Weeds capped eight seasons of messy drama with a flash-forward episode that allowed the Showtime series to neatly — perhaps a little too neatly — wrap its major characters’ storylines. The journey down mary jane lane managed to include a considerable amount of minor players, as well – some of them not seen since the show’s early seasons.
But was the trip to the future a fitting end for such a hot mess of a heroine? You be the judge. Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em, because here are the major points from “It’s Time.”
• The episode takes place in the future. We can tell because the dry cleaners are automated; smart phones are clear, thin pieces of plastic; Stevie is a junior high schooler and marijuana is legal. Oh, and Nancy has blond streaks in her hair.
• Nancy’s a widow (RIP, Rabbi Bloom) who owns The Good Seed, a wildly successful chain of marijuana cafes that Starbucks wants to buy.
• The occasion of Stevie’s bar mitzvah brings a bunch of faces from the past together. We learn that Silas and Megan are happily married with a baby daughter, Shane is an alcoholic cop with a trashy girlfriend (guest star Natasha Lyonne, incredibly underused here), and Andy owns a restaurant and has a child – though Nancy and her former brother-in-law haven’t spoken in quite some time.
• Other revelations: Dean and Celia’s daughter Isabelle has had a sex-change operation and is now “Bruce,” Jill is living in India, Sanjay and Clinique are still married (though he’s still gay), and Doug is a guru with purple-jumpsuited followers. (More on that later.)
• Guillermo, moved by Stevie’s resemblance to his biological father, waxes heroic about the deceased mayor of Tijuana. Problem is, Stevie thought his dad had been a upright guy. The truth about his own origins causes the young man to give a truly epic speech in place of the one he’d prepared to read at the synagogue, and he chooses not to go through with the Jewish ritual. Nancy doesn’t get very angry – in fact, they still throw the big party — and she gives in to his desire to attend boarding school the following year.
• An “enlightened” Doug has disciples, a tour bus and fame. But what he really wants is to reconnect with his son, Josh. So he kidnaps him twice, and after offering up a secret from his past that bonds them, the two reconcile.
• Just when Nancy thinks Andy won’t show up, he does. And though she throws both herself and her business at him, going as far as offering him the equal partnership he always wanted, this newly chill Andy gently turns her down and tells her she’s finally free. “There’s no one to hold you back from becoming the person you wanted to be,” he says, adding that it’s time for her to figure out what she really wants. After their tearful chat, Nancy decides to sell her café chain to Starbucks.
• As “With Arms Outstretched” played in the background, the core characters – Nancy, Silas, Shane, Doug and Andy – get high one last time together to close out the series.
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