Archive for October, 2010
Weeds Season 6 Episode 10 Theoretical Love Is Not Dead : After all the years of watching ‘Weeds,’ have you ever questioned anyone’s lineage?
Silas has been the only Botwin with any sense of responsibility and poise in this family circus, and there might be good reason for it.
He may not be a Botwin.
Why have we not noticed this before? All the signs were there. Nancy and Shane have always more closely resembled members of the Addams Family with their creepy behavior, while Silas mostly moped and got by on his surfer boy good looks.
Which brings us to Nancy — the entire show has been predicated on Nancy being a single mom who simply wanted to provide for her family by illegal means. Now the audience is being led to believe she’s nothing but a daughter of an alcoholic who lost her virginity to her math teacher Mr. Schiff (played by Richard Dreyfuss) in high school.
C’mon writers! If you wanted to attribute Silas’ surfer boy good looks to someone, couldn’t you have given us Mark Paul Gosselar for one more episode?!
The family decides to flee the country, so they need fake passports and one last big “score”. Naturally, they head to Dearborn, Michigan.
Dearborn happens to be Nancy’s childhood home; her old house is still marked by a hideous mermaid mailbox.
Having nowhere else to go, Nancy and crew end up shacking up with her former paramour and high school math teacher, Warren Schiff, who still holds a candle for Nancy. (And her picture in his wallet.)
While perusing Nancy’s old yearbooks, it’s Mr. Schiff who plants the seed in Shane and Silas’ head that Silas resembles Nancy’s high school boyfriend, Lars. The pair decided to pay a visit to Nancy’s old flame, where Shane is able to steal hairs for a DNA test.
Andy grabs a yoga mat and heads to the local mosque to find someone to make passports. Apparently, all Muslims know where to get fake passports. (With all the remarks on how Jewish the Botwins have been throughout the season, it wasn’t surprising that the writers would go so far to include such an offensive scene in this episode).
Doug continues to add nothing significant to the storyline — Kevin Nealon seems content just keeping his SAG membership intact.
For the most important part of the episode, Nancy meets an unfamiliar high school classmate, Ellis Tate. While visiting her parents’ grave, she’s greeted out of nowhere by this individual, who asks if she wants to go on a date. Turns out it’s the F.B.I. hot on her tail.
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Weeds Season 6 Episode 9 To Moscow, And Quickly : As the Botwins continued on the road of life off the grid, we realized being on the grid for them is asserious as driving a toy car on a blank sheet of graph paper.
The writers began to draw an interesting line between Nancy’s bad parenting and her own family roots on ‘Weeds,’ but more on that later.
This week, the poop hit the fanny — Stevie’s fanny — and apparently it’s radioactive green. Which is a better than amber, the color of the national alert reporting Nancy and Stevie as missing persons.
It seems the one advantage in being a mom on the run, is apparently not having to do diaper doody duty.
As her seldom practiced maternal instincts kicked in, Nancy started to worry that something might be terribly wrong with Stevie. After all, Shane and Silas both pooped in weird colors but not green. The first thought on her mind?
“Do you think [Stevie] ate some hash?”
Nancy’s mothering skills are just a tad bit better than her detective work, as she decided to take Stevie to a doctor.
While in the pediatrician’s office, Nancy and Andy argued about how to explain who Andy is to Stevie when he’s older. Nancy balked at saying she’ll continue to have Andy in Stevie’s life and was successful at swatting his questions away like a reappearing fly. Andy was convinced that he will be out of the country living in his “candy mountain” Denmark in 5-10 years, tops, unless he is raising Stevie.
While it was easy to ignore Andy, it wasn’t so easy to ignore the doc. The doctor asked if Stevie had been active and responding normally, to which she responded with a blank stare. Trying to save her older sons from most certain demise came at the cost of caring for Stevie. The doctor suggested that future lifestyle choices be made in Stevie’s best interest.
Although the Botwins were starting to resemble the ‘Partridge Family,’ Nancy finally owned up, “I can’t raise Stevie in the back of an RV,” she realized. “It’s not like I can settle down and play house somewhere because — oops! I have an amber alert on me.”
Andy suggested that they leave for Copenhagen. “Nordic people are very peaceful, very low crime rate! Open-faced sandwiches, bikes everywhere! I’ve done Google street view, it’s like Santa’s village!”
Meanwhile, Nancy’s other two sons were providing a hash paradise for parents taking their kids to a show. Mama Botwin’s parenting skills have taught Silas (but not so much Shane) to provide for the family by dealing. Silas was in charge and seemed pretty adept at drug dealing, but more importantly, at being a good older brother.
We learned that Silas still loves his brother Shane — even if he is forcing him to siphon gas through a hose with his mouth, while drunk. As heartwarming moments go, this episode was filled with the ones that can only exist on ‘Weeds.’
But the FBI was still hot on Nancy’s trail, interviewing her estranged sister, who described their family life as such: “Dad worked for Ford, Mom drank a lot. They are both dead. The how was a sh–box, but I don’t know. I liked it. It was cozy. There was a mermaid mailbox that my dad made.”
As Nancy and clan rolled into a town, their paths seemed like they’d soon cross with the FBI’s …
Oh, and as for our weekly Esteban count — he makes a photo appearance this week on a police board. Hey! I’ll count that.
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