'Weeds' Recap: System Overhead

Aug 29, 2011 | 9:41pm EDT

S7E10: This week, Weeds keeps most of the momentum from last week going. The Pouncy House debacle continues, Shane's issues lead to some bigger, better intrigue, and Andy goes hilariously crazy. Doug's storyline continues to diversify, but not to quite the entertaining effect as the rest of the show's plotlines. Even with the weird interjections from Doug's office and the forceful acting stylings of Michelle Trachtenberg, this episode was pretty engaging and with only a few episodes left, we may be headed for a killer season finale.

“Find Emma, Find whatever it is you want from her – vengeance, peace, success, babies, hate.” -Andy

We begin right where we left off. Pouncy House took everything that wasn’t nailed to the floor, except for the safe which they didn’t have the combo to and the phone. They even took poor Andy’s invention, the Copenhagen wheel. They really lost everything. Nancy makes Silas call the landline because they must have left it for a reason. It turns out they stole her phone number, which means they have all her customers.

Nancy visits Demetri who’s got his hands on more product – just one problem, she’s just lost all her customers. She tells Demetri who starts “we-ing” all over the place and saying he’ll get his buddies to “kick some ass.” Nancy of course does her usual, detatched thing and says there is no “we,” this turns Demetri who then says if she doesn’t handle her problem, he’s going to come in and take care of it his way

This topsy turvy event triggers a crisis for Andy. He just lost his chance at legal success – even though he really wasn’t selling too many of those Copenhagen wheels. He’s still frustrated and feels that the family doesn’t want him to have success. Finally Silas acts like a parent and reassures Andy everything will be okay, even though he has no idea whether or not that’s true (and it probably isn’t).

Because Andy is going so crazy, Silas takes him up to Columbia to find Emma. She conveniently walks right by and Silas stops her, says some not-so kind words and then lets her say that she won, frankly. Andy actually does something and jumps out of the van, holds a nail gun to her head and makes her get in. He’s finally gone crazy, but he really wants his dream bike shop back. He accidentally shoots the gun and drives away without Silas. Then, while attempting to make Emma fix his bike shop, Andy is raving. He comes to the conclusion that everyone needs to start being responsible for cleaning up their own problems which quickly descends to him telling anyone and everyone, “Eat my ass.” Well, at least he had something for a moment there. Andy was really the best part of this episode; his performance, while over the top, is so painfully hilarious that it works.

Nancy comes to the shop just as Andy accidentally shoots off the nailgun and descends into full on madness. Nancy removes him from the situation, which is a bummer because he seemed to be the only who managed to scare Emma.

“All I can think about is your wife and a horse.” –Doug to the SEC

For keeping the SEC off their tails, Doug’s boss gives him cigars, just as the annoying woman from the SEC (played by an actress who seems to think she’s in a high school musical theater production) comes into his office. Sure, they aren’t going to bust the company for everything else they’ve done, but they have to make sure the SEC pensions aren’t as screwy as the rest of the company’s dealings. Watching her set up her ridiculous owl figurines like a first grader on her first day of school was final straw with this terrible character. Unfortunately, since Doug’s company is so crooked, it looks like she’ll be around for a while. Then it turns out when the CEO disappeared, he took a pile of cash with him. The SEC woman says they need to get the cash back or the public will catch on to the company’s dealings. Doug says he’ll get the money somehow and that’s where we leave him.

Finally, we have Shane. Nancy goes to pick him up at the police station after his arrest, but the detective wants to talk to her a bit first. He knows all about her husbands and her past because he and Shane were so chatty, so she stays and he questions her about Pouncy House. Luckily, Nancy talks her way out of it and the detective just says he thinks she needs to talk to Shane.

In jail, Shane doesn’t seem to be all that remorseful, but he apologizes to Nancy. It seems he didn’t give up very much information about their businesses, but Nancy’s upset because she realizes while she saved Shane from jail for killing Pilar, she can’t save him from doing unlawful things. It’s not that easy to fix these behavioral problems, Nancy. Maybe it has something to do with being the child of a drug dealer during his most formative years. Detective Wallette says Shane can go home and think about what he’s done. Lucky, lucky, lucky.

“Are you gonna shoot me or lecture me, mom?” -Emma

“There are whores and there are cheap whores.” –Nancy

After seeing Emma held up in their bike shop, Nancy goes to the detective and tells him that Shane took the file to protect Silas who is dating “some girl named Emma.” Of course, Wallette immediately knows Emma as the Pouncy House ring leader and as Nancy chats with the detective about how quickly the business grows and turns violent, she uses her womanly wiles to act helpless to keep her sons away from the Pouncy House kids. Suddenly the detective is ready to act on the information the department has on Pouncy House – just as Silas is reaching a deal at the bike shop to combine forces with Emma and the ridiculously-named cartel. Well, Nancy just shot herself in the foot. Everything is once again, royally screwed. Let’s just hope they don’t fix it in the first five minutes of the next episode. Let’s let this one fester for a bit, why don’t we?

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