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Weeds: A Distinctive Horn

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 28th 2009 5:06AM
Alanis Morissette on Weeds(S05E08) "I've come to reclaim my territory, Superfly." - Nancy to Andy, who's turned her room into a 1960s crash pad

First of all, for some reason, I find Alanis Morissette completely annoying as the doctor. I don't know if she's just boring or whether it's because she was mean to Andy: "You're unemployed, you're closer to 40 than 30, you drive a car from a TV show, and your greatest recent accomplishment was beating the upside-down kill screen in Ms. Pacman."

The only upside of her and Andy's date is that it got him to shave that ridiculous Geico caveman beard off. I really appreciate seeing his face again.

I also love the little vignettes at the beginning of each ep with the opening credits. Tonight's featured a file drawer with a "Weeds" file and a "Jenji Kohan" file. I also picked out a "Power of Attorney" file, which came into play later in the episode.

I also appreciated this exchange between Nancy and Zuzao:

Zuzao: "Do you wanna know why I've never had children?"
Nancy: "Because you'd eat them and children are super-fattening?"
Zuzao: "No, because they're complicated ... and if you let them, they'll take everything you have."

She goes on to say that this particular baby would end the career of a very promising politician. To recap from last week, we know that Zuzao is the sole heir to a vast telecommunications company, on the board of the Mexican Stock Exchange, and a philanthropist. My guess is she isn't a love interest of Esteban's. Maybe more like a greedy sister. At any rate, it seems like she's ready to play hardball when it comes to the baby. She's certainly holding something over Esteban's druglord head.

Way to go, Nancy, on putting Andy's name on the birth certificate as the kid's father. Likewise to Andy for stepping up and taking on the role. I could see where he was coming from. Nancy does tend to just use him when it's convenient. Then again, Andy needs a purpose, and having a kid might be just the thing.

The part about Dean saying he'll help Doug and Silas out if he can slam Doug's dick in a drawer was pretty darn funny. "If I'm hard, it won't be so bad," says Doug, then later asks the Rabbi if he can fix it. "I don't have any insurance. I've been taping it to a popsicle, and it's been turning blue." "Try cherry," says the Rabbi.

Other stuff I loved:

  • Doug saying Dean is just miffed that they didn't cut him in on the pot club, "but that's just because you're cursed with schmuckness." (This is where the power of attorney came in: Dean had Silas sign one.)
  • Shane lamenting that the baby will probably want to play soccer.
  • "No one is buying this shit. It's like the Depression out there. Women are pinching their cheeks for blush. Trannies? They're staining their lips with plum juice. I cannot sell make-up when civilization is collapsing." - Celia, to the You're Pretty leader.
  • Celia decking Dean during their exchange in his office. Did I see a few sparks there, though?
  • Seeing Lupita again. We're harking back to the very first episode of Weeds here.
  • Andy: "Whoa, bun's still on the hotdog," referring to Baby Botwin needing a circumcision.
  • Shane on the Bris: "Apparently, you need ten Jews to watch him lose his dickhead, or it's not official."
  • Nancy defending Andy to Esteban: "He sticks around. He fights for what he loves. He's not a coward."
  • Stevie Ray Botwin. I like it.

I'll end with this little exchange in Dean's office:

Dean:
"My rate is $500 an hour."
Doug: That better include a rim job."

Looking forward to your thoughts!

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iamored8907

So far this has been one of the best seasons of weeds. I would say the best, but it has been awhile since I have reviewed the older seasons.
Im so glad they got the pregnancy out of the way, but last weeks ending would have been a perfect season finale. Because season four's was Esteban discovering Nancy was pregnant and season five could have been him finding out she had the baby secretly. I just hope this is Esteban's finale season. I havent liked his character since Nancy turned in the tunnel. I am hoping this is the show where someone is going to shoot someone close to them repeatedly (Ausello's blind item about a cable show)

July 28 2009 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mb

"So far this has been one of the best seasons of weeds. I would say the best, but it has been awhile since I have reviewed the older seasons."

Matthew. You, sir, are delusional.

How can any sane person claim that the first two seasons could ever compare to the crap that has been pushed upon viewers since the third season? The first season was remarkable and funny, but it never got better.

Jenji Kohan should've been fired and the series cancelled a while ago.

However, this season is much better than the last two seasons. Still, cancel the damn series already.

July 29 2009 at 5:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

While this wasn't a bad episode and actually quite enjoyable by itself (didn't hate Alanis either) I am missing the larger scheme. There doesn't seem to be any natural development to ANY storyline. Everything feels rushed... and I wonder why? Because I don't see what they are setting up.
And god, how I hate the setting of this season...

July 28 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuy

Hello! I am a fan of this series too. I am from mexico and I enjoy how US, jewish, mexican and other cultures in this series are involved and mixed. I think this is what just happens in reallity in CA where there is hotbed of different cultures which just creates an interesting phenomenon.
It also touches themes of high controversy like narcotraffic in the border and how peopple of grand influence in mexico are connected to it.
And the development of the story is very good, you never really know what is going to happen.

I like this show very much!

July 28 2009 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kadoo

I disagree I thought last season might have been better than the first. I think the show took a huge risk moving the entire show and it payed off.

July 29 2009 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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