For better or worse, Weeds has been in a constant state of flux ever since the writers uprooted Nancy Botwin and family from their all-is-not-as-sunny-it-seems hometown of Agrestic at the end of Season 3 . Whereas the show once stood as both a scathing satire of suburban life and a look at a widow's foray into the drug trade, following Season 3 the series abandoned the former quality and instead chose to amplify the black comedy aspects of the latter. Mary-Louise Parker's performance as Nancy has been the show's main steadying presence since then, and that remained the case with the Season 6 premiere, as the show continues to search for a new status quo as fruitful as those of the first two seasons. This time, it appears like we're in for a good ol' road story.
Keeping with the series' long history of cliffhangers, "Thwack" picked up directly on the heels of last season’s shocking conclusion, reminding me of the old storytelling adage that says you live by the cliffhanger and die by it. In the case of "Thwack," the episode felt like it suffered from the obvious need to follow up on last season's cliffhanger more than it benefited from it, ultimately coming off more as an epilogue than a first chapter of this year's arc. It felt like a necessary evil – a means to get to the clean start the show and characters desperately need.
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