famous rock-star groupie/muse who makes a serious emotional connection with Hank and seems to be the only woman in Hank’s life with the potential to replace Karen in his heart.
For now, the edits have been published by Wikipedia, and I wonder if the previous writers are going to take umbrage at my take on Season 6 and try to switch it back.
I was so taken with Faith (played by Maggie Grace) that I was certain that she would return on the series-ending Season Seven and win Hank back. But she didn’t. And that is why my blog posting on the series ended with:
- “After the series concluded, Duchovny was asked how Hank Moody evolved over the seven seasons, and he said Hank had remained essentially the same. What an admission! Although I agree with that admission, it is what ultimately disappointed me about the ending. Instead of continuing his struggle with Karen, Hank should have taken up with the younger version of Karen who he hooked up with in Season Six – Faith, played by Maggie Grace. Even Karen admitted to being jealous of Faith because she saw in Faith’s face the same look of love that had been in Karen’s face many years earlier. It’s too bad that Hank was too weak to move on from a relationship that had run its course. But that’s the problem with romantics – they live in the past instead of the present.”
Incidentally, the following is my full-length summary of Season 6:
- Season Six begins with Hank waking up in the hospital two days after surviving Carrie’s murder-suicide attempt, but Carrie was not so lucky. When Hank visits Carrie on life-support, her friend rips him a new one – “I just wish you had let her down a little easier, a little sooner.” Hank is devastated by the accurate accusation and goes on a binge that results in an intervention. When Hank tells Karen that he feels so guilty about breaking Carrie’s heart that he might never be able to get back to feeling good about life with Karen, Karen tells him that he will get it back if he tries – “In the meantime, I’ll just dream for the both of us, I guess.” Because of Karen’s encouragement, Hank voluntarily commits himself to a rehab facility. Rehab proves to be a total waste for Hank, but he meets a rock-star groupie/muse Faith and quickly makes a Karen-like connection with her. Hank and Faith take a hiatus from the rehab facility to attend her rock star’s funeral, and then relapse together at a post-funeral party. Hank and Faith leave the rehab facility and go their separate ways, but soon thereafter reconnect when Hank and Charlie get her to help Charlie find some drugs and a special guitar for his client rock-star Atticus Fetch. Hank and Faith have a heart-to-heart conversation, and she tells him that he has a special gift as a self-described under-achiever and that she is willing to become his muse – i.e., a woman who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. Hank takes a job to help Atticus write a rock opera based on Hank’s book. Atticus asks Faith to be his muse, but she declines because she doesn’t feel a connection to him and his work. Atticus gets pissed at Faith, and Hank defends her. A grateful Faith thanks Hank by agreeing to be his muse. Hank easily finishes his part of the rock opera, but Atticus rejects it as too dark. Faith reads the opera draft and tells Hank that the problem isn’t that the opera is dark, it is that it is cynical and has no heart; at its core, it needs to be boy-meets-girl. Newly-inspired, Hank hammers out a wonderful revised draft for the opera. Atticus throws a party to celebrate the revised draft, and Karen sees Faith for the first time. Hank tells Karen that Faith is “a friend; a lovely young woman who has helped guide me creatively.” Faith and Karen have a heart-to-heart, and Karen warns her that, despite Hank’s potential, “it’s hard to have a long-term relationship with potential.” Karen sees Hank kissing Faith, so she hooks up with movie star, Eddie Nero. Hank punches Nero in the nose. Hank has a heart-to-heart with Karen. He asks her why she came to the party. She tells him, “You know why? Because there’s always this voice in the back of my head that says maybe this time it will be different. Maybe the stars will align and there will be this magic moment between us where everything will be OK again. But there’s always something or someone in the way…. It’s just when I see someone look at you like I used to look at you, I fucking hate that. It makes me sick to my stomach. And the worst part is that I turned into you tonight, and I don’t want to be that person.” Hank and Faith visit her parents, who are stunningly dysfunctional, emotionally-unavailable people. Atticus goes off the tour and checks into rehab, so Charlie asks Hank and Faith to get him back on drugs and on the tour. Atticus asks Hank and Faith to join him on the tour so they can finish writing the opera. As Becca goes east to college, Karen wonders to Hank whether Becca was the only thing that had kept them together so long. Hank asks Karen whether he should go on the tour, and she tells him to do what he wants because she had nothing to offer him now. Faith and Hank leave on a tour bus, and while they are napping, Hank cries out Karen’s name. Faith tells him, “You have to go, don’t you?” “Yeah, I do. I’m sorry, I do.” “I could love you. I’m not saying that I do; I’m saying I could…. You understand me better than any guy I’ve ever met. And you get me. And that has been the nicest feeling…. The great thing about never really being together? You never have to break up.” Hanks gets off the bus and catches a ride back to LA. Hank knocks on Karen’s door and the screen goes black.