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Episode Eight – Going Down and Out In Beverly Hills

Who’s Who At This Point

  • Hank Moody = Nick Carraway
  • Lew Ashby = Jay Gatsby
  • Janie Jones = Daisy Buchanan
  • Trixie = Jordan Baker
  • Ron Jones = Tom Buchanan
Parallelisms & References
  • Lew asks Hank, concerning Janie, “What did she say about me? She misses me right?” – paralleling the information that Gatsby lures from Nick concerning Daisy; especially because both Lew and Gatsby have no contact with either Janie/Daisy before Hank/Nick and use them to reconnect with their loves.
  • Janie describes Lew as “…well-intentioned…a lost boy”, to which Hank replies, “…I do believe the man is still in love with you; the sun rises and sets with you; I think that he would toss everything he’s got just to have another shot with you…” and adds, “…looks like you got the happily ever after, after all. Don’t you want to talk to him…don’t you miss him a little bit?” – these lines parallel Lew and Gatsby so closely that they could describe either character; aside from painting a picture of both characters’ emotional states, these lines also parallel Daisy’s capturing of the wealth and marriage which Gatsby believes he must replicate in order to ‘win her back’, unbeknownst to him that the marriage is a sham.
  • Janie’s husband, Ron, is having an affair with their housemaid – which parallels Tom Buchanan’s affair with Myrtle Wilson – and that Janie, just as Daisy, are well-aware of the indiscretion, yet care very little, if at all.
  • Ron is similar in length and sound to Tom; just as Ashby is to Gatsby and Janie is to Daisy.
  • Karen tells Lew, “…whenever someone wants a giant behemoth like this [referring to the house], it’s because they’re hiding from something.” – paralleling the use of Gatsby’s mansion as nothing more than a place for parties and “playing the part” of being rich, all which is directed at attaining Daisy’s attention, or in Lew’s case, Janie’s. Also, on the final pages of Gatsby, Nick comments that he “…went and looked at that huge, incoherent failure of a house…”
Cultural References 
  • The episode title is a play on the movie title “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”
  • Hank tells Janie that her husband is a “red-faced, hockey dad” who “likes to keep baby in a corner” – referencing a fight between two hockey fathers after their sons’ game, which ended in one of the father’s death, and referencing “Dirty Dancing”, which is one of the many mentionings throughout Californication
  • Hank says about Damien, “Fuck that Harry Chapin, pathetic bastard…cat’s in the cradle, motherfucker.” – referencing folk singer/songwriter Harry Chapin whose most famous song was “Cat’s in the Cradle”
  • Hank mentions that Lew is “pure id” – the Id is part of human psyche which reacts on instinctive impulses that seek satisfaction in regards to pleasure and is modified by the ego

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