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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Hole in her Naqib

While I have definitely enjoyed the previous three episodes of the season, I think season four as finally found its legs. I know many people hate when shows reinvent themselves, but change is constant in life. Why should it not be constant in fiction?

As I predicted, Nancy Botwin has landed herself a job in Doug's office. It gets her out of the halfway house, and allows her a great cover to conduct business. So far, it seems that her employers will be her biggest clients for her actual career. And all she had to do was open up that territory by hilariously scaring off another drug dealer with help from a cell phone and a xerox machine.

The subplot involving Andy was fun, and I know I am abnormal for not finding the situation he is in with that married couple the slightest bit abnormal. But, and speaking from experience, almost every polyamorous couple I have had the pleasure of enjoying the company of have much more stable and loving relationships than vanillas. So, kudos Andy. And kudos for finding that gentleman's red sock while under the covers with his wife.

Silas is obviously angry and lost. Is he still pursuing modeling? I don't know. But he is now back in the drug trade as Nancy's partner. These two have always had a complicated mother and son relationship, but they have also always had a pretty on the ball professional relationship. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Shane, I still have trouble predicting what direction he is going in this season. I know he feels so much gratitude towards Nancy for going to prison for him that he is going out of his way to please her. From building a more expensive version of her old Agrestic bedroom in the apartment, to fronting her the money to get her business up and running again. But I have a feeling that this gratitude is going to turn to resentment. In the first episode, he said that she "reformed" and she is still just as much a criminal.

Nancy's new friend/supplier continues to be a hard man to read. It will be interesting to find out where they get their new supply of weed, after their high-end Afghani source has, ahem, imploded:

I loved the scene with Nancy's new lawyer. What a morbidly curious man. It almost borders on perversion. He chooses his clients based on how exciting their stories are, and she greatly embellishes the story of Esteban's supposed murder in prison to get him to take her on as a client. Martin Short played that well.

And if you thought Nancy's sister, Jill, was being unreasonable now, she is actively turning Stevie against his mother, and right in front of Nancy. It's great writing when you both think this is a terrible injustice and yet understand that maybe Stevie would be better off. Can't wait to see where this goes.

And Doug, well, Doug is using steroids now. What else can I say?

Overall, this was the best episode of the season. The gang's all here, the dynamics are all back. I look forward to next week's episode.

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