Weeds Season 8 Episode 5 Recap – ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’
After last week Nancy showed us she can still use her talents when needed, in one of the better episodes this season, this week she has another chance to consider her choices, and a good enough motivation to return to her old position. This Week also brought us a much better version of the Andy-Jill story, that placed Doug in the middle and made Andy start believing in god. My episode review follows…
What just happened (episode summary): Nancy tries to be a better mom to Stevie; Silas is having unexpected problems with his new partner; Shane is in love; Nancy is having unexpected problems with her partner and wants to sell her share; Andy is having sex with a roller-skater on the ice, and Jill uses Doug as a revenge.
How it happened (the chatty TV critic): A lot happened on that episode, but it happened s easy that you could hardly feel it. But hey, not everyday Nancy decides to quit and sell her half of the business, and not everyday Silas is left dry.
The way things got messed up for Nancy, with Kikoo needing her help and with her son needs her attention, not to mention his new football team that needs a donation – that was enough pressure to make Nancy decide on selling weed again. But instead, when Kikoo gave her the weed – because there is no money – Nancy decides to throw it away.
What will she do next is not clear. Get a job? Would be nice to see, but it’s to early for that path to succeed – this is the final season of Weeds, and we’re only in episode 5.
Silas just had to change his plans as well, but not because he wanted to. After his new partner made him an offer he had to decline (and Shane saw right when he made gay jokes about the two of them already in last week’s episode), he came back to see that was all it took for the new partner to take away all the weed.
Shane continued his love affair, and so far this is the weakest part of the episode – and the season. This Relationship may become later something to be a weight against his family (which means Nancy and Silas must be back in business soon enough), but I really could use a few episodes Shane-free if he’s not going to do something more interesting other than shooting dummies and having weird dinners with old cops. It doesn’t make him rethink the whole idea of being a cop.
The only point I saw in this scene was the part we heard his girlfriend comes from a family of cops. Maybe she’s not so innocent like she appeared to be?
The Andy-Jill-Doug triangle was funny, and made those sidekicks relevant again. Although I can’t see where the show can go with this, I still enjoy watching them. Better than the twins/coaching scenes.
What are we left with: Money issues are Nancy’s new reality. Since Silas is with her on this, it’s going to be the two of them operating together again, maybe.
Episode info: The episode premiered July 30 on Showtime. It was written by Stephen Falk and directed by Michael Trim.