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Diary of a Weeds Virgin – Season 4 ends, and Nancy does not redeem herself

WEEDS (season 4)

I’ve heard that Season 5 of Weeds is not only dark, but bleak. I totally buy it, because the end of season 4 definitely sets the tone. We’ve got skin being sanded off of a person, betrayal, probable murder, kidnapping, and faux-suicide. So, you know, it’s definitely awesome that they keep on putting Mary-Louise Parker in the Comedy category at the Emmys.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the end of the season — I definitely did, and can’t wait to delve into season 5. It looks as though Weeds will be going through another reboot, and I’m interested to see where the show takes us next. My one request is this: while the title sequence that they used this season is clever, I definitely miss the original song. Bring it back!

(Season 4, Episode 12 “Till We Meet Again”)

Jesus. That sure took a dark turn. When the title sequence came up and we saw that sander, I yelled, “that’s a killin’ shed!” Turns out, I was very right. Esteban has said, on several occasions, that Nancy is “impulsive,” and she really proved it in this episode. When Guillermo wouldn’t sell her pot and she asked Esteban to make him, the obviously smitten man did. So instead of taking that lesson to heart, and bringing up the subject of the girls coming through the tunnel with Esteban again, she tells the DEA about the tunnel.

She had to know that it was a stupid thing to do, and would obviously fuck with Esteban’s livelihood. Even Esteban himself wouldn’t think that Nancy is so suicidal that she would talk to the feds. He obviously hasn’t been around for the first three seasons. So he doesn’t know yet that she sold him out, but the DEA agent who had half of his body sanded off before being shot in the face totally gave her up before he died.

In lighter (i.e. at least people aren’t having their skin removed with power tools) news, Celia’s new rehab group has actually done her some good — she’s realized that her life is still salvageable, and she can make amends and go on. This leads Dean to tell her to find her daughter who disappeared after the pilot, and make things right with her. Kudos to Weeds for not completely just pretending this character never existed. I’ll be interested to see how Quinn fits into this whole thing.

Doug continues to be the most hilarious character on this show. After my prediction about Andy and Maria getting it on came true, he did what any sad, jilted, middle-aged man would do when his best friend has sex with his illegal immigrant “girlfriend”: he calls INS on her. Ha!

(Season 4, Episode 13 “If You Work For a Living, Then Why Do You Kill Yourself Working?”)

Nancy is quickly becoming the most terrifying character on this show. Not only is she stupid and reckless, but she’s … I don’t know, psychotic? I don’t really know, but I’m pretty sure that if someone tried to use the DSM-IV to diagnose her, the book would actually burst into flames.

I’m really good at avoiding spoilers, so even though Weeds has been on the air for a couple of years, I knew very little about what has happened on it, which has worked out really well for my Virgin Diaries. However, I did accidentally find out about the big surprise — that Nancy is pregnant with Esteban’s baby. So while that didn’t shock me in and of itself, the way she told him certainly did.

It really wasn’t a surprise that the whole “snitch on Guillermo to the DEA” thing didn’t work out, right? While I’m sure Esteban is quite fond of Nancy in his own way, he is, first and foremost, a businessman. So when Nancy puts his business in serious danger, he obviously has to react, right? And given his line of work, he’s probably going to react violently. Nancy kind of figures this out, but drives down to Tijuana, ditching Silas on his birthday (of course) to have a chat with Esteban, and probably die.

She gambles on the idea that since he’s already a father, he’ll be sentimental enough not to shoot her in the face when she shows him the ultrasound of their baby. Obviously it was a good gamble, because there’s a season 5, and Alanis Morissette is her baby doctor and whatnot, but seriously — what the fuck, Nancy? You don’t leave your children and take your unborn baby to Tijuana, when you know there’s a pretty high likelihood of dying. Christ, this woman confounds me.

Before all this goes down, however, she has a rather interesting and naked conversation with Andy, where she lays out everything to him. I’ve also heard inklings of them getting together next season, so that should be interesting. I’m not surprised that the show is going down this road, since they’ve been kind of hinting around it for quite some time. I just hope it won’t be a situation like Nancy and Conrad, where they get together, and he leaves the show after a few episodes.

I was wondering how Celia’s daughter, Quinn, was going to fit into the story. Celia does, in fact, take Dean’s advice and try to reconnect with the daughter she sent away after the pilot. Well, apparently Quinn is not too fond of the fact that she’s missed out on what has become a very successful show, and immediately drugs Celia and holds her hostage. She wants a pretty substantial amount of money, so apparently she hasn’t heard about the Hodes’ financial troubles. She’ll be so disappointed.

Now, I don’t know a whole lot about auto-erotic asphyxiation, but I’m pretty sure you don’t need such an elaborate and/or thick rope. Also, where did Doug learn how to tie such an expert hangman’s noose? These are things I don’t really want answers to, but you know that an episode is dark when a suicide fake-out is the comedic highlight.

Photo Credit: Showtime

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