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Gypsies, Tramps and Weeds
on February 28, 2011
**NOTE - This review contains minor spoilers **
After three seasons in Agrestic, and two seasons spent in Mexico, Nancy Botwin and her brood pull up roots once again as Season 6 becomes one big road trip for the family, now on the lam because of Shane's murderous tendencies, which became apparent in the Season 5 finale.
When their attempt to cross the border to Canada is foiled, the gang first settles in Seattle, shacking up in a cheap motel after having gained employment at a nearby hotel by crossing a picket line and replacing striking hospitality workers. Nancy isn't scrubbing toilets for long until she finds a way to start dealing to the hotel guests in search of weed. Linda Hamilton makes an amusing appearance as a no-nonsense lesbian dealer, and nails the delivery of every line she has.
Andy, Doug and Silus practice trailer-park evangelism when the gang has a stop-over in Montana. Dale Dickey makes a small but terrific appearance as does Mark-Paul Gosselaar (he has a bare-buns scene having hate-sex with Nancy).
Celia disappears this season, and as much as I love Elizabeth Perkins, the plots and guest characters make up for her absence--I didn't miss her near as much as I thought I would.
The cliffhanger season-finale is something this series has almost always done to perfection (save for the burning of Agrestic in Season 3--it just wasn't gripping or suspenseful enough for me) and Season 6 does not disappoint.
Like the cover art says "Weeds is still smokin'" and I whole-heartedly agree. Everything that made me fall in love with this series is still here: the jet-black humour, addictive and quirky storylines, and solid performances from the entire cast. Highly recommended.