In the episodes of the television program “Weeds”, we saw female characters with a good deal of importance in her surrounding neighborhood.
The main character, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), was a widowed mother of two. This drew similarities to two programs we viewed previously in class, “Alice” and “One Day at a Time”. Both of these shows included single mothers. In “One Day at a Time”, Ann (main character) was a divorced mother of two girls. Alice was a widowed mother of a son. In order to take care of their children, Ann asked for help from her neighbors and Alice brought her son to work with her. In “Weeds”, Nancy used different methods.
Nancy resorted to selling marijuana in order to take care of her children. This isn’t the first time we have seen a woman take part in an illegal action. In “Roseanne”, we saw Roseanne and her husband smoke weed in their bathroom. But smoking once is much different than relying on dealing weed to maintain a living. There was another example of intertextuality between these two shows as teenage sex was addressed in both programs.
Up to this point, we have not seen a female character have as much pull in a community as Nancy. Although the reason for it is illegal, many people in Nancy’s part of town rely on her for something. We also saw another powerful woman in Heylia. Heylia was who Nancy relied on to acquire the weed she sold. Heylia was also a single mother with a firm control of the weed business in town. She was an assertive business woman who always made sure her things were taken care of.
In the episodes of “Weeds” we watched, I found many examples of intertextuality between a number of shows we have previously watched. Nancy was important in her community because of the weed she sold.