But except for Mia, who even said she was the aggressor, in terms of relationships, what others? Mia didn't even want anyone to know about her and Hank. The agent forced the issue. For someone who is pretty much a philanderer, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that, he's been pretty straight up with the women he's with. That's why I feel this whole Carrie situation is contrived. I'm not buying that if Carrie asked Hank if he loved her offscreen that he would have lied and said it. In their first scene together, it was clearly obvious that she was way more invested in their relationship, and I think Hank basically told her that this wasn't the kind of relationship she thought it was, and again when she visited him in LA. I think he had to be harsh and told her he didn't love her because she just wasn't getting it. I just don't buy that he deliberately treated her like crap or anything. She also said herself at the dinner party that she realized he wasn't over Karen.
Not that I like Hank, but when did this happen? When they moved to LA, Karen left Hank for Bill. The show made a point to show us Hank didn't stray when they were together. Then, when they got together again, Karen obviously dropped him because of Mia. But, while I thought Hank should have gone to jail, and made a bad choice, he thought Mia was 18+, and he wasn't with Karen at the time. If not for the very wacky sitcom coincidence that Mia was Bill's daughter, nothing would have happened.
So Hank did flee to NYC after that, sure, but he was basically outcast by his daughter and her mother. And it's fair to say that Karen leads him on because she completely does. And it's had a bad effect on Becca. When they pull lines from Becca like, "wonder where I learned that from," I have to call BS. Karen didn't ever keep taking Hank back after repeatedly cheating on her because that never happened. If anything, Becca learned to be a doormat from Hank.
What I got out of this season was that Karen is just not a good person to have a relationship with because she's emotionally manipulative. Hank holds her on this huge pedestal. But it seems like I'm supposed to be thinking that I'm supposed to believe Hank and Karen are perfect for one another.
In terms of Hank's affairs coming back to bite him, yeah, Mia is the obvious one. Whether she was the aggressor or not, if you're as promiscuous as Hank is, and sleep with someone within moments of meeting them, without knowing the slightest thing about them, and your tastes skew to people who are waaaaay younger than you are, eventually you're going to sleep with someone who is younger than she says she is. That was totally his fault, and "but she came on to me" isn't a defense.
In addition, though, I think he slept with the mother of his daughter's best friend at school, which led to them both getting expelled. And he was carrying on something like three simultaneous affairs with various women, including a student of his, while Karen was in NY, which also caused problems for him when she came back and found out about it. Then there was sleeping with RZA's girlfriend, which was lurking through the entire last season, and which ended up with him getting shot at. I think he pays a price for his infidelities, is all.
And Karen does keep taking him back, doesn't she? It's not like Hank ever stops sleeping with everything that moves and focuses on just winning her. Rather, he follows her around telling her how much he loves her and wishes they were back together while having sex with anything that will stand still long enough. Even in this last seasons, Karen took him back after he was convicted on statutory rape charges for sleeping with what was at the time her 16-year-old step-daughter, having sex with his daughter's teacher, and numerous other debaucheries.