Weeds 5.4: Super Happy Lucky Review - Featured

(S05E04) "They were going to sell my gallbladder to the Japanese. Fortunately, my body is a toxic pit." - Celia to Nancy, trying to convince her to let her move in

Review by Jane Boursaw, TVSquad.com:

I know some of you will disagree with me, but I thought 'Super Lucky Happy' was a really great episode. Maybe Jenji Kohan is listening to us, because it brought back the unique blend of fun and drama that I loved about the early seasons of Weeds. And oh, the quotes! Like this one, when Esteban meets Nancy and clan at the house, after they've been on the run:

Silas: "So you're the mayor of Mexico or something?"

Esteban: "Or something, yes."

Shane: "And you stuck your penis inside my mother at least once."

Nancy: "Ok, then. Good night, Shane. Go upstairs."

But hey, they got the test results back and Esteban is thrilled that it's a boy and it's HIS boy. Now he's all lovey-dovey again and wants Nancy and clan -- even Andy -- to move in with him. What's crazy is that Nancy is onboard with it, after Esteban threatened to kill her. Then again, what choice does she have?

I usually think of Celia as a useless character, but it was pretty funny when she showed up at Nancy's wanting to move in, then got booted out with all her stuff thrown out after her. Don't you think Celia would just head back to Agrestic and start a new life? I know there's not much there for her, but still ... it's gotta be better than hanging around kidnappers, Mexican thugs, and people who hate her.

Loved it when, after getting zapped with "Mr. Zappy" by Esteban's thug, Andy started working out in the garage in his let's-get-physical outfit. Or, as the thug said, he looked like "Jamie Lee Curtis in Perfect." There were some great Andy moments in this ep, including him getting dressed up in a cardigan and Mad Men-type glasses to go in for a bank loan. At first, I thought the girl must be Francine of "Not-Francine," but it was another first-love of Judah's -- Margaret, a.k.a. "Mags." What a whack job, wanting Andy to go out with her, only pretending to be Judah. He'll do it for access to Judah's account.

Normally, I'm not a fan of kids selling drugs, but Shane is so nonchalant about selling pot to his English teacher that it was pretty funny. But Shane's got issues, as evidenced when he said to Andy, "What can I say? I'm a Botwin. We're not responsible for anything we do." Lisa, I'm still onboard with the "Nancy is a horrible parent" campaign.

That was kind of sweet scene at the end with Nancy and Esteban walking along the beach and him throwing her Magic 8 Ball into the ocean. Then it cut to Andy finishing up putting the baby swing together at home. You could tell earlier that Nancy is a little torn, because she looked sheepish when Andy asked her to kiss him. There's definitely some sparks there, but things seem ok with Esteban right now, too. It'll be interesting to see who she ends up with, or maybe neither one.

Other points of interest:

* "Plastic demon from hell!" - Nancy to the baby swing she's trying to put together

* "Is it ok to impersonate your dead brother and pseudo-steal some money if you're gonna use the cash for the family's greater good?" Andy to Shane, the "moral center of this family"

* Nancy tying Esteban's thug and the federal-agent-who-lost-his-gay-lover to the bed, them getting into a foot fight, and her asking the Magic 8 Ball who should live or die.

I look forward to reading your thoughts about this episode.



Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 5:43PM EDT

personally im not liking these season. all is out of focus. i mean, whats wrong with nancy? is she going crazy? she is not taking right decisions, it seems like she doesnt give a damn for his boys... the boys are out of control specially shane. she could be law protected, and it was her last chance, but she decided to call esteban and enjoy the mafia.

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 8:20PM EDT

i loved when the DEA guy got a boner and the mexican thug was like "i don't want to fight you anymore! STOP!" haha. i also felt bad that he died.
I think esteban is clearly super abusive. she should so be with andy! i love him so much!!!!!!
i also can't wait for next episode. i really think shane is going to get one of nancy's thugs to attack his english teacher. i think it will be pretty funny.

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 9:50PM EDT

I also cracked up when the fed got a boner. Ignacio brings a lot of humor back into the show, even though his profession is, at the least, disturbing.My favorite line was when the fed was sitting in the car, looking nostalgically at the picture title very dirty dancing, "Nobody puts baby in the coroner"

Jul 4, 2009 4:13AM EDT

this and other recent episodes have sort of redeemed weeds for me. I felt that last season(except for when we find out that nancy is pregnant) didn't live up to my expectations, but its getting better

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