'Weeds' recap: At First I Was Warm
As for the Newmans, their status quo heading into the first act break seems to follow thusly: Scabbing for picketing hotel staff, because they are slime, the Newmen find themselves in a variety of shameful jobs. i.e., those jobs regular/white people would never do. Nathalie's in hotel housekeeping, her elder son Mike is a bellhop while younger son Shawn is now in childcare, and patriarch(ish) Randy is a dishwasher under the iron fist of six-foot-three-inch Chef Peter Ingvar Rolf Storm (Stormare for the uninitiated).
Of course, there's a multitude of twists that immediately make it clear nobody's dealing with their best strengths: Maid Nathalie is invisible to men, Gabby Randy is silenced by his Chef, and latte-slurping (!) Shawn gets fed up with being little Avi's mommy after half a day and steals a high-end stroller for the sake of his teen back.
And Mike? Well, speaking of TV shows they should invent, the former Silas Botwin is puttin' that smoking, legal-aged body to work as a mostly naked reader of "Choose Your Own Adventure" novels to a particularly specific sort of lonely old guy. It's not as creepy as it sounds, because -- as Uncle Randy truthfully explains, it's not gay if they pay you/it happens underwater -- but mostly because he gets to keep his little bellhop hat on. Which makes the whole thing more of a lark, really ...
Photo credit: Showtime
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