'Weeds' recap: At First I Was Warm

weeds-mary-louise-parker-s6-320.jpgOn "Weeds," Audra gives the FBI their next bit of evidence regarding the Botwins desaparecidos, and cries. But then speaking of guests stars we miss, Ignacio! Oh, we've missed Ignacio. Yeah, you can count on Cesar to be humorlessly humorous and shit-spookin' scary, but for sheer adorable sociopathy only Ignacio will do. Murderous lil' teddy bear. Unfortunately, he shows up only at the end of the episode, the part that also includes Doug. Maybe they'll never find the Newmans, and you'll just have a nice little separate show inside your show, where Ignacio and Cesar do demeaning abusive things to Doug. We would watch the s*** out of that show.

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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