Weeds: Status Quo Rising

Weeds S08E04: “Only Judy Can Judge”

It would seem that Nancy was recovering nicely and feeling much better, what with her skinny-dipping adventure and all, but then she had to go and get all discombobulated at laser tag and forget her youngest son’s name, quickly yanking everyone back to reality concerning her condition and, to an extent, her way of life. Weeds' eighth season has been presented as the “redemption” season for Nancy Botwin after seven preceding seasons of “Walter White Lite” and so far, she has made great strides toward recalibrating her moral compass. However, when push came to shove this week, safeguarding the family business ultimately trumped the family itself as Nancy had no choice but to bail on a zoo trip with little Stevie to get Kiki out of a bind when a weed deal went sideways on Staten Island.

Is this a sign of things to come? Of a return to the status quo? I’d like to believe that it’s not because I’m truly enjoying Nancy 2.0 in ways that I haven’t enjoyed her character in a while. However, with Andy slipping back into his old pining-away-for-Nancy ways and the tentative understanding that Silas initially had toward Shane’s career choice already crumbling, I’m certain that there are some storms on the horizon for Botwin clan.

I think I actually feel the worst for Andy and Jill at the moment. Mostly Jill, because Andy kind of blew it this week when he deliberately ditched roller derby with Jill’s daughters so that he could stay home and cook for Nancy. While I don’t think that Nancy particularly manipulated him into it or anything, his eagerness to jump to her service doesn’t bode well for his relationship with Jill. It reduces his time with her to a grief-fuelled rebound, and while the general consensus all last season has been that a rebound was exactly what their relationship was/is, I was pulling for them. I’m still pulling for them. I just don’t necessarily have as much faith in them.

After noticing how quickly her youngest son, Stevie, attached himself to Jill and Andy, to the point that he crawled into bed with them rather than with his mother when he was scared at night, Nancy understandably panicked and sought to remedy that. She planned a day at the zoo, and despite Jill’s objections that Nancy wouldn’t be able to keep up with the energetic kid, she was determined to have some quality mother-son time.

And then Kiki called. Kiki has been trying to get a hold of Nancy for weeks, claiming to be running low on supply and at a loss for what to do. I’m not entirely sure why Silas couldn’t have hooked her up, especially considering she had made him aware of her dilemma just last week, but by the time she got through to Nancy this week, she was stranded in Staten Island after her supposed pot connection turned out to be a dud. They dealt in hash and Nancy’s weed connoisseurs simply weren’t interested, not their business, etc. Unfortunately for Kiki, the hash dealers weren’t ready to let her leave without making a sale.

Nancy’s rescue cost her that adorable flowered cane and after Kiki admitted that the reason she wasn’t using the usual channels to replenish her stash was that none of them would sell to her, Nancy tracked down Demetri (HI DEMETRI!) with his “idiot entourage” at a laser tag course. Despite his reluctance to work with her again and her own poor reaction to the flashing lights (note to self: Do not play laser tag when recovering from brain damage), they managed to strike up a deal. Nancy went home to an Andy-cooked dinner featuring Shane’s police cadet girlfriend as a guest (awkward) and despite calling Stevie by the wrong name during her toast, when he couldn’t sleep in the middle of the night—no doubt an effect of Jill doping him up with Dimetapp earlier in the evening—Stevie went to Nancy for comfort and Nancy took him on one of her super secret swimming adventures. She kept her clothes on this time though, because that would have just been weird.

So, let’s talk about Andy and Jill. Doomed? They sounded pretty doomed. When Jill confronted Andy about his decision to blow off her family to take care of Nancy’s, laid her concerns on the table, and point-blank stated that she “needed to know” that Andy was “in this all the way,” Andy countered with the jaw-droppingly evasive, “We have a good thing going on. Let’s not ruin it by over-thinking.” He later amended his point with, “Why does commitment have to be exclusive?”

Really, dude?

Let’s just say that Andy wasn’t talking about romance, but was talking about commitment in the larger sense, the idea that he is in the unique position to act as a father figure in two separate families—Jill’s and Nancy’s. It can be done and there’s nothing wrong with that. I have a wonderful uncle who is a father to his own family and acts as a father figure to my brother and I in meaningful ways. Feel-good flicks are rife with such arrangements. But even in such relationships, there is still a primary family and a secondary family. If Andy pursues a committed relationship with Jill and dedicates himself to Jill and her girls, then he needs to respect Jill’s concerns when it comes to placing her and her family front and center.

Now, can Jill be a little demanding at times and was drugging Stevie solely so that he would sleep through the dinner that Nancy was hoping would be a close family gathering catty and uncalled for? Absolutely. Andy is still the uncle to Nancy’s children and his concern is genuine, even outside of his crush on Nancy herself. However, Jill has given up a lot of security to be with Andy; it’s understandable that she’d panic at the first sign of Andy bailing.

And with that being said, what are your thoughts? Is Andy going to ditch Jill?

Hash Tags

– Uhhh, can we give Doug something to do other than poop on his own newspaper and spend an entire episode convinced that it was the neighbor’s dog?

– Do NOT compare Silas to Christian Grey, Kiki. You’re both better than that.

– Silas’s new BFF, RJ, is kind of awesome, but I wanted to smack him for planting those little seeds of paranoia in Silas's head when it came to Shane’s career aspirations. I always kind of took Shane to be one of those delightfully hypocritical do-gooder heirs to a dynasty built on illegal activities. You know, “dynastic drug-dealing families are BAD... except for MY dynastic drug-dealing family.” I really can’t see Shane turning on his family. Can you?

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Love your reviews MaryAnn. So glad someone of your caliber is reviewing one of my favorite shows.

I don't think that Andy will ever stop holding out hope that he could one day be with Nancy. He's been in love with her for years! But I think he genuinely cares for Jill as well. I agree with him that "Why does commitment have to be exclusive?" Andy is a very open minded and hearted individual. Remember when he was willing to be in that triad relationship with the girl and her dying husband? Why should society force us into puritanical family roles? Isn't that what this Botwin/Price-Grey family compound is supposed to be about? They are all a big family, and Andy is definitely committed to the family. Now Andy & Jill both made questionable decisions this week: blowing off derby practice for making dinner, and drugging Stevie to miss out on bonding time with bio-Mommy. I think they both just need to take some time to see how their respective pasts were driving those choices, and have a frank talk about what each one of them wants (and fears) from this relationship. I think a patented Andy speech could wrap that up eloquently.

Oh, Doug. You're ridiculous. And disgusting. And so much funnier than you're being used in this season so far. I hope he does have a more compelling storyline coming up in the future.

From what I've heard of 50 Shades of Grey is that it's some of the worst written shlock out there. I refuse to ever read it. Apparently the kink is pretty sexy & somewhat accurate of BDSM culture, but having no reference of the material, and only a brief taste of what Silas & Kiki are partaking in, I really couldn't compare. That being said, there's no way that anyone is hotter than Silas!

I don't think Shane will ever turn on his family. The police academy is actually a good outlet for his uniquely maladjusted energy. Sure he will be upholding the law now, while his family survives by breaking them. But remember he can't get too high and mighty, he is a cold blooded killer himself!
The author talks about Jill as if we should like her, Jill is the most unlikeable character by far and it irritates me to no end that she insists on not just being the primary caregiver for Stevie but also brainwashing him into forgetting about Nancy.

Nancy >>>>>>> Jill
Shane won't turn on his family. If anything he will end up using his position to run D for Nancy and the family.

RJ was prob paranoid from his pot, Silas needs to hook him up with some MILF to ease that.
I am rooting for Jill and Andy as well. I am really doubtful weather the will be together or not at the end of the season.
Andy wasn't wrong at all, and there aren't two families. It's a matter of a nuclear family, which is an unsustainable American concept, versus an extended family, which makes a lot more sense when time and money are scarce. That said, Andy will totally ditch Jill, but not because he has to make a choice between families; they are the same family, which is healthy and normal and the way things were until the mid 20th century.

Who the hell is Christian Grey? Wait, don't tell me, I don't care.
-I agree. Using Doug on this sort of thing is a waste of Kevin Nealon.

-Don't know who Christian Grey is. But Silas is pretty awesome.

-I do like RJ, too. Though I did also not want him to poison Silas against Shane. That said, Silas has a point, but I did also think it would be like what you say, where Shane is their man on the force. He'll uphold the law against everyone else, but his family gets the slide.
Christian Grey is the dude in that book everyone is talking about.

This part is for Maryann - Apparently Hunter is a fan favorite to play Christian in the movie(s) or something like that.

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