At the end of the fifth season of “Weeds,” Nancy’s biggest threat Pilar, had just been removed by a croquet mallet, which necessitated getting out of Agrestic in a rather hasty fashion. After being put in such an uncomfortable situation by her son, the Botwins have decided it’s time to hit the road! Here’s what happened when they returned for the season six premiere…

The Players

  • Director: Scott Ellis
  • Writer: Jenji Kohan
  • Cast: Mary Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Patricia Lentz, Alanis Morrissette, Justin Kirk, Alexander Gould, Mo Gallini

The Good:

  • Silas The Judge: In a show that pretty much thrives on amorality, it’s nice to see somebody completely weirded out by the murder of Pilar. It promises to keep paying off as we get out of Agrestic and see where the Botwins are going from here.
  • Nancy’s No Nancy: The take down of Gabe was pretty entertaining and richly deserved.
  • No Fury Like Audra Scorned: Audra may not be fully aware of the problems in Andy and Nancy’s relationship, but she offers up an unknowingly acute summary of their problems, and a pretty fair assessment of Nancy’s personality at this point.
  • Dead Pool: As we weren’t fans of Pilar as a character (it’s one thing to be villainous and another to be annoying), we’re pretty gleeful that she’s not only dead but gets discovered by a bunch of cannon-balling drunks. Ha-ha!

The Weird:

  • Shane: We can’t even think of a joke for this one. Shane’s slowly progressed from an emotionally damaged kid to pretty much a completely disturbing character, something this episode pretty much completes with his reaction to murdering somebody and how his mom deals with it.

The Bad:

  • Nasty Nancy: Nancy has changed a lot over six seasons and she’s always been a terrible mom, but wow, this is a new low even for her. And that’s saying something.
  • Is This Even Still ‘Weeds’?: We only really have one other criticism of this episode, which boils down to this feeling very much like a pilot for a “Weeds” knock-off. We get that the show needs to change a lot of things: Elizabeth Perkins isn’t coming back, and there’s not a lot left to actually tie our protagonist to her old home but geez. We get the uncomfortable feeling that the show might have gone a season too long already.


Pretty much an episode to set up the rest of the season and while we’re interested, we’re not going to lie, we’re also pretty concerned. This could be the fresh air the show needs or the trumpet heralding the end.

Rating: 7/10

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