The fourth season of Californication has started on Showtime, with Hank Moody (David Duchovny) going to trial for sleeping with a minor in the show’s very first episode. Duchovny spoiled some upcoming episodes for the Television Critics Association when asked for his favorite scene. So spoiler alert.
“I really enjoyed the arc with Carla [Gugino] this year because she became an actual presence for Hank and not just a dalliance,” Duchovny said. “This was the first time that anybody but Karen really made an impression on him. That was an interesting thing to play and then we did an episode where because Carla’s character and my character get involved, she decides that she needs to get me another lawyer.”
The conflict of interest leads to comedy. “So she tries to give me to her boss and I have to go golfing with the boss. I think one of my favorite scenes is out there on the course this year. I really enjoy the physical comedy whenever I can do it. I asked [series creator] Tom [Kapinos] for that. Try to make me dance, get me into a fight, something.”
On trial for statutory rape for sleeping with a then 16-year-old Mia (Madeline Zima), Hank does profess he did not know her age. However, Duchovny acknowledges that he should still face responsibility for his negligence.
“He says that and I think it’s a legitimate point when you look at the person. For sure, he didn’t do his due diligence maybe but I guess it’s understandable in terms of a visual. So yeah, he does say that but he also recognizes that that’s not enough.”
Meanwhile, his daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin) lashes out this season. “I think this season Becca steps out of the shadow of her parents and into the shadow of her peers,” Martin said. “She gets involved with drugs and rock and roll. She never really becomes her own person, but I hope to see her eventually forge into a strong character separate from her parents and her friends.”
Californication airs Sunday nights on Showtime.