More sex, drugs and middle-aged tribulations for Hank and co. Not so sleazy as Cal.2, given that Charlie has moved out of porn and back into being an agent. Hank the writer drifts yet further out of the scenario, replaced by Hank the hopeless creative writing teacher. Karen is now in NYC without him - all because Becca wanted to stay for her boyfriend in Cal.2 - so Hank's domestic situation is still shakey. Cue many flings, a trio of demanding lovers all connected to his new job, and plenty more mischief involving the Runkles, etc.
Given the title, Californication, it might have behoved the writers to dump Hank and crew in Cal.2 and create a whole new set of characters with love-life problems. It often happens that characters in US shows wave their rights to our sympathy by failing to learn from their mistakes. By not developing. Hank was supposed to be a mess because he had lost Karen to another man. Since Cal.1, he has remained a screw up, despite having her back, albeit temporarily.
To conclude, Californication 3 is more watchable than its predecessor, but neither season has matched the first year for plot development, humour or wisdom. Still, I'll never forget the episode where Hank wakes up with three strippers and has to hide them and soon every one else in his life in different rooms of the house as, one by one, everyone he knows rings the doorbell that morning. Farcical fun. And a superb supporting role for the now shockingly butch Kathleen Turner.