Previously on Weeds: Andy tried to man up for his new girlfriend, an abortion doctor with a crossbow-toting stalker, but punked out in the end. Shane got a crash course in how to be a gangster while Nancy sparred with her new husband Esteban’s controlling boss Pilar. When Pilar threatened Nancy and her family, Shane stepped in with a croquet mallet and took her out. “I couldn’t find a golf club.” Oh…I get it now.
Pilar’s body is floating in the pool, and the blue-green water is well on its way to a cloudy red. Shane is calm; Nancy is horrified. She takes out the security camera with Shane’s mallet and closes the pool cover. Esteban is inside, still mingling, as she and her son take their leave. Later, some intoxicated partygoers will pick the lock to open the pool cover, daring a friend to take a running leap into Pilar’s pool. They all realize too late that he is swimming with a dead shark.
Cesar reviews the surveillance video with an underling who turns out to be his brother-in-law. He erases the tape and extracts a vow of silence on penalty of making his sister a widow. Then there is a brilliant, subtle moment between Cesar and Esteban…their bromantic relationship is more understated and far less wacky than any other we’ve seen among these people.
Nancy and Shane pile in the limo, where Silas complains he’s been waiting for them instead of hobnobbing with the king of Nicaragua. “Nicaragua’s a constitutional democracy,” Shane corrects him. Nancy’s freaking out, in a hurry to chug whatever alcohol she can find. Silas begins to put together that something’s wrong, but Shane just wants to make jokes, and Nancy says, “I…don’t have words.”
Over air hockey at the house, Shane fills Silas in on the events at the party, which Silas initially dismisses as a joke. Shane is “serious as Dad’s heart attack,” though, still in shock or dead inside ever since his shot in the arm. He spends half the episode matter-of-factly correcting people that the murder weapon is called a mallet. Later, while waiting in Ren-Mar, Shane tells his brother he doesn’t feel anything or any different now that he’s a murderer.
You never know with this show, but this could likely be Lupita’s final appearance. She is charged with rounding up stuff for her and baby Stevie while Nancy raids the kitchen for liquor and licorice. Lupita knows something is up, and when prompted rattles off several locations where Esteban has cash stashed. Nancy has rounded up belongings, mostly her shoes and purses, for their escape.
Nancy loads the car, apologizing to Silas for once again inconveniencing him with her shenanigans. Lupita is not exactly shocked to learn that Shane is a killer. Nancy, too drunk to drive, gets in the back seat, but Silas refuses to leave until everyone’s buckled in, because he’s realized he’s the family’s best shot at a role model. Lupita just wants a lift to the bus station, but Nancy stops short of letting her take baby Stevie along.
In Ren-Mar to pick up Andy’s van, Nancy learns of Andy’s latest romantic misstep. She fills him in on the events of the evening, while inside Gale and Audra discuss their long and tortured relationship. There’s no leaving Andy behind, so even though Justin Kirk plays it excellently as usual, we know his indecision is mostly filler. Nancy has to save Andy when his chivalrous plan goes awry, and it’s not long before she’s dangling an invitation for him to flee along.
Audra is pissed, and Alanis Morissette once again gets to play the meta-fan, chewing Nancy out for her cavalcade of spectacularly poor life decisions. This leads to a speech from Nancy about Andy’s value to the show–I mean, the family. He makes a few half-hearted final pleas for Audra’s heart, but eventually ends up in the van with a black eye sustained in an attempt to get the family’s heirloom ring back from his former flame; she, meanwhile, is calling the police to have Gale arrested for violating her restraining order.
Nancy drives in the dead of night while almost everyone else sleeps. The radio is talking about parasites controlling insect’s brains. She ignores a call from Esteban, tossing the murder weapon from the car. She locks eyes with a creepier-than-usual, potentially hallucinatory Shane’s in the rear view mirror.
This episode brought the funny in a way we haven’t seen from the show lately. With so many loose ends to tie up before the family’s new adventure actually begins, this is more process and less fun, but it still plays well. Nancy is at her best when she’s got to think on her feet, not kowtow to Mexican cartel royalty.
My overarching gripe with this season may be a complete lack of narrative resolution to Celia’s departure from the series. Elizabeth Perkins has left the show, but if we’re really supposed to believe that she successfully made herself into Sham Nancy, that’s ridiculous. Heylia going legit and running a pot club made sense from a character and story perspective. It seems the entire Hodes family may have seen their last moments of screen time, taking Sanjay and Ignacio with them. And wasn’t Doug part of Celia’s team? He still gets to be in the show; perhaps he’ll have an answer in some future throwaway dialogue.