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Average Rating: 7.8/10
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Season Info

The dark-humored dramedy about a pot-dealing suburban widow in California opens its inaugural season with Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) dealing with family issues and tangling with a rival pusher. Elsewhere, Nancy's business may go up in smoke when some of her clients obtain medical marijuana cards; Nancy's ne'er-do-well brother-in-law (Justin Kirk) unexpectedly arrives and hopes to crash at her house; and Nancy decides to open a faux bakery as a business front for her dealings. Also in the

Genre: Drama

Network: Showtime

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 7, 2005

You Can't Miss the Bear

Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker) PTA proposal to remove sodas from the school's vending machines and replace them with bottled water and fruit juice is shot down by Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), who insists that preteens who are watching their weight have access to diet soda. Nancy overhears her fellow moms gossiping about her finances, and later visits her suppliers and learns about Heylia's (Tonye Patano) uncanny ability to eyeball an ounce. Conrad (Romany Malco) lets Nancy know that their relationship could be more than just business, if she wanted. Nancy's problems with her budding business include a customer, Doug (Kevin Nealon), who is also her accountant and a member of the city council, and is a bit too public about his fondness for her product. Doug's teen son Josh (Justin Chatwin of War of the Worlds) is a fellow dealer, and when Nancy helps him out when his supplier is out of town, she asks him to follow two simple rules: "Stay away from my customer base" and "Don't deal to kids." Josh agrees, but Nancy later hears that a ten year-old at Shane's (Alexander Gould) school has been busted. At home, Celia's daughter Quinn (Haley Hudson) has been spending a lot of time with Silas (Hunter Parrish), but Nancy is still a little taken aback when the teens ask her for permission to have sex in her home. Celia makes her own counter-plea to Nancy, admitting that she reads Quinn's diary. Meanwhile, Shane plots revenge against a bully (Adam Taylor Gordon) mean enough to mock his fatherless status.

2
Air date: Aug 14, 2005

Free Goat

Outside Isabelle's (Allie Grant) dance class, the gossip about Dean's (Andy Milder) affair with the local tennis pro, Helen Kim (Michelle Krusiec of Saving Face), are reaching fever pitch, and Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) also overhears Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) telling Isabelle that Quinn has been sent off to boarding school in Mexico. A bounced check sends a distraught Nancy on a visit to Doug (Kevin Nealon), who suggests that Nancy needs a front business in order to maintain a checking account without leaving a paper trail. Nancy's money woes are creating problems at home and at work. The phone's been turned off, and Nancy gets an amused reaction when she asks Heylia (Tonye Patano) about her "credit policy." Nancy has buyers lined up, but doesn't have the cash for the weed, so she has to leave the family car as collateral, and drives off in Conrad's (Romany Malco) beloved "hooptie." Meanwhile, Celia has gone on the offensive in her house, shaving Dean's head while he sleeps. "Did your hair go to boarding school in Mexico, too?" a bemused Isabelle asks her father over breakfast the next morning. Confronted by Silas (Hunter Parrish) about Quinn's sudden disappearance, Celia points out that Quinn had a day and a half to "put her affairs in order," and didn't bother to call Silas, so it hits home when she calls Silas "a fun and sweaty diversion" for her daughter. Later on, Celia visits the tennis club, and goes for a drink and a not-so-friendly chat with Helen Kim. Shane (Alexander Gould) seems to be spending all of his free time watching old home movies of his dearly departed father, Judah (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

3
Air date: Aug 22, 2005

Good S. Lollipop

As the third episode of Showtime's Weeds opens, Agrestic is being terrorized by a wild cougar which Shane (Alexander Gould) has taken it upon itself to trap and shoot with his BB gun. Silas (Hunter Parrish) puts a clumsy move on the rumor-plagued deaf girl, Megan (Shoshannah Stern), who makes known her lack of interest with a can of spray paint. At the Hodes house, Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) accuses young Isabelle (Allie Grant), who has been placed on a strict diet, of sneaking food. Celia goes to abusive extremes to curb this behavior, surreptitiously replacing the girl's chocolate stash with a chocolate-flavored laxative. This leads to an extremely embarrassing incident in school, and when Isabelle learns that her own mother was responsible, she takes a very fitting revenge. Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker) budding business has been suffering and Doug (Kevin Nealon) lets her know why -- medical marijuana. There's a perfectly legal, cheap, and well-stocked supplier in the city, run by the effusive Craig X (Craig X Rubin), and all his clients need is a prescription. After a visit to this "weed boutique, " which Nancy refers to as "the Whole Foods of pot," she realizes that Heylia (Tonye Patano) and company have been selling her skank weed. With a little help from Conrad (Romany Malco), Nancy learns just what strains of marijuana to order, and how to cook them down into some delicious baked goods and candy.

4
Air date: Aug 29, 2005

Fashion of the Christ

Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) is awakened early one morning by the fire alarm, which heralds an unwelcome guest, her criminally irresponsible brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk). A master chef and world-class screw-up, Andy plans on staying around until he figures out his life. With Andy around, Nancy can't use her kitchen to cook up her pot goodies, so Heylia (Tonye Patano) hooks her up with the Candy Man (Jane Lynch of A Mighty Wind), who turns out to be a female fitness fanatic who won't sell Nancy any treats until she commits to an exercise program. Doug (Kevin Nealon), Nancy's accountant and best customer, brings her to an Indian restaurant that's going out of business, and suggests if Nancy wants to start a front bakery, this would be a good place to do it. Andy, meanwhile, gets Shane (Alexander Gould) in trouble at school selling misprinted "Chris died for your sins" T-shirts, and is also caught pretending to be Silas (Hunter Parrish) online and having cybersex with Silas' girlfriend, Megan (Shoshannah Stern). But when Andy visits his old buddy Conrad (Romany Malco), hoping to score some weed, he learns the truth about Nancy's post-widowhood enterprise, and uses the information to his advantage.

5
Air date: Sep 5, 2005

Lude Awakening

A crate of soft drinks has fallen off a cargo plane and nearly destroyed the Hodes home. While Dean (Andy Milder) deals with the insurance adjuster, Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), who recently learned she has breast cancer, visits with a faith healer. Celia's bout with cancer seems to have given her a devil-may-care outlook on life. She starts giving away her worldly possessions and wearing the satin roller-disco jacket she wore as a girl. Doug (Kevin Nealon) spends an afternoon getting high and watching porn with Andy (Justin Kirk), and leaves behind papers for Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) to sign to start the process of buying the bakery. Silas (Hunter Parrish) is being pressured by a friend to dump "the deaf girl," Megan (Shoshannah Stern). A drive-by shooting at Heylia's (Tonye Patano) place leaves Nancy shaken up. ("White folks get soda pop," Heylia dryly laments. "[We] get bullets.") Nancy's in no mood to hear about Shane (Alexander Gould) getting in trouble at school for writing gangsta rap about gunning down his classmates. She's contemplating getting out of the drug game, and she rejects Andy's offer to use his culinary skills to team up with her in the bakery biz. Andy decides to go into business for himself; he makes a buy and then unwisely mocks the bike cop who stops him for a traffic violation on the way home.

6
Air date: Sep 12, 2005

Dead in the Nethers

Andy (Justin Kirk), due to a court order, is attending Marijuana Anonymous when he meets the lovely Sharon (Brooke Langton). He makes up some shameless lie about being abused as a child in order to convince her to become his sponsor. Doug (Kevin Nealon) and Dean (Andy Milder) help the sexually frustrated Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) set up the bakery she'll use as a front for her pot dealing, and Conrad (Romany Malco) shows up to tell her how she should store her drugs. Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) stops by while Conrad is in the store, and invites him out dancing. "I have cancer and jungle fever," she tells Nancy, "and tonight one of them is going to get cured." While Nancy is out clubbing, interesting things are going on at home. Silas (Hunter Parrish) makes up with Megan (Shoshannah Stern), and Lupita (Renee Victor) hears from a friend that her employer is a drug dealer. She goes on a room-to-room search of the house, looking for Nancy's stash. His elders preoccupied, Shane (Alexander Gould) spends his day directing a mock terrorist beheading video with a schoolmate.

7
Air date: Sep 19, 2005

Higher Education

Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) decides to expand her pot operation to the Valley State campus. When she hears Silas' (Hunter Parrish) math tutor, Sanjay (Maulik Pancholy), complaining about being too poor to afford a real college, she decides to make him her campus rep. She takes him to school, and they give out free samples. Heylia (Tonye Patano) later explains to Nancy that she has to keep her distance from the actual dealing; her clientele on campus should never meet her face-to-face. Nancy implements a new, safer routine for Sanjay and his crew, and gives them all disposable cell phones. But it's clear she's made an enemy when she finds her car assaulted by what seems to be an entire roll of pennies. At home, Shane (Alexander Gould) has finally made a new friend at school, Max (Forrest Landis of the Cheaper By the Dozen films). Andy (Justin Kirk) helpfully teaches them that instead of studying for their next test, they can simply order the teacher's edition of their textbook. Andy is thrilled when Max's mom, Eileen (Clare Carey), turns out to be hot and single, but she also turns out to be too much for him to handle. Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), in the hospital for chemo, gets an unwelcome visit from her mother, whose constant criticism of Celia, Dean (Andy Milder), and Isabelle (Allie Grant) forces the Hodes family to bond together and take drastic action.

8
Air date: Sep 26, 2005

The Punishment Light

After the unveiling of Judah's headstone, Shane (Alexander Gould) goes to a karate tournament, where he bites the foot of his first opponent, Tim (Daryl Sabara of the Spy Kids movies). After Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker) embarrassed, babbling apology, Tim's father, Peter (Martin Donovan, who played Parker's love interest in Saved!) invites the Botwin family out to dinner. Nancy is clearly smitten with Peter. She has a little too much to drink and kisses him, but beats a quick retreat, and tells him, "I am so not ready for this." At the Hodes house, Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) tells Dean (Andy Milder) all about her tawdry tryst with Conrad (Romany Malco), leading to the no-holds-barred fight their marriage has been building toward for years. Back at home, Andy (Justin Kirk) and Doug (Kevin Nealon) are very stoned, and very determined to catch a rat that is stalking the Botwin kitchen. Nancy comes home to find the house a wreck. Worse yet, Lupita (Renee Victor) has a roll of pennies for her from Alejandro (Vincent Laresca), the rival drug dealer who's been stalking her. He's waiting outside in his car, so Nancy, fed up and desperate, takes the BB gun Andy's been using on his rat hunt, and drives off, leading Alejandro to a deserted alleyway, where Nancy finds a surprising way to deal with her problems.

9
Air date: Oct 3, 2005

The Punishment Lighter

Alejandro (Vincent Laresca) seems to have gone quickly from threatening Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) to courting her, much to her dismay. Nancy puts Andy (Justin Kirk) in charge of opening day at the front bakery, or as he puts it, her "fakery." She heads over to Valley State to meet with Sanjay (Maulik Pancholy), who, apparently now a user as well as a dealer, professes his love for her. This is interrupted by Cash (Todd Stashwick), a hulking campus security guard. Sanjay runs off, leaving Nancy to take the heat. Cash agrees to let her go without involving the police. She just has to promise never to set foot on his campus again. Oh, and leave all her pot with him. When a distraught Nancy later tells her story to Heylia (Tonye Patano) and company, Conrad (Romany Malco) surmises that Cash is probably a dealer himself, and clarifies the situation for Nancy. "You didn't get busted," he tells her, "you just got jacked." Later, Nancy corrals the contrite Sanjay into working at the bakery, but when Alejandro shows up with a new business proposal, Sanjay runs away again. Meanwhile, Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) is going through her own power struggle with the Agrestic PTA, and Shane (Alexander Gould) and Silas (Hunter Parrish) have a falling out over a purloined lighter.

10
Air date: Oct 10, 2005

The Godmother

The first season finale of Weeds is chock full of incident. Heylia (Tonye Patano) finds out that Conrad (Romany Malco) was responsible for beating up the campus security guard and bars him from speaking to Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker). She's also not very receptive to his plans to start growing their own hydroponic plants. Vaneeta (Indigo) goes into labor. Andy (Justin Kirk) finds out that the U.S. military expects him to report for duty...in Iraq, and doesn't get much sympathy from those around him. Lupita (Renee Victor) tells him, "Bye!" Doug (Kevin Nealon) offers to "put one of those little yellow ribbon stickers on my car. For you." Desperate times call for desperate measures. Peter (Martin Donovan) stops by the "fakery," and invites Nancy over to his house while his son is away. She tells him, "My life's not gonna get any less complicated any time soon," but he doesn't seem to want to give up. Isabelle (Allie Grant) and her little friend Peggy (Olivia Sui) experiment with lesbianism, while Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), feeling much better, thanks, is reverting back to her old, hypercritical ways. "When you think you're gonna die," Isabelle tells her, "you're a much better person." A stoned Silas (Hunter Parrish) is brought home by the cops and doesn't want to hear his mother's criticism; he's all too aware of how she maintains the family's comfortable lifestyle.

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Thanks to complex, interesting characters like these and some very sharp writing, Weeds can be both laugh-out-loud funny and poignantly dramatic.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Weeds actually meets the rarely fulfilled promise of Showtime's former slogan: "No Limits."

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

Despite its unique premise, the show delivers little more than network sitcom material tarted up with cable raciness.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Nancy's money troubles suck the fun out of the show, and Celia's relentlessly nasty behavior is more outrageous than it is funny.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The players are top-notch, including Parker, an acquired taste thanks to her mannerisms, but an actress with sublime instincts and deeply felt emotion.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune

These various stories are told well enough, but few of the threads are truly distinctive

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

In a world where most sitcoms feel forced and artificial, Weeds manages to be both real and really funny.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsweek
Newsweek

Parker's conflicted, weary mother gives Weeds a solid center, but Perkins and Nealon merrily chomp every scene they're in.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The plots veer everywhere from marital betrayal and life-threatening illness to cruel pranks and stoned behavior, but Parker keeps it all grounded. Watch Weeds not for the humor, necessarily, but for her.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Weeds is breezy, fresh and irreverent, making its points without being overbearing or heavy-handed.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Hypocrisy in the suburbs is hardly a new theme for television, but seldom has it been explored with as much exuberance and intelligence as it is in the new Showtime comedy series Weeds

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

All I know is that - whatever it is - Weeds is the best new show this season.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

One of the problems with Weeds is how little joy the show actually seems to derive from its comedy hook.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Weeds feels like a stoned Desperate Housewives: The pupils are dilated wide, as if able to pick out in sharp relief every detail of this suburban America, yet nothing really seems in focus at all.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

This is lazy storytelling, and if the creators want us to sympathize with their main character, it isn't working.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Weeds moves steadily toward the daunting and ambiguous, where laughter in the dark is a gag reflex.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine

I happily watched five hours of Weeds in a row last night-and will continue to follow the series on Showtime-if only because of its two offbeat female leads and writing that's just sharp enough to stay one step ahead of the audience's expectations.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Those bemoaning the death of the sitcom would be wise to get pay cable, because Showtime's subversive new offering is smart, funny, human and truly likable.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Weeds is well written and engrossing, and has a slick balance of satire and soap opera.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Emmy winner Parker always has a nice, pointy delivery - here she has de-staccatoed just enough to seem like a suddenly single, slightly sheltered suburbanite who's actually got brains and a dose of gumption.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Ambiguity is at the comic and intellectual heart of Weeds, and that's one of the reasons the show works so well.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

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