Episode Title: 'Red in Tooth and Claw'
Writer: Stephen Falk
Director: Michael Trim
"Weeds" never felt like a show with a big metaphysical message – until now. Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) isn't just on the road to recovery but the road to redemption, rebirth or "Tevilah" as her rabbi neighbor explained it.
Andy (Justin Kirk), who had a similar conversation with the same rabbi at the hospital where Nancy was on her death bed, is also on a similar path. Hopefully, it doesn't lead to Nancy. At least not yet.
While Jill (Jennifer Jason Leigh) uses extreme couponing to fill the void in her heart after breaking up with Andy, she ignores Stevie. Not wanting to screw this one up too, Nancy decides Stevie would be better off playing soccer than watching it on TV with Doug (Kevin Nealon). And once again, we see Nancy doing the suburban thing, watching her kid plays sports with a bunch of uptight classist yuppie parents. Just like the old days.
Meanwhile, Shane (Alexander Gould) wants to make a good impression on his girlfriend from the academy. But in case anyone wonders if Shane is suddenly sane, he asks Andy how his aunt is in bed. Yup, he's still broken.
Bummed about his break-up with Jill, Andy's "karma" leads him to the roller rink where he finds a derby girl (Jessica "Sugar" Kiper from 'Survivor) waiting for him naked. His rambling speech about how he evolved from an earwig to the sexually magnetic man he is today is vintage Andy.
On the business end of things, Silas (Hunter Parrish) is still working with R.J. and Kiku (Kat Foster) is in need of Nancy's help, after getting tangled up with Demetri's friends. Nancy tells Kiku she wants out of the weed business, but without any money to pay her off, Kiku gives her a brick of pot. Not wanting to make the same choices again, Nancy throws the brick into her neighbor's wood chopper.
Silas is also out of the green stuff, thanks to R.J. After suggesting the two engage in a friendly "no homo" oral sex session, Silas makes a hasty exit. When he returns to the grow house the next day, the plants are gone and R.J. gives Silas a lecture about treating them like "merch," leaving Silas stunned and pot-less.
Indeed, the entire Botwin clan is in need of some serious soul searching. The way in which it's happening – chance encounters with neighbor rabbis, naked roller derby babes and bi-curious pot farmers – is a bit hokey but totally normal for 'Weeds.' At this point, it's not so much about the storytelling but the story that is told, when the show ends in four episodes. In the case of the wacky "Weeds," the end may very much justify the means.