Weeds: Season 6
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Season 6 of this highly acclaimed series turns over a new leaf when pot-selling soccer mom Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe® winner Mary- Louise Parker) tries to leave behind her illegal operations. Includes the complete Season 6 with all 13 episodes on 3 discs.
After a family member eliminates a competitor with a croquet mallet, the Weeds family hits the road again in the sixth season of the Showtime dramedy. With his relationship in tatters, Andy (Justin Kirk) joins up with Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and the boys. On the way to Seattle, the Botwins become the Newmans, who aim to lead a non-drug dealing existence. Promises Nancy: "It's a whole new life." All the while, her husband, Esteban (Demián Bichir), is on their trail.
In the Jet City, they find work at a hotel, where they tangle with a no-nonsense manager (Mad Men's Patrick Fischler) and a sadistic chef (Fargo's Peter Stormare). Soon, Nancy soon adds "herbal relaxation therapy" to the maid service she provides (Linda Hamilton plays her supplier), Silas (Hunter Parrish) gives college life a try, and babysitter Shane (Alexander Gould) falls in with a trio of soccer moms. (The show re-creates Washington in California.) After Esteban's men kidnap Doug (Kevin Nealon), they head towards the Midwest, where Nancy has a fling with a hunky bartender (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) on her way to visit a figure from her past (Richard Dreyfuss). In Michigan, Silas uncovers a family secret and one fugitive stops running.
If the year gets off to a bumpy start, Weeds finds its footing once the cast leaves Ren Mar (except for Elizabeth Perkins's Celia, who doesn't show up at all). As ever, Parker holds the scenario together by finding the likability in a character who often does unlikable things. Extras include a gag reel, three featurettes (including one in which Kirk and Nealon interview each other), and eight commentaries with cast and crew, plus guest stars Hemky Madera (Ignacio) and Enrique Castillo (Cesar), director Tate Donovan, and creator Jenji Kohan, who describes season six as "a sort of road movie." --Kathleen C. Fennessy
• “Showdown” Featurette with Justin Kirk and Kevin Nealon
• Cast and Crew Answer Fan Questions
• Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
• Gag Reel
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So, here we are, season six. Nancy and the family are on the lam again, and they stay on the lam through out the whole season, while Esteban and his crew are on their tail through out practically the whole thing. Like every season of Weeds, this one has a few slow-burning episodes in the middle of the season, that leads to an eventual spectacular finale, that makes you excited to see where it will go from here. Throughout the season, Nancy and her family settle in Seattle, each of them working minimum wage in a hotel. They then go to Nancy's hometown of Dearborn, Michigan. They impersonate religious fundamentalists, Nancy hooks up with the guy who played Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell, Silas has his long-overdue college experience, and the family makes some big plans.
One thing that I love about this season is that every character is brought into some kind of illumination. Each character realizes how crazy the things they've done over the years are, and what kind of person they become because of their actions. Especially Nancy, who has seriously tricked fate over the years, she (finally) takes responsibility for her actions, and realizes what kind of person her actions have made her. And, we (the audience) realizes that she has always been a wild card, making decisions that are risky and possibly self-destructive. I won't elaborate more, other than saying that the season ends with a selfless act that makes Nancy a much more likable character in the long run.
One thing that I really didn't like about this season, is that Elizabeth Perkins' character Celia isn't around anymore, when Kevin Nealon's Doug is still on the show, for what reason, I don't know. While Celia's story was getting lame over the years, they gave her a great cliffhanger in season five, which will probably never be resolved. And, at certain points in the season, the direction feels kind of aimless, like they don't know where to go with what they have. However, that proves to be untrue, as the season progresses.
Bring on season 7!
The season was definitely one of taking stock in where the characters were after their crazy Mexican mishaps. Nancy's descent into the most selfish person ever continues to entertain. Andy, after falling out with his fiancé, is still earnest in having a meaningful life, and it of course can't happen with Nancy. Shane, the killer, gleefully takes on a faux-hardcore protector role, believing his headshot to be the beginning of a brand new him. In what is probably the most shockingly entertaining of them all, however, is Silas' growth and desire to break away from the insanity. I honestly couldn't stand the Botwin children during the Agrestic years, but burning the city down really grounded the two of them more than I would have expected. I walked away hoping Silas will get the normal, complacent life he longs for. Doug has lost everything, and is really only clinging to the Botwins as they're all that's truly left.
A notable missing link in this season is Celia Hodes, played by Elizabeth Perkins. She was a great character, and it seemed like they were setting up a real arc for her, but Kohan states it just wouldn't have been organic for her to follow Nancy across the country. I, dishearteningly, agree. As fun as Celia was, she didn't have anything to do in the fourth and fifth seasons, so the writers just tortured her.
The Botwins go on a road trip this year running away from Nancy's kingpin husband, Esteban Reyes. I really got the feeling what hurt this season was new writers. They're obviously being guided by Kohan and producers Roberto Benabib and Matt Salsberg, but the jokes dialed back their punches and the drama is more spelled out to us. Benabib says it himself in commentary on the sole episode he co-writes with Salsberg; they're digging for storylines. Little hints at a larger plot tie themselves together towards the end of the season, and they do an alright enough job at letting us know Nancy is not without her remorse, and you might find yourself confused at how you can still sympathize with her. Alas, we seem to be gearing up towards the end. I would say the only season this manages outrank is the first one.