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Season 8 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 01, 2012 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

As the gang rushes the gunshot victim to the hospital, Shane chases after the shooter. Andy and Jill connect in an inappropriate setting, and Doug and Nancy connect in an even more inappropriate manner. Silas discovers Shane has been attending a police academy, and finally, things take a turn for the dark when the shooter visits his victim in the hospital.


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  • yeabhh

    its gr8
  • Pow! Head Shot!

    As akin to Weeds' cliffhanger season ending streak the answer to who got clipped by the sniper was answered in this episode. While shooting Nancy and having her survive a killshot is a very Kill Bill like thing to do, it created a sense of surrealism in the first person cam work when she is getting taken to the hospital and keeps spitting out details that just come off of the top of her head. She is put into a drug induced coma to prevent brain swelling and the gang waits for her to recover, or not. Shane, having chased after the shooter in the brush, instructs the cops when they get there to cordon off the area and sweep for traceable materials and the like. Andy yet again questions his relationship with Nancy and his infatuation with her and also rekindles his flame with Jill who has been using a "vagina-weight" and it even goes so far in the two having sex on Nancy's hospital bed. Doug gets more creepy when he gropes Nancy and takes a look at her breasts while she is unconscious. Silas and Shane have a bro-to-bro moment over who would want Nancy dead and even list off the potential suspects and Shane finally tells someone his secret of being in the police academy. Weeds natural satire of lampooning this time the American Healthcare System is apparent in the bubbly appearance of a woman who asks them how they will be paying for their loved one and Doug busts out the company card. But the real breadwinner is the gag in the episode of making the other people in Nancy's hospital room miserable like when it turns out that they've been stealing from the bed next to hers or throwing Jill's "special weight" at one of the other occupant's family members. It's a strong start and the appearance of the Little Boxes song makes me ever more hopeful that this season will continue the return to form that Season 6 and 7 quality that has been building for a while as Weeds returns to the suburbs for it's final season of growth.moreless
  • Messy

    A little more solemn than I would have liked, a little too dramatic with the potential death of Nancy hanging over the family, but there was still the sharpness that Weeds has in this season premiere. The quotes about Zappos and pelvic weights and cookies and Facebook advertisements, just the kind of writing that this show does well and the attention to detail that separates it from the rest.

    It was not as funny as I would have liked and I am not crazy about the direction they are taking, but it was an okay start.moreless
  • #801 'Messy'

    Interesting season 8 opener. Well, last season starts with a bang. Literally. Nancy is lying down covered in blood (she's been shot in her head). The Botwins are all being present at the hospital, supporting Nancy during her bad (unconscious) days. Andy was a true star of this episode, I love how much invested he is in Nancy's life. Even after all those years. And his long scene with the hospital's chaplain was very nice. The ending offers a twist - there's always a juicy twist on this show. Do you remember that kid from the early seasons? You know whose father was a cop and dated Nancy (at least I think so)? Brooke Smith played his mother back in season 3. It's long time ago but he's the one who shot her. I enjoyed this episode. But it's really a good thing this show is coming to an end. Looking forward to the next episodes. (8.5/10)moreless
  • Messy

    Messy was a perfect begining to the eight season of Weeds. After viewing this episode I was reminded of just how great this series really is and how much the characters have grown. I really enjoyed watching because the story picked up right where it left off and was truly one of the series best. There was humor, drama, sexual tension, and touching, heartfelt moments. It was awesome to learn who the shooter was and the ending was fantastic. I really look forward to watching the next episode though I already don't want the series to end. I feel there are whole new avenues for the series to explore after watching this episode, but I know many may not feel the same. Again this was a perfect episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
Anne Bellamy

Anne Bellamy

Whimsy Ardmore

Guest Star

Neil Brown Jr.

Neil Brown Jr.

Mike Garcia

Guest Star

Bonnie Hellman

Bonnie Hellman

Mrs. Taft

Guest Star

David Julian Hirsh

David Julian Hirsh

Rabbi David Bloom

Recurring Role

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jill Price-Gray

Recurring Role

Ethan Kent

Ethan Kent


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jill: Let's go. Later you can go through her underwear while I go through her jewelry.
      Andy: What is wrong with you?
      Jill: I'm dark and dry in a crisis. You can't hold it against me. We all have our ways.

    • Jill: She's not gonna die, Andy.
      Andy: Why not?
      Jill: Because there is no God.

    • Andy: Where's Shane?
      Doug: He took off into the woods. He ran after the shooter.
      Jill: Fuck. That kid's got balls.
      Doug: Or did. They might be shot off by now.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 4, 2012 on HBO Comedy

    • Featured Music:
      "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds (opening credits)
      "Dear God" by XTC (end credits)

    • For the show's eighth and final season, Weeds features a new title sequence that draws the show's journey so far. The sequence is accompanied by Weeds' former title song "Little Boxes" which was part of the opening sequence during the first three seasons. In season 1, the song was sung by Malvina Reynolds, the following two seasons each episode featured another artist performing the title song. The premiere episode of season 8 is once again accompanied by Malvina Reynolds' original version.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Jill Price-Gray) is billed as special guest star.