Weeds: Season 4 (2008)

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Season 4
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Weeds, like its heroine Nancy Botwin, drastically reinvents itself to mixed results in its fourth season, upping the stakes to entertaining effect, but also losing the grounded reality that made its peaks so compelling.

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Critic Ratings: 10

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User Ratings: 92

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Air date: Jun 16, 2008

In the fourth-season opener, Nancy, Andy and the boys, on the run after she set fire to their house, head to the beach and a "heartwarming family reunion" with Judah's grandmother. They are met with a surprise, and a reunion with her irascible father-in-law (Albert Brooks). Back home, the cops grill Celia, and Doug and Dean finger her as the owner of the grow house.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2008

Guillermo (Guillermo Diaz) tests Nancy by sending her on a drug-related errand south of the border; Celia's hard time in county lock-up gets harder when her cellmate decides to make Celia "her special girl"; Lenny heads to the track and leaves Silas and Shane in charge of bed-bound Bubbie.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2008

Nancy makes her first official run across the border for Guillermo; Celia is offered a deal by Captain Till; Andy offers a solution to the Bubbie situation.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2008

After a week sitting shiva, Nancy asks Andy to accompany her on another "mission"; Celia's flirting with Captain Till intensifies; Doug surprises the Botwins by dropping in on them at their new digs.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2008

Nancy gets a job working retail and finds it more enjoyable than she expected; desert-bound Andy has a tough time getting back home; a bee infestation has Silas and Shane hopping; Celia's relationship with Captain Till allows her to get closer to the action.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2008

When Guillermo cheats Nancy out of her cut from the operation, she goes over his head and appeals to the big boss in Mexico, Celia discovers the joys of discounted medicine at the local pharmacies; Silas' relationship with Lisa (Julie Bowen) heats up; Shane finds some revealing photos; Andy and Doug take a big step in their human-smuggling operation.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2008

When Guillermo cheats Nancy out of her cut from the operation, she goes over his head and appeals to the big boss in Mexico, Celia discovers the joys of discounted medicine at the local pharmacies; Silas' relationship with Lisa (Julie Bowen) heats up Shane finds some revealing photos; Andy and Doug take a big step in their human-smuggling operation.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2008

Nancy and Esteban's impromptu get-together almost ends on a violent note neophyte coyotes Andy and Doug smuggle their first illegals across the border; Silas admits to Lisa (Julie Bowen) that he's a marijuana grower; Celia develops an addiction; Shane's first day in his new school is a memorable one.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2008

Nancy and Esteban try to work around their busy schedules to find time for each other, and now that she knows about Shane's fantasies and Silas's new, older girlfriend, Nancy has a sit-down with the boys; Silas and Lisa (Julie Bowen) add specialty items to the cheese-shop menu; Andy and Doug have a run-in with El Coyote in Mexico.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2008

Nancy learns that Esteban's tunnel is being used for purposes other than drugs; Celia's family, fearful of her drug use, stages an intervention; Andy finds Maria in Mexico and brings her back across the border; Shane spends quality time with his two new girlfriends.

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Season 4 of the offbeat comedy-drama picks up where the third ended: Agrestic is burning, as is the Botwin house and evidence of Nancy's illegal activities. But the drug-dealing widow doesn't stay to play the fiddle while her hometown goes up in flames. Instead Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) packs up her family and heads south to Ren Mar, Cal. (near the Tijuana border), to hide out with her estranged, despised father-in-law Len (Albert Brooks in a four-episode story arc) and his comatose mother. Needless to say, the reunion doesn't go well, since Len never cared for his daughter-in-law and isn't very fond of son Andy (Justin Kirk) either. Nancy wastes no time jumping back in the drug game, but soon learns that selling pot in suburbia and joining a cartel in Mexico are two totally different things. She also falls in love with cartel leader Esteban Reyes (Demián Bichir), who just happens to be Tijuana's mayor. But their romance goes to pot when Nancy discovers even she can't stomach trafficking in guns, cocaine...and young women. Her preoccupations make her already shaky skills as a parent go farther downhill, as Silas (Hunter Parrish) becomes involved with a beautiful neighbor (Julie Bowen), and Shane (Alexander Gould) becomes quite a Lothario among the tween crowd. Meanwhile, Andy and Doug (Kevin Nealon) become partners in a human-smuggling operation. And Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), left holding the (dime) bag for Nancy and facing prison time, strikes a deal with Capt. Till (Jack Stehlin) and turns informant.

Critic Reviews for Weeds Season 4

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Parker still makes Nancy sometimes sympathetic and always fascinating, which is the genius of both her performance and the show.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

With all the key players still in place, I'm hopeful that Weeds can maintain its skewed take on the drug trade in this new, seemingly livelier setting.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As time passes, the series feels increasingly divorced not only from reality but genuine emotions, beyond simply finding wacky new situations in which to throw its players.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It can't be a good sign that you half want Nancy to time-travel back to the '70s and find herself not in California, but in New York, getting slapped with the Rockefeller drug laws.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Weeds is mostly dour and depressing at the start of its fourth season.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

The hurried pace of the season premiere is a little disorienting, but the show finds its footing by the next episode.

Jun 16, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Season 4 of the beloved Showtime series almost predictably ratchets up the chance taking, but the first three episodes are just as rich and compelling and funny and conflicted as any that have come before it.

Jun 16, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Weeds's most successful season away from Agrestic... It's funny throughout, and most of the major storylines click.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is cleaved down its center, cutting awkwardly back and forth between Celia now imprisoned and Nancy fancy-free.

Jun 16, 2008 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Creator Jenji Kohan has smartly changed up the story, breathing new life into the series in the process.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Weeds: Season 4

  • Jun 19, 2019
    Nancy is hot but she wears weird clothes. She bites her lip too much showing off her horse-teeth. Her son silas is an asshole but he gets cute in s4. Shane is a weirdo. He wanks to his mommas old photos. Everyone is funny and stupid. -Roseanne
  • Jan 19, 2014
    Season 4 of Weeds reinvents the series, and makes everything a little more interesting. Mary Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins give excellent performances.
  • Jan 02, 2014
    This is the season that began the series to go downhill. It's draggy and depressing and you just can't wait for the boring crap to be over. And where the heck is Conrad??

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