“Weeds,” Season 6, Episode 1: “Thwack”

When we last saw the Botwins, Shane had just murdered Pilar with a croquet mallet.

Season 6 premiered last night and picked up right where last season left off. Luckily Shane’s (Alexander Gould) voice is still changing to match last season. Nancy (Mary Louise Parker) freaks out in her normal bored fashion and packs up her and her kids and prepares to hit the road. First she has to stop and pick up Andy’s (Justin Kirk) van.

At Andy’s we find that he didn’t actually flee when his fiance (Alanis Morissette) was about to be murdered. He just ran outside to hide. Nancy saves the day but not Andy’s relationship. Alanis kicks him to the curb so he decides to tag along with Nancy and the boys.

Then they drive a little bit and the episode ends. I know it’s only a 30-minute show, but it was seriously over before it started. I don’t even think I laughed at anything. I mean what was there to laugh at? I’m sorry, but I don’t find teenaged sociopaths funny. I find them sad and scary. And don’t even get me started on Nancy’s mothering skills. She has none. And why is Silas (Hunter Parrish) still tagging along? Isn’t he a grown man now? Shouldn’t he be off to college. Or at least trying to take care of himself?

I’ve loved “Weeds” for most of the show’s run. And I still highly respect it. But from season 4 on, I’ve been nothing but disappointed. And at this point in the show, it seems like it’s already over. This season is screaming “final season.” As it should.

I’m crossing my fingers “Weeds” will make a comeback. But with no Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), I don’t know if that’s possible. I’m holding onto hope, though. But for now, the best thing I can say about “Weeds” is that it comes on before “The Big C.”

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