New York, New High! After serving 3 years in the joint, the onetime suburban soccer mom is making a fresh start in New York City and going back to doing what she does best -- selling pot. But when some old friends return, they could send everything up in flames.
When Showtime first launched Weeds
, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) was a Southern California widow who sold marijuana to make ends meet. At the start of season seven, she emerges from prison after a three-year bid for a crime she didn't commit in order to save her son, Shane (Alexander Gould), who's been living in Copenhagen with Andy (Justin Kirk), Silas (Hunter Parrish, now with dark hair), and Doug (Kevin Nealon). Granted early release for good behavior, Nancy ends up in New York, where she reconnects with the guys. Instead of going straight, she returns to dealing (Pablo Schreiber plays her supplier), while trying to regain custody of Stevie, who's been living with her sister, Jill (Jennifer Jason Leigh). She also has to find legit work if she wants to leave the halfway house. To get her son back, Nancy hires an eccentric attorney (Martin Short, underused), while Shane studies criminal justice, Andy opens up a bike shop, and Silas puts his modeling aspirations aside to help out his mother--and then to compete with her. As a front, Nancy finds an office job through Doug, who secures a gig as an accountant, a fairly improbable development, but then Weeds
has never aimed for documentary-style realism. Other subplots don't quite work, like Doug's steroid addiction and Andy's fling with a polyamorous artist, but if the first few episodes seem scattered, things come together once Shane buddies up to a corrupt cop, Silas spends the night with a rival (Michelle Trachtenberg), and Nancy spies on Doug's boss (Aidan Quinn). Soon, these worlds collide in a most entertaining fashion, leading to a patented Weeds
cliffhanger. Extra features include a gag reel, deleted scenes, Shane and Andy-centric featurettes, and six chatty commentaries with sleepy-voiced creator Jenji Kohan and members of the cast and crew. --Kathleen C. Fennessy