We’re three episodes into the last season of Weeds, but it doesn’t feel that way. That’s because every one feels like a small part of long prologue. One where the focus has been ‘Who shot Nancy Botwin?’ As we saw last week, Shane inexplicably solved his mother’s attempted murder case. And if his dead eyes were any kind of hint, we know his heart is set on avenging her. So in “See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die,” Mr. Mallet goes after Mr. Sniper.
- Director: Julie Anne Robinson
- Writers: David Holstein
- Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon
Episode Title: “See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die”
Andy hopes to impress Jill by coaching the twins’ roller-derby team. Doug considers his financial future after being forced to resign from the company. And Nancy and Silas race to thwart Shane, who’s honing in on Tim.
- Theme Song: One thing that’s been really exciting this season is the return of ‘Little Boxes,’ the lovely Weeds theme song. This time, the song was performed by two comedic legends – Steve Martin and Weeds‘ own, Kevin Nealon. Martin played the banjo, while Nealon screamed the lyrics. It was delightful.
- Her?: Ann! Her name is Ann. We’ve met her like a million times in Arrested Development. The lovely Mae Whitman guest starred as Tim Scottson’s (Daryl Sabara) innocent girlfriend, Tula. Her one scene stole the show. Her character is so easy-going and naive that you’d never suspect that she punches holes in walls as a way to release anger. That bit where she punches the wall is hilarious.
- Nancy’s Motherly Instinct Kicks In: In many ways, Shane is Tim. They both lost their dads at a young age. They both have psycho mothers. They both get screwed over by Nancy Botwin. That’s why it makes sense that Nancy feels the need to rescue Tim from his horrible fate. At one point she tells him, “I won’t be responsible for screwing up another kid’s life.” While she won’t apologize for “killing” Peter Scottson, you can see her guilt. It’s what’s keeping her from hating Tim. It’s almost like Nancy understands and accepts his actions.
- “How I Roll”: This show has always had a great selection of music, and Charlie Mars’ “How I Roll” is no exception. His song was a perfect way to end the episode. Listen to it here.
- Quotable: “Silas, your brother is about to kill someone… else.”
- Andy And Kids, Andy and Jill: For the 100th time now, this ain’t working. Jeez, we sound like a broken record already. Hopefully, now that the shooting incident is dealt with, we can get back to Nancy and Andy and kiss Jill buh-bye. No offense to Jennifer Jason Leigh though, she’s great.
- Shane Is Not That Brilliant: Alright, so let’s get down to the biggest issue. In last week’s episode Shane “solved” the case. We were hoping that we’d get some sort of explanation, a retelling of his brilliant discovery, but we didn’t. Instead, we got something more outrageous. Shane arrests Tim for the attempted murder of Nancy. This is all bananas. First of all, how did Shane solve this? We’re dying to know. Second of all, he’s only a cadet, can he even carry a gun? Also, aren’t these sort of cases assigned to detectives? Don’t these things take time? Look, this show left the real world a long time ago, but this is just absurd, right? We want some answers.
While there is some major problems with how quickly Shane put the pieces together, we’ve got to applaud the writers for finally wrapping up (fingers-crossed) this lingering storyline. Overall, this was the most eventful and entertaining episode of the season.
Weeds airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime.