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Episode Twelve – La Petite Mort


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

  • The final episode gives little retrospection on Ashby (although Hank and Mia visit his grave) and focuses on Karen’s decision to move back to New York City, providing a parallelism to Nick moving back to Minnesota after Gatsby’s death.

Cultural References

  • ‘La Petite Mort’ is French for ‘Little Death’, but it is most commonly a metaphor for an orgasm; in this episode it not only refers to the death of Ashby, but Sonja giving birth.
  • The Warren Zevon song ‘Keep Me In Your Heart’ can be heard in the beginning of the episode, referencing Ashby, and continuing the trend of using Zevon’s music in the show.
  • Hank is wearing Ashby’s Motley Crue t-shirt, another ongoing reference.
  • Hank refers to Julian as “…Sir Francis Drake…” – Drake was an English Sea Captain and Privateer who was the second person to circumnavigate Earth and possessed the same facial hair as Julian.
  • Hank calls Becca “…Jeff Becca…” – referring to guitarist Jeff Beck of the Yardbirds.
  • Runkle mentions that Daisy is “…taking Groundlings classes…” – Groundlings is a sketch comedy and improvisation theater in Los Angeles.
  • Runkle comments that, “They think they’re the only ones who ever saw ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’” after his boss tells him to “A.B.C.; always be closing.” – “…always be closing.” is a line from the movie ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’.
  • Sonja’s birthing scene is based upon Scientology birthing beliefs, which is Sonja’s religion.
  • Marcy tells Runkle that she hasn’t fucked a “…rogues gallery…” – a rogues gallery is a collection of photographs of criminals used by police departments for identification purposes.
  • Hanks says about Damien, “Something pubescent this way comes.” – a play on “Something wicked this way comes.”

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