Saturday, June 9, 2007

Weeds—Corn Snake

When we left Nancy Botwin at the end of last season, she had just found out her new, charming boyfriend is a DEA agent. Which sucks, since she's a suburban drug dealer. Not exactly a match made in heaven. So poor Nancy's got a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, he's a DEA agent. On the other hand, he's kinda sweet and he likes her big feet. But she's moving ahead with her plans with Conrad to grow their own weed. Except Conrad isn't happy about Nancy sleeping with the DEA agent, and says he's bailing on the deal. And then the bakery catches on fire.

In the meantime, Celia has a car accident and goes on a crusade to get a light installed at the intersection, which leads her to run for City Council against Doug. Andy applies to rabbinical school to keep from having to go to Iraq, and Shane catches Silas in bed with Megan.

They cover a heck of a lot in a half hour on this show. And they do it well. I didn't realize until I started watching Gilmore Girls that Jenji Kohan used to work on that show. It seems like a big jump from Gilmore Girls to Weeds, subject matter-wise, but the shows share a masterful use of quick, clever dialogue. Weeds might even be better with that element, because it sounds less "written" than the dialogue on Gilmore Girls sometimes does (bear in mind I'm only about 2/3 of the way through the first season of GG, so that might not be a fair assessment of the series throughout its run).

F*k Was I--Jenny Owen Youngs
Jenny Owen Youngs - Batten the Hatches - Fuck Was I

Bathtime in Clerkenwell--The Real Tuesday Weld
The Real Tuesday Weld - I, Lucifer - Bathtime in Clerkenwell

Weeds at iTunes:
Weeds - Weeds, Season 1