Weeds: Season Three

Weeds: Season Three
"Mo’ marijuana, mo’ problems” could be the tag line for this third season of Showtime’s surprising breakout hit Weeds. As suburban mom Nancy Botwin (the ever-fabulous Mary Louis Parker) moves from baggie slinger to serious big time weed dealer - thus expanding her circle of co-workers and competitors - she faces increasing complications with rival gangsters, business partners and the involvement of her growing sons, from whom she can no longer hide her business. But just as Weeds began as a satire of suburban culture through bongwater-coloured glasses, so too do bigger concerns dominate this more ambitious season: the homogenisation of community and the commercialisation of religion, embodied by two excellent guest stars. Matthew Modine wreaks havoc as a developer whose prefab town essentially engulfs the community of Agrestic, even as he worms his way into the pants of Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) while pursuing Nancy. Meanwhile, Mary Kate Olsen appears as an extremely devout Christian teen who sees pot as God’s creation and helps Nancy’s son Silas branch out into her toke-prone religious flock. Justin Kirk (as Andy Botwin) and Kevin Nealon (as accountant/city counsellor Doug Wilson) drive the slapstick train both in the show and throughout some DVD featurettes that have more fun with the show’s pot-addled themes, including a morning show cooking segment called Wake ‘N’ Bake. The show’s oft-covered theme song "Little Boxes” (which is being retired for season four) gets the most attention, including video montages and performance footage. Creator and head writer Jenji Kohan continues to give worthy commentary, pointing out that each season finale is done in tribute to a favourite director. (Last year’s gun-happy cliff-hanger was Tarantino; this year’s more elegiac, contemplative effort is Robert Altman.) It’s this combination of insight and absurdity that keeps Weeds in balance between bowl-worthy satire and straight-faced wisdom. Plus: gag reel, trivia track, soundtrack sampler, more. (Maple)