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Californication: Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be

Hank has a disturbing nightmare involving deceased friend Lew Ashby that leads him to believe he's gone to hell. When he wakes up, he's greeted with the news that Richard and Karen's marriage is ending. Hank is overjoyed, but his happiness is soon squashed by Tyler proposing to Becca. Also, an on-set incident with Sam enables Charlie to prove himself, and Hank's crazy ex Carrie hatches a plan to keep them together forever.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x12
Airdate: Sunday April 01st, 2012
Special Airtime: 10:30 pm

Director: Adam Bernstein
Writer: Tom Kapinos

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Eleven) May 13, 2013

Guest Stars
Meagan GoodMeagan Good
As Kali
Jason BegheJason Beghe
As Richard Bates
Stephen TobolowskyStephen Tobolowsky
As Stu Baggs
Scott Michael FosterScott Michael Foster
As Tyler Stevens
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Lizzie
Natalie ZeaNatalie Zea
As Carrie
As Samurai Apocalypse
Callum Keith RennieCallum Keith Rennie
As Lew Ashby

Co-Guest Stars
Jonathan KasdanJonathan Kasdan
As Director
Quin BaronQuin Baron
As Stuart Runkle
Reed BaronReed Baron
As Stuart Runkle
Ana ReyAna Rey
As Irma
Mike GainesMike Gaines
As Partner
Main Cast
David DuchovnyDavid Duchovny
As Hank Moody
Natascha McElhoneNatascha McElhone
As Karen Van Der Beek
Pamela AdlonPamela Adlon
As Marcy Runkle
Evan HandlerEvan Handler
As Charlie Runkle
Madeleine MartinMadeleine Martin
As Becca Moody


The episode begins with a dream sequence featuring Hank’s old pal, Lew Ashby. It’s a dark, red bar supposed to represent hell from the look of things, and apparently this is where Hank imagines himself ending up, for all the deeds he has done. Back in the real world, Hank arrives at Karen and Bates’ house to make sure Bates, comes clean with Karen, about all he has done recently, as he feels it’s only fair that Karen know about all his exploits. Bates tells Karen that he needs to be free and that he is not capable of staying married, a fact he has discovered after his recent exploits, and the two are equally relieved from the looks of it, Bates with having come clean, and gotten rid of his guilt and with Karen no more feeling guilty about still harboring feelings for Hank. ..

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