Weeds "God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise" Review: Welcome to Regrestic

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Sep 10, 2012

Weeds S08E11: “God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise”

No, that’s not a typo. Weeds’ 100th episode sent Nancy back to California in search of MILF after Silas’s attempt to liberate his plants from the Smith-Johnson lab failed, throwing a wrench in the cogs of her soon-to-be-revived weed empire.

Except this time, she wants to keep things legal. Or mostly legal. Or something.

Most of the residents of Agrestic settled in the rebuilt and renamed development after Guillermo’s arson overkill destroyed the place at the end of Season 3, including Conrad. OMG CONRAD! HI CONRAD!

Conrad’s enthusiasm at seeing Nancy was far more subdued than her (and our) delight at seeing him. That’s understandable, though. According to Conrad, he'd severed ties with Heylia’s operation and left the growing business entirely. He was engaged. He had a sweet house in the swanky Regrestic development, and he had no desire to get messed up with Nancy and the inevitable chaos that followed every scheme she devised. And no, he didn’t have any MILF seeds sitting around... except for the part where he totally did and it wasn’t even that hard for Nancy’s charm to work the truth out of him. Also: HI LUPITA! HI CRAZY PAM!

Though she was mentioned, there was, sadly, no sign of Celia. I’m crossing my fingers for a glorious HBIC entrance next week.

With Conrad willing to lend a hand, there was still the little matter of getting approval to work in a rival gang’s territory—a small detail that Nancy disastrously overlooked the last time she started a business in Agrestic... I mean REgrestic... and by “rival gang” I mean Guillermo’s gang. Like Conrad, Guillermo was generally unhappy to see “Blanca” back in town and justifiably so. He was reluctant to give Nancy his blessing to work in his territory, but the allure of running a clean business was too much to pass up. There was also the matter of Conrad’s gun in his face

So with all of those pesky little particulars in place, it looks like Nancy is back in business. If you think that sounds entirely too simple for an episode of Weeds, you’d be correct.

While Nancy pursued professional success, her entourage on this little cross-country sojourn sought personal satisfaction in their old stomping grounds. A random encounter at an art exhibit reunited Silas and Megan, his awesomely sassy deaf girlfriend from Season 1. Also, the unfortunate first casualty in Silas’s ongoing confusion about how to handle his weird mushy L-word feelings. (HI MEGAN!) When it looked like they’d possibly hit it off again, Silas came clean about that time he poked holes in their condoms in the name of love and knocked up then-teenage Megan, effectively ending their relationship when her parents got involved.

While I appreciated Megan’s initial anger at the revelation, and sure, I’m thrilled that they’re apparently back together because Megan was always my favorite, this is the second episode of something that I’ve watched in the past year (the first being Raising Hope’s “Poking Holes in the Story”) featuring a love-struck teenage boy intentionally impregnating his girlfriend in order to keep her in his life, and I can’t help but be a little alarmed that neither episode made the point that such a practice is WRONG. Weeds certainly came closer, with Megan being upset about it and Silas apologizing, but his repeated justification, “I love you. I always loved you. You were the only girl I ever loved” blah blah blah served as a balm, not just to Megan’s old wounds, but to the audience as well. I love Silas. I adore Silas. But that was always the one thing I struggled with when it came to his character and while he was apologetic when he talked to Megan, I still get the feeling that his regret stemmed from the fact that it didn’t work out, not from the fact that he violated such a sacred trust with the woman he claimed/claims to care so deeply for.

Still, Silas’s love life appears to be in better shape than his uncle’s. After a sad meeting with a Yael (HI YAEL!) who claimed to have no idea who he is, Andy climbed to the roof of the Hebrew school to give Regrestic a nihilistic rant that could have very well been lifted from the pages of Fight Club, “We’re meat and we’re unspecial!” Just to add insult to injury, Andy’s screed went largely unheard by the sheeple of his former hometown, and he joined Nancy on a morbid stroll along the street where Judah had suffered his fatal heart attack almost a decade earlier.

And then they had sex.

No, really. It happened. Right there on the front lawn of some house overlooking the spot where her husband died. It was awkward and felt kind of like it was maybe a small step below hate-sex on Andy’s part. He HAD preceded the deed with the announcement that he would not be returning to Connecticut with Nancy because she was bad for him, that all he had ever wanted was her, and yet she'd never wanted him. He'd followed her like a puppy, and a decade later, he was still a puppy, still tethered to her.

Despite Nancy’s protestations, Andy left her on the sex-lawn, all alone in the spot where years earlier, she’d lost the other most important man in her life.

How do we think this is going to play out?

Hash Tags

– Loved the throwback opening credits.

– “So, what are you guys, boyfriend and girlfriend again?” Oh, Guillermo, c’mon. Conrad’s MARRIED now.

– Eh, two episodes left, plenty of time for them to sleep together, married or not.

– I’m so proud of Shane for passing his “fear or loyalty” test in the belly of his hilariously corrupt police force.

– You know, it’s completely appropriate that Doug started a cult. Also: Showtime? I’d watch that spin-off. I’m just saying.

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  • BrianONeill2 Sep 14, 2012

    Am I the only one who feels like Nancy's whole "getting back into the business thing" is looking like one big copout?

    I've been loving season 8 so much, and it felt like the show was building up this whole coming-full-circle arc in which Nancy and the other characters finally rediscovered their moral compasses and address how far (and hard) they've fallen over the years. The first 6-8 episodes of this season were looking really wonderfully bittersweet, but if Nancy gets back into the biz then it feels like she never learned anything.

    I liked the return to Agrestic (or Regrestic, which is an interesting name given the characters' sudden regression, or 're-regression' as it were). I liked seeing the familiar faces show back up, but I feel like a lot of the tensions were dealt with too easily (Silas/Megan, Nancy/Conrad and Nancy/Guillermo felt like they needed longer scenes).

    I can only hope that wonderfully painful sex scene at the end of the episode and Nancy's anguish in those last seconds was an indication that she'll learn SOMETHING from all this. Otherwise, the show may as well have ended with season 7.

  • Shreela Sep 14, 2012

    My fav ep in a long time, even with Andy and Nancy's weak moment in such an awful location for the both of them. Then after Andy got what he'd been wanting for such a long time, the surrounding circumstances broke his spirit (not to mention how quickly the "act" ended!)

    Agree with missing Celia too. I'd watch a spin-off of Silas and/or Shane, but not one with Doug's character.

  • angeleys151 Sep 12, 2012

    Agreed on every point. I want Andy to go his own way and find happiness, whether it be with Joanna, or alone and teaching that Jewish youth group. He deserves happiness after everything Nancy has put him through. I want Nancy selling pot, but honestly she should be alone. As much as I love her and can see why everyone in her life does too, she is terrible for everyone around her. There is not a single person in her life you can argue is better off for spending time with her.

    I want to see Celia, I forgot how much I missed her until I went back and watched re-runs.

  • CharmedOneP391 Sep 12, 2012

    of course it's ending this week right after it gets good again. They should've returned to Agrestic in Season 8 episode 2

  • BriannaKirkla Sep 11, 2012

    Nancy and Andy made me tear up. Andy is my favorite character of this show, and he's been suffering for so long. However it turns out, I just want Andy to be happy. I was holding my breath waiting for Nancy to just say, "I love you, Andy!" But, no. Damnit, Nancy!

  • terminaltrip421 Sep 11, 2012

    it was awesome seeing everyone again indeed. i love Shoshannah Stern, Romany Malco and Guillermo Diaz. nancy and andy finally got together! and then he ran off... that was darkly funny. it would be ncie if not only celia but isabelle, dean, heylia, vaneeta and sanjay came back...

    unfortunately i was plastered by the time watched the episode so i didn't get so much out of it but i'm sure it was good enough to warrant a re-watch. and only one more episode of andy, silas, nancy and shane is enough to make one cry. how crazy is it to have watched hunter parrish and alexander gould grow up?

  • aknu Sep 11, 2012

    isnt it one hourlong ep and not two? im pretty sure the announcer guy said so

  • TrueTvWatcher Sep 11, 2012

    Good episode, it was fun to see the familiar faces from the past, I look forward to seeing how things work out. I couldn't believe how dark some of the scenes were like Silas telling Megan the truth about him tampering with the condoms while Andy and Nancy get it on in roughly the same spot her husband and his brother died. Will more darkness follow...?

  • thesirchelios Sep 10, 2012

    OH COMMON, could you have spoiled it any more on the home page banner please!!! I realize that this is a site about tv shows and that you have to write reviews of the latest episodes, but do you have to put spoilers in the banners on the home page? Not everyone lives in the US and has the option to watch shows when they first air, but still come to this site to read about and check up on other things!!! And its not like this is the first time this has happened on tv.com, luckily I've been caught up on the other shows that have gotten spoiled on the home page...

  • Shreela Sep 14, 2012

    Good point! I often watch some shows the next day or so, but come to TV.com to read the shows I already have watched. Hopefully they'll choose their homepage pics more carefully.

  • Spuffy666 Sep 11, 2012

    I totally agree! First of all they showed Guillermo on the homepage and second not everyone watches the promos... I always stop watching the episode when the credits start to avoid spoilery promos.

  • kanniballl Sep 11, 2012

    What, the pic of her standing in Aggrestic? Honestly, that could be just about ANY community in the US. Sure, long-time viewers might recognize it as the Aggrestice-type-of-layout, but those style of houses are EVERYWHERE over here... especially in California.

  • thesirchelios Sep 11, 2012

    First of all thats exactly my point, any long-time viewer would recognise it as Agrestic, and those are the viewers who would not want to get the episode spoiled!!! But what I was primarily referring to was the not so subtle review title "Welcome to Regrestic" as well as the tagline/description underneath, "Omg Conrad! Hi Conrad!" which is just a plain spoiler!!!

  • mfontana Sep 11, 2012

    The previews after last weeks episode not only said they were going back to Agrestic, but they also showed Conrad opening the door to Nancy AND showed Andy with Yael. Nobody spoiled anything, except maybe Showtime. Relax.

  • thesirchelios Sep 11, 2012

    Believe it or not there are people who are more than one episode behind!!! And like Spuffy666 mentioned, a lot of people don't watch the previews. And before you tell me to relax again and that its not the end of the world, I agree, but its VERY unnecessary to put spoilers on the home page, especially when it is so close to the series finale! Also, as I stated in my original comment, this is not the first time it has happened here at tv.com and I wanted to voice my opinion about it to get the writers attention for future episode reviews.

  • kanniballl Sep 10, 2012

    I've been watching on-and-off this season: it hasn't been too bad.

    But this big reunion episode was quite good: seeing the old characters and how they've progressed was fun. As was the whole fake cop interrogation.

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