Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is seeing ghosts in the Season 6 premiere of "Californication." After waking up in a hospital with his longtime on-and-off-again love, Karen (Natascha McElhone), by his side, he finds out what landed him there: His unstable ex-girlfriend Carrie (Natalie Zea) had given him an overdose of drugs and then killed herself with the same cocktail. Throughout the episode, he is haunted by her ghost.
How does the Charles Bukowski-esque protagonist deal with this tragic turn of events? By hitting the bottle even more heavily, of course. A monthlong drunken binge goes by in a flash as Hank's best friend and agent, Charlie (Evan Handler); Charlie's ex-wife, Marcy (Pamela Adlon); Hank's daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin); and Karen all reach out to try to help him.
While Becca wants nothing more than to see her father pull it together, she does stir the pot a bit. She tells her dad that now that she and her boyfriend, Tyler (Scott Michael Foster), have broken up, she's dropping out of college to become a writer. "Being a writer sucks!" he responds. But she's hell-bent on it. "For better or worse, I am my father's daughter," she says.
After Hank does numerous obnoxious things -- including interfering in a random couple's conversation and ruining their engagement; passing out in the neighbors' kid's bed while the boy was asleep; and urinating in a bottle and then drinking from it -- his loved ones are getting desperate.
Charlie gets wind of an opportunity that he hopes will snap Hank out of his stupor. They pull up to the ridiculously ornate private plane of bad-boy rocker Atticus Fetch (Tim Minchin), who is on the plane getting a "massage," drinking, and doing drugs.
What does Atticus have in mind for Hank? He wants to create a rock opera based on Hank's novel, "God Hates Us All" -- which was previously turned into a movie, "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love," that Hank utterly hates.
After a drug-fueled musical number and spiel from Atticus that he hopes will convince the famous writer, Hank turns him down, saying that the admiration Atticus feels for him is not mutual. A brawl breaks out between the two, which ends in Hank puking on Atticus's pile of cocaine.
That's the last straw for Hank's eccentric group of family members and friends. They stage an intervention -- not to get him completely sober but to get him just the right amount of sober, so that he's not totally self-destructive.
There's a lot of off-the-wall push and pull during his loved ones' attempt, which Hank calls the "worst intervention ever." In the end, though, the troubled star wakes up at the luxury rehab facility Happy Endings.
To find out if Hank gets semisober, tune in to "Californication" on Sundays at 10:30 PM on Showtime.
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