Weeds was a dramedy on Showtime that aired from 2005 to 2012.The show centers on Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two in California who deals marijuana to make ends meet. Her sons Silas and Shane (15 and 10 at the start of the series) and mooching brother-in-law, her Rich Bitch friend/nemesis Celia, Celia's long-suffering husband and daughter, her supplier Heylia and grow expert Conrad form the core of the show's Loads and Loads of Characters. And Doug the councilman.Now has a character page.
Apparently the writers remembered this midway through Season 4, where Doug gets into a habit of making jokes about his off-screen gay son for a few episodes.
Surprisingly this plot was picked up and brought to a conclusion 7 years later during the series finale!
Alejandro: After being introduced as rival drug dealer in season one, and built up to become Nancy's "muscle" in her operation after having angry sex, he disappears unnoticed even by Nancy who starts complaining about her lack of "muscle" later on.
Abusive Parents: Celia, Celia and again Celia, of both the psychological and neglectful variety.
Affably Evil: Guillermo. There's something charming about him until he shows a serious dark side halfway through Season 4.
Ascended Extra: Guillermo, though clearly a small-time gangster when first introduced, he later becomes a pretty important figure in a major multinational crime syndicate, several orders of magnitude larger that he originally appeared to be.
The Artifact: Doug continues to hang out with and follow the Botwin family around long after Agrestic burns down and the last time he had relevance to the main plot.
Nancy is mostly docile and calm, but after being pushed too far in Season Three when Celia attempted to blackmail her, it didn't end well...
Bilingual Bonus: The show tends to do this with some of the Spanish that comes up. For instance, Esteban Reyes is Spanish for Stephen King.
Yael is a very amusing character to watch for Hebrew speakers. Her actress actually speaks perfect Hebrew, slang included, and definitely knows how to make the most of the fact nobody else can understand what she's saying...
One of the darkest moments is the finale of Season 4: As Nancy drives herself back into Mexico to answer to Estaban (whom Nancy is certain knows that she double-crossed him and that she will most likely be killed), she calls a gift basket delivery service and, in one of the tensest scenes of the entire show, messily narrates a card addressed to Silas to be placed on the basket. The sales lady eventually pushes Nancy to add butter cookies onto the order, too. Cue the first episode of Season 5: Silas has received the basket (card complete with a signature of "Me. Mom.") and Andy goes on about how simple yet elegant the flavour of the butter cookie is.
In the same episode, Celia Hodes is kidnapped and held for ransom. None of the main cast will pay the ransom and spare her death. The responses to the phone calls are still hilarious, though.
Black Widow: Nancy. She even warns a man she's sleeping with in Season 3 about this.
As of the series finale, all four of Nancy's husbands have died while being married to her. Andy was right.
The entire Botwin clan is composed of people who could be doing important stuff if they weren't weed sellers. The creativity and ingenuity they put into their drug business could've made them successful entrepreneurs.
Doug is shown to be an accounting prodigy but generally prefers to slack off or manipulate others to meet his goals.
Butt Monkey: Dean and Andy. You'd think pot smokers involved in the drug trade would bring it all on themselves, but it gets pretty ridiculous at times how "out to get them" the universe is.
For example, the first three seasons have Nancy running a front bakery, figuring out how to hide her job from a DEA agent, then opening a grow house. Season four finishes as Guillermo is trafficking women. Doug is indulging in auto-erotic asphyxiation. Shane is dealing and having group sex with teenage goth girls after he finds out he's been intentionally masturbating to naked pictures of his mother. Celia is kidnapped by her eldest daughter who's planning on killing and gutting her to sell her body parts on the black market. Silas, who at this point is still a minor, dumps the thirty-something MILF he's been having sex with after her ex-husband finds out about the two of them and tells her he's going to use it to get full custody of their son. Agent Till's boyfriend gets his face sanded off while getting tortured by Esteban's muscle. Andy, Nancy's brother-in-law, realizes he is in love with her as she drives to her death, only to have it averted when she reveals she is pregnant with Esteban, the main drug-lord's, baby. A long way from Nancy selling pot-laced lollipops in season 1.
Season 5 has a better balance with Andy falling in love with a doctor, Nancy getting married, and Shane coming to the rescue.
Season 6 and 8 feature more jokes than dramatic stakes.
Cliff Hanger: As often as possible, especially each season finale.
Closer to Earth: Entirely, totally averted. The series make it a point to show that women are definitely NOT more moral than men and can be just as evil and conniving. Men are painted in a similarly unsympathetic colour although sometimes they are seen being slightly, but only slightly, more guarded in their evil than women.
Couch Gag: In seasons 2 and 3, every episode began with a different artist singing the Theme Tune "Little Boxes."
Referenced in the penultimate episode when Nancy suggests that Shane could become a "lawyer, doctor, or business executive", the lyrics to the former theme song.
In Seasons 4 and 5, each episode has a different way of displaying the show's title, the show's creator, and a pot leaf that's relevant to the episode. For example, an episode centered around euthanasia has the info appear in an EKG, while an episode that involves a bar has the info appear on a bar poster.
And then in Season 5, an episode displays the title on a Wikipedia page that plays "Little Boxes" when clicked on.
"Little Boxes" returns as the theme song in Season 8, with the original artist version for the last episode.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Doug might seem like lazy and incompetent but he is a scary good accountant. He is hired by the investment fund because he seems a perfect patsy but he figures out the firm's massive fraud scheme by skimming through the financial documents. When he confronts the SEC he has them capitulating within minutes, leaving them so defeated and demoralized they drop the investigation. The federal agents even buy weed from Nancy to smoke away their misery.
Disabled Love Interest: Silas' girlfriend for the first season, Megan Graves, hottest tsundere brainy deaf schoolgirl girlfriend sinceShizune Hakamichi. She's good enough a lip-reader and vocalizer that her disability doesn't prove to be much of an impairment even though Silas knows virtually no sign-language. Their relationship goes really well until he accidentally blurts out that he thinks she got accepted into a fancy college simply because she's deaf, rather than actually being intelligent and studious. Silas learns sign language after marrying her in Season 8.
Draft Dodging: Andy's Army Reserve unit is called up for duty in Iraq. He gets a deferment by enrolling in rabbinical school, as theology students qualify for the chaplain corps and do not have to do active service while studying.
Dropped After the Pilot: A two-fer in Ep. 1x01 You Can't Miss the Bear. Haley Hudson appears as Silas' cool, down-to-earth girlfriend Quinn Hodes, who is also the daughter of major character Celia Hodes. Similarly, Justin Chatwin appears as a fellow Agrestic drug dealer Josh Wilson, who is also the son of major character Doug Wilson. In Ep. 1x02 Free Goat Celia tells Silas that she sent Quinn to Mexico for sleeping with him, as well as revealing that Quinn had a whole day to tell him this herself, but apparently cared more about the songs on her iPod. She returns for two brief appearances during the Season 4 Finale/Season 5 Premiere. Josh however, is not mentioned again until Season 4 in a short remark from a stoned Doug, and in the last episodes of Season 8.
Drugs Are Bad: When the show was announced, and for a good chunk of its run, some critics accused it of glorifying drug use. As the series progressed, however, while not following the trope exactly, drugs have not exactly had a positive impact on the protagonists. The finale has Nancy selling pot legally, leaving the series closer to averting than confirming the trope, though the body count linked to her illegal sales remains.
Even Evil Has Standards: Using Nancy's maternity shop as a front for smuggling weed, or even cocaine and heroin is one thing; using it for guns and sex trafficking is another.
Quinn's boyfriend, who was willing to help her sell Celia's organs and body parts, dumps her on the spot when she starts savagely beating Celia after Celia reveals she had breast cancer and thus can't become an organ donor.
Guillermo seems like a nice guy for a sadistic gang leader. After an episode in season four, this changes more than a little, but he's still friendly with Nancy even if it is just to trick her into getting him out of prison.
"Friends" Rent Control: Justified in that Nancy's inability to maintain her McMansion and the lifestyle it symbolizes through legal employment is the setup for the whole series.
Of course, her lifestyle rapidly deteriorates anyway.
Genius Ditz; Doug really is an idiot but he can play the political game with surprising skill.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Season 4's "Little Boats" has Nancy having The Talk with Shane about masturbating to old photos of her and The Talk with Silas about having sex with a woman who is very much like her – and the only thing that changes is the camera angle.
Only Sane Man: Well, only sane girl. Isabelle. Also Silas from Season 5 on.
Pac Man Fever: In one episode of season 3, Nancy is playing Wii Tennis. Though the racket noises are accurate, the pause sound is completely alien to the game (and the Nintendo Wii).
Pretty Boy: Silas, so much that he's a model in Denmark.
Product Placement: Some unusual ones - "It's A Grind" coffee shops, Advanced Nutrients plant food, the book Rejuvenile (written by Jenji Kohan's husband), Guillermo's Vibram Five Fingers in the season six finale, and Coca-Cola — practically every episode shows one of the characters taking a diet Coke can from the refrigerator.
Psycho Lesbian: Zoya. She was in prison for burning a man alive. She gets released, and finds Nancy. She then insists upon the two of them moving to Burlington, Vermont to "open a world-class hotel. For dogs."
Rape as Comedy: Doug has admitted to raping his wife, has sexually harassed several characters, crossed the line into sexual assault a few times, and the show insists on framing him as the main Plucky Comic Relief character.
Rich Bitch: Celia manages to be this even when broke and homeless.
Right Through His Pants: Played almost every way possible. Averted when Andy Botwin has sex, inverted when Conrad has sex with Nancy, played straight when Nancy has sex with Sullivan Groff, and avoided entirely when Nancy has sex with Esteban.
Scary Black Man: U-Turn tries to be this, and succeeds most of the time. Thug means never having to say you're sorry. Eventually he turns into more of an Affably EvilFriendly Enemy. Conrad on the other hand is a complete aversion of this.
Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Shane's actor seems to have slammed into puberty between season 5 and 6 resulting in his voice drastically changing in the roughly 3 seconds of show time between those two seasons. The Time Skip of season 7 makes this easier to deal with.
Soft Glass: Averted when Celia hits Doug over the head with a glass pitcher—Doug gets knocked out, and Celia drinks the rest of her screwdriver straight from the pitcher.
Spicy Latina: Subverted with Pilar Zuazo who is more of a frigid Ice Queen despite being very attractive.
The Stinger: Season 8's "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die" contains one, featuring Tim Scottson's ex-girlfriend.
The Stoner: At times it's a challenge to identify characters in this series who don't fall under this tropes.
Stupid Evil: Nancy's insistence and, indeed, almost obsessive need to indulge in serious criminal behaviour at the first opportunity regardless of circumstance has, after so many years, become a little baffling. No-one is so obsessed about selling pot or making a quick criminal buck.
Nancy seems to be addicted to the chaos and excitement that her criminal activity creates. She can't stop herself from indulging in it at every opportunity and always seeks a bigger 'fix' no matter how stupid her actions are.
Team Chef: Andy does the cooking in the Botwin household, is hired to cater for a porn director, and, in the DVD extras, has his own segment on Good Morning, Agrestic! called Wake and Bake. He eventually runs a restaurant in the finale.
Celia takes the cake, though, when, at the end of Season 3, she turns on the team pretty much as soon as the police take her in, when realistically, all she had to do was play dumb and the lot of them likely could have gotten off scot-free. Immediately afterwards, however, the rest of Nancy's team turns on CELIA, implicating her as the kingpin of the operation.
Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: From Season 4 on. As she becomes increasingly despicable as a person her good qualities become fewer and fewer, being mostly her Mama Bear reactions at times (though her general care for her children is sporadic at best) and that she is really hot.
Nancy is a successful mogul of a now legal pot enterprise. By the end of the series she faces the fact that she will have an empty nest, with two of her sons moved out, one in the course of moving out, and her fourth husband dead in a car accident. For the first time she will live her life without supporting anyone or being supported emotionally. She decides to sell her enterprise to Starbucks.
Shane lived his life as an alcoholic with his Corrupt Cop mentor. He decides to leave the force and check into rehab.
Doug is a cult leader. Also he makes up with his son, Josh, who he had previously disowned.
Andy is now a father and a restaurant owner in his home town Ren Mar. While he will always love Nancy, he says that he can never be around her again.
Stevie is a soccer prodigy. At the young age of 13 he is already facing an identity crisis, growing up with his now deceased adoptive rabbi father and discovering the truth about his biological drug lord father in addition to facing the fact that his mother has a "very confusing history". He convinces Nancy to let him transfer to boarding school in Minnesota during his bar mitzvah, which he walked out of.
In addition there are aside comments from most of the Loads and Loads of Characters who returned for the finale, mentioning what they're doing with their lives.