Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Weeds 3 Ep 14: Just When Nancy Thought It Couldn't Get Any Worse...

Another powerful episode of Weeds on Showtime last night - the next to last episode of this season - which ends not with a bang (as in the end of the Nancy and Conrad episode, week before last), but with a fire, and not a good one.

Silas is healing physically, Shane is not mentally, Nancy makes a deal with the Mexicans to protect her family and operation from the bikers and ... she gets back home to see news of a wildfire in her area, on television.

This will no doubt be the theme of the finale next week - and, if done in true Weeds fashion, with truly harrowing elements mixed in to the usual hilarity.

But here let me interject the contents of a press release which the good people at Showtime sent to me:

On Monday, November 19th at 10 pm PT/ET, SHOWTIME will air the shocking third season finale of the hit comedy series WEEDS, which stars Mary-Louise Parker. Please be aware that in episode 314 and 315 (Season Finale), there is a storyline that deals with a wildfire which affects the main characters.

These episodes were written and filmed this past summer, long before Southern California experienced a real-life tragedy. On behalf of the cast and crew of Weeds and everyone at Showtime, we'd like to acknowledge the thousands of families who've been affected by the devastating fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

I think Showtime is a class act, and did the right thing here. To not have aired the last two episodes would have gutted the storyline in Weeds this season. And, the wildfires are an awful reality in Southern California, which means they are, unfortunately, part of the human condition there. In the tradition of Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, catastrophes have the subject of quality fiction. I would go so far as to say the treatment of public tragedies on the screen, or in the pages a novel, may help us come to better terms with the tragedy - help us better understand our deepest responses.

Weeds has earned this right as a comedy series that was always packed with dark, profound, unfunny elements. I'm looking forward to next week's finale.

Still a chance to win a free, cool Weeds poster... Listen for ADDITIONAL CLUES at the end of the following 5-minute podcast of this review...

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and reviews of other Season 3 episodes ... 1. Weeds is Back! ... 2 ... 3: Appealing, Important Questions ... 4-5: Prius and Gluteus ... 6. Ray of Hope ... 7. Conrad Rules! ... 12. Nancy and Conrad! ... 13. Shane Pays the Price ... 15. Finale: The Fire and the Clean Slate

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