Weeds

Season 2 Episode 12

Pittsburgh

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 2006 on Showtime
9.0
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Nancy is having one of the worst and busiest days of her life. One of her sons is missing. Shane's graduation and the deal with U-Turn make her feel like she needs to be in two places at once even though she really doesn't feel like being in either of them. Heylia's plan is put into action. Nancy tries to deal with Conrad's kiss, Celia's madness, and Kat's craziness. Everything comes to a head when the deal goes wrong.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • "This Never Would've Happened In Pittsburgh" or Pittsburgh Bound: A Shane Botwin Story

    9.5
    Shane's graduation looms as Nancy prepares to hand off the money from her deal with U-Turn over to Peter and fully expects to be killed in the process as is Conrad. Celia discovers who's been claiming her cameras and drug free zone signs and Kat wants Andy to go with her but he refuses so she settles for Shane instead. U-Turn has an change of heart regarding financing to the Growhouse Gang and the Armenian gang returns as well. Silas takes something that isn't his as well and may face more than just a slap on the wrist. Fantastic episode with a great cliffhanger to boot, looks like Season 3 will be a direct follow up to this one and I like how the writers upped the stakes so much and went from dark comedy to life threatening drug dealings with disreputable individuals, but what's up with Pittsburgh?moreless
  • Full Review of "Pittsburgh"

    9.5
    "Pittsburgh", the finale of Weeds' sophomore season, produces a satisfying conclusion to the year. With lives and plenty of weed at stake, Nancy and Conrad's growing operation reaches its climax as a betrayed DEA agent Peter Scottson demands every dime from an impending weed sale, but the buyer, drug dealer 'U-Turn', has no intention of paying as he brings loaded guns to the meeting place. The episode keeps you on your toes and soon adds a third party in the mix, and by the end, you will be teased and left in the lurch with a trio of gripping, unresolved situations that will almost certainly make you come back for next season's premiere. The fates of quite a few characters remain in the balance, yet it also provides several great laughs in both the A- and B-plots, with comedy in the show's DNA.



    The episode starts with Nancy sitting in Silas' room, which is littered with stolen "drug free zone" signs and surveillance cameras. Lupita comments that Silas went on this rebellious streak for Nancy's sake – implying that he's helping her avoid being caught as she deals drugs – which was also my initial thought. However, the fact that he's still missing on his younger brother's graduation from elementary school signifies that perhaps he has other motives in mind.



    Silas is not the only family member to disappoint Shane, as Nancy abruptly gets up and leaves the graduation ceremony before the event is finished. Shane, obviously devastated by this, takes comfort by hanging around Kat, Andy's crazy former lover. At least the reasons for Nancy's departure are clear and understandable to us: she has to go to the grow house to meet up with her business partner Conrad, where an intimidating and threatening Peter reminds them to give him the money they'll receive from U-Turn for the harvested batch of "MILF weed". Before he takes his leave, he sneeringly tells Conrad that Nancy "f***s like a wild animal". Unfortunately for us, the sexual tension between Nancy and Conrad isn't discussed between them in the remainder of the episode. And unfortunately for Peter, he's soon executed while in his truck, waiting for the deal to conclude.



    Peter's demise is quite tragic, even if he's been painted as a major antagonist in the last two episodes of this season. He's hurt. He took a significant sacrifice to have a shot at a romance with Nancy and gain her trust when they got married in Las Vegas. In return, despite her best efforts to love Peter, Nancy ends up stringing him along. The deeper Nancy gets into the drug trade, the more their relationship deteriorates. The fable of the scorpion and the frog (referred a few times throughout the season) is fittingly apt, because even though Nancy and Peter try to make a go of it and coexist together, they are both driven by their nature. Remember that when they first met, Nancy wasn't growing. She wasn't selling her own product and raking in easy money. All she was doing was selling weed in small amounts just to get by. She was a struggling widow who couldn't afford the middle-class lifestyle. The transformation of her situation is quite radical, and this is despite Peter's pleas for her to consider a different line of work. And when Peter felt double-crossed as he listened in on Nancy's phone call to Conrad at the end of "Mile Deep and a Foot Wide", he revealed his true colours. He thinks drug dealers are the scum of the earth, and he aggressively makes his point clear when he threatens to kill Conrad, becomes ice cold to Nancy, and plans to mug them of their money.



    Despite him being the villain in Nancy's story, it's easy to forget that Peter holds a morally good job as a DEA agent. Nancy is a drug dealer – the type of person that most people would normally shun in society. Peter was ridiculed at work when Nancy went behind his back and tipped off Heylia about his intended drug bust. He wanted to put a plan into motion to take down the bigger fish, U-Turn. Sure, he's crooked. It's true that because I was continuously rooting for the protagonist in the story, I didn't want to see him get away with his misdeeds, and in the end, he probably got what was coming to him. But I sympathised with him, because he had no idea what he was getting into when he tried to get closer to Nancy in the first season. He couldn't have predicted how far she was going to go down this drug-dealing path. In addition, it perhaps feels harsher knowing that he was killed by the Armenian posse, who are arguably more merciless and ethically wrong. Peter angered them by merely doing his job and taking down their base of operations (albeit to enhance his relationship with Nancy rather than uphold the law).



    Funnily enough, Nancy tipping off Heylia has inadvertently put her in danger in more ways than one. The extra strain on her and Peter's relationship obviously does her no favours, but it also means that U-Turn is free to do as he pleases. When she tries to flog the weed to U-Turn at a bargain price, U-Turn responds by turning up at the grow house and holding her and Conrad at gunpoint with automatic weapons. Things get a little bit worse when the Armenians come in, also with guns, and demand payment for their disposal of Peter. Interestingly, Conrad appears to have had an inkling that Peter was going to get whacked; he calmly tells the Armenians that he doesn't have the money, because U-Turn wasn't planning on holding up their end of the deal. In contrast, Nancy is struggling to come to terms with what happened to Peter. Even though she's been in the drug business for a while now, this is the first time where the consequences have been grave and cost someone their life. Her facial expressions give away her shock and guilt (Mary-Louise Parker is consistently fantastic in these scenes), and this is all while U-Turn and the Armenians couldn't give less of a damn about the deceased agent and are instead arguing about who gets to take home the massive stash of weed.



    The two factions then point their guns at Nancy to make her open the safe and take out the weed. In such intense moments, it is a credit that the episode can still draw out some uncomfortable chuckles from me with black humour, most notably when everyone shouts at Nancy in unison that Peter's dead and when Nancy has to be told to "open the f***ing safe" three times after she fails to compose herself.



    Unfortunately, when she opens the safe, she finds all of the weed gone – and in its place, a "drug free zone" sign. Silas' ulterior motive is revealed when a panicked Nancy calls him on the phone: he wants in on the drug scheme. Whether he was stealing the signs and the cameras to ensure that the weed operation continues unharmed or to prove he can be an asset to the team is open for debate, but it's clear that he's trying to force his way into the business. Silas' smug face doesn't last long, though. Storing the weed hostage inside the boot of his car, he hangs up when he sees Celia and a police officer pull up behind him, with Celia angrily accusing him of stealing the cameras. This situation in turn makes Nancy's much worse. With several guns trained on her and no weed to appease either U-Turn or the Armenians, it looks like her time is up. What a tantalisingly cruel cliffhanger.



    The other unresolved plot ending wasn't quite as interesting. Kat reveals to Andy (while giving him a handjob) that she stole over a million bucks' worth of poker chips, which is the reason why she's being pursued by a bounty hunter known as Abumchuk. She wants Andy to accompany her as she flees to South America, but he refuses. Shane, upset that his mother and brother are nowhere to be seen at the graduation party, is easily convinced by Kat to come with her, and they ride off in Andy's van. Not long after Andy realises that Shane's gone missing does he go after him with Abumchuk on his truck. While I really like Zooey Deschanel in both her acting and musical career, I'm slightly ambivalent about her character. On one hand, Deschanel wonderfully mixes quirky and crazy for Kat, and makes her mostly fun to watch in the scenes that she's in. On the other, Kat hasn't added much consequential value to the show. Her actions and interactions with the Botwins don't appear to likely impact the core characters in any meaningful way in the long run, unless there's something to be gained from Shane's misadventure when the next season picks up. However, there's more good than bad about this plotline, and perhaps I wouldn't have nitpicked this much if there wasn't extra emphasis on it, being part of the season finale and all.



    Overall, the second season has been a huge success from my perspective, with more focus on the drama side of things than the comedy. The slight change in direction and the more serious tone have shown many benefits. Not only are the episodes more compelling to watch, as the characters are involved in longer story arcs with more at stake, but I also cared about them more than I ever did back in the first season. That said, there were still plenty of laugh-out-loud moments over the twelve episodes this year, and "Pittsburgh" is no different from the rest. The comedic highlight is probably this heated exchange between Dean and Doug after Dean, unable to reach Doug's face, punches his neck instead: "You're freakishly tall" / "I'm also freakishly long, so imagine how much of me was inside your wife". The great thing about "Pittsburgh" is that it delivers on what Weeds set out to accomplish, and goes further. It's a half-hour of drama with some extremely intense scenarios, and it isn't afraid to sprinkle the runtime with plenty of laughs – even in uncomfortable moments.moreless
  • Brilliant!

    9.0
    Weeds had been slacking in its 2nd season and I actually questioned whether or not to continue with it. But now, after having seen this episode, my faith had been completely restored with all the elements of the past season coming together.

    In truth, this episode was AMAZING. It was breath-taking and really left me longing for Season 3. The main problems i had with the latter half of the 2nd season was that Andy was not being utilised well. He is the best character on the show and the fact that he wasn't getting much screen-time made me quite angry but in this episode, his lines were funny and his character as interesting as ever.

    In all honesty, this is THE best episode of Weeds and is well worth your time.moreless
  • Nancy is in need of being cloned, so that she can be everywhere at the same time. Both sons go missing which may have costly ramifications for Nancy in more than one way. Conrad may appreciate Heylia's plan if he gets out of the sticky situation.moreless

    10
    Nancy needs to be everywhere at once. She has to be at the graduation for Shane's speech on behalf of the class. She also has to be at the grow house in order to hand over the monies from the harvest to her blackmailing DEA hubby. She's having a bad day, she can't be in two places at once, and then there is the kiss with Conrad has got her mind all over the place. Heylia and the plan with the Armenian's at least gets Peter out of the picture, so a small bonus there.



    Shane leaves with Kat for Pittsburgh !!! A good a place as any I suppose, leaving everyone looking for him and with Uncle Andy getting an amber alert out on him.



    Silas creates more trouble, when after being an impecile and pathetic last week, gets even worse, when he gets to the grow house, takes all the weed prior to the others getting there. Then only to be ignoring Nancy's call to his cell.



    What an end to a season and I know that I wanted the next season to start right away.moreless
  • Could it get any worst for Nancy.

    10
    I can not believe they ended the second season of weeds like that. From the begining to the end of the episode i was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen to Nancy. I liked Shane's speech at his middle school graduation. I wan disappointed that Silas decided not to go to his little brother's graduation but i did like that he was the one who was stealing the signs and camaras. I can not believe that Shane left with the crazy Kat. i can not believe that Silas stole the his mother's stash leaving her in a bad situation and himself as well.moreless
Arthur Darbinyan

Arthur Darbinyan

Aram Keshisyan

Guest Star

Robert Mukes

Robert Mukes

Abumchuk

Guest Star

Bret Ernst

Bret Ernst

Assassian

Guest Star

Renée Victor

Renée Victor

Lupita

Recurring Role

Indigo

Indigo

Vaneeta

Recurring Role

Andy Milder

Andy Milder

Dean Hodes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • "Little Boxes" is sung by Malvina Reynolds, the same person who sang "Little Boxes" throughout the 1st season. This season varies the people who sang "Little Boxes".

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Conrad: (Answers phone) Yo what's up ... man you comin' in real time or you comin' in black people time? ... Alright, we be here.
      Nancy: Black people time?
      Conrad: Some of us like watermelons, some of us got big dicks, most of us have trouble gettin' places on time.

    • Peter's note to Nancy: Just making sure you were coming. We both know how you lie.

    • Marvin: (About U-Turn) Doing that maple lemonade fast. Flushes ya out. Pees more than my cousin Jerome who only got one kidney.
      Nancy: Poor Jerome.

    • Kat: I wanna lick the space where your toes used to be.
      Andy: I know you do, I know.

    • Nancy: (About all of the stolen things in Silas' room) Did you know about all this stuff? Course not, you never clean anymore.
      Lupita: I think he do this for you.
      Nancy: Please.
      Lupita: Look, he decide to steal cameras. Not the car stereos and doorknobs.
      Nancy: Why would anyone steal a doorknob?
      Lupita: There's some nice doorknobs.

    • Nancy: If something were to happen to me--
      Lupita: What's going to happen to you?
      Nancy: Nothing. But if something did…
      Lupita: Yes?
      Nancy: The kids go to my sister, Jill. Not to Andy. Ok? Jill. Her number's in my book. Jill Price-Grey with a fucking hyphen.
      Lupita: (Writing this down) Fucking hyphen...

    • Kat: It's now or never. Come with me. I can't be alone and you're my favorite person on Earth.
      Andy: I can't do it, Kat.
      Kat: Fine, fuck you. Give me your van keys.
      Andy: You can't have my van!
      Kat: I'm just gonna steal it anyway.
      Andy: (Thinks) Fine.

    • Kat: I liberated a case of Cactus Cola for the ride.
      Andy: I'm not going with you.
      Kat: It tastes like baby aspirin.
      Andy: Oh! Well, in that case I'm still not going.

    • Andy: You know, I haven't forgotten how you stabbed me screaming "die, shitheel, die".
      Kat: You stepped on my spirit turtle!

    • Andy: I'm not going to Chile with you!
      Kat: (Lauging) Okay. Bolivia then. Or one of the "guay"s. Para, Uru... you decide.

    • Dean: Wife fucker.
      Doug: Career wrecker.
      (Dean punches Doug in the neck)
      Doug: You punched my neck.
      Dean: You're freakishly tall.
      Doug: I'm also freakishly long so imagine how much of me was inside your wife.

    • Nancy (seeing Celia in her kitchen): Oh Jesus, you scared me
      Celia: Good. I hope you peed your panties... Where is he?
      Nancy: Who?
      Celia: All right, I guess you have to ask that. (imitating Nancy) Who Celia? The one who called you a drunk at a public assembly or the one who stole civic property?
      Nancy: I have no idea what you're talking about!
      Celia (pulling a tape from her bag): I have Silas, on video, stealing
      Nancy takes the tape, throws it, and smashes it with her shoes.
      Nancy: I have no idea what you're talking about (Celia pulls a gun from her bag) Oh not today!
      Shane (coming in the kitchen): Mum, we're gonna be late (he sees Celia with her gun, Nancy takes him down with her)
      Nancy: Where the hell did you get a gun?
      Celia: I've borrowed it from Pen. (Celia shoots in the wall. She's all excited) Oh my god! (She's calmed herself) I only had the one bullet. I was gonna shoot Doug. I'll see you at graduation (She takes her bag and leaves)

    • Silas: (On the phone with Nancy) Hi Nancy
      Nancy: (While U-Turn and the Armenians are pointing their guns at her) Hi... Did you take something that doesn't belong to you ?
      Silas: I want in.
      (Nancy sighs. Silas has all her weed in the back of his car. Celia arrives in a police car.)
      Celia: That's him! That's the little fucker who stole my cameras! Arrest him !
      Silas: Shit
      (Silas hangs up. Nancy has to hang up too, five guns pointing at her...)

    • Armenian Guy: Where is my money, Conrad? Conrad: We ran into, like, a little problem. They ain't no money 'cause they decided to jack us. Armenian Guy: Son of a bitch, motherfucker... Fine, fine. We take the pot then. U-Turn: Uh uh. No way, that's my shit. Armenian Guy: Why? You kill any federal agent? U-Turn: Me kill all you. Armenian Guy: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. (Pointing his gun to U-Turn) We all got guns. Nancy: Excuse me. Armenian Guy: We kill each other then nobody gets nothing! Nancy: Umm, he's, he's dead? Umm... Peter? Everybody: Yes! Nancy: Hey, okay, sorry! A lot of data flowing around. U-Turn: Will somebody open the fucking safe?! Marvin: You gotta pee again? U-Turn: Shut the fuck up! Armenian Guy: Open the fucking safe! (Nancy does not open it) Conrad: Nancy! Open the fucking safe! Nancy: Okaaay! (They point their guns at Nancy. She opens the safe, but there's only a "Drug Free zone" sign inside) Nancy: Oh, not today!

    • Graduation speech:
      Shane: Greetings Agrestic Elementary School, class of 2006. Hello teachers, parents, step-parents, siblings, boyfriends and girlfriends of parents, assorted relatives, friends of your mom or dad who you call aunt and uncle who really aren't, and Principal Dutch. As I stand before you today, on the brink of junior high, here is what I have to say: YOU HAVE FAILED US ALL. Everything is not okay. We have become alienated, desensitized, angry, and frightened. If we picture Agrestic as an airplane, a grand, soaring jet, carrying us through the sky, I think you all need to understand there are motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane.
      Principal Dodge: Okay, okay that's it bad one. That is quite enough, we said no profanity. You are done, and here's your diploma, you are Agrestic Junior High's problem now. Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to give out the diplomas.
      Graduates chant: Let him speak
      Isabelle: Motherfucking let him motherfucking speak.
      Principal Dodge: I will call off this graduation if we don't have order right know, I mean it. Silence! Everybody be quiet!
      Shane: We are not safe, you move here so that you can feel safe, but your children are not safe.
      Principal Dodge: So help me, I will beat you off the stage like a Nerf ball.

    • Isabelle: Dad, you know the Harry Potter books that we read?
      Dean: Love them all, love Harry Potter.
      Isabelle: Mom is Voldemort. Don't you know that? You may have reduced her to vapor now, but she is out there. Gathering her strength. And she will be back. Don't you know that?

    • U-turn: Ain't no money fool! I'm a fucking criminal.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds
      "One thousand tears of a tarantula" by Dengue Fever
      "Where Do We Go?" by Tracy Spuehler
      "From Agrestic to Las Vegas" by Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Young Jay
      "Shane Digs Gretchen" by Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Young Jay
      "Huskaroo TV Spot" by Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Young Jay

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany: August 22, 2007 on ProSieben

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Isabelle: Mom is Voldemort. Don't you know that?

      Voldemort is the villain from the Harry Potter book series who many believed to be dead but who was still alive and slowly gathering his strength in order to make his return.

    • Shane: I think you all need to understand, there are motherf***ing snakes on this motherf***ing plane.

      The last part of that quote is taken from Samuel L. Jackson's line from the 2006 film, Snakes on a Plane.

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