Weeds Review: Back to Business

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Hmmm.... that wasn't the series finale of Weeds, was it? No? We still need to wait until September 16 for the long-running series to say goodbye? Darn.

I say this not because I've been so dissatisfied with Season 8, although regular readers of my reviews are familiar with my complaints that episodes feel too random these days, while the show as a whole lacks any sort of tension.

But because "Five Miles From Yetzer Hara" actually would have served as a decent finale.

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I'm not sure what else we can ask for when Weeds does bow out next month.

We ended this episode with Nancy and Jill in business and in very good graces with each other. The former reconnected with her son, she made love to someone who actually wanted to look her in the eye, Andy realized he wants to have a child of his own. Is every loose end tied up?

No, but that's my issue with this final season: what loose ends are there?!?

Doug might as well be on his own wacky sitcom at this point; his storylines are devoid of reality and unrelated to anything or anyone else. Shane and Silas are sort of just doing their separate things at work, with nothing really on the line in either case. Andy has now found two callings - teaching young Jewish people and desiring his own young Jewish person - and Nancy is likely on the most straight and narrow path she'll ever find.

Boom. Done. Bingo. I'd be satisfied with this as an ending, wouldn't you?

There's not really much else to say because there's no real direction for the season. There's no real source of suspense or tension or even just curiosity that would make viewers tune in next Sunday. These characters are just floating around in their daily lives and those of us who have watched from the beginning know and like them well enough that there's enough to smile or chuckle over every now and then.

That's about it, though. I don't really know where Weeds can go as a farewell that it didn't go to tonight, but I've been around for nearly eight years now. I can wait another month to find out.

Five Miles From Yetzer Hara Review

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