Weeds (season 5)

Weeds (season 5)

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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Original network Showtime
Original release June 8 (2009-06-08) – August 31, 2009 (2009-08-31)
Season chronology

The fifth season of Weeds consisted of 13 episodes. Its debut, on June 8, 2009, attracted 1.2 million viewers, with a rerun on the same night adding another 500,000 viewers for a cumulative 1.7 million. The season finale episode premiered on Monday, August 31, 2009, averaging 1.3 million viewers, up versus season 4's finale that averaged 1 million.


In this season, Silas is 19 and Shane is 14.

After Nancy informs Esteban that she's pregnant, he allows her to live but has bodyguards assigned to her and forces her to undergo a test to be sure the baby is both a boy and his. Anxious for Shane's safety, Nancy has Andy take him to her sister, Jill Price-Grey (Jennifer Jason Leigh). In the later episodes, Jill returns with Shane and Andy. Jill explains that Shane took pictures on his phone of her having sex with Andy. Meanwhile, Silas draws up a new plan to start a legal medical marijuana business, which Nancy funds. The bodyguard mysteriously disappears and Nancy panics because he was probably murdered.

Quinn's attempt to extort money for Celia's return to her friends and family fails miserably, since none of them are willing to pay any ransom. Plan B, to kill Celia and sell her organs, doesn't pan out either due to Celia's having had cancer. This leads to a dispute between Quinn and Rodolfo, and their relationship ends. Celia tries to get Rodolfo to let her stay with him but he drugs her and puts her on a bus to Texas. With nowhere else to go, she ends up squatting in Nancy's garage, where she finds the body of the missing bodyguard. The new bodyguard catches DEA agent Captain Roy Till and Nancy calls Esteban, who orders Till's murder. Andy suggests that Nancy have an abortion, after which they will flee with US$180,000 Andy discovered in Judah's old bank account, because Nancy will never be free if she has a baby with a Mexican drug lord. Nancy instead leaves a note for Andy, saying she and Shane have moved in with Esteban.

Six months later, Esteban proposes to Nancy and she accepts, but Pilar (Kate del Castillo), a powerful woman in Mexican politics, forces Esteban to break off the engagement. Cesar, Esteban's chief aide, arranges a birthing room in the house, so there will be no record of the baby's birth. Escaping Esteban's house with Andy's aid, Nancy appeals to her obstetrician, Dr. Audra Kitson (Alanis Morissette), who takes her to the hospital and delivers the baby. To protect his political career, Esteban will not sign the birth certificate. Nancy moves back in with Andy, who agrees to sign the birth certificate, hoping she'll free herself from Esteban. He also convinces Nancy to give the baby a Bris, much to Esteban's dismay.

Shane witnesses violence at the hands of Esteban's bodyguard. He continues to sell pot at school and when a teacher steals a bunch of product, Shane goes to the teacher's apartment with Isabelle and Esteban's bodyguard and kills the teacher's pet bird with a gun.

Esteban wants to see his son and comes to Nancy's door, again asking her to marry him. Simultaneously, an assassin trying to shoot Nancy misses and hits Shane in the left shoulder. When Nancy confronts him, Cesar admits to being an informant for Pilar, who ordered the hit on Nancy. The execution was not completed because Cesar could not bring himself to do it. Nancy keeps the betrayal from Esteban in exchange for getting to shoot Cesar in the arm to avenge Shane's injury. Esteban finds himself replaced as a candidate for governor, but with encouragement from Nancy, he runs as an independent.

Silas' and Doug's shop is having problems: Doug keeps eating their products, is stoned all the time, and does not keep up his work responsibilities. Moreover, the policeman in their pay begins demanding more money. However, they are raided by the police in an Internal Affairs sting against the cop, and lose all of their pot in the process. They turn to Dean to help them get it back. Meanwhile, Celia gets a job as a home sales representative for a cosmetics company. Unable to sell the makeup, Celia gets Dean to give her the pot and starts selling it packaged with the cosmetics.

Doug finds out that Celia stole their pot and he and Dean plot revenge. Shane eschews painkillers for his arm wound, saying he prefers the pain. Instead, he begins sneaking alcohol. Silas refuses to go abroad to study, expressing worry that Shane is going to "crack up".

Andy begins a relationship with Dr. Audra Kitson. The family moves into Esteban's house, and Nancy and Esteban get married at home. Nancy visits Guillermo in prison to arrange for the assassination of Pilar in exchange for Guillermo's extradition to Mexico. Esteban becomes the front-runner for governor despite Pilar's rejection, but is arrested for suspicion of conspiracy, racketeering and tax evasion. When Nancy and Cesar attempt to retrieve Esteban from jail, they learn via national television that Esteban has been already released and is again running for governor- but on Pilar's platform. Pilar arranged for his arrest, and is blackmailing him into becoming her political puppet. Pilar confronts Nancy and tells her that she and Esteban must do everything Pilar dictates. Andy announces that he is going to propose to Audra, with his mother's ring, previously given to Nancy by her late husband Judah. Nancy is upset and initially refuses to give Andy the ring, but later relents.

Thereafter, Celia gathers Doug, Dean, Sanjay, Ignacio, and Isabelle—teaming them up to sell marijuana in a deliberate echo of season one when Nancy did the same. Pilar discreetly, but forcibly, corners Nancy at a fund-raising party. As they walk by a pool on the outside deck, Pilar reveals to Nancy that she has been aware of her actions. Pilar then suggests that the apparently accidental deaths of Shane and Silas, would generate a sympathy vote for Esteban. Nancy threatens to kill Pilar if she endangers Nancy's children. At that moment, Pilar is whacked in the head by an unseen third party and ends up floating face down in the pool, bleeding profusely from the head. Shane appears next to Nancy, holding a croquet mallet.


Main cast

Special guest star


This is the last season Elizabeth Perkins and Allie Grant appear in as Celia and Isabelle Hodes. Their whereabouts are unknown, but Andy Milder reprises his role for one episode this season and 3 episodes in season 7.



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511"Wonderful Wonderful"Scott EllisJenji KohanGynecological examJune 8, 2009 (2009-06-08)
Upon learning of Nancy's pregnancy, Esteban spares her life. However, he demands a test to determine if the child is "both male and mine." Nancy complains about being forced to visit an OBGYN in Mexico. Andy suggests that the family flee to Copenhagen, Denmark and confesses his love to Nancy. When Nancy tells Andy that she is carrying Esteban's baby, he enters a depressive stupor. Andy sets out for Oakland, CA to leave Shane with Jill Price-Gray, Nancy's sister. Doug and Silas leave for Cleveland National Forest to plant MILF weed clones. Rudolfo calls Celia's "friends" for ransom money, but no one is willing to pay. When he realizes that Celia's organs cannot be harvested, Rudolfo dumps Quinn. Cesar starts following Nancy.
522"Machetes Up Top"Michael PressmanVictoria MorrowSushi mealJune 15, 2009 (2009-06-15)
Nancy escapes Cesar's grasp and has a hostile visit with Guillermo at the prison. Guillermo tells Nancy that Esteban is likely to kill her. Nancy visits Dean to get her affairs in order and then has a sushi and whiskey lunch. She visits Esteban and begs him either to kill her or fully pardon her. In response, he rapes her, saying that she doesn't dictate the terms of the relationship. Meanwhile, to protect Shane from the dangers of her business, Nancy has Andy take him to stay at her estranged sister's house. When they arrive there, Shane video records Jill and Andy having sex. Doug and Silas are ripped off by a criminal operation in the forest. Celia tries to convince Rudolfo to allow her to stay in his camp.
533"Su-Su-Sucio"Lesli Linka GlatterRoberto Benabib & Matthew SalsbergOutdoor showerJune 22, 2009 (2009-06-22)
Sucio replaces Cesar as Nancy's bodyguard. Andy returns to Ren Mar. Nancy has menstrual bleeding that prompts a visit to the Mexican OBGYN. He tells Nancy to reduce her stress level. Silas asks Nancy for help to open a compassionate-care marijuana club with Doug; she agrees. Deputy police chief Jones grants them permission to open the store but extorts them for money. Jill drags Shane back to Ren Mar for threatening to show her husband the sex video recording he took. The sisters spar over Nancy going to college and living it up while Jill took care of their dying parents years ago. Jill reveals that Nancy had an affair with her math teacher. Rudolfo ships Celia to Texas. Sucio disappears while taking a shower.
544"Super Lucky Happy"Scott EllisRon FitzgeraldPinball machineJune 29, 2009 (2009-06-29)
Nancy confronts Andy over his having sex with Jill. Andy suggests that Nancy is angry because she secretly likes him and she makes a weak denial. Esteban meets Nancy's family. Testing confirms Nancy carries his son and he invites the Botwins to move in with him. Ignacio becomes Nancy's bodyguard and captures Capt. Till who has sworn to kill those who killed Agent Schlatter. Nancy then incapacitates Ignacio and holds both of them hostage. Realizing this situation must end with one of them dying, she reluctantly turns Till into Esteban who has Till murdered. Celia asks for Nancy's permission to move into the Ren Mar house; Nancy rebuffs her. Andy finds Judah's passbook for a bank account worth $186,000. Unfortunately, the female bank teller, Margaret, was heartbroken by Judah years ago. In exchange for granting Andy access to the account, he will take Margaret on a date as Judah. Doug and Silas find rental space for their store. Shane's teacher steals a large quantity of pot from him.
555"Van Nuys"Bethany RooneyStephen FalkCockatooJuly 6, 2009 (2009-07-06)
Nancy visits Audra's clinic and complains of being surrounded by the smell of men. Ignacio helps Shane steal his pot back, but Shane also steals other items and kills a cockatoo as a penalty. Nancy forces Shane to make restitution. Silas and Doug find a supplier for their pot store. Celia, who is squatting in Nancy's garage, discovers Sucio's body. Andy pushes Nancy to have an abortion and flee to Copenhagen. Andy has a creepy date with Margaret that ends with sex to access the money in Judah's account and make his plan possible. Nancy and Shane move into Esteban's house after she writes Andy a Dear John letter.
566"A Modest Proposal"Michael TrimVanessa ReisenSwimsuit with fake tanJuly 13, 2009 (2009-07-13)
Six months have passed, and Nancy is visibly pregnant. Esteban proposes marriage to Nancy, and she accepts. Esteban has informed many people in their sphere of his intentions. However, he leaves Nancy the task of talking to Andy. In his depression, Andy has spent almost all of the $180,000 he acquired. Andy eventually blesses the impending marriage but warns Nancy that "once Esteban dies…don't expect Uncle Andy to stop by and make pizza eggs" like he did after Judah died. Just after Andy leaves, a vividly angry woman arrives and argues with Esteban; he promptly calls off the wedding. Chief Jones has been visiting the pot store in his police uniform and consequentially reducing sales. Doug recklessly confronts and injures Jones. Ignacio attacks someone with a golf club in front of Shane.
577"Where the Sidewalk Ends"Jeremy PodeswaRoberto Benabib & Matthew SalsbergWeeds entry on WikipediaJuly 20, 2009 (2009-07-20)
Pilar Zuazo, a politically powerful woman who curries favor with important Mexican leaders on Esteban's behalf, objects to Esteban marrying an American white woman, which could undermine Esteban's political position prior to his run for governor. Shane is still disturbed by Ignacio's violence, and he fears that Nancy and he will be killed after the baby is born. Nancy then witnesses Caesar setting up a birthing room for delivering Nancy's child off-the-grid. Nancy manipulates Andy so he will take her to see Audra to give birth; he is angry that Nancy can still manipulate him. Tensions rise between Doug, Jones, and Silas. Jones threatens to arrest Doug and Silas after their earlier confrontation. Doug's immature behavior leads Silas to threaten dissolution of their partnership. Internal affairs arrests Jones. Celia signs on with "You're Pretty," a direct-marketing make-up company similar to Mary Kay. Unfortunately, she has difficulty selling their product. Guest starring Alanis Morissette as Nancy's OB/GYN.
588"A Distinctive Horn"Scott EllisChris OffuttMedical file drawerJuly 27, 2009 (2009-07-27)
Pilar visits Nancy at the hospital and threatens her. After Esteban refuses to sign the baby's birth certificate, Nancy writes in Andy's name. Nancy seeks Andy's help in raising the child; however, still upset over being rejected in 5x05, Andy rebuffs her. He changes his mind after a disastrous date with Audra, who insults his immaturity and lack of accomplishment. Nancy re-hires Lupita as a nanny. Andy and Nancy hold a bris for the baby where he is named Steven Ray Botwin. Esteban crashes the party and quarrels with Nancy. Dean agrees to help Doug and Silas reclaim their pot from the police in exchange for damaging Doug's penis. Celia manipulates Dean into giving her their pot.
599"Suck 'n' Spit"Michael TrimBrendan KellyLactating womanAugust 3, 2009 (2009-08-03)
Andy and Nancy adjust to raising a baby. Shane goes to the doctor for a STD check. Celia starts selling pot, adding the marijuana stolen from Doug and Silas as "incentive" to purchase. Doug starts selling "You're Pretty" make-up, seeing Celia's profits and hoping for some of his own. Cesar tries to smile and fails. After going on a blind date arranged by Pilar, Esteban goes to Nancy and begs for a second chance to marry her. Before she can respond, an assassin shoots at Nancy and strikes Shane in the left arm.
6010"Perro Insano"Scott EllisDavid HolsteinWrestling masksAugust 10, 2009 (2009-08-10)
Audra tends to Shane's bullet wound. Nancy deduces that Caesar setup Nancy to be shot by Pilar's assassin. Nancy shoots Caesar in the arm in retribution. Silas moves into Esteban's house. As a wedding gift, Andy signs forms to alter legally Stevie Ray's birth certificate to make Esteban the father of Stevie. Esteban and Nancy marry. Nancy asks Guillermo to kill Pilar. Celia strikes a deal with Ignacio to obtain pot wholesale. She then squeezes Dean out of her operation. After Doug realizes that Celia took his pot, he makes a deal with Dean to seek revenge.
6111"Ducks and Tigers"Matt ShakmanStephen FalkAnatomical drawing of the vulvaAugust 17, 2009 (2009-08-17)
The Reyes family settles into their new life. Adelita, Esteban's oldest daughter, arrives from Paris. Nancy manipulates Caesar to arrange for Guillermo's transfer to a Mexican prison so Guillermo can escape. Esteban makes a new run for governor against Pilar's man. However, she has him arrested. Dean, Doug, and Isabelle plot revenge against Celia. Raylene, impressed with Celia's sales record, makes a sexual advance on Celia. Andy and Audra have a second date that is interrupted by an impromptu abortion protest held by Gale. Andy invites Audra to live at his house, and she accepts.
6212"Glue"Michael PressmanRon FitzgeraldRen Mar police badgeAugust 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)
Nancy travels to the police station in Mexico. Andy has resolved to propose marriage to Audra. He asks Nancy to give him Bubbie's ring, the engagement ring Judah gave to Nancy years ago, so he can give it to Audra. This leads to a discussion on the nature of romantic love. Nancy asserts that Andy is acting on infatuation instead of love. "You build love all up in your head; then, when it gets too close, you run." Andy asserts that Audra makes "every other woman in my life feel like a mistake." Disguised as an African-American police officer, Dean follows Celia and scares her out of the drug trade. Adelita Reyes throws a party at Esteban's house. She takes heroin and is almost taken advantage of sexually; however, Shane intervenes to save her. Nancy returns to Esteban's house and see him on TV with Pilar; they have reconciled, and she is supporting his candidacy again.
6313"All About My Mom"Scott EllisJenji KohanWoman jumping into poolAugust 31, 2009 (2009-08-31)
Guillermo has escaped from prison. Doug tells Celia that Nancy put together a pot sales team in Agrestic. Still in full envy of Nancy, Celia decides to put together a team, too. Silas discovers that Adelita is addicted to heroin; this news breaks Esteban's heart. Nancy arranges for Adelita to enter therapy. Andy proposes marriage to Audra, and she accepts. Upon returning to the Ren Mar house, Gale confronts Andy and Audra with a crossbow. Andy flees. After looking at polling data, Pilar decides that Esteban's marriage to Nancy will not harm his campaign for governor. Pilar orders Nancy to attend a fundraiser for the campaign. After staying to 30 minutes, Nancy will leave. Esteban admits to Nancy that Pilar controls him. "She has every indiscretion documented and photographed." Pilar confronts Nancy again at the party. She tells Nancy that Guillermo works for her. When Pilar explicitly threatens Silas and Shane, Shane kills her with a blow to the head using a croquet mallet, simply stating "I couldn't find a golf club."

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