WEEDS “Theoretical Love Is Not Dead” (Season 6 Finale) Advance Review


WEEDS “Theoretical Love Is not Dead” Season 6 Episode 13 (Season Finale) – Esteban and Guillermo have Nancy, leaving Andy to try and get the Botwins–and Warren–onto the plane in the “Theoretical Love is Not Dead” season finale of WEEDS. I was lucky enough to preview the tense, emotional episode and I think it’s the best of the season by far.

There’s not much better on Weeds than watching a cornered Nancy try to figure her way out of a mess, and Nancy is in quite the mess here. This is the best material Mary-Louise Parker has had all season and she makes the most of it. Every emotion flickers over her face and you can practically see the desperate thoughts forming as she tries to play Esteban. It’s great to see Guillermo and there are enough twists to keep the outcome very much in doubt.

Silas is still hanging out with his “sperm daddy” as he tries to decide his future. There is a wonderful scene with Silas, Andy, Shane, and Lars that runs the gamut of emotion. It’s well-played by everyone, and Shane should heed his brother’s words. Both brothers have awesome moments in the episode, but the line of the night–you’ll know it when you hear it–goes to Silas.

While Nancy is the center of Weeds, Andy is the glue that holds the Botwins together, always doing his best to make things work, no matter the personal cost. He’s kind of stupid (I say that with all the love in the world) that way. That doesn’t change here, even as he specifically acknowledges that cost. Justin Kirk knocks his scenes out of the park.

Warren’s still around and as crazily fun as ever (what a surprisingly great role for Richard Dreyfuss), and I like how his character is handled because he does have a purpose beyond simple comic relief. In case you’re curious, the terrific ending song is “Hey Ho” by Gin Wigmore.

My favorite lines (except the aforementioned Silas one I can’t share) taken out of context to avoid spoilers: “There. Now we`ve been to first base,” “Shut the fuck up, Lars Ganard,” “Hi, husband,” “Hello, friend,” “My shoes are awesome.”

“Theoretical Love Is not Dead” works on just about every level. Whatever her flaws, and they are legion, Nancy is a fierce mama bear and I love watching her in action. This season of Weeds often had an emotional detachment to it as the would-be Newmans traveled the country, but feelings of all kinds are front and center here, and the possibilities for next season are more than a little intriguing. It’s good to see this uneven season go out on such a strong note.

Once you’ve watched Weeds tonight on Showtime at 10pm, I hope you’ll come back and post your thoughts. Now that the season is over, how do you feel about it as a whole? What are your predictions for next season?

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