Weeds returns for its final season with a familiar start, the Botwin family was running around in chaos and Nancy (Mary Louise-Parker) was at the center of attention.
Who was shot?
Season 7 ended with two major cliffhangers. Everyone wondered who was shot in the closing sequence and who in fact did the shooting. After years of testing fate, it was revealed that Nancy did in fact take a bullet to the head. While the Botwin family rushed around in panic after the fall of the pot-queen, Shane (Alexander Gould) sprung into action. The police academy’s freshest recruit showed off his worth by chasing down the sniper. Unfortunately, the sniper got away, but fortunately for Nancy, the sniper wasn’t a professional.
The bullet entered the side of Nancy’s head. So, of course, Nancy will live, despite the pool of blood that leaked out of her head. It wouldn’t be much of a final season if our favorite mommy dealer died so far in advance of the series finale. Nancy was rushed to the hospital with Silas (Hunter Parrish) by her side. Back at the house, Shane was dealing with two very inquisitive neighbors who don’t like “messy types.” It was a fun scene from creator Jenji Kohan, bringing us back into the humor of Weeds, while showing Shane’s growth. The minute the cops arrived, Shane began barking orders on how they should handle the investigation. We also got a taste of a new batch of bumbling officers.
Aptly titled “Messy”, the premiere focused on the confused state of the Botwin household following the past seven seasons. While Nancy was in a coma, each Botwin family member got a chance for a tell all. Silas was at peace with his mother’s dealings, despite years of trying to flee the nest. Shane revealed to Silas that the younger brother had joined the police academy – and likes it.
However, the real awry scenes came from Doug (Kevin Nealon) and Andy (Justin Kirk). Doug started fondling Nancy’s comatose body in the hospital, under the pretense of trying to clean crumbs off of her breasts. He also snuck a peak under her gown. Andy, seeking solace, decided to “screw” Jill (Jennifer Jason Leigh) right on top of Nancy. For several seasons we’ve always anticipated Andy ending up with Nancy. However, right now, it looks as though Jill we be in the picture throughout the final season. It’s a good addition to the roster. Leigh’s deadpan comedy is always a joy to watch. Also, Jill’s antipathy towards her sister creates a fun dynamic. In one instance she says that there is no God because Nancy will probably live. Then, she puts facial cream on her sister, showing that she secretly cares for her.
More importantly, we need resolutions regarding Andy’s feelings. Nancy’s dragged Andy around for so long that I would rather see him end up with Jill. The “pro” of Andy-Jill is that it allows Andy to be his own person. Add on to that Jill’s new vagina exercises and you’ve got a definite win-win. On the “con” side of Andy-Jill, it would feel like a major let down after all these seasons if Andy-Nancy never came to fruition.
So, relationships aside, who was the shooter?
The would-be killer wasn’t any Mexican cartel member, scorned lover, rival drug dealer or law enforcement agent. The shooter was Tim Scottson (guest star Daryl Sabara), son of Nancy’s deceased second husband. It was a nice callback to the glory days of Weeds. Now all we need is Conrad (Romany Malco) to return and all will be right with the world.