It just dawned on me that this is now the second time that Hank has been screwed over by someone half his age (or younger). First it was Mia with ‘Fkng & Punching’ and the whole statutory rape debacle, now it’s Tyler with Santa Monica Cop and the whole banging-his-daughter debacle. Am I sensing some kind of literary parallel here??
Runkle shows up at Karen’s, where Hank is holed up to emotionally heal and avoid his ex-best friend. Hank’s hatred is sincere, and Charlie’s pleas to be forgiven are ignored. Charlie even tries drowning himself in the pool, but Hank refuses to acknowledge him. Silly little bald man!
On his way out the door to take new agent meetings, Hank gets a taste of some solid Becca/Karen alone time in his new suburban sanctuary (thanks to Bates opening the door by getting shipped to rehab). The new mature Moody 2.0 points out how sweet of a moment it is, and how foolish he’d been to let it all slip away. Karen seems giddy. Hm.
Returning home in his soaking wet suit, Charlie encounters an elated Lizzie, who has miraculously landed a part in Santa Monica Cop, thanks to Stu. Charlie raises an eyebrow, clearly wondering if Lizzy has played them both. And oddly enough, she casually turns down Charlie’s request to migrate to the bedroom. Curious timing, Lizzie…
Hank ends up at a bar with a new agent prospect and runs into Stu. Obviously, moments later Runkle walks in to join Stu. Hank and his new friend Larry leave, and Runkle begins to pine for his old friend with a dispassionate Stu.
Lizzie comes up in the lunch conversation and Charlie begins to pry at Stu for information about her unlikely casting. Before long, Stu breaks the news to Charlie that he too was sexually propositioned by the British bombshell. Stu did what any married man with a weak resolve would – he cheated! Charlie is crushed. Not only did he think they were actually dating, but now he knows that he was being completely used. Couldn’t see the forest from the trees, I guess. Being 5’6” probably doesn’t help.
Larry has taken Hank to some fictitious filmmaker’s villa, where he can see what it would be like to work with a truly talented and respected director. Hank is thrilled, and then gets an even greater surprise – moments later, in walks his old friend Trixie with another working girl, and she and Hank embrace. So far, new agent Larry is putting Runkle to shame in grand fashion.
Speaking of Runkle, he lumbers into his house to find Lizzie the ‘actress’, still glowing over her new part. Crushed, Runkle begins crying like a baby and asks Lizzie about the blowjob debacle.
She doesn’t seem to think it’s a big deal, and assures Runkle that servicing Stu meant nothing. Charming her way out of another situation, Lizzie leaves unscathed and Charlie seems confused.
Trixie and Hank catch up on old times while undressing, but are interrupted by shrieks of terror coming from the other end of the villa. Hank to the rescue!!
Lars the director is chasing around one of the other girls, scaring her with threats of odd perversion. Of course Hank intervenes, telling Lars to calm down and sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong (figuratively, not literally. That could be gross in this context.).
Enraged by Hank’s audacity, Lars physically engages the much younger Hank, who ends up jabbing the old cook in the nose. Before long, Hank and Larry are on their way out, and Larry wants nothing to do with Hank. This could reunite the old dastardly duo of Hank/Charlie by default.
Marci arrives at Charlie’s, and it seems like Runkle is fixing to tell his ex-wife that her husband has cheated on him. He’s a complete mess and Marci assumes it’s because of Hank.
Before long, Runkle’s inner infant emerges again and he begins to cry. He tells Marci what Lizzie did, but lies to her about with whom. For such an infant, he actually did something pretty manly in protecting Marci.
Back at Karen’s, Hank is back to sweet-talking, saying how nice it’s been to spend time with his ladies. In walks a crying Becca, who apparently found some disturbing texts onTyler’s phone.
Hank catches Tyler outside and scalds him for making his daughter miserable again. Tyler then mentions that the girl in his phone is Cali, which prompts further bashing from Hank. Stern warnings are issued, but Tyler seems content to continue flirting with danger. Hopefully Sam finds out and it ends very very badly for this long-haired trouble maker. Only room for one of those in this show.
Back inside, Hank continues playing house, and joins Karen in consoling their daughter.
Not much wackiness in this one, by comparison, but lots of foundations were laid. Sam is going to end up throwing either Hank or Tyleroff a balcony, and we all know who I’m rooting for.