The Straight Dope on 'Weeds'
Then she slept with Peter, and, in the final shot of the season, discovered he works for the DEA.
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You know, typical single-mom stuff.
"I think she enjoys the adrenaline of it, and I think she's grown to enjoy it," Parker says of her character's chosen career path, which she took up following her husband's death. "I don't think she necessarily knew that about herself."
As for why she stays in such a risky line of work, Parker says, "I don't think she's the most rational person, you know?"
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Parker wouldn't have the show be any other way. "I don't know how to approach anything as a straight-out comedy or a straight-out drama," she says. "It's just life as life, and sometimes it tips one way darker than the other.
"I think [the show] does have the potential to go pretty dark. I think actually within that darkness is where a lot of great comedy is born. It's not going to be very interesting to me to play if things stay safe."
Parker says she has the most fun playing scenes that put Nancy in the greatest jeopardy, physically or, more often, emotionally ("I like it when it's very dramatic and things are going very badly," she says). She should be having a great deal of fun, then, with Nancy's involvement with Peter, which takes a huge turn at the end of this season's third episode.
"I'm not allowed to [talk about it] because every time I start to somebody kind of sweeps in and says I'm not supposed to," Parker says. "But I think I am allowed to say that it gets dark."
Despite the off-center approach, "Weeds" has become one of Showtime's most popular shows, and it's gotten its share of love from critics and awards-show voters as well -- the show is up for five Emmys later this month. For all that, though, Parker can't quite put her finger on what makes the show appealing.
"I don't know," she says. "Tonye Patano [who plays Nancy's supplier, Heylia] said something kind of interesting. She said you don't really know what it is, but you kind of can't not watch it."