We all play the game of “What if?”
Whether we wonder what would happen if we were stuck on a deserted island or what we would do if someone mugged us on the street, we’re all scared of something crazy happening that would affect our whole life. An event of this magnitude occurs in Nancy Botwin’s life and she has to make a decision on how to support her family now that her husband has passed away unexpectedly.
Hence, the hit Showtime series Weeds is born. Nancy decides selling marijuana out of her house is the best option to maintain her family’s upper middle class lifestyle. Selling illegal drugs is wrong in itself, but her work ultimately affects her home life negatively. The Botwins are always on the run and consequently her children, Silas and Shane, are not raised with the care and stability they need. Nancy is arguably the cause of her children’s psychological issues because of their unpredictable and illicit lives. Both Silas and Shane end up dropping out of school and becoming involved in Nancy’s crazy business. It’s safe to say they would lead normal lives if Nancy did not decide to become a pot dealer.
The issue of Dirty Hands is described as doing something wrong in order to do something right. This is exactly what Weeds is about- illegally dealing marijuana in order to support family. Hollis states that Dirty Hands is acceptable if “the ends justify the means.” Do you think Nancy’s actions are justified? Or do her actions have too much of a negative impact on her children? Should Nancy try to find a different job?