Sunday, August 12, 2007

Puttin' The Herb in Suburb

One of my favorite shows begins it's third season Monday night on Showtime. Admittedly, I didn't watch the first two seasons of Weeds as they aired each week. How that missed my radar I have not a clue. Rather, the Mister and I were tipped off that it was something we should check out, and after one epi, we were hooked. Two days, three pizzas, two rolls of cookie dough, and a bag of cheezy poofs later, we were done with season 2 on Netflix. So to say I'm stoked about the start of season three is an understatement. The following is a plot synopsis, courtesy of Wikipedia: Season 1 The fictional affluent Los Angeles, California suburb of Agrestic (an English word meaning "characteristic of the fields or country", but having a second meaning as "crude: lacking the qualities associated with sophistication") is home to Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), whose husband Judah (Jeffrey Dean Morgan - HAWT Denny from Greys) has recently, and suddenly, died. Nancy begins dealing marijuana to locals in her suburban town in order to support her household while maintaining an upper-middle-class lifestyle. As depicted in the series, Agrestic has a public school system, where Nancy's children Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) both attend. Botwin befriends the manic, image-obsessed Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) president of the Agrestic PTA, who has several domestic issues. Heylia James (Tonye Patano), assisted by her nephew Conrad (Romany Malco - also HAWT), supplies Nancy with marijuana. Andy Botwin (Justin Kirk), brother of Nancy's late husband, and the family's black sheep, says he has moved into the Botwin household to help Nancy out, but perhaps he is just there to free-load. Season 2 The second season, while still comedic, takes a darker turn as Nancy gets deeper into dangerous activity. She begins to grow her own plants against Heylia's advice, but with the assistance of Conrad. Several other Agrestic residents help Nancy also, including her brother-in-law, Andy, and the Town Councilman, Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon). Meanwhile, she also has a dangerous relationship with a DEA agent, Peter Scottson, which contains twists and turns each episode. Nancy's sons become increasingly more aware of her drug dealings, and each forms his own way of dealing with that information. Having recovered from breast cancer, Celia defeats Doug in an election. Unaware of her friends' activities, Celia tries to turn all of Agrestic into a drug-free zone, and finds herself in unexpected circumstances. Andy, concerned about the possibility of being sent to Iraq because of a long-forgotten Army Reserve commitment, decides to take up religion, after a fashion. The season concludes with a cliffhanger, with several characters posed in a Mexican standoff. (what constitutes a mexican standoff anyway?) HELL YEAH! With a plot like that, you gots to show some love. Rumor has it that episodes have leaked to the internet, which in my opinion is unfortunate. I prefer the suspense. Also unfortunate, Mary-Kate Olsen will be appearing in 10 of 15 episodes this season. I could've thought of like, 18 more suitable actresses to play Silas' new love interest, but I digress. Tune in to Showtime on Monday night at 10pm ET for some serious homegrown dark comedy.

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atlanta social said...

This my favorite show besides The Wire. Can't wait.

Emma Sue said...

Yay for Weeds! I'm so glad it has started up again. What about the crazy heart-attack of a first episode! I held my breath for most of it. I can't wait for next Monday! And I'm glad you and the Dawg are enjoying.