It is said the more things change, the more they stay the same and that seems to have been particularly applicable to Weed's Nancy Botwin (MARY-LOUISE PARKER) over the years. Nancy changed her environment by moving numerous times, she changed partners many times, too--they ranged from one-night stands to full-on marriage. She continually tried to make fresh starts with a vague goal of making enough money to 'start over.' But she never seemed to realize that as long as she dealt weed she would always be outside the law and so would bring trouble upon herself--and those around her--time and again. But now, depending on your perspective, the inevitable or the unthinkable has happened to Nance--she took a .22 caliber bullet to the head and survived mostly intact, has the impetus for real change begun? It's hard to know but it is evident that she is very aware that she has been living a life of screwing up and she wants to stop. In this episode she meets the man who she's been stealing middle-of-the-night swims from in his backyard pool. He happens to be the same man we met in the season 8 premiere--the rabbi (David Julian Hirsh) who offered words of wisdom and comfort to a fraught Andy at the hospital.
The rabbi looks to be exactly Nancy's type but more important, he has his act together, is caring, compassionate and devout. Is there any way that our favourite (ex?) drug dealer could make a life with a small-town rabbi? Well, if there's anything we've learned, it is that anything can happen on Weeds.
It's a testament to the great writing and Mary-Louise Parker's deft acting that we still care about what becomes of her as we finish out this 8th and final season of Weeds. Show creator Jenji Kohan has interviewed that much of this season will be taking us in a full-circle direction. Could it be then that 8 years-ago Nancy lost her Jewish husband (to a heart attack whilst jogging with son Shane (ALEXANDER GOULD) and now she's met a really nice Jewish guy and will truly start the life that she's dreamed of?
WEEDS (Season 8) – “Red In Tooth And Claw” – Episode 8.05 Synopsis:
Nancy’s (MARY-LOUISE PARKER) attempt to raise money for Stevie’s soccer fees tempts her back to her old ways as she battles to finally leave the drug business for good. Jill (JENNIFER JASON LEIGH) uses Doug (KEVIN NEALON) to get revenge on Andy (JUSTIN KIRK). Shane (ALEXANDER GOULD) and Angela (DANIELE WATTS) go on a double date with Ouellette (MICHAEL HARNEY) and his wife. Meanwhile, Silas’ (HUNTER PARRISH) friendship with R.J. (DOMINIC DIERKES) takes a strange turn.
Written by: Stephen Falk
Directed by: Michael Trim
Guest Stars: Jon Collin Barclay, Dominic Dierkes, Kat Foster, Michael Barney, Daniele Watts
Special Guest Star: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Weeds : Changing Persons SNEAK PEEK (VIDEO):
The Rabbi imparts some advice to Nancy.
Weeds : Use Many Condoms SNEAK PEEK (VIDEO):
Nancy asks her partner to buy her out.
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