Digging the 7th Season of Weeds

David Hershkovits
It's hard to know what to make of Weeds, a show that has grown frustratingly bizarre but retains a loyal viewership. Here in its 7th season, the stoner comedy follows a single mom pot dealer and her ragtag male posse as they make a life for themselves outside the law. The plot lines are intricate but they all revolve around Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and her efforts to stay out of jail while satisfying her libido, as well as attempting a semblance of a normal existence as she balances the needs of her growing crime family with her actual family. The season debut finds Nancy being released from jail where she has been locked up for killing the wife of a Mexican drug dealer she married, but was actually killed by her son Shane (Alexander Gould). While the rest of her crew -- Andy (Justin Kirk), Silas (Hunter Parish) and Doug (Kevin Nealon) -- are in Amsterdam, she moves into a half-way house in New York and begins a new life. But does she?

I'll say no more about the plot which is pointless to follow because it has no real meaning (outside of letting the characters go over the top over and over again). I keep watching because I've gotten to know this gang that couldn't shoot straight and have a soft spot for stoner comedies. Given that it's the 7th season, looks like I'm not the only one.  As the resilient mother, Parker keeps the show together as she does her extended family, falling in and out of trouble with the regularity of a cartoon character who always lands on its feet. I look forward to more visits with her as she stumbles along, now in New York looking for salvation.

Photo credit: Showtime/Everett/Rex Features

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