Weeds: Lady's a Charm
The "Little Boxes" theme is gone for good. Instead, we got a quick shot of the Mexican border. I'll miss the old song, but it no longer fits with the show's new setting. I can't decide if I like the music-free credits, or if a different theme song would have been a good idea. What song would suit Weeds now that it isn't set in the suburbs?
It didn't take long for Nancy's troubles to catch up with her. Nancy spent most of the episode coming down from her "escape to the beach" high. She was so carefree and happy in the adorable opening scene that you just knew it wouldn't last. Several unpleasant surprises brought Ms. Botwin back to reality--Silas' renewed interest in marijuana growing, news of Celia's arrest, and Guillermo's drug trafficking fake-out. She wasn't even privy to the worst bit of news: Roy Till has joined Team Celia, thanks to a border photo of Nancy and Guillermo. So much for a fresh start.
Remember how I said that last week's episode made me a little squeamish? That goes double for this week's chapter. There were bodily fluids all over the place, and the sound effects only made things worse. Bubbie's death wish guaranteed that even more of that subject matter is in our immediate future. I hope that next week's episode isn't as Bubbie-centric as the preview implied. There are so many other storylines I'd like to see more of--Shane and Silas exploring their new hometown, Andy and Lenny's relationship, and Nancy's new career path. Why is the vegetable humor necessary? When Shane got stuck with Bubbie duty, the first thought I had was "Isn't his character dark enough without this situation?" The same goes for Weeds in general. Bubbie's journey into the afterlife isn't working for me so far.
Lenny really brings out the worst in his son, doesn't he? I'm not used to seeing Andy be angry and mean-spirited. The scenes between Albert Brooks and Justin Kirk have been fantastic. Andy can't stop questioning Lenny's parenting choices, and yet he turned out just like him. They're both drifters. Lenny floats from one gambling opportunity to another, and Andy is equally aimless. Andy complained about Lenny's tendency to give children "age-inappropriate" tasks, but he's the one who gave Shane the frank "sock talk" back in the day. I can't get enough of this relationship; it's great to see this side of Andy.
Celia's prison makeover was both the funniest and saddest part about this episode. I lauged the first time her new look was revealed (those eyebrows were frightening), but by the end of the episode, I felt terrible for Celia. Her situation is a harsh reminder of how quickly things can go wrong in Nancy's line of work. She's been lucky so far, but as Celia said, her nightmare should be Nancy's nightmare. Nancy's behavior during her border training proved that she's not too smart to get caught. She couldn't even sneak inhalers into the country. Till doesn't strike me as a serious threat right now, though. I'm guessing that Celia's desire to be "part of the gang" will keep her from completely selling out her friend.
My favorite lines of the night:
- "She does that sometimes. It's not necessarily bad." --Lenny, on Bubbie's gurgles
- "My cellmate, Chita, says she's going to make me her special girl." --Celia
- "Yo quiero una brake light para...this car." --Nancy
- "It was Boba Fett!" --Andy
Next week--The Botwins tackle the serious issue of euthanasia. Good times.
|Alan Ladd - Shane||19 (11.7%)|
|Klaus - Silas||69 (42.6%)|
|Special girl - Celia||63 (38.9%)|