MILF weed, DEA husbands, lost toes, and Zooey Deschanel: the plotting on Weeds is outstanding. Season 1 ended with a revelation that opened all sorts of dramatic possibilities, but I was stunned by how quickly the show exploited them, topped them, or sidestepped expectations altogether. On some episodes, things happens so fast there’s a giddy joy to the whiplash turns and twists. Despite a strong undercurrent of absurdity, the show never swirls out of control because Mary Louise Parker gives it such a sweet-but-tough center. There might have been one or two dud episodes, but it’s entirely plausible that they were necessary to set up the finale’s wicked cliffhanger ending. Can’t wait for more.
[tags]tv, 4 stars, mary louise parker, zooey deschanel, marijuana, soap opera, suburbia[/tags]