Weeds

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Weeds Episode: "Doing the Backstroke"

Season 3, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: In the third-season premiere, Celia acquires Nancy's stash and devises a shocking way to “liquidate” the assets; Andy teams up with Alaskan bounty hunter Abumchuk to track down Shane and Kat (Zooey Deschanel).
Original Air Date: Aug 13, 2007
Guest Cast Page Kennedy: U-Turn Bob Koherr Bret Ernst John D'Aquino Benny Nieves Zooey Deschanel: Kat Robert Clendenin William Francis McGuire Suanne Spoke
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Season 3, Episode 1
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Length: 28:00
Aired: 8/13/2007
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"Doing the Backstroke" Season 3, Episode 1

"To be continued," my aunt Fannie! And here we are, left with another cliff-hanger, having waited so many, many months for the resolution of the Season 2 finale. I must warn you that more cliff-hangers are to come, as indicated by TV Guide's Matt Roush when he guested on last Friday's podcast. (He's further ahead on his Weeds screeners than I am.) For starters, that opening scene came so out of left field, the family from Arizona hoping to visit Mom's childhood home - aka the house where Nancy is staring down the barrels of five big guns! I loved U-Turn's "subtle" threat: "You know a guy named Cold Blood? Maybe I can have him look you up...." And like that, the fam raced off. This episode had a lot of loose ends to tie up, so it can be forgiven for not having a cohesive, overarching narrative. (In turn, neither does this blog entry!) Instead, we got Nancy's saga interspersed with vignettes covering Shane's zany adventure, Andy's efforts to find his nephew and Silas' visit to the police station. The "empty gas tank" thing with Celia and Silas' car was a somewhat clumsy storytelling device for my liking, but I guess they had to find some reason for her to see inside his trunk. I'm going to miss Zooey Deschanel, if this was the last we saw of her. Kat was such a free spirit, no better exemplified than by her goodbye to Shane, urging him to "have an amazing adventure" driving a van at age 12(!) and then offering a "heart hug." A heart hug? Loved Shane correcting Bear's Latin, only to have the trucker snark, "Well, f--k me with a dictionary, kid. Get beat up much?" Poor Shane. The hoodlums riding along with Nance to the police station? Again, a bit slapsticky. And the way they were waving their guns around in the car with officers walking by? Hmm. I did like U-Turn's sidekick grilling Nancy on her "thing" with Conrad, especially when he exclaimed, "I knew it!" Nance asked, "How did you know?" and he replied, flatly, "I just knew." The heated "dry cleaning" talk 'tween Nancy and Silas was fun, too. Doug and Dean saved the episode for me. After Doug revealed that his now run-off wife Dana isn't big on sex because of "a short cervix and maybe being a lesbian," he explained that his four kids could very well be named "Tequila Shots," "Snuck It in While She Was Sleeping," "Doing It for a Lexus," and "Turkey Baster." And then the size contest between the guys? "We took too many drugs." "Yes, we did." Andy, too, was a hoot, lying throughout the episode to Nance about Shane's whereabouts: "We're at the dump. He wanted to see where the garbage goes." Good cover. Would Nancy get a happy ending, having tracked down Silas' car and, in theory, her dope? Nope. "I did it for you, Nancy," Celia insisted as the camera swooped up to reveal the swimming pool surface covered with high-quality herb. What's next? Having yet to pop in the second episode, all I know is I've seen a photo of Mary-Louise Parker and a clothes dryer full of ganja. But will that work? Won't the chlorine funk it up? Don't mess with the MILFweed! show less
"To be continued," my aunt Fannie!And here we are, left with another cliff-hanger, having waited so many, many months for the resolution of the Season 2 finale. I must warn you that more cliff-hangers are to come, as indicated by TV Guide's Matt Roush when he guested on last Friday's podcast. (He's further ahead on his Weeds screeners than I am.)For starters, that opening scene came so out of left field, the family from Arizona hoping to visit Mom's childhood home — aka the house where Nancy is staring down the barrels of five big guns! I loved U-Turn's "subtle" threat: "You know a guy named Cold Blood? Maybe I can have him look you up...." And like that, the fam raced off.This episode had a lot of loose ends to tie up, so it can be forgiven for not having a cohesive, overarching narrative. (In turn, neither does this blog entry!) Instead, we got Nancy's saga interspersed with vignettes covering Shane's zany adventure, Andy's efforts to find his nephew and Silas' visit to the p... read more

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Rating: TV-MA
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