We’re hoping new beginnings for Nancy will be the jump-start this ailing series needs!
I love the first two seasons of Weeds, but lately I feel as though I’ve been watching it out of a sense of devotion for bygone years. As the June 27 season 7 opener begins, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) and her family’s exploits have grown more and more ludicrous — and it’s been hard to identify with a woman who can just sleep her way out of the most dire situation. But luckily, this season starts with a shocking jolt the series could use to get fresh again. Some big SPOILERS from the first episode lie ahead!
Skipping over Nancy’s stint in jail, the premiere jumps three years to Nancy’s release and reintroduction to society by moving to New York in a halfway house. During the course of the episode, Nancy has a sensual lesbian relationship and strips in front of a random man — somewhat par for the promiscuous mama. Not far behind is her makeshift family unit, holed up in Copenhagen — her brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk), tormented son Silas (Hunter Parrish) and his troubled, murderous little brother Shane (Alexander Gould). It wouldn’t be Weeds without the antics, and season 7 is full of them already — Andy is a tour guide, Silas is a sexy model and Shane, curiously enough, is breaking up with an older woman with whom he apparently has a marionette act. We don’t know what’s funnier — the fact that Shane’s a puppeteer or his sleazy sideburns!
By the time Nancy picks up a suitcase full of weaponry, not much has happened outside of catching up with what the characters have been up to through the last few years. But that is good enough to send the plot in a positive direction. Who knows what the season will hold for this dysfunctional family, but one question remains — does anyone care about Doug (Kevin Nealon)?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers — can Weeds return to the glory days of earlier seasons? Or am I just insane and it’s been amazing all along?