S07E02: This was a rather insignificant episode, no? A few things happened, sure, and a few balls got rolling, but overall we got a fairly boring episode this week. That isn’t Weeds' fault though. Second episodes tend to do this. The first episode introduces everything then the second one sets it all up for the rest of the season. Weeds just happened to deliver a pretty boring set up. Oh well, it was still enjoyable.
As the AV Club noted, storylines in Weeds move at a glacial pace and that was never more evident than in Nancy’s plot this week. For some reason she wants to get back into selling weed and after bartering with her counselor for more time outside she takes the explosive rolling suitcase to her cellmate’s brother for even more bartering. Yay, bartering! And as we saw in the previews for next week, it seems Nancy really hits it off with that family though that’s a different kind of bartering.
"Lots of rape." - Ed
So what worked with Nancy this week? I almost thought her lamp-fixing Jewish boss was too much of a stereotype, but then I thought about my neighbors and it turns out her boss is actually rather tame. Her new supplier seems nice but again, like a stoner, this show moves slooooow. I also really liked seeing Nancy baked for a change. Considering how prevalent marijuana has been in her life, it’s rather surprising we haven’t seen her partake more often. Of course, maybe she needed to take the edge off of reuniting with Andy and Shane (also, nice little visual metaphor of having the chain door in between them). But her counselor knows something is up so he carts her off for a drug test. Whoops.
Speaking of Shane and Andy, they made a surprise visit to the halfway house. The whole brood came originally, but that was too much for Nancy so she bolted. Again. Cause that’s what Nancy does, she runs. That only gave Andy and Shane a little time to poke around her living space to try and figure out how she is doing. The only interesting development that happened here was the potential romance between Andy and Nancy’s new roommate. Perhaps Andy will have his junk blended in with some frozen fruit and apple juice soon (speaking of which, do people actually do that? Someone find that out for me, thanks). Andy and Shane are tied to Nancy more so than Silas and Doug, so it’ll be interesting to see how they come to cope with her new adventures.
"I had the travel bug had to get out of the burbs. Lived in a beach cottage for a while, surfed, did the Copenhagen thing." - Doug
Now Silas and Doug are out having their own adventures. Doug meets up with an old college buddy who invites him to get back into the “game.” It's a little douchey, sure, but I have a feeling throwing Doug into Wall Street would be quite funny. Sure, it could be a little too Franklin and Bash, but Kevin Nealon can handle it. Silas’ story was actually rather poignant. He has a meeting with a modeling agent set up by his old agent and this new one isn’t feeling him. The new agent was a little too much of a caricature for me, but Silas makes up for it with his plea that he's a hard worker. It's sincere and I really liked that someone in this family is trying to make an honest dollar. Although, I’m not exactly sure how hard you can actually work at being a model. But whatever, I’m sure the ladies love an excuse to see Silas shirtless.
So yeah,we saw a rather weak episode interspersed with a few solid moments. Nancy’s eye contact with Silas as she sneaked out was another good metaphor. The bag of bombs representing her self destructive nature was another nice touch along with the cutting back and forth from the video Shane and Andy watched to Nancy’s journey back. This week didn’t completely turn me off from Weeds, but it only barely made me care enough to tune in next week.