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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Do Her/Don't Do Her



And season seven of "Weeds" comes to an end. While the episode as a whole may not have been the bang that previous season finales were, the episode itself ends on a bang. I will go more into detail on reviewing episodes by themselves and the entire season as a whole shortly.

For Silas, the white hot anger passes early on in the episode and then he realizes that he did wrong. That he shouldn't have used Stevie as a weapon. So, Andy takes him to a funeral for a friend and the two exchange words and realize what is truly important. Silas and Nancy, shortly after, reconcile.

Speaking of reconciliations, Nancy and Jill finally have it out. All the years of anger and jealousy erupt and the two exchange words that should have been said long ago. But they do have one thing in common, they both love Stevie. And Jill has always been jealous of Nancy and found living one day of her life to be thrilling. So, again, thanks to wise words from Andy, the two sisters decide to try something different. I'll get to this in a bit.

Shane and the detective have their conversation, and none of Shane's lies and manipulation seem to work anymore. The detective's former stepson hates him, and finally... to protect Nancy, Shane decides to give the detective the one thing he wants. A surrogate son. Himself. Shane secretly joins the NYPD.

The episode ends, two months later, with Nancy buying a grow house for Silas to do whatever he wants with, on a compound that the entire family will live on together in Connecticut. Jill, along with her two creepy twin daughters and Stevie have moved out from California to participate in the family business. All seems happy until a sniper nearby aims his gun at Nancy's head and the episode fades to black and we hear a bang.

I thought it was a pretty good episode. Not as good as the second, fifth, and sixth season finales, but I enjoyed it. It said a lot about being in a family, making compromises, and how we can say and do the harshest things in white hot anger, and how we go about fixing things once that white hot anger has passed. It was a very universal episode.

I thought Dmitri was written out in a fairly weak manner. He was there all season, we barely learned anything about the guy, and he is arrested off screen and sent to prison for five to ten years for stealing a crate full of lobster tails. Okay. It makes me ask what the point of the character was in the first place.

But the thing everyone is talking about is that last shot. And I mean the shot. Who was the shooter? I'm leaning toward someone working for the Mexican mafia. The Reyes Cartel may have mostly been shut down, but that would never have happened without Nancy. Esteban may have died in prison, but we never heard what happened to Guillermo. I believe that he is in prison and while he was definitely not the sniper, it's possible the sniper was someone acting on his orders. He hated Nancy. She sent him to prison twice, and he did vow to kill her.

The other suspect, the popular one, is Tim Scottson. The son of Peter Scottson, the crooked DEA agent that Nancy briefly married and, for all intents and purposes got killed. This was back in season two, and we haven't seen Tim since season three. But Tim hated Nancy and was very aggressive and even violent. So, while it's less likely in my mind, I do believe it's possible.

As for season seven, while I liked most of the episodes individually, as a whole the season was the most disjointed. I'm not saying it was bad. The good outweighed the bad, in my opinion, but it could have been better. Subplots came and went, and it was very episodic. And then there were things that were outright pointless.

Take Dmitri and his sister. We never learned a thing about them. Dmitri didn't do much this season, except do business with Nancy and do Nancy. We never learned what his deal was. Why he had all those grenades and explosives. I thought he was connected to the Russian mob. But we never learned a thing. And then there was his sister, Nancy's ex-cellmate. How did she get out of prison? She mentioned making a deal. What was the deal?

The other flaw was I don't think they took advantage of New York City as their setting. In the first three seasons, Agrestic felt like a character as much as a setting. So did Renmar and Tiajuana in seasons four and five. And America itself felt like a character in the sixth season road trip. But New York City? I felt they could have set this anywhere. The only time it felt like NYC was when Doug was working on Wall Street. Granted, I know they didn't film this in New York, but still.

I give season seven a B. Will there be a season eight? Well, the show has yet to be renewed, but I suspect it will be. But, if this is it... good-bye Nancy, may you rest in piece.

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