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Weeds: Season Seven

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Wednesday Feb 22, 2012
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The Botwin clan is back in business in "Weeds: Season Seven", with all 13 episodes now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate Films. The tagline reads, "New York, New High!" and you can be sure that this nutty clan will be keeping Gotham green.

After serving three years in the joint for the murder of her rival, Pilar, Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) is released to the streets of New York City to make her way in a halfway house. Her Mafioso husband Esteban has been killed in a jailhouse hit, and her young son Stevie is being taken care of by her caustic sister, Jill Price-Gray, who is trying to get custody.

Her other children, Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) are safe in Copenhagen with their Uncle Andy (Justin Kirk) and hanger-on Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon). When they learn that their mother has been released, they hang up their marionettes and book a flight to New York.

But Mom isn’t so glad to see them. Three years in prison has left her without much to offer, and she is embarrassed to have them find her at the bottom.

Still, Nancy is a survivor, and prison was no exception. She made it through by opening herself up to some serious lesbionic action with her Russian cellmate, Zoya, who has stashed some stolen grenades away for the future.

Nancy trades the grenades to Zoya’s brother, Demetri, for grass, and a roll in the hay. Silas gets a modeling gig, Shane applies for college, Doug gets the Wall Street gig of his dreams, and Andy opens up a bike shop peddling a self-propelling "Copenhagen Wheel".

Things are looking good for the Botwins; Nancy has scored a legitimate job at Doug’s firm, has chased away the competition from rival drug cartel Pouncy House Party Rental, and is dating the boss. Andy has a new performance artist girlfriend who is in a polyamorous marriage with an older man who is dying of cancer. Silas reconciles with Heylia James (Tonye Patano) to grow MILF, and begins slinging weed in the back of Andy’s bike shop, and Silas is offered an internship with the NYPD from hard-nosed Detective Ouellette.

Nancy is a survivor, and prison was no exception. She made it through by opening herself up to some serious lesbionic action with her Russian cellmate, Zoya, who has stashed some stolen grenades away for the future.

But the shit hits the fan soon enough. Zoya is released from prison, and discovers that Nancy has been keeping it all in the family. Doug realizes that his company is cooking the books, and must find a way to make things even out. Emma Karlin (Michelle Trachtenberg), the twee Phi Beta Kappa boss-lady of Pouncy House, worms her way into Shane’s heart, then robs him blind.

In the end, Uncle Andy finds a way for everyone to get along. The Botwins have relocated to bucolic Connecticut, where Silas can operate his grow house, and the gang can live together, including Aunt Jill and Nancy’s son, Stevie.

But more troubles lie on the horizon. As Season Seven ends, we see Silas has secretly joined the policy academy in an effort to win back Detective Ouellette’s trust. And a sniper has Nancy in his crosshairs; video evidence suggests that it is Tim Scottson (Daryl Sabara), the angry teenage son of Nancy’s second husband, Lieutenant Peter Scottson (Martin Donovan), the DEA agent murdered by the Armenian mob.

"Weeds: Season Seven" benefits from throwing the gang into a new city, by adding new characters like Emma, Zoya, and Demetri, and bringing back old characters like Dean Hodes (Andy Milder), who is now dating Heylia. And with the promise of revenge on the horizon for Season Eight, the future looks bright -- at least for us lucky viewers.

The DVD’s special features are a bit thin, but among the best is "Growing Up in the Weeds with Alexander Gould". The bonus feature follows the growth of the youngest son, Shane Botwin, from age 9 to 17, tracking his ascent from an innocent, wide-eyed goof to a sociopathic adolescent groomed by Mafia henchmen.

"Guru Andy’s Tricks of the Trade" is a humorous collection of Justin Kirk’s character Uncle Andy’s best clips from past seasons, and Deleted Scenes features four short scenes that didn’t make it into the final mix.

"Puff Puff Pass" is a video chat Q&A with Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon, and creator Jenji Kohan that is a cute idea, but doesn’t quite come to fruition. Rounding out the special features are cast and crew commentaries, a multi-screen comparison, and a gag reel. Tune in this fall to see what Season Eight has to offer.

"Weeds: Season Seven"
DVD $39.98
Blu-ray $39.99
http://www.lionsgateshop.com/product.asp?Id=26055&TitleParentId=7539

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women’s news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes about local restaurants in her food blog, http://brooklyniscookin.blogspot.com/

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