Thursday, December 08, 2005

I'm hooked on this show and so is this guy...

I'm so happy that people keep coming by to read what I have to say. Most of the time I'm told to keep it to myself, but that's not happening so much.

My friend Ivy brought up a good point about the moral question I just raised re: the premise of the TV show "Weeds". In case you don't want to scroll back down to the entry where I mention it, the main premise is that a recently widowed, well-to-do suburban mother (named Nancy Botwin) has turned to selling marijuana to her other well-to-do neighbors in a Los Angeles suburb.

Ivy asked if the motive for the main character selling pot was a survival thing, or just a way to keep the status quo without disrupting her kids' lives. In short, she doesn't want to subject them to more pain by maybe changing their way of life in general. I mean, these kids are not wanting for anything. They have extended cable, every gizmo a boy could want, the latest clothes, etc. She has a maid, a nice big house, and a Range Rover. She also wears the latest clothes and doesn't have any extra body fat to speak of. So really, it's a little hard to identify with in some ways.

But yet...there are glimmers...

I've watched the first ten episodes (thanks to the magic of RCN On Demand) and there are things that can easily be identified with. Examples:

1. Worthless (albeit charming) brother in law:
Serves as some kind of combination "Puck" character/reminder of her fallibility. He makes a good point on some occasions, but is still a sleaze. By the 10th episode, he decides to become a rabbi in order to avoid being shipped off to Iraq to serve with an Army Reserve unit in Colorado he joined while drunk and stoned. (Gee, has that ever happened to you?)

2. Dingbat accountant/city council member, one of Nancy's best customers...
I'm not sure how someone can be a space cadet and profound at the same time, but this character does it. I think the funniest situation regarding him was when he got on the medical marijuana program and got pot in bulk, then was freaking when he found out he'd be put on a database due to his purchases. He does have an essentially good nature, but just loves his pot a bit too much.

3. Celia, the delightfully bitchy next-door neighbor:
Everything is always extremes with her. She finds out her husband had an affair with the tennis pro, and is angry enough to ship her older daughter to a Mexican boarding school when she finds out said daughter becomes intimate with her neighbor's older son. Don't even get me started on how she gives her younger daughter such grief about her weight and a hilarious revenge plot involving laxatives and Imodium A-D. However, she finds out she has cancer, gets a tattoo, has sex with a divine looking brother (who also winds up going into business with Nancy by episode 10) and reclaims her PTA presidency. However, by the end of Episode 10, she gets on to the Bitch Train once more and starts trouble with the younger daughter again. Can you say "DRAMA QUEEN"?

I guarantee, whether you're from an affluent suburb or a whistle-stop, one traffic light town, you will be able to identify with some of the dilemmas these characters face. And what's more...we ask ourselves moral questions every day.

**Is it OK to get ahead no matter what the cost to someone else?
**If you're doing something "immoral" and you see one of your family members doing the same thing or a variation of it, do you have the right to call them on their behavior?
**How much can you and your family really do without before you have to resort to extreme measures to keep your accustomed lifestyle?
**What's better...change or keeping the status quo? Why?

These are the questions I ask myself when I watch this show, and even though I don't necessarily have the answers when the show is over, it's still a heck of a ride.

I'm waiting with baited breath for chapter 11 (no, not bankruptcy)...Nancy just found out the guy she's hot for is a DEA agent. Zoinks!?

Sudiegirl the absolutely hooked...