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''Californication'' is a {{Showtime}} {{dramedy}} created by Tom Kapinos and starring Creator/DavidDuchovny, Creator/NataschaMcElhone and Evan Handler.

Duchovny plays Hank Moody, [[AntiHero a ladies' man and occasional novelist who likes his booze and pot a bit too much]]. When he is first introduced in the first season, his life has slowly fallen apart since his longtime girlfriend Karen ([=McElhone=]) left him. He struggles to be a good parental figure to his and Karen's daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin), and he fails to produce any kind of written work due to his drug use and sex addiction. He becomes more unstable especially after his book, "God Hates Us All", gets turned into a gooey, flowery movie called "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love". His producer and best friend, Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) constantly goofs up mishap after mishap, [[BetaCouple as his marriage to his wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon) crumbles]].


The show premiered in 2007. The final seventh season aired in 2014.

Not to be confused with the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers album of the [[NamesTheSame same name]], or with SoCalization, a trope that is often called "Californication" outside this wiki (especially in the western US)[[note]]It's usually associated with Southern California-style suburban sprawl, though it's also used to refer to the "big city" attitudes that many Californians bring with them when they move to places like Colorado and Oregon.[[/note]].

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!!''Californication'' provides examples of:
* AdaptationDecay: In-universe. Hank is so unhappy about the movie adaptation of his book ''God Hates Us All'' that he is hostile towards the film director and makes remarks about the time he slept with the man's wife. A brawl and a cell ensue.
* AllWomenAreLustful: And Hank has trouble saying no.
* AmicableExes:
** Hank and Karen, for the most part.
** Marcy and Charlie, to the extent that they remarry.
* AsHimself:
** Rick Springfield in season 3 [[AdamWesting makes fun of his own character]]. He is playing [[MadArtist "a twisted version of himself,"]] a [[JerkAss "Rick Springfield]] [[HeelFaceTurn of the past,"]] according to TheOtherWiki.
** MarilynManson in season 6.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Bates]]. Everyone is relieved from this revelation, however.
* {{Blackmail}}: Mia does this to Hank, who can choose between waving his stolen book goodbye or being charged with statutory rape with an outrageous family scandal on top of it.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed:
** Marcy's new boyfriend, Stu Beggs (played by StephenTobolowsky) [[DoppelgangerDating looks very similar to Charlie]] at first, but then it's revealed that their main difference is not visible when clothed.
** Hank has a huge penis. And he never is shown to leave a girl unsatisfied.
* BookEnds : The Pilot begins with "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and Hank in his car, and the Season 4 finale ends with the song playing over Hank driving out of LA. Thus begins and ends the main story arc.
* BreastAttack: Charlie Runkle suffers some serious nipple damage while attempting to have a three-way with his wife and his secretary. This is later referenced during the third season.
** Hank is fond of inflicting titty-twisters on people he hates.
* ButtMonkey: Charlie, played for laughs.
* TheCasanova: Hank. Sometimes overlaps with ChickMagnet.
* CastingCouch: Lizzie's favourite tactic, to Charlie's chagrin.
* CatchPhrase:
** Hank's 'Matharfakaaaa' and 'nailed it!' in a falsetto voice.
** [[TheNameIsBondJamesBond Collini,]] [[RuleOfCool out.]]
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule:
** Mia attends one, where nearly every girl is JailBait. Becca later attends the same school, much to Hank's chagrin.
** Season six has Faith, [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll a former Catholic school girl]]. Ironically, she's very spiritual.
* CloudCuckooLander: It's Hollywood so many bizarre individuals and {{MadArtist}}s appear time and again; Eddie Nero and Samurai Apocalypse are two of the regulars.
* CliffHanger: The end of season 5 doesn't show the aftermath of [[spoiler:Hank getting drugged and slipping into unconsciousness]].
** Season 6 ends with [[spoiler:Hank leaving Faith and Atticus Fetch's tour to go back to Karen]]. He knocks on her door... and cut to credits.
* ClusterFBomb: Lew Ashby, most prominently.
* ComicSutra: Sue Collini knows [[ReallyGetsAround way more than she lets on.]] Charlie has trouble saying no.
* CringeComedy: Charlie constantly. The season 6 plot of pretending to be gay and the following "Date With Rosie Palms" events arguably the worst. Hank often gets involved in these by association, by ruining the relationships of other people.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Charlie Runkle is jerking off in his office. Constantly. [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown Doesn't he know there are cameras everywhere?]]
* DinnerAndAShow: Every time Hank is at a dinner party, you can expect something or another to happen. [[spoiler: Hank being outed as an [[WhosYourDaddy accidental father]] (though this proves to be false), Marcy admitting the real father of her child, Hank tearing his daughter's boyfriend to shreds, and Hank getting completely chewed out by his ex are just some of the notable examples]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Hank is incredibly quick and sharp-tongued, he has a poignant and casual remark for every situation. Many are equally [[RefugeInAudacity witty and offensive]].
* DeceptiveDisciple: Mia.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Happy flashbacks in one episode shows Karen and Hank as they come to decision to move to California. These flashbacks are in black and white.
* DestructoNookie: Mia punches Hank while riding him. In season 4 Sasha Bingham does the same after being goaded into it by Hank, after she asked him how hard Mia punched him.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In-story. When Hank tries to teach Becca that DrugsAreBad, they find Marilyn Manson doing drugs and chilling out in Atticus' house. Becca finds the experience incredibly cool and Hank's aesop completely backfires.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Discussed
-->'''Hank:''' I think it's awful, unless it's a woman raping a man. That's inherently funny.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Karen can smell it.
* DisposableVagrant: Eddie Nero muses about going on one of his crazy escapades and invoke the trope. Hank and Charlie [[FacialDialogue look puzzled at each other]] and an opportune phone call prompts them to leave.
-->'''Eddie:''' I think we should kill someone tonight. I mean like a hobo or something.\\
''(ringtone)''\\
'''Hank:''' Thank God!
* DumbBlonde:
** Averted with Karen. Still, she is a bit insane to have a 15-year on-and-off relationship with Hank.
* (Auto)EroticAsphyxiation: When Hank and Charlie are supposed to meet a producer who is funding [[spoiler: "Fucking and Punching", the movie]], they discover that he has killed himself. [[ManiacMonkeys And Charlie kills the producer's pet monkey.]] Shenanigans ensue.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: When Mia tries to publish Hank's manuscript as her own, she describes it as a book "with lots of fucking and punching." "What's the title?" "Fucking and Punching."
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Especially Hank in the early seasons.
** RZA (the guy who plays Samurai Apocalypse) was interviewed on DavidLetterman's show, and almost said the exact same words.
* FacePalm: Karen facepalms when Hank starts talking about polishing her lady parts when she told him he's not capable fo polishing his works.
* {{Fanservice}}: There is a ''spectacular'' amount of nudity in this series, mostly [[MsFanservice female]], with each season sporting about fifteen to twenty different nude scenes. Seasons of thirteen [[DramaticHalfHour half-hour episodes]] here. Slightly justified by being a series about a straight man with a sex addiction. Tim Minchin's first introduction to co-star Natascha involved double doors and lots of nekkid.
* FilleFatale: Mia.
* {{Flanderization}}: Charlie goes from a capable agent and helpful friend in season one with a weakness for kinky women to a retarded manchild in season four who will stick his wiener in anything with a pulse and actually tells a sex story in court. Seriously, the man has been a very successful agent for twenty years prior to the series, he should know better than that.
* FollowTheLeader: In-universe ShowWithinAShow examples:
** ''Vaginatown'', an artsy porn version of ''Film/ChinaTown'' that goes through DevelopmentHell.
--> "The wall of cocks sequence alone would have blown people's minds."
** Samurai's movie ''Santa Monica Cop'', a ripoff of ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''. Samurai himself pictures it as his "Eddie Murphy moment."
* FootDraggingDivorcee: Hank was never married to Karen in the first place, but his behavior is analogous.
* GenerationXerox: Charlie's son is a carbon copy of him. [[ADateWithRosiePalms Down to the whole masturbation in public shtick.]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Hank loves this trope and uses it quite amusingly. His passable ElSpanishO makes a hispanic GirlOfTheWeek laugh.
* HappierTimesMontage: In one episode, there are {{Happy Flashback}}s of times when Karen and Hank were together. The final part is a montage with lots of holding hands, hugging, kissing, laughing etc.
* HasTwoMommies: Becca's season 5 boyfriend Tyler was raised by a lesbian couple, [[LipstickLesbian Lisa]] and [[ButchLesbian Debbie]].
* HollywoodLaw:
** When a cop arrests Hank in Season 2, [[JerkAss he completely insults Hank]] for screwing up with Karen instead of [[MirandaRights just reading him his rights.]] When Hank retaliates, the officer [[GroinAttack gets him in his sweet spot.]] It doesn't help that Hank's just had a vasectomy, but [[BallsOfSteel he recovers soon.]]
** Justified with Samurai Apocalypse. [[spoiler: Samurai isn't arrested for shooting Charlie ''in the middle of a freaking movie set,'' but then again, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney he's a fucking mobster.]]]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Played straight often.
** During their first meeting, Trixie actually seems to care for Hank, despite the fact that he has nothing to pay her (and has an ugly confrontation with her pimp). Trixie is even a recurring character, and they form an amiable relationship soon enough.
** Charlie falls in love with Daisy, despite the fact that [[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels she's much younger than him, he's her agent, he was married at the time, she's a porn star, and...]] well, you get the idea.
** Jackie is told to be a great writer by Hank, who gets her to quit her job as a stripper. She responds by [[WackyMarriageProposal proposing to him.]]
* HorribleHollywood: Depicted both by the show and within it; Hank constantly remarks how much he hates LA.
* HotForStudent:
** Hank becomes a teacher in season three. You can imagine how that turns out.
** [[spoiler: Richard Bates to Karen, before she met Hank.]]
* HoYay[[invoked]]: Hank and Charlie (well, mostly Hank) often joke about their friendship becoming more sexual.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: In the course of doing research for ''Santa Monica Cop'', Samurai Apocalypse does this after his real cop companion suffers a stroke. HilarityEnsues after he and Hank decide to go with it and drive around in the police car.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Richard Bates takes one look at Hank, one look at [[spoiler: a whore he cheated on Karen with]], and one look at Karen. He immediately downs a bottle of the nearest alcohol (despite his sobriety) and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere gets the hell out of there]].
* InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl: [[spoiler: Hank and Kali.]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse Samurai does not take this lightly]], but eventually forgives him.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence:
** Hank and Mia in the pilot episode, who later names ''her'' book [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ''Fucking and punching'']].
** Recreated later with the actress Sasha, only with Hank encouraging her to hit him even harder.
* InterruptedIntimacy: A common source of comedy and awkwardness. Charlie in particular has a tendency to be caught by Marcy at inappropriate times.
--> '''Marcy:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrr_Az2zEgY Charlie, are you inside that woman?]]
** Hank and Sonja in the first season. It gets tremendously awkward after Hank throws up on Bill's valuable painting and Karen, Bill, Marcy, and Charlie all rush in.
* IronicNickname: Eddie Nero calls Charlie {{Goldilocks}}.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Appears many times. [[spoiler:Richard Bates]] is not only the man Eddie Nero [[CallBack took in his mouth]], but is also the [[spoiler:professor Karen had an affair with as a college student and never got over]]. Also, Eddie Nero claims to have pooped on someone. That someone turns out to be a hooker [[spoiler:Hank's son hired]] in the final season.
* JailBait: Mia, and she really cashes in on the jail ramifications.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hank ''really'' loves his daughter. And Karen, too.
* JizzedInMyPants: Charlie Runkle, more than once. On one occasion he gets off in a strip club during a lap dance at this moment. He tries to [[IllTakeThatAsACompliment present it as a compliment]]. The stripper doesn't respond so well either way.
* KinkySpanking: Churlie Runkle spanks his secretary who deliberately messes up to earn more spanking. They both enjoy it.
* LargeHam: Eddie Nero and Richard Bates are boisterous larger than life characters with peculiar speech patterns.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Whenever Hank sleeps with a woman who isn't Karen, it will bite him in the back. ''Hard''. Even when the resulting mess isn't really Hank's fault. ''Especially'' when it isn't Hank's fault.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Daughter]]:
** At the end of season 5, Becca looks like she'll go down the same road as Karen, as she has fallen in love with [[JerkAss Tyler.]]
** Becca uses this to justify her getting high, claiming that [[ItRunsInTheFamily it runs in her genes]].
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: Becca's boyfriend Tyler is a younger version of Hank. Acknowledged in-universe, which Hank does not take well.
* LimitedWardrobe: Blue jeans and black T-shirt for Hank, with the occasional dark shirt or jacket. And the [[CoolShades sunglasses.]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Becca.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Charlie to Stuart.]] Especially after Marcy [[spoiler: had been in a relationship with Stu Beggs]] for a while, and [[spoiler: Charlie was supposed to have had a (successful) vasectomy]].
* LyingToProtectYourFeelings: Janie Jones does this to Hank. [[spoiler: She initially lies to Hank that she left Lew because she felt that [[NotWhatItLooksLike he was cheating on her with a singer]]]], but it turns out that [[spoiler: Lew actually forced Janie to have an abortion.]]
* MarryThemAll: Hank is proposed to by Felicia, Jill, and Jackie [[WackyMarriageProposal all in under five minutes.]] [[YourCheatingHeart While he's in a relationship with Karen.]] HilarityEnsues.
* MeaningfulName:
** Hank Moody is always in the mood for sex.
** Eddie Nero has a voracious appetite for... "deviant" sexual acts. Nero was a Roman Emperor notorious for his debauched behaviour who presided over a city that was equally notorious for this too, [[TheCaligula and it would get worse]]. The name also makes an obvious connection with RobertDeNiro, with whom he shares the [[MethodActing extreme implication with a role]].
** Lew Ashby's surname reflects he is an {{expy}} of ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''.
* MethodActing: Eddie Nero's crazy/awesome take on interpretation: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqRI1Sbais8 Behold his approach to a gay HIV plus role]]. In-universe AcademyAward ensued.
--> '''Eddie:''' I took a man in my mouth. I played his skin flute like [[{{Jazz}} Kenny G]], like Kenny G on ecstasy [gargles] And then he gave me his gift, gave it to me on the inside.
** This becomes even funnier when, in season 6, it's revealed that the recipient of that blow job was none other than [[spoiler: Richard Bates]].
* MostWritersAreWriters: Hank and others. Philandering aside, Hollywood and literature are two of the main subjects.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe, Charlie is remembered as "the masturbating agent" wherever he goes. He tried to get Redtube to take the video down, but it still gets a lot of hits.
* NippleAndDimed: Most women appear topless. Averted with Karen and Marcy.
** Averted as well with some of Hank's love interests; Felicia and Faith do not have a single topless scene with Hank.
* NoNudityTaboo: Bates. At least, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny while he's drunk]]. No male organ in sight though; he instead tucks it between his legs and turns it into his "man-gina", much to everybody else's disgust, and Hank's amusement.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Hank's long anticipated novel in the first season. One of the drawbacks of writing it on a typewriter. He gets savvy and starts to use digital media throughout the series.
* NaughtyNuns:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiaA9oooK1U The opening scene of Californication.]]. Subverted when it's revealed that the whole thing [[EroticDream was Hank's dream]]. It's an EstablishingSeriesMoment nevertheless.
** It recurs in a later season. And in season 6, [[spoiler: it comes true! Well, the woman was supposed to become a nun, but chose to become a groupie]].
* NaughtyUnderTheTable: Dinner Table version. In a first-season episode, Hank's date squeezes his thigh. Seated on his other side, Mia goes right for his crotch.
* OhCrap: A muffled one of epic proportions when Hank discovers that Mia is not only 16 years old, [[spoiler: but also the daughter of Karen's fiancÚ, and to compound it even more, a close friend of Becca's.]]
* PalsWithJesus: Hank is rather casual when speaking to Jesus.
--> '''Hank:''' Hey, big guy! You and me. We've never done this before, but... desperate times call for desperate measures.
* PapaWolf: Hank takes this to [[BerserkButton varied degrees of overprotectiveness]] towards Becca. He immediately takes a disliking to every single one of her boyfriends, even if they aren't complete toolbags. And when Becca has her first period, he fights the husband of a woman who took the last pair of tampons in the store.
* PlagiarismInFiction: A major plot arc when the young woman Hank slept with in the first episode is revealed to be Mia, [[spoiler: the sixteen-year-old daughter of Hank's ex-wife's new fiancÚ, who goes on to steal the manuscript for his new book and threaten to reveal that they had sex (which would get him charged with statutory rape) if he tells.]]
* ThePornomancer: Hank again.
* PrecisionFStrike: Becca, among many, many other characters of the show.
* RatedMForManly: The show has been described as the manly version of ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.
* ReallyGetsAround: Practically every character in the show. The only exception seems to be Karen. Not even Becca is immune to this trope as of season 5 onwards.
* [[ReallySeventeenYearsOld Really Sixteen Years Old]]: Mia, of course, doesn't reveal her true age until ''after'' she has seduced Hank.
* RecurringCharacter: [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Trixie]]. Hank is especially fond of her, [[PutOnABus even though she has not returned since Season Five.]]
* TheRemake: Charlie and Hank get tangled in a remake of ''Film/{{Cruising}}''.
* RunawayBride: Bill's daughter [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace points out]] that Karen still has feelings for Hank, but Karen goes through with the exchange of vows, only to run away with Hank at the after-wedding party.
* RunningGag:
** Charlie's ''[[SpeedSex quickness]]'' and ladies being unamused by it.
** Richard Bates doing his ''mangina''-thing.
** This little scene plays out at least twice, once when Becca is 11 and says it innocently, and the second [[IronicEcho when Becca is well into her teens and says it sarcastically.]]
--> '''Becca''': Dad?
--> '''Hank''': Yes, m'dear?
--> '''Becca''': Why is there a naked lady in your bedroom?
* ScrewballComedy: Many crazy situations spiral into it, specially in Season 3 around Dean Koons' uptight family.
* SeductionProofMarriage: Hank Moody cites this at times to girls that come on to him/coworkers who set him up while he's trying to repair his relationship with his long-term domestic partner (his wife in everything but name).
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Charlie and Hank, respectively. Zigzagged as Hank is manly but not unemotional, and sometimes more empathetic than Charlie.
* SexySecretary: Charlie Runkle's hot and submissive secretary in Season 1.
* ShareTheMalePain: Hank is quite reckless during the recommended cooldown period after he gets a vasectomy.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers With a name like Californication, you have to expect at least one Dani to show up.]] A more blatant example is Charlie's secretary in season 1; when Charlie is sent a link to her page on Suicide Girls, her handle is "[=DaniCA=]". Hank even calls her Dani California at one point.
** Charlie's secretary crawling on her hands and knees with a piece of paper in her mouth. [[Film/{{Secretary}} Sound familiar?]]
** Hank donning a suit and remarking that he looks like [[Series/TheXFiles "a fucking FBI agent".]]
** In a flashback, Mia meets Hank while wearing [[Literature/{{Lolita}} heart-shaped sunglasses.]]
** [[http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2010425//425.pitt.lowe.lc.052510.jpg Rob Lowe's character]] looks [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed suspiciously similar]] to Creator/BradPitt.
** When a guy offers to let Hank write his biography, Hank says "What, like how you were born a [[Creator/SteveMartin poor black child]]?"
** When Atticus' wife climbs on top of Hank to get back at her husband, Hank resists and tries a certain JediMindTrick, hand wave and everything: "[[Film/ANewHope These are not the droids you're looking for.]]"
* SlippingAMickey: [[spoiler: Hank is a victim of this in the Season 5 finale]].
* SlowClap: Hank in the fourth episode of season 2, after his daughter defends her interest in ''The Satanic Bible'' against criticism from Julian, a self-help author whose work she describes as "gobbledygook".
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: How Hank feels about the [[ShowWithinAShow Samurai Apocalypse movie]] he gets trapped in. A view shared by the main actress who gives him a blowjob as a reward for some quick good lines added to her role. It does Hank little good; [[InterruptedIntimacy the film crew shows up]] and Samurai punishes him with a HighAltitudeInterrogation.
* SpeedSex: Charlie is haunted most of the time by it, given his usual performance. He improves in Season 5, fleetingly. Marcy sums it up in a very witty nickname: "Prema-Charlie".
-->'''Marcy: '''After a couple of decades with Prema-Charlie, anything longer than a Ramones song seems like tantric sex to me.
* StopHelpingMe[[invoked]]: Samurai Apocalypse's unsolicited actions againts Becca's boyfriend put Hank into a world of mess.
* STDImmunity:
** Many characters (especially Hank and Charlie) never think twice about having sex with a prostitute, stripper, or just a random woman they meet at a bar. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The show is called Californication after all.]]
** PlayedWith in Season 2. Hank is suspected to have syphilis, and Karen chides him and his sexual lifestyle. However, Karen has just had sex with Hank, [[FridgeLogic and she never thinks that he may have given the disease to her as well.]]
** PlayedWith again in the 3rd season. It is, at first, surprisingly averted with Marcy and Charlie, for they both start taking antibiotics the minute Charlie is suspected to have an STD. They seem pretty STD-conscious... until Marcy starts having sex with a [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll guy who has probably banged thousands of women in his lifetime]].
* StylisticSuck : Many writing examples, but notably Hank's creative writing student's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYheXulN4es lovelorn vampire story]].
* TakingTheHeat: [[spoiler: Richard spends a wild night with a hooker who shows up at his home the next day.]] A noble Hank sets-up a farce in a pure ScrewballComedy fashion where she is his girlfriend, so Karen won't be unhappy about the infidelity. HilarityEnsues.
* TheSponsor: In the latter part of season 5, Bates gets one, Gabriel, to help him quit his alcohol addiction. [[spoiler: They end up having sex]].
* TheSwearJar: Hank Moody has this arrangement with his daughter -- both ways. She gets most of the money. They grow out of it in the latter seasons.
* TooMuchInformation: Abby's senior partner goes on (and on and on) about his, um, anal bruising. After Hank successfully pisses him off on a golf outing, he eventually decides to look at the pictures... and [[ThatCloudLooksLike comments that it looks like the western half of the United States]].
* TotallyEighteen: Discussed when Hank Moody discovers the attractive socialite that seduced him at a book store (while reading his book no less) is actually 16... and the daughter of his ex-girlfriend's current partner. The mistake is a major plot point for the rest of the series as the girl in question keeps the threat of blackmail pointed at Hank.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Charlie discovers mid-oral that an affectionate hooker was not a ''she''. Charlie is the only one not amused.
* WellDoneSonGuy: All Hank really wanted from his dad was that his dad should appreciate his fame as a great writer and be a good parental figure. His father responds by [[ParentalNeglect saying he never read any of Hank's books]] and never changes his ways. Hank [[CallingTheOldManOut proceeds to blame it all on his father]] and tries to do everything differently from his father, including [[CheatersNeverProsper never cheating on Karen]] and being [[LonelyAtTheTop completely self-centered]] from his newfound fame. [[LikeFatherLikeSon It backfires.]] [[spoiler: Hank's father read every single one of his son's books. [[AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity He never could face his son]] when Hank paints [[FreudianExcuse all of his fictional fathers in a bad light.]]]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Becca and Mia. The latter more malevolently so.
* WhamLine: "How would you feel if I had slept with Becca?" [[spoiler: -Bill]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Damien. Anyone see him since he derailed the entire last season over his declaration of love? Also, in Season 1, Hank steals a dog for Becca, which remains in his house for one more episode. Where did it go?
* WholePlotReference: The entire second season is a whole plot reference to ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', with Hank as Nick and Ashby as Gatsby. Hank even tells Ashby that [[TheOneThatGotAway Janie is his "Daisy Buchanan"]].
* WhosYourDaddy:
** Hank's upcoming and accidental paternity is one of his main concerns in season 2, [[spoiler: but it turns out Hank and "DalÝ" are not responsible. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYkpnJtT7vQ Hank celebrates like a hooligan]].]]
--->'''Hank''': Booyaaaaa!! [[spoiler: [[ChocolateBaby The baby is black, baby is black]]... I didn't knock her up!]]
** The paternity of Marcy's child is also uncertain for a while.
* WritersBlock: Hank is pestered by it at the start of the show and from time to time, but once he is back on track he is so good and witty that he basically has a OneHourWorkWeek job.
* {{Yandere}}: Hank gets one in season 5. After leaving her in New York, she burns his apartment there. At the end of the season, [[spoiler: she drugs him and herself]].
** Hilariously, Marcy encounters one in season 6. In trying to get over Stu cheating on her, she meets Ophelia, a feminist author who [[DoesNotLikeMen has a severe misandrist streak]]. She frequently uses her Taser on Marcy's former lovers, and eventually tases Marcy when the latter doesn't take her confession of love well. After Charlie tries to rescue Marcy and gets tased and BoundAndGagged for his trouble, [[spoiler: the couple end up realizing that they still have feelings for each other and rekindle their relationship]] after [[HoistByHisOwnPetard knocking Ophelia out with her own Taser]].
* YankTheDogsChain: The lovely Lizzie seems to be a [[ThrowTheDogABone refreshing and sweet change]] for Charlie at first, but her promiscuity makes him even more miserable in no time.
* YouJustToldMe: The way Marcy tricks Charlie to reveal the relation between Stu and Lizzie.
* YouMakeMeSic: Hank's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGz6NdLBF2Y rant about internet-speak]].
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Mia's agent tries to [[DealWithTheDevil make this deal with Hank.]] [[spoiler: Hank is to admit that he slept with Mia so a [[HeroWithBadPublicity scandal of epic proportions can occur]] (and thus her agent [[GloryHound could cash in on the subsequent publicity]]), and Hank can get his book back.]] Hank violently refuses, [[PapaWolf to avoid hurting his family.]] [[spoiler: Mia's agent [[TheStoolPigeon tells the press anyway]]]].
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