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Weeds: Lady's a Charm

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 24th 2008 1:14AM
Justin Kirk(S04E02) The season premiere took us to a new town, and "Lady's a Charm" gave us a look into Nancy's future as a drug trafficker. There's room for improvement, that's for sure. This week we learned more of the Botwin family history, got a brief and depressing Yiddish lesson, and, for the first time, I heard the word "schlimazel" outside the context of Laverne & Shirley.

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.

Which Weeds character's nickname is your favorite?
Alan Ladd - Shane19 (11.7%)
Klaus - Silas69 (42.6%)
Special girl - Celia63 (38.9%)
Other11 (6.8%)

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If the show goes in the direction the last scene w/ Celia and the detective makes me think it goes in, it'll lose me as a viewer. The charm of Weeds has always been Nancy's insular life--one away from cops, etc. It's why her relationship with the DEA agent flopped and it's why this won't work.

In reality, she'd be nailed, tagged, and bagged but the whole point of Weeds has been to askew our reality for Nancy's reality. Now they want to do away with that? Weeds as a serious show only works when something is up with Silas or Shane, not when the feds are creeping in on Nancy.

June 25 2008 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

c'mon, no mention of Silas' hair? obviously mor e'new beginnings' there.

and the best line, by far:
no, honey, i need some alone time... and you just asked your brother to suck your dick (or something like that... i can't remember the exact line)

June 24 2008 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't see what having Albert Brooks as Judah's and Andy's father brings to this show. I do not find him funny and he doesn't contribute much other than boring stories from Andy's childhood.

I find Guillermo's verrrryyy patient handling of Nancy interesting yet puzzling. I can't think of many SoCal hispanic gangleaders patronizing a caucasian mother of two the way he does, but I have a feeling that he has something planned for her (probably unpleasant).

Yet, I'm sort of enjoying Season 4 so far (certainly much more than the terrible Season 3). I do wish that they'd bring back Heylia and Conrad, as they were the perfect characters to put Nancy's clueless overconfidence in check. As it stands now, Nancy has no idea where she is or what to do with her life. There is nothing charming or clever with writing her storyline this way.

June 24 2008 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey... What ever happened to Shane talking to his dad? I hope they didn't just drop that thread.

June 24 2008 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Akbar Fazil

I am pretty sure that got dropped last season when Isabelle called him out on it when they were sitting in the shelter during the fire.

June 24 2008 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


And yes AfroMan would work perfectly.

I really liked this episode. My favorite part was actually when Celia's brat realized what she had done to her mother and started feeling guilty about it. I'm so intrigued to find out how Nancy is going to get out of this AND save Celia.

Maybe witness protection and testify against guillermo. She can move to Albequerque and be protected by Mary Shannon.

June 24 2008 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex from Ars

THANK GOD the theme song is gone! My enjoying of the show is up 314% in its absence....

Needs more Doug, though!

June 24 2008 at 3:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Celia's makeup ftmfw

June 24 2008 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Afroman's Because I got High

June 24 2008 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hate the new beginning, it is terrible.

I enjoyed the episode a lot, I love the part where Nancy said "Save some fossil fuels, those poor Iraqi children".

Plus the ending was perfect. Nancy is completely clueless. You were married to a screwed up DEA cop for about 90 seconds, he ends up dead, and she doesn't think people would be watching her? I can't wait for the likelihood of the fact a trail has to be happening sometime next season.

June 24 2008 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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