”Weeds” recap: Nancy’s life heats up
Sometimes, in a time of need, even a drug dealer will turn to a higher power. Just as the neglected, morally confused Shane has Sixth Sense‘d his late father back into existence to sort out his own existence, so did a conflicted Nancy reach out for guidance. In a rare mother-hen moment, Nancy made herself a Faustian bargain with Guillermo and his aptly named Tres Seis crew — their name a shout-out to Mephistopheles, their deeds a paean to his legacy. The deal went down, rather effectively, as Guillermo was tending to some sizzling meat on a grill, a nice nod to the heat to come — the Tres Seis torching the bikers’ crops. The tradeoff: For 50 percent of her profits, Nancy would receive limitless power of protection over Chester and his bikers — or any other ne’er-do-wells dumb enough to mess with this mutha.
If you recall the last episode, the hog riders assaulted Silas in order to get Nancy to buy their goods. Yes, this season on Weeds, motorcycles are the harbingers of doom. (Somewhat random aside: You may remember Rodney Rowland, the dude who plays Chester, as the trigger-happy Liam Fitzpatrick of Veronica Mars‘ Fighting Fitzpatricks. In real life, Rowland is reportedly the son of a minister. Interesting coincidence when you consider this show’s use of an illuminated cross, nicked from a church no less, to grow ganja. Not to mention this subsequent line: ”If you ask me, a cross that size is for a lord with a tiny d—.”) The biker attack on Silas not only led to Nancy’s aforementioned deal but also lent more insight into her heartthrob son’s nose for business. He’s like an onion, this Silas, and every week or so another semblance of innocence about him is peeled back, revealing a more potent, if mildly tear-jerking, facet of his personality. Previously, it’s been his cunning schemes to join the trade, his prowess in hawking the wares, his ability to learn how to grow the merch. This time, in stealing Conrad’s gun, it was his knee-jerk eagerness to go all Scarface on anyone who crosses him.
Like Silas, Celia — who could be found jonesing for hooch in prior episodes — is currently intoxicated by her edgy new career. A good sign, since she’s at her best when psyching herself into being badass. Last week, we thought she’d made great strides in that direction during a joyous, mid-gardening smoke break with Heylia. But it turns out she hasn’t quite warmed Heylia’s skeptical heart yet, which is a shame given the potential of a Heylia-Celia coalition against their common frenemy, Nancy — especially now that Heylia knows all about Conrad and Nancy’s special alliance. So Celia will just have to make due busting Doug’s cojones (ah, yes, that old standby), while strong-arming him into creating a front for her. Meanwhile, I’m obsessed with figuring out whether Doug’s blink-and-you-missed-it web search about that Wizard of Oz Munchkin-suicide urban myth is a strategically placed omen or just a delightfully geeky pop-culture reference. Perhaps a Pink Floyd LP has the answer.
NEXT: Conrad’s suspicious mind
Back at the Love Shack (that’s right, I mixed music metaphors), Conrad and Nancy’s budding romance continues to unfold, even as he has doubts about her, uh, character — you know, insinuating that she may have slept with both U-Turn and Guillermo and who knows who else. Does that make him sexist? That’s a tough one. The more Nancy’s power swells, the more she’s willing to overtly use her MILFicity — from the subtle thrill she got from that brick dance to her down-and-dirty affair with Sullivan. (Then again, Conrad doesn’t know about that, does he?) Indeed, Nancy’s well aware of her feminine wiles, which is making for an interesting psychological study as Conrad hopefully inspires her to view sex as romance again. Because this guy’s a keeper; he’s willing to stick by her even as she makes rash decisions, like allying herself with Guillermo. And, whoa, what a blind leap of faith that has turned out to be, especially in the face of both the authorities (who spotted the stolen-cross light source on a thermal cam) and those encroaching Tres Seis fires. That said, who’s the real fool here: the gangster-baiting MILF or the chump who loves her?
In case you were wondering: No, this week’s ending was not inspired by recent events. The Weeds producers issued a statement saying that the episodes were shot before the fires in Southern California and, in turn, offered their condolences to the victims. Chalk this up to a sad, strange coincidence.
What’ll hit first: the fire or the Feds? How will Heylia react to Nancy and Conrad’s relationship? Will Silas continue to exercise his Second Amendment rights? What does Guillermo have in store for Nancy? Will the bikers retaliate? Lastly, what of Shane and his flirtation with insanity?
This week, the theme song, ”Little Boxes,” was covered by Linkin Park. (No kidding: Linkin Park.) On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it an 8.5.