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Weeds: Season Four

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Tuesday Jun 2, 2009
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On Showtime’s smoking series,Weeds, now available on DVD from Lionsgate, darling drug dealer Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) leaves suburbia in a blaze for the charming beach community of Renmar, California, just north of the border.

Hiding out from the mess in Agrestic, Nancy moves her family to grandma’s house, and takes a nice, quiet job selling maternity clothing. Could the maffiosa of mary jane have reformed her ways?

No such luck. Nancy uses drug money to pay off the boys’ bitter uncle, played by the inimitable Albert Brooks, to let them stay at the house. Then, she kills grandma. (The old woman was asking for it).

Later, Nancy’s past returns to haunt her-via awful Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), her lesbian daughter Isabelle (Allie Grant), and her pothead CPA (Kevin Nealon).

The beach house is so crowded, Nancy hardly notices when Silas (Hunter Parrish), flexes his muscles and the neighbor lady takes the bait. With Conrad gone, Silas takes over as grower, and begins selling his product in submarine sandwiches.

Sick of his past as a bully’s punching bag, young Shane (Alexander Gould) starts school with a bang, and is soon sharing Silas’ subs with the other kids at school.

Across town, Nancy finds a hidden treasure as well: In the back of her maternity wear shop is a tunnel. At the end is a dashing mob kingpin who ends up being the mayor of Tijuana-and the father of Nancy’s baby.

Also in the tunnel? Celia’s out-of-control cocaine habit that has Nancy’s pistol-whipping her until Guillermo and the other boys believe the two women are lesbian lovers with boundary issues.

Meanwhile, Uncle Andy (Justin Kirk) dabbles in the coyote business, and falls in love with one of his clients. Nancy also dabbles in saving women, after a cathartic peyote trip makes her unable to handle the faces of the prostitutes Guillermo keeps sending through the tunnel.

She makes a deal with a shady agent to blow the whistle on the whole operation, but it backfires. By the time we reach the 14th episode, Nancy is once again under the gun, this time literally.

Will her baby daddy really blow her away? Are her drug-smuggling days behind her? Will hunky Silas keep banging the cougar next door?

With season five of "Weeds" rapidly approaching, the best thing to do is pop this three-DVD set in and catch up with all the crazy goings-on of the Botwin gang.

Special features include cast commentary, a "Little Titles" commentary with writer Jenji Cohen, some very cool "making of" segments including a "Weed Wrangler" bit with the prop master on how the shows’ fake weed is made, a "Tour of Bubbie’s House" that touches on Cohen’s love of collections, and a "One Stop Chop Shop" with Joe Lucky on the making of the Tijuana set.

Learn more about "Moving Weight" with a legal expert, and find out how the kids on the cast deal with being on a hit Showtime series in "I’m a Big Kid Now," and an interview with "The Real Hunter Parrish."

More than a half-dozen extras not enough? There’s also a gag reel. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women’s news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes about local restaurants in her food blog, http://brooklyniscookin.blogspot.com/

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