Weeds (season 1)

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Weeds season 1
Weeds S1 DVD.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Broadcast
Original channel Showtime
Original run August 8, 2005 (2005-08-08) – October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 July 11, 2006 (2006-07-11)
Region 2 September 3, 2007 (2007-09-03)
Region 4 July 18, 2007
August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01)
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)
Region B July 8, 2009 (2009-07-08)
Season chronology
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Season 2

The first season of Weeds premiered on August 8, 2005, and consisted of 10 episodes.

Plot[edit]

Nancy Botwin's family lives in Agrestic, the fictional suburb of Los Angeles. Her husband, Judah Botwin, died of a heart attack while jogging with their younger son,[1] a few weeks before the series' pilot. Nancy's children, Silas and Shane, both attend Agrestic's public school system in the early seasons of the show. During season 1, Silas was 15 years old and Shane 10.

To support her upper middle class lifestyle, Nancy begins dealing marijuana to her affluent neighbors and friends. Andy Botwin, Judah's younger brother, moves into the house after Judah's death to help Nancy out, though he also seems to be there to freeload, and often disrupts Nancy's life. Nancy's supplier is Heylia James, a major distributor in Los Angeles' West Adams district whom she met through Heylia's nephew, Conrad (who is Andy's friend).[2] After losing customers to a medical marijuana store, Nancy begins baking and selling pot-laced brownies. Acting on the advice of her accountant, city councilman Doug Wilson, she opens a retail bakery, stocked with Costco baked goods, as a front for her drug sales. Silas begins dating Megan, an attractive deaf girl at his school. Shane, troubled by his father's death, acts out, such as biting the foot of another child in a martial-arts tournament, earning him the nickname "Strange Botwin" from his classmates.

Nancy's chief antagonist is her neighbor, Celia Hodes, a manic, image-obsessed, and manipulative person. Celia is president of the Agrestic PTA, and does not get along with her cheating husband Dean, nor does she get along with her sexually active 15-year-old daughter, Quinn (Silas' previous girlfriend), whom she sends off to boarding school in Mexico after the pilot. Her younger daughter, 11-year-old Isabelle, is overweight and constantly the target of her mother's passive-aggressive comments, though Isabelle seems to be mature for her age, and confident. Isabelle reveals late in the season that she is a lesbian, much to her mother's chagrin. Toward the end of the season, Celia is diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. The brush with her own mortality softens her abrasive personality and leads her to treat her own daughter with more courtesy and respect - for a time. She quickly returns to form after her recovery. However, before her surgery, she meets Conrad and has sex with him. After Andy is notified to report immediately for his previously agreed-on military service (where he will be trained and then sent to Iraq) or be sentenced to a military prison, he announces that he is studying to become a rabbi because he believes it will be grounds for him to be discharged.

Drug dealing turns out to be more difficult than Nancy thought, as she discovers when she expands her customer base to Valley State College and hires Sanjay, a student at the college, to be her on-campus dealer. She is soon threatened by a rival drug dealer – Alejandro – who considers it his territory. She then has a brief sexual encounter with him. Also at Valley College, her entire stash of product is stolen by a campus security guard during a fake arrest, threatening the survival of her lifestyle and family. Unbeknownst to her, Conrad and some of his friends pay a visit to the security guard, attacking and severely beating him. The net result is that the guard politely returns the marijuana to a puzzled Nancy, apologizes profusely, and offers to assist her and her business in any way he can. Nancy and Peter Scottson (Martin Donovan), the single father of the kid bitten by Shane in a karate tournament, develop a mutual attraction, and they end up sleeping together. There is also a mutual attraction between Nancy and Conrad, much to Heylia's annoyance. The season closes with Conrad convincing Nancy to expand by becoming a grower as well as a dealer. They form a "team" that includes Doug, Dean, Sanjay and Andy. However, Nancy then encounters a shocking complication: she learns that her new boyfriend Peter is a DEA agent.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "You Can't Miss the Bear" Brian Dannelly Jenji Kohan August 8, 2005 (2005-08-08)
Recently widowed housewife Nancy Botwin has turned to dealing marijuana to support her two sons and maintain their position in the picturesque suburb of Agrestic, CA. She sells some of her product to Josh Wilson, a fellow dealer. When Celia tells Nancy that Josh has been dealing to young children, she uses newly found personal information about Josh to stop him. Shane is harassed by his classmates and retaliates by spraying them with paint from a squirt gun. Silas and Quinn conspire to have sex together. Quinn records an affair between Dean and a tennis pro; Celia later sees the recording and is forced to deal with her husband's infidelity. 
2 2 "Free Goat" Brian Dannelly Jenji Kohan August 15, 2005 (2005-08-15)
Unable to deposit her pot money at the bank, Nancy is unable to pay her bills. Doug suggests that Nancy start a cover business to launder money through. To obtain product on credit, Nancy offers her car and her wedding ring to Heylia as collateral. Shane grieves for his father by watching old home videos. Celia shaves the hair off of Dean's head as retaliation for his affair. Silas confronts Celia over Quinn's disappearance. Celia tells him that she was sent to a reform school in Mexico; Celia doesn't tell him that it was punishment for recording Dean's affair. Celia confronts Helen Chin, the woman with whom Dean had an affair, and they have drinks at a local bar. 
3 3 "Good Shit Lollipop" Craig Zisk Roberto Benabib August 22, 2005 (2005-08-22)
Nancy discovers the medical cannabis clubs in Los Angeles and that Heylia has been selling her a low quality product. Conrad helps Nancy to produce tasty Cannabis foods. Celia discovers Isabelle's secret chocolate stash and replaces it with chocolate laced with laxatives. After Isabelle soils herself at school, she retaliates by stuffing Imodium into Celia's pill box. Celia unsuccessfully tries to get Nancy to have an affair with her in retaliation against Dean. Silas meets Megan and asks her for a blow job; Megan sprays blue paint across his pants instead. Despite his bad first impression, Megan decides to give Silas a second chance. Shane shoots what he thinks to be a mountain lion in its face. 
4 4 "Fashion of the Christ" Burr Steers Jenji Kohan August 29, 2005 (2005-08-29)
Andy Botwin, Nancy's brother-in-law, arrives from Alaska. Nancy is not thrilled to see him, telling him "everything you touch turns to shit." Andy recruits Shane to sell a batch of T-Shirts with a typo (spelling "Chris died for your sins") that offends the community's "hypo-Christians"; he also engages in a sex chat with Megan using Silas' screenname. Enraged by Andy's behavior, Nancy threatens to throw him out of the house. Andy reveals that he had learned of Nancy's business from Conrad and asks to join her. Andy also convinces Silas that his chat only encouraged Megan to want Silas more, which prompts Megan and Silas to start an intense physical relationship. After a crate of soda pop crashes into Celia's house, she tells Dean that she has breast cancer. Jane Lynch has a special appearance in this episode as "The Candyman". 
5 5 "Lude Awakening" Lee Rose Devon K. Shepard September 5, 2005 (2005-09-05)
After encountering the dangerous side of dealing, Nancy contemplates leaving the business. Andy meets Doug, and they instantly bond over their love of pot. Andy approaches Nancy about the plan to set up a sham bakery, but she turns him down. Andy buys an ounce of weed from Heylia to sell in Agrestic. A police officer arrests him for simple possession, a minor offense without jail time. Celia reveals to Nancy that she ordered the plane to drop the soda on her house. Celia gives a lot of clothes and furniture away to her housekeeper. Shane writes a rap song about killing a fellow student, and Nancy verbally chastises him. Shane has a discussion with Celia about how they both make people uncomfortable. She advises him to, "Let your freak flag fly." Silas dumps Megan and then tries to woo her back. 
6 6 "Dead in the Nethers" Arlene Sanford Michael Platt & Barry Safchik September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12)
Nancy signs the paperwork needed to open the sham bakery. Doug calls her a drug dealer for the first time. Nancy objects: "I'm not a drug dealer. I'm a mother who distributes illegal product through a sham bakery." Conrad and Nancy agree to go with Celia to an African-American dance club before she undergoes breast removal surgery. Celia has an affair with Conrad. Silas and Megan normalize their relationship. Shane makes a fake terrorist video, which shocks Nancy. Lupita discovers Nancy's cache of marijuana in her closet and blackmails her into giving her a raise. Nancy mourns Judah's death by watching a tape of them making love. 
7 7 "Higher Education" Tucker Gates Shawn Schepps September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)
Nancy hires Sanjay and his friends as she expands her sales territory into a local community college. Someone throws pennies at Nancy’s car; Heylia hypothesizes that another dealer is “hating on her.” After Shane makes a new friend, Andy has sex with the friend’s mother. Andy dislikes having sex with her due to her unusually rough antics. However, when Andy’s sexual disinterest jeopardizes Shane’s one friendship, Nancy orders Andy to “keep fucking the biter.” Celia’s obnoxious mother makes life at the Hodes’ house difficult until they kick her out. Celia is nicer to Isabelle. 
8 8 "The Punishment Light" Robert Berlinger Rolin Jones September 26, 2005 (2005-09-26)
The Botwin family unveils Judah’s headstone during a small ceremony. Nancy meets Peter Scottson after Shane bites the foot of Peter’s son during a karate tournament. The four of them and Silas share an awkward meal where Nancy and Peter get to know each other. Since Nancy is still recovering from Judah’s death, they ultimately agree to temporarily part ways. After spending the night out of town, Nancy confronts Alejandro, a rival drug dealer who threw the pennies at her car, and they have an unexpected round of sex in an alley before she threatens him with a BB gun. While Nancy is away, Andy and Doug bond by hunting a rodent and trashing Nancy’s house. Celia confesses to Dean that she had sex with Conrad; this leads to a big argument between them followed by a round of passionate sex. 
9 9 "The Punishment Lighter" Paul Feig Matthew Salsberg October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03)
The sham bakery opens. Unfortunately, a security guard at the community college who also deals drugs steals $14,000 worth of pot from Nancy. Sanjay reveals his crush for Nancy and shows himself to be a coward. Alejandro makes a romantic move on Nancy and offers to professionally partner with her. He also offers Nancy protection from other dealers. Nancy considers starting Shane on anti-depressants. Shane steals Silas’s cigarette lighter, which Principle Dodge confiscates when Shane takes it to school. When Silas discovers Shane lost a gift from Judah, he punches Shane and runs off to Megan’s house. Silas and Megan’s father bond over boxing and driving lessons. Celia has started chemotherapy. Maggie tries to oust Celia from the leadership of the PTA but fails after her house is annexed by Summer Canyon. After being beat up, the security guard returns Nancy’s pot to her. 
10 10 "The Godmother" Lev L. Spiro Jenji Kohan October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
Heylia sternly lectures Conrad for beating up the security guard because it could "grind all our [plans] into the ground." Because Heylia believes Conrad was trying to impress Nancy by being a "big man" for her, Heylia orders him to cut off all contact with Nancy. When Heylia informs Nancy, Nancy balks. After Heylia refuses to start growing Conrad's new special strain of marijuana, Conrad approaches Nancy. "Front me some money…, and we can be selling within three months." Nancy forms a team to work her operation. Silas reveals that he knows Nancy deals pot. Andy advises Nancy to inform Shane about her business because Silas was angry about being lied to. Nancy ignores his advice. Andy reveals that he enlisted into the Army Reserves while in Colorado to impress a girl and "forgot" about it; now he is being ordered to report or go to jail and decides to enroll in Rabbinical school to avoid a possible deployment to Iraq. Celia witnesses Isabelle kissing another girl; Celia shows her disapproval. Vaneeta gives birth to a child. Nancy chooses to make time for Peter. After having sex, Nancy discovers that he works for the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You Can't Miss the Bear". List of Weeds. Season 1. Showtime. http://www.sho.com/site/weeds/previous_episodes.do?episodeid=124071. "Vaneeta: Can you imagine though? Boy out, jogging with his Daddy, having a good time. Then boom, Daddy drops. That would fuck a kid up."[dead link]
  2. ^ Nancy: Give me a little respect. I'm the biggest game in the private community of Agrestic. Heylia: Drugs sell themselves, biscuit, you ain't shit. [...] Take that crap off my money. You not giving me a present, you're paying me for weed."You Can't Miss the Bear". List of Weeds. Season 1. Showtime. http://www.sho.com/site/weeds/previous_episodes.do?episodeid=124071.[dead link]

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