(Potential spoilers below)
Following the death of her husband and the ensuing financial problems, Nancy Botwin, the main character of the TV show Weeds, begins to sell marijuana in order to support her family. The problem of dirty hands is described bluntly as doing something that is wrong in order to something that is right. In this case, Nancy does something wrong—selling illegal drugs—in order to do something right—supporting her family.
Nancy’s initial role as the local pot dealer in the suburban town of Agrestic quickly blossoms as she expands her business. As Nancy’s criminal activity intensifies, her two sons, Silas and Shane, become increasingly involved and affected by her affairs. Both of her sons eventually drop out of school and join Nancy’s operation. In addition to the wrongdoing of selling illegal drugs, Nancy’s actions have an arguably negative effect on her children. Her new occupation deprives Silas and Shane of a normal childhood and education and also somewhat forcibly introduces them to her world of crime. Probably the most extreme example of this is Shane murdering someone in order to protect the family. If Nancy had found a normal job and kept Shane in school, it’s highly unlikely that he would have murdered someone.
So, in relation to the problem of dirty hands, do you think Nancy’s actions are justified as they allow her to financially support her family? Or do you think Nancy’s actions do more harm than good and that she should get a normal job?