by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 25th 2009 2:43AM
(S05E12) "I could use a little more snakebite on my lips." - Dean
Hmmm ... what to say about this episode? I kept waiting for something to jump out at me. Some fun witticism from Andy or Doug, or anything really. But it just wasn't there. At this point, I'm just glad there's only one episode left, and hopefully, they can do a major reboot and gain back a lot of the viewers who've left. As many of you have commented this season, what's really lacking is any sort of empathy for Nancy. She just seems lost and twisting in the wind.
Like, for instance, when she walked in the door and mentioned something about Shane drinking, she made no attempt to stop it. Her parenting skills are less than stellar, as just about everyone on the show has mentioned at one time or another. In this episode, Shane went off about how he wondered if Nancy ever wished to go back to right after Judah died and have a do-over. Nancy said she tried not to think about it. Shane said he thought about it all the time.
As a viewer, I don't want to go back that far. I loved the first few seasons, loved seeing Nancy try to make her way in the world and support her family as a pot dealer. Ah, good times. Her family didn't know about her little business dealings, and she was new at the whole dealer thing.
Back to the current episode, let's talk about Celia. What's up with her dressing up like Nancy and sipping a coffee beverage through a straw a la Nancy? Mildly amusing, but where's it headed? Now that Celia's in the pot business -- sort of -- is she trying to channel Nancy's weed-business savvy? She seems so resentful of Nancy, but clearly, Nancy doesn't have it together at all. I suppose Celia would love being married to a rich political type.
Ok, so that brings me to this episode's one saving grace. Seeing Dean dressed up as a black guy, saying, "Robert Downey, Jr. opened that door" and "I could use a little more snakebite on my lips." Still, even that was a lame attempt to bring some humor into things.
A few other things:
Andy taking the magazine quiz with Nancy, and trying to get his mother's engagement ring out of her so he can propose to Audra. Say what? They've only been on a date or two, right? Not feeling it.
Celia and the nacho libre wrestler (a.k.a. Ignacio) ... whatever.
"I wanna talk to somebody who speaks English." - Nancy, trying to get some info on Esteban out of a hospital employee. Ok, I know this will probably stir up some peoples' ire, but I so agree with this statement. If I'm on a phone call and get someone who doesn't speak English at the end of a very long phone menu system? I'm hanging up and starting over. That has nothing to do with race and ethnicity, and everything to do with trying to figure out what the heck they're saying.
Silas and Shane trying to protect their new stepsister from sex-crazed druggies. It's all good, but I think it would be ok for people to know that Silas is noble. I did appreciate Shane's move with the knife and the rear entry threat, but ... yikes ... he learned that in summer school? Seriously? (A commenter below reminded me that Ignacio schooled Shane in "summer school" - makes sense.)
Liked Andy's tough love talk to Nancy about the fact that she sacrificed her family after Judah died, not that she made some sacrifices FOR her family.That's a no-brainer.
Ok, what have you got? Bring it.