Friday, October 22, 2010

What I'm Watching: Weeds

Weeds: Season 6, Episode 9 “To Moscow, and Quickly” (B+)

Whereas last week provided us an opportunity to see a normal mother-son relationship between Nancy and Shane, this episode gives us a chance to see a not-so-normal but still fascinating dynamic between two brothers. Shane has seemed like the more grown-up and put-together Botwin boy, and seeing Silas mess with him for a few hours just for fun is entertaining. Having Nancy's face pop up on the news with a “missing person” caption was somewhat unexpected, and a reminder that, wherever they go, the Newmans can't leave their old identities behind. The shot of the FBI agent on Nancy's tail also indicates that the show isn't done with that plotline, and it will certainly be back front and center before the season ends in a few weeks. All this discussion of going to Copenhagen reminded me of the season two finale where Shane kept quoting facts about Pittsburgh when he was having imaginary conversations with Judah. It's all just a fantasy, and as much as they can run freely around the country and fill out medical forms however they choose, they're never going to make a clean break. Nancy saying that she wants to make one last batch of weed and then get out is just as delusional an idea, as evidenced by the fact that she's been at this in one form or another for six years now, and every time she thinks she's out (like when she was working at the maternity store), she's just involved in a different way. You can't take the drug dealer out of this woman.

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