by pat howard

WEEDS | 5×05: “Van Nuys”

In Weeds on July 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Hooray for Allie Grant’s return! “I just like seeing shit break.” Boo for those in-episode popup ads for University of Andy webisodes. Let’s review the point of paying for premium cable, Showtime.
The love you thought you had was dead (“Dead, snuffed out”). The show you thought you loved is back, in fine form, and with a rock star as Nancy’s new obgyn.
After more pot club shenanigans, the Doug-Silas relationship became fully realized as a father-son proxy for both of them. “Orphan father-killer”? Damn. Their embrace and awkward parting was nice, and something neither of them can get from their actual family members anymore.
Ignacio takes Shane and ‘Hodes’ (“Your apartment makes me sad”) to settle up with his pot-jacking teacher, much to Nancy’s dismay. What made Shane think he should shoot the parrot? Birds don’t even have legs, but I guess you wouldn’t be Shane if you weren’t always missing the bear. Leave it to Nancy’s maternal instincts to drag Shane back there with a replacement pet, only to end up choking the teacher with his own bat (“This could be a whole new start for you”).
Where else on TV have we seen the deterioration of a friendship play out so elaborately than between Nancy and Celia, who is now squatting in Nancy’s garage with Sucio’s corpse (“Dead Mexican!”). And the second time this season, someone manages to use a cell phone camera to blackmail a Price sister.
Andy goes all out on his date with Judah’s jilted ex, and in case you weren’t getting or had forgotten that this is both messed up and sad, that Judah is dead and this woman is in a sad state of arrested development, the consummation of their relationship takes place as homeless people vomit and defacate in the background.
But it’s all okay, because he’s doing it in the name of his love for Nancy, and how can that go wrong? “You do it, you do know that?” It’s one of those rare, twice-a-season, Nancy-falling-into-herself moments. We know, now more than ever, that this is not a place she can ever stay for very long. But Andy doesn’t, or wishes he didn’t. And he makes an impassioned plea for her to pack up, run away, and start a new life…leave the mayor behind. “Break his heart in ink. He will understand, if he loves you,” Andy says as he unknowingly writes his own heart’s obituary. Nancy and Shane arrive at Esteban’s doorstep as Andy finds his Dear John letter.

Hooray for Allie Grant’s return! “I just like seeing shit break.” Boo for those in-episode popup ads for University of Andy webisodes. Let’s review the point of paying for premium cable, Showtime.

Five in, it feels like the season’s theme has emerged: the love you thought you had was dead (“Dead, snuffed out”). The show you thought you loved is back though, in fine form, and with a rock star as Nancy’s new obgyn.

After more pot club shenanigans, the Doug-Silas relationship became fully realized as a father-son proxy for both of them. “Orphan father-killer”? Damn. Their embrace and awkward parting was nice, and something neither of them can get from their actual family members anymore.

Ignacio takes Shane and ‘Hodes’ (“Your apartment makes me sad”) to settle up with his pot-jacking teacher, much to Nancy’s dismay. What made Shane think he should shoot the bird? Birds don’t even have legs, but I guess you wouldn’t be Shane if you weren’t always missing the bear. Leave it to Nancy’s maternal instincts to drag Shane back there with a replacement pet, only to end up choking the teacher with his own bat (“This could be a whole new start for you”).

Where else on TV have we seen the deterioration of a friendship play out so elaborately than between Nancy and Celia, who is now squatting in Nancy’s garage with Sucio’s corpse (“Dead Mexican!”). And the second time this season, someone manages to use a cell phone camera to blackmail a Price sister.

Andy goes all out on his date with Judah’s jilted ex, and in case you weren’t getting or had forgotten that this is both messed up and sad, that Judah is dead and this woman is in a sad state of arrested development, the consummation of their relationship takes place as homeless people vomit and defacate in the background.

But it’s all okay, because he’s doing it in the name of his love for Nancy, and how can that go wrong? “You do it, you do know that?” It’s one of those rare, twice-a-season, Nancy-falling-into-herself moments. We know, now more than ever, that this is not a place she can ever stay for very long. But Andy doesn’t, or wishes he didn’t. And he makes an impassioned plea for her to pack up, run away, and start a new life…leave the mayor behind. “Break his heart in ink. He will understand, if he loves you,” Andy says as he unknowingly writes his own heart’s obituary. Nancy and Shane arrive at Esteban’s doorstep as Andy finds his Dear John letter.

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