Entertainment: Second season of Weeds is just as good as the first
Monday on Showtime, Mary Louise Parker and the Weeds crew showed us that once again this fall we're all going to be addicted to 'Weeds.'
Parker returns to her Golden Globe-wining role as Nancy Botwin, a young struggling widow mother who finds herself forced to sell marijuana as a means of supporting her family.
Last season Nancy struggled pushing weed to the locals a bag at a time, but during this second season she is transforming a small suburban operation into a professional growth house where she'll grow her own products.
The plot line here gets you attached even if you don't necessarily agree with what Nancy is doing. It doesn't hurt that the supporting cast is amazingly spectacular featuring Elizabeth Perkins who also received and Emmy nod as Nancy's friend and neighbor Celia who last season had an affair on her husband after discovering she had cancer and that he too hand affair himself; former SNL superstar Kevin Nealon who plays Nancy's accountant and number one customer, Doug; Justin Kirk as Andy, Nancy's free-spirited and reckless brother-in-law; and now Martin Donavon who joined the cast last year as Nancy's love affair and left us with the cliff-hanging season finale as they revealed he was also a DEA officer.
Proof that the second season will take us just as high as the first, Nancy wakes up to discover that she had just slept with a badge carrying drug cop. At home her teenage son is more rebellious than most. She also realized that her dream to grow her product wasn't going to happen because she didn't have the cash, and she just lost her top partner over sleeping with the DEA officer. Last but not least, she accidentally talked her best friend into running against her #1 customer for City Council.
After some good advice from her dealer, Nancy went home to regain control of the house. While sitting down with a mandatory family dinner, the guy who runs her cover bakery called to say it was burning down. Nancy's dream had come true to thanks to her employee that burned it to the ground for the insurance money. It looks like things may come together for Nancy afterall.
One of my favorite parts about the show is its theme song, "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds. This season they'll still use that same song, but they will introduce a new cover version of it each week from artists ranging from Elvis Costello to Death Cab for Cutie.
Weeds is somewhat of Showtime's replacement for their groundbreaking and edgy Queer As Folk that ended after a successful 5 season run.