Season 1 Episode 9

The Punishment Lighter

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2005 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Nancy gets busted and Heylia teaches her about a $14,000 lesson. Doug and Celia make kitchen talk. The kids have daddy problems during diversity week. Breadsticks and Scones, Nancy's bakery, opens and doesn't start off so well. And Celia retakes the PTA by way of a technicality.moreless

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  • A $14,000 Lesson: A Nancy Botwin Story

    Nancy gets jacked after meeting with Sanjay who is totally stoned, and gets her stash taken by a shady campus security guard and doesn't realize her mistake until Haylia and Conrad point it out to her. Business at the bakery starts with Andy consuming lots of muffins and Alejandro, who is now infatuated with Nancy, trying to buy her lingerie and other clothes/accessories and she rejects him. Shane starts a fire at school with Silas's lighter that Judah gave to him and he gets closer to Megan's family than he is with his own which is observed by Nancy who later gets her product returned to her for some unknown reason.moreless
  • I don't know, I really don't. This is funny, but...

    I've said before that Weeds is possibly the best new show this season. It's smart, it's dark, it's funny and so on. I could go on and on. But this episode and the one preceeding it have left a little bit to be desired.

    This is a good episode. It's funny. It's well-written. It has good acting. But something is wrong... and it's the stuff about the rival drug dealer that seems to be the source.

    It's not in Nancy's nature to deal with him the way she does. It's really out of character. The BB gun to the penis thing, yes, that's her... but the sex? No, that's not her, especially considering she's having issues even kissing another guy.

    The next episode better be good, because Weeds, while still entertaining, seems to be losing that special something. It sucks because we know what this show can do.moreless
  • Nancy's bakery opens, with some slight problems. Celia declares war on the PTA. Nancy learns an expensive lesson during her expansion program and the boys are having father issues during the diversity weekmoreless

    Breadsticks and Scones opens, Nancy's bakery, opens but does not really start off to well, but Nancy has other issues more pressing, especially after she gets busted with $14,000 worth of stuff whilst on campus, awaiting to pass the stuff onto her employees. Eventually she gets released and she heads off to see her friend/dealer, who kindly explains what has actually happened and this teaches Nancy a streetwise move at the same time as she relays what has happened to Alejandro.

    Shane becomes a semi-arsonists this week, by adding some authenticity to a display, this he does by setting fire to it, using the lighter he stole from his brothers room, which turns out was a lighter than his dad gave to his brother. The lighter is confiscated and lost forever, to the annoyance of Silas, who then hits Shane, as he lost his most sentimental valued item that he had of his dad.

    Celia has obviously declared war on the pta and has been scheming on how to take back control of Chairperson of the PTA, she manages to do this on a technicality, but it demonstrates a far deeper issues, that competition does exist behind the closed gated community in Agrestic and no doubt country wide, the good intentions of people, their beliefs actually outweigh the gain of their actions, this was hinted at in the first episode when Nancy had done alot of research into soda drinks etc, only to have her findings overuled!!!moreless
  • Nancy loses all her weed to a campus security guard

    Sometimes Nancy looks like a beginner on the weeds market...she is just discovering the ghost bussiness thing, she got in trouble with another dealer(now, other kind of trouble ahahah) and the fake cop! Although she was a little silly being with $14000 dollars of weed inside of her bag!

    The dealer hook up was good after all because she could get it back!

    And their children of hers are too problematic! Ok, their dad is dead but common! Shane bitting, burning and wanting to take drugs, Silas solving his problems with other people family!

    Andy and Doug are disgusting, I dont know how anybody can stand them!

    Celia is finelly becoming suportable! The relationship with her daughter is getting better and she is not that cruel!

    PS: I'm sorry about my english, today I think I made some mistakes, I'm a bit lazy! lolmoreless
  • Nancy gets in trouble with campus security

    Like the previous episode, this one felt odd and it's again because of Alejandro. It just doesn't feel like Nancy whereas Celia has never been more Celia than in this episode.

    I loved the way Celia handled the PTA and her competitor for the role of PTA president. Beaten by a technicality and don't expect any mercy on the way out. So very much like Celia. I loved it.

    Silas had obviously issued and in Megan's dad seems to have found a substitute father figure. Still, hitting your little brother like that was out of line, even if he did deserve something for stealing the lighter.moreless
Todd Stashwick

Todd Stashwick

Cash the Security Guard

Guest Star

Tressa DiFiglia

Tressa DiFiglia


Guest Star

Shawn Schepps

Shawn Schepps


Guest Star

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy


Recurring Role

Renée Victor

Renée Victor


Recurring Role

Shoshannah Stern

Shoshannah Stern


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Celia is getting her chemotherapy and has "lost" all of her hair, you can see a ponytail that sticks out the back of her head when she turns to the left.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Nancy: (To a security guard who has discovered her bag with pot) Can I have my stuff back... that is my mortgage payment.

    • Doug: Nice haircut.
      Celia: It's a wig.
      Doug: Oh, right, the cancer.

    • (After it is revealed a man cheated Nancy out of $14,000 of drugs)
      Nancy: Mother-fucking-
      Heylia: Let it out.
      Nancy: Cock-sucking-
      Heylia: That's right.
      Nancy: Son of a bitch hillbilly stalker asshole!
      Heylia: That's right baby, let it out. Come on.
      Nancy: Shit-eating dickless granny-fucking prick!
      Heylia: There you go.
      Conrad: Granny-fucking?

    • Nancy: That fourteen-thousand dollar supply I just picked up? I need a refill.
      Heylia: You move them bricks already? Girl, you flippin' shit faster than a pooper-scooper.

    • Shane: Come on, mom. Say "yes" to drugs.

    • Andy: When my ferret killed himself a few years ago I took Celexa; I gained forty pounds, I couldn't ejaculate. Is that what you want for your son?

    • Nancy: You're late
      Andy: For what? Do I have a court date?
      Nancy: The bakery.
      Andy: Oh, shit! Was that today? Kidding. Besides, who cares? It's not even a real bakery. It's a fakery.

    • Doug: What did they give you?
      Celia: Zofran.
      Doug: Let me try one.
      Celia: No, they're $300 a pill!
      Doug: I'll give you 400!
      Celia: They don't get you high, it's just for nausea.
      Doug: Wow, $300 a pill and no fun?! What a gyp.

    • Doug: Nance, trust me--a bakery is virtually impossible to run without drug money.

    • Nancy: How am I going to deal with you?
      Shane: Easy -- Paxil.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany: May 30, 2007 on ProSieben

    • Crew not listed because of various problems with submission form:
      Assistant Producer: Lisa I. Vinnecour
      Construction Coordinator: Mark Powell
      Location Manager: Paul Boydston
      A Camera Operator: Gregory Bubb
      B Camera Operator: Dale Myrand
      Chief Lighting Technician: David Lee
      Digital Imaging Technician: Ryan Sheridan
      Costume Supervisor: Michael Chapman
      Production Accountant: Ladonna Conard
      Transportation Coordinator: Joel Renfro
      Special Effects Coordinator: Wayne Rose
      Assistant Editor: Dan Riddle
      Music Supervisor: Christopher Noxon
      Executive Music Producer: Ralph Sall
      Sound Supervisor: John Kincade
      Final Colorist: Ted Brady

    • Music Featured In The Episode:
      "I Will Be" by Moses
      "Bleed" by The Negro Problem
      "I Can Hurt People" by Noam Weinstein