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Drug dealer Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) sure blew her chance at Mother of the Year on Weeds this season. Her once sweet son Shane (Alexander Gould) has sprouted into a disturbed killer who can hold his own in a Mexican standoff. We asked the soft-spoken Gould, 16, about playing TV's youngest psycho killer.

TV Guide Magazine: Shane Botwin: confused kid or total psycho?
Gould: He's psychotic. He used to be the moral compass, but he went crazy and said, "Screw it! I'm gonna have a good time and keep my family protected."

TV Guide Magazine: Can we blame Nancy? Or is it in the genes?
Gould: Shane's never been quite on, but Nancy's parenting took that bit of Shane that could kill and made him act on it.

TV Guide Magazine: Could he kick older brother Silas' ass?
Gould: I think so. He could at least stand his ground with Silas in a fight.

TV Guide Magazine: What's next?
Gould: It's the final straw for Nancy. She realizes it's her fault, so she tries to bargain with Shane.

TV Guide Magazine: Can you bargain someone out of being crazy?
Gould: Nancy thinks she can. But he knows he's still gonna be that way.

Weeds airs Mondays at 10/9c on Showtime.

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