Push or Pull? Weeds Crosses the Border

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The first three seasons of the Showtime series Weeds focus on a middle class widow and mother named Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker), who, in order to hold onto her house, sells pot to her neighbors in the affluent suburbs of Southern California. These early seasons examine middle class suburban life in order to offer satirical observations about consumerism and success in the U.S. The fourth season begins with Nancy moving her family to a beach community near the U.S.-Mexico border. This border becomes central to the series’ development as Nancy and her friends and family become involved in moving drugs, weapons, and humans into and out of the country.

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