'Weeds' recap: Moral headaches
Greetings, Weeds pullers. While we await the return of your regular Weeds connection, Shirley Halperin, let's all open our minds and seek the truth no ayahuasca tea or other scary hallucinogens necessary.
This fine episode, ''The Love Circle Overlap,'' marked an evening of moral reckoning for several of the characters. Most of all for matriarch Nancy, who came down with the mother of all tension headaches. (And not just because new hire Clinique was scaring away the maternity store's customers by swearing at anyone who touched her giant baby.) Excedrin wouldn't cure it, beau Esteban told her; the stress migraine was only a symptom of a deeper problem. What she needed was a visionary experience, and he knew just the shaman who could provide it for her. Nancy did see something, and the truth was more than she bargained for.
Before Nancy's epiphany, another mother, Lisa, had her own little reality check and realized she probably shouldn't be having a fling with a 17-year-old. Especially when Silas acted so petulant and immature about having to babysit her son while she was off at a custody mediation session with her ex-husband. When he asked, with self-righteous jealousy, whether she was late picking up little Rad because she'd been sleeping with her ex, she told Silas the truth, sort of: that she was too old for him, and while they were having fun now, it wasn't likely to last. Still, it didn't seem like they were going to stop seeing each other (or like she was going to evict Silas' plants from the back of her cheese shop). Also, notice how she never answered Silas' question about hooking up with the ex.
Speaking of hooking up, Shane brought home the two belly-writing groupies from last episode, whose names turned out to be Simone and Harmony. The middle school nymphets told Nancy they were there to work on a ''science project.'' (''Go, science,'' cheered Nancy, sounding not entirely convinced.) The science project turned out to be a fairly complicated-sounding sex act that they had discovered on some online Kama Sutra. Shane seemed nervous, and Silas wasn't much help with advice (the only sensible things he said: Use condoms, and don't feel like you have to do this if you don't want to). Rad, supposedly asleep through this entire conversation, bet Silas five dollars that Shane would ''puss out.'' It's not clear whether he did or not; all we saw was an artfully vague scene the next morning of Shane, Simone, and Harmony asleep under the covers. Weeds hasn't been afraid to show us foot-fetish porn or Shane hoarding naked photos of his mom as masturbation material, but there's some stuff apparently even Showtime won't show, and 13-year-olds having threesomes is apparently where the line is drawn. Good to know.
Weeds also hasn't been afraid to show us Celia turning into a bloody-nosed coke whore, but across town, she was now waking up handcuffed to the bed for an intervention staged by her daughter. (They don't use handcuffs when they do interventions on TV, complained Celia.) Here was Dean, whining about the drinking that had started when they were still married. Here was her old Agrestic pal Pamela, moaning about how she missed the Celia who used to serve on the city council, work to keep the suburban streets drug-free, and stage distractions at the clothing boutique to help Pamela shoplift. (Good times.) And here was Isabelle, threatening to drop the ultimate bomb and call Celia's mother. (Loved the way that this remark caused Celia to drop her menacing fork, which fell out of frame and hit the supine Doug, whom we heard yelp in pain.)
Let's pause for a moment and savor the show's use of metaphors and symbols. How the maternity shop comes equipped with its own birth canal of sorts. Esteban's ''I am the table'' speech. Andy's ''No man is pudding'' speech.
NEXT: Doug's new Hope