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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weeds "Theoretical Love Is Not Dead"

     Six seasons in, is anyone getting tired of Showtime's Weeds?  'Cause I'm sure not.  And after this week's season six finale, I'm not sure how anyone else could be either.  The series is constantly reinventing itself, and this year was certainly no different.

     The show spent it's first three years in a quiet, suburban community.  It got a little grittier as pretty much all of the main characters moved south to the California-Mexico border for seasons four and five.  Season six found the Botwins, along with pal Doug (Kevin Nealon) on the run.  They went through the northern states of Washington, Montana, Colorado, and a few other places, before ending up in Dearborn, Michigan, Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker) hometown.  They crash with her former teacher, who was also her lover, Warren (hilariously, Richard Dreyfuss).  Of course, they cannot run forever, and their enemies track them there, as well.

     As the finale began, Nancy was being held hostage by her husband, Esteban (Demian Bichir), and his henchman, Guillermo (Guillermo Diaz).  They have come for Esteban and Nancy's baby, who she took when she fled.  Esteban wants Stevie back, and then he will kill Nancy.  Nancy's family is already at the airport, waiting for her.  She manages to sneak a call off to Andy (Justin Kirk), telling him they will be going with Plan C, which Andy is not at all happy about.  Through a series of small twists, Warren is arrested, Andy, Shane (Alexander Gould), and Silas (Hunter Parrish) make it safely on a plane to Paris, and Nancy willfully stays behind with Steview, Esteban, and Guillermo.

     At this point, viewers like may were wondering if the crazy woman had finally snapped.  Did Nancy actually believe that Esteban would let her live after, from his viewpoint, kidnapping his child?  Esteban has killed for far less.  However, Weeds has a repuation for delivering each season finale a twist ending, and this one was no different.  As Nancy and her captors walked out of the airport, a squadron of police and F.B.I. were there waiting for her, and she quickly confessed to the murder of Pilar Zuzua, an act that Shane actually committed.

     Where does this leave Weeds for season 7?  Obviously, Nancy will be spending some time in lockup.  She may be released, as the evidence may not point to her.  Afterall, she didn't do it.  But of course she'd lie to protect her son, so she will do her best to convince them that she did.  Will Esteban release the videotape that proves Shane killed Pilar?  Will Nancy's family come back and try to break her out?  Will they come back at all?  Will Doug be returning?  Fans were upset about the depature of long-time star Elizabeth Perkins, who played Celia Hodes, this year.  Is this an opportunity to bring her back?  Or will Doug join her on the used-to-be list?  Will a couple of years have passed, so her sons can be the proper age (only four years have passed in the first six seasons)?  There are so many questions!

     But there are always so many questions left on Weeds.  Luckily, the series has been renewed for a seventh season, so they will not be left unanswered.

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