Weeds Series Finale: Did It All Go Up in Smoke?
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The Botwins — if we can still call them that — said farewell Sunday, with a Weeds series finale that a stoner might describe as... a total bummer, man.
For those who have stayed with Weeds over its eight ever-morphing seasons, it was a nice nugget of nostalgia to hear the original version of "Little Boxes" before the final hour. From there, we flashed eight-odd years into the future, as noted by Stevie's impending Bar Mitzvah. The finale featured several fun, but too-brief cameos from former cast members who breezed in and out as we stumbled toward the main question we hoped this finale might answer: Has Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) learned from her mistakes? And if so, where does she go from here?
Read on to find out where Nancy — and everyone else — ended up:
Stevie: The littlest Botwin was adopted by his stepfather, Rabbi David Bloom (David Julian Hirsh), who subsequently died in a tragic car accident. Stevie grew up, under Nancy's tender guidance — she even joined the PTA! -- to be a respectable kid. But Mom wasn't exactly forthcoming about Stevie's birth father. Unfortunately, the night before his Bar Mitzvah, Guillermo (Guillermo Diaz) tells him the truth about Esteban Reyes (Demian Bichir), aka the drug kingpin of Mexico. After getting this unsettling news, right after reading the Torah, Stevie calls "bullsh--" on all religion until he can figure out who he really is. A guilt-ridden Nancy has no choice at that point but to grant his wish to go away to boarding school. It's a bittersweet decision for Nancy: She wants what's best for him, but he's yet another man in her life (see below) who is abandoning her.
Silas (Hunter Parrish): Happily married Megan (Shoshanna Stern) and Silas and baby Flora (because he's a grower, get it?) live in California, where Silas still works for the family business -- which is legal now, by the way. (Only eight more years, folks, to see if Jenji Kohan is a pot prophet!) Megan hates Nancy since she made Silas resent his childhood and as a result, Nancy's relationship with her granddaughter is strained. Silas, on the other hand, has matured in his dealings with his mother. When Nancy asks Silas to intervene on her behalf, a zen-like Silas tells her he doesn't resent her, but that he's happy in his new life. "It's not about you," he says carefully but nonetheless harshly.
Shane (Alexander Gould): The kid has seen better days, including those when he was commiting homicide-by-croquet-mallet. He's still working on the force, alongside bad influence Detective Ouellette (Michael Harney). He's also now a short-tempered brat, whose only comforts are booze and trashy women (hey, what's up, Natasha Lyonne?). In her one act of philanthropy this hour, Nancy has a mini-intervention with her troubled son and forces him to agree to rehab and get therapy.
Andy (Justin Kirk): We're to assume that Andy hasn't spoken with Nancy since that night they had sex in Regrestic. He moved back to Ren Mar, where he lives in the house once occupied by his late father Lenny (Albert Brooks). He shares custody of his 3-year-old daughter, Leni, with a waitress named Anika. He runs a successful restaurant and, like Silas, is very happy. He also, sadly, makes it very clear to Nancy that she can no longer be part of his life.