WEEDS “To Moscow, and Quickly” Advance Review

Weeds (Showtime) Season 6

WEEDS “To Moscow, and Quickly” Season 6 Episode 9 – Silas and Shane are in charge of selling hash for the day while Nancy and Andy take Stevie to a doctor on the “To Moscow, and Quickly” episode of WEEDS. I had the chance to preview the episode, and I think it’s one of the season’s better installments with some interesting plot development and character interaction.

After Nancy and Reverend Andy get the family run out of Frontier Town on a rail, they apparently meander through Nebraska for six days before ending up somewhere in Colorado. Nancy’s still in an unhappy and disinterested haze, which only starts to break when the reality about what this endless road trip might be doing to Stevie is made clear by a “stupid old man doctor.” Nancy really has avoided dealing with Stevie as much as possible this season, either as part of her overall malaise, her preoccupation with getting away, or even some conflicted feelings over Stevie himself, so it’s good to see Weeds deal with that head-on in this episode while giving Mary Louise Parker a chance to really shine.

Nancy and Andy’s complicated and convoluted relationship finally gets some real attention. Andy has a remarkably thought-out plan for his future, while Nancy (shocking I know) doesn’t. Nancy is thoughtlessly hurtful here, as she can be, but I’m not sure why Andy is surprised by what she has to say. Love really is blind, I guess. I’m not a Nancy-Andy shipper, but I have always loved their interactions and their scenes in this episode are particularly good with surprising depth and heft.

Shane has so much to learn, goodness knows, and Nancy and Silas use very different approaches to teach him in the episode, and of the two, I think Silas has the better chance of getting through to him with his tougher love. While their bonding might not quite reach heartwarming levels, it is entertaining and it’s good to see such a competent Silas. Does anyone else see Silas a sort of Michael Corleone to Nancy’s Vito with Shane as Sonny?

Doug, as always, is comic relief with his tent and Medusa bong-like contraption. It works better for me in this episode than it has been, mostly because and some of the visuals make me giggle and he has some good playmates this time around.

Danger inches closer from an unexpected source, and Nancy makes a decision about the family’s future destination. She also decides on a final detour, which I didn’t see coming, though the FBI interview of the week certainly hints at it. I’m not quite sure what it means, but I’m very interested to find out. Speaking of the last scene, Weeds always has excellent music choices, and the final song in “To Moscow, and Quickly” is particularly and impressively spot-on in terms of lyrics. All in all, I think this is a solid transitional episode that bodes well for the end of season push.

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