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'Weeds' - 'Thwack' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Aug 17th 2010 10:30AM
(Season 6, Episode 1) This episode can be best summed up in lots of F words.

Fight. Flight. Fright. Fight (again), Fail and Family.

Shane fights for his life. The flight of Nancy and Shane at the scene of a murder. Andy frightened of a hostage situation. Audra fighting with Andy over choosing Nancy -- and the failures of Andy as a man, and Nancy as a mother. Leading to the reuniting of the Botwin family for the season six premiere of 'Weeds.'

From the top, shall we?

Say you get shot during someone's botched attempt at murdering your mother -- what would you do with a croquet mallet? If you're Shane Botwin you find it fit as a murder weapon. Don't worry though, Shane had his reasons, "she was going to kill us so I popped the bitch."

And what a score for Shane that was. For his inaugural murder he kills Pilar, who is only the most powerful Mexican crime boss and the political backer of his stepfather Esteban, who himself is blissfully unaware and partying in the chateau (or villa since we are amongst the Mexican cartel) behind them.

With that mallet, he also kills the sweet, industrious, relatively innocent Shane Botwin we have known. In his place, we are introduced to the new Shane Botwin, a psycho-er, pubescent Shane who seems unaffected by adding murderer to his resume.

Going into the nurturing role that only a mother of murderer can, Nancy swiftly tells Shane "Don't let go of that stick thing," Even in their fractured and clumsy mindset, they still seem to pull it together. Shane points out and waves to a surveillance camera, which Nancy destroys. They turn on the automatic pool cover to hide PIlar's lifeless body and they do what all Botwin's do best.

They flee.

Fleeing is a dance that Nancy is usually great at. With her kids in the backseat, an iced latte in another hand and nothing to weigh her down, she has made fleeing look easy and graceful before. Not this time. Now she's added a newborn baby to the mix, a nanny (who inexplicably disappears in the episode), a murderer and a few dozen pairs of shoes to the backseat.

Thus starts the painfully slow getaway. The first two cars, which included a limo and her fully packed trusty Prius was not suffice. Nancy needs a bigger car and decides to take Andy's new van, but heck ... why not involve Andy too? She heads over to Andy's, where naturally a hostage situation is taking place. In a fight or flight response, Nancy and Shane have chosen flight. Andy too has recently done some fleeing of his own, but in more of a fright capacity.

Andy had just proposed to Audra (played by Alanis Morrisette), and then they found themselves being taken hostage by Gale, a crossbow-wielding, mentally unstable pro-lifer, who is both against Audra's abortionist ways and insanely in love with her. Upon sight of the crossbow, Andy books it. Runs out of his house like a little mouse, leaving his newly-minted fiance alone to deal with her hostage situation.

If you, like me, thought there was romance missing in Andy and Audra's engagement, we get paid back through the pleas of Gale, who wants nothing more than to wash Audra's bloody hands as an abortionist and live a life on his trust fund and bible proverbs. How sweet!

Nancy arrives with Andy pacing outside his home. When Nancy asks him for the keys to his van, he resists and barks, and like all good siblings they go tit for tat.
Andy: "You are so selfish -- I am in crisis."
Nancy: "My child murdered someone! I have to leave town now!"

Sure it's a car that Nancy claims she needs, but its absolutely Andy she wants. Proving it's hard to kick bad habits. After watching her child murder someone, subduing a crazy hostage taker is kindergarten cop to her. Andy and Nancy do the "You distract and I'll hit 'em with something breakable" technique that has thrilled television audiences through the ages.

Cattiness ensues over the little Botwin mouse, or Nancy's puppy as Audra calls it. Audra gives Andy one last test to keep their relationship, to see if he chooses Nancy over Audra. LIke every other test that night (crossbow included), he doesn't do so well and has not even a toe towards Nancy when Audra screams, "F- you failed! You get an F! You were supposed to fight for me. Just go away."

Audra phones the cops and ignores Andy's call. With that hold of the telephone call -- marks the hang up of their relationship. Sadly, this might be the last time we see Alanis Morrisette on the show, whose acting chops have come a long way from 'You Can't Do That On Television.'

Silas, the only logical thinking Botwin in the bunch, mentions they might need money while they are on the lamb. Nancy suggests Andy asks for engagement bauble back from Audra -- but instead receives a shiner. A foreshadowing of things to come if Andy is expected to defend the Botwins from danger.

As episodes go, this was a very predictable one. Not only does Shane's character change, but so does Silas. Suddenly the only family member out of the drama loop, he turns impromptu psychologist and focuses on the mental well-being of Silas, who has saved their lives from certain demise. Shane reminds Silas that regardless of what occurs, "I'm family. You still gotta invite me to Super Bowl parties and s--- like that."

Silas diagnoses his brother as a psycho but later asks Shane what it's like to kill someone and if he feels bad. Shane says he doesn't, at least not yet. Silas sweetly asks his brother, "Will you tell me if they come, the feelings?" Maybe the Botwins should escape to Philadelphia with all this brotherly love!

Back to the getaway vehicle, with nothing to holding anyone back. Andy assumes his shotgun seat as the defacto father figure in the crazy Botwin clan and we are underway towards another season of 'Estaban chases Nancy.'

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It's a shame we won't be seeing more of Alanis. She was awesome this episode.

Shane is getting creepy. Alexander Gould has certainly moved beyond Nemo: http://guiltyfeat.com/2010/08/17/not-nemo-no-more/

August 18 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aron Silverman

"a nanny (who inexplicably disappears in the episode)"

She clearly stated that she wanted to be dropped off at the bus station with the baby. in which Nancy said the baby stays. Whoever wrote this article loses all creditablity with me.

August 17 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Aron Silverman's comment

Yes, she did say that she wanted to be dropped off with the baby at the bus stop, but Nancy shot that one down. There was no mention after that of what happened to the Nanny. She just disappeared.

August 17 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yup, Weeds (seasons 3+)does not not disappoint.


August 17 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to mb's comment

Keep watching and whining...

August 17 2010 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I try to.

I bashed Lost since the start of season 3 but kept in there (grumbling) hoping that it would get better. And I was rewarded with a great finale that I enjoyed.

Will Weeds magically return to the great show it was in seasons 1-2? I don't know, but I'm hoping it will.

And I will bitch about the poor writing until it does. And you will be forced to listen to me.

August 17 2010 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The nanny wanted to go to the bus stop,when she found out Shane killed Pillar! why is that inexplicably or am I misunderstanding inexplicably?

August 17 2010 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to David's comment

That's the way I took it as well. Killer in the car, she wanted the hell out of there, hence the line to drop her off at the bus station. Nothing mysterious about it at all. lol

August 17 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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