S7E8: Well, the classic Weeds cliffhanger seems to be back. Last week, we saw it coming as soon as she stepped foot in Demitri’s apartment, Zoya’s back and she’s pissed. But this week, the show delivered an ending that was just a little too out of control to completely predict and in essence the crux of it is that they’re all completely screwed.
“You’re a lifer, you will always work a system.” –Woman Running the Halfway House
The episode starts out just a little to akin to a soap opera for my tastes; and not the tolerable kind that masquerades as primetime television, but the 2 p.m. variety that somehow weaves witches and spirits into a town run by old money and ancient millionaires. We start right there in Demitri’s apartment where Zoya insists that Nancy belongs to her, they begin hooking up because Nancy realizes it’s the only way to get by with her betrayal – and because she’s totally turned on by Demitri watching from the other room. That Nancy; always such a dirty bird.
After her hookup with Zoya, she runs into Demitri’s room to have sex with him and pick up her Afghan weed. She immediately returns to the halfway house where she finds out she’s been released. The woman who runs the halfway house says she thought she saw potential in Nancy, but now she knows that she’s never going to learn. Of course, Nancy has something smart to say to that, but come on. Nancy is a lifer, whether she likes it or not; we’re just not supposed to say anything because she’s our Nancy, like some sort of beloved, dysfunctional TV cousin.
She almost loses her sweet little deal when the files she brings the SEC are inadequate, but desperate to stay free, Nancy offers up her blooming relationship with the company’s CEO, Foster or is it Chuck? We’ll go with Chuck. That’s what Nancy seems to prefer. They set her up with a wire and send her off on a date, where she stupidly tries to drown the wire in the bathroom. Of course, the hapless, cartoonish woman who works for the SEC runs in to replace it, apologizing to Nancy the whole time. If these are the types of people running the SEC, it’s no wonder we’re in such a financial crisis, but at the same time, way to be late to the game,Weeds. Talking about financial corruption is so last year.
“Carbon footprint, feed the world, yes.” –Andy
Andy’s bike business is being written up by some hipster who writes for the ambiguous style section of one of the copious publications in New York. Silas of course doesn’t want any of this because it could mess with his business, but hey, Andy has a dream too. And it’s legitimate. Poor Andy, let’s allow him to keep his dream for once, right? Not so much.
The publicity brings back Devon (who Nancy outed as a drug dealer earlier this season) and part of his posse, Emma (Michelle Trachtenberg) who immediately takes a liking to Silas on account of his overwhelming handsomeness. They say he should take this as a warning to stop his little weed business before they crush it. Well, we should have seen that coming; it was all going way too smoothly.
Meanwhile, Shane is off interning for the detective. Thankfully, he’s not eating cupcakes and refusing blowjobs from prostitutes like last week, but he is giving us a tour of New York City cop stereotypes 101. Estranged son? Check. (Though he gets extra points for the kid not being his biological son.) Drinking problem? Check. Drinking problem easily chucked out the window when said estranged son won’t accept gift of his non-biological grandfather’s watch from Shane, the messenger? Check. Shane gives the detective advice on how he can win his son back – basically, he shouldn’t be a total mess (like Nancy) so that when his son is ready, the boy will encounter him in a good light. Pretty sound advice from a little sociopath.
“You might want to go away because I don’t like you.” - Zoya
Finally, it all comes together in an elegant little sh*tstorm when Nancy brings Foster back to the apartment/shop. Silas promptly pushes him into the elevator and tries to send him home, but he’s completely wasted and makes his way back into the apartment. Boom, Demetri is also in the shop distributing Afghan weed, and speaking explicitly and loudly about it just before Zoya shows up and continues to talk about this new business venture. Now, Nancy’s still wired but can’t say anything because she doesn’t want Foster to know she’s spying on him because she’ll go back to prison if she fails to get information for the SEC. This spins out of control when Foster witnesses both Demitri and Zoya manhandling Nancy immediately after their romantic date and thus the giant clusterf**k set to classical music commences and it would almost be too cheesy if it didn’t hearken back to the old days of Weeds. Back when Nancy would be completely screwed beyond all get out and we’d sit on the edge of our seats waiting for the next episode because too many things went wrong and there’s no way she could weasel out of it. Well just like those days, we’re hotly anticipating next week’s episode, but we also know Nancy will use her wiles and dumb luck one way or another to wriggle out of it. It’s just a matter of how. Welcome back, classic Weeds, we’ve missed you.