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Weeds – 1.01 – You Can't Miss the Bear– A to Z Challenge – Day 23


“Suburbgatory”


‘The American dream has now morphed into an expectation. And if it isn't provided, or if it doesn't happen, then people feel cheated.’

- Rush Limbaugh


Prologue

Up for discussion today is my favorite episode of Weeds which just happens to be the pilot, 1x01: You Can't Miss the Bear.

About the Show

Seasons: 8| No. of Episodes: 102
Premiere Date: 08/08/2005 | End Date: 09/16/2012
Status: Off-Air

Genre(s): Satire, Dark comedy, Comedy-drama

Story in a nutshell: Nancy Botwin is a single mother who lives in Agrestic—a fictional suburb of Los Angeles—with her two children, Silas and Shane, aged 15 and 10 respectively, when the series begins. The pilot opens a few weeks after the untimely death of Nancy's husband Judah, who died of a heart attack while jogging with their younger son.[16] Nancy starts to sell cannabis to maintain her upper middle-class lifestyle originally provided by her late husband's structural engineering salary. The series follows the events in Nancy's life as she gets drawn into the criminal system, develops a client base, starts a front to hide her selling, creates her own strain of weed called MILF, constantly relocates her family, and tries to stay out of jail and protect her children. ======================================================================
Title: You Can't Miss the Bear| Writer:Jenji Kohan |Director: Brian Dannelly

Episode Summary: Recently widowed housewife Nancy Botwin has turned to dealing marijuana to support her two sons and maintain their position in the picturesque suburb of Agrestic, CA. She sells some of her product to Josh Wilson, a fellow dealer. When Celia tells Nancy that Josh has been dealing to young children, she uses newly found personal information about Josh to stop him. Shane is harassed by his classmates and retaliates by spraying them with paint from a squirt gun. Silas and Quinn conspire to have sex together. Quinn records an affair between Dean and a tennis pro; Celia later sees the recording and is forced to deal with her husband's infidelity.
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Awards


Character of the Night
• Nancy

Best Character Interactions
• Nancy & Shane

Best Cameo
• Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Judah Botwin

Miscellaneous


Favorite Actor
• Mary Louise Parker

Favorite Main Character
• Shane

Least Favorite Main Character
• Andy

Favorite Side Character
• Conrad

Least Favorite Side Character
• Principal Dodge
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Grade: A-
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Comparable Shows
If you are interested in finding more shows like Weeds then I recommend you watch one, some or all of the following shows: Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos and/or The Shield.
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