Weeds: Season 2
Directed by: Jenji Kohan
The stellar season-one ender—with drug dealer Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker in an award-winning role) discovering the first man she's dated since her husband's death is a DEA agent—gets a bizarre solution as season two of Weeds unwinds: they get married. That way they can still date, and Peter (Martin Donovan) can't testify against his wife in court, should she be arrested for drug trafficking. In other news, Silas (Hunter Parrish) knocks up his girlfriend and finds out about his mom's career, Andy (Justin Kirk) attends rabbinical school to avoid duty in Iraq, neighbour bitch Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) displaces Doug (Kevin Nealon) on town council then begins a hilarious, ill-advised affair with him. Conrad (Romany Malco) double-crosses his dealing aunt Heylia (Tonya Patano) to start a grow-op with Nancy, who he finally kisses. The season ends with Peter possibly dead, Silas arrested with a trunk full of his mom's weed and many guns pointed at Nancy's head by two warring drug gangs. It's deep shit, but at heart it's a comedy, and you couldn't find a better person than Parker to find the one-liners in the misery. Showtime continues to undercut the show's class with the pot nods on disc menus and features, but it's a minor quibble, considering the 12 episodes of kick-assness.
Tara Thorne

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