“Weeds” returns for a fourth season this summer

The grass is always greener on the other side of California. At least, that’s what Nancy Botwin is hoping in Season 4 of Weeds. (Fair warning: spoilers ahead.) If you’re still catching up on Season 3, just move along, folks: nothing to see here – except Mary Louise Parker, of course.

Still with us? OK, first, I feel the need to get a little Season 3 hangover out of the way. In an apparent effort to prove that they have first-hand experience with their subject matter, Showtime producers have entered Mary-Kate Olsen in the Emmy Award race for best guest actress. Olsen played Tara, Silas’ Bible-thumping, pot-inhaling girlfriend. Interesting stunt casting, sure. Emmy worthy? Well, you decide.


Whatever your opinion of the performance, Mary-Kate’s role apparently went up with smoke along with Weeds‘ fictional setting, Agrestic. The Botwins have high-tailed it to Ren Mar, a beach community near the San Diego/Mexico border. Unfortunately, two of the show’s more interesting regulars, Conrad (Romany Malco) and Heylia (Tonye Patano), didn’t make the move. (Although a late-breaking rumor has it that they may show up from time to time.)

That’s sad news, as far as I’m concerned. I will especially miss Heylia, whose diva dealer attitude was a nice foil for Nancy. But the changing of the ganja guard is in keeping with a new direction in the story line for Season 4 – and a necessary one at that, since Nancy no longer is a naïve widow forced to sell pot to pay the bills. “What began in the original pilot as a suburban housewife who was making ends meet by dealing dime bags has turned into the story of a woman who is a drug dealer,” executive producer Roberto Benabib told the New York Post. “As she’s changed, the show has changed.”

In fact, Nancy chose a home close to the Mexican border to, well, grow her business.

Fortunately for us, Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) apparently has followed the Botwins south and remains a leafy green thorn in Nancy’s side.

Perkins told the National Ledger that she’s relieved to be back, given the way Season 3 of Weeds ended, but she’s not sure where the plot is going. What she does know is that her character is in trouble. “Celia is in hot water because everybody’s pointing the finger at her because her house is where the pot was.” Hopefully, more Celia means more Isabel (Allie Grant), whose lesbian-leaning sexual orientation is a constant irritation to her mom and a constant source of humor for us.

Other good news comes in the form of several cast additions. Albert Brooks, one of my all-time favorite comedians, will play Nancy’s father-in-law, Len. And, according to TV Guide’s Ausiello Report, the gorgeous Julie Bowen is on board as a single mom who will play cougar to Nancy’s son, Silas (Hunter Parrish). MILF-weed? Yes, indeed.

Between now and the Weeds season premiere on June 16, let’s keep our fingers crossed that we’ll see some smoking hot promo pictures like Dorothy Snarker shared with us last year. Meanwhile, you can pick up the Season 3 DVD and soundtrack on June 3.

Are you ready for Season 4 of Weeds? What do you think of the changes? Are you still hooked on Mary-Louise Parker?