Nancy Goes Nice
Nancy wakes up from her coma with a new outlook on life, apparently. She's decided to be nice and happy. The "After Botwins," she calls her family, referring to those weight loss ads. So she strong-arms a clown (Stoney Westmoreland) -- a literal clown, in this case -- who sells pot lollipops in the ward into giving his wares away for free to patients. She's able to do this nonviolently because, oy, she's somehow been mistaken for a mafia princess in local gossip. Because if you heard the woman in the next bed had mafia ties, you would bring it up to them in casual conversation, wouldn't you?
Andy in Love?
Andy (Justin Kirk) has continued his affair with Jill (Jennifer Jason Leigh), though at least they've moved it from Nancy's bedside to the attic of the Botwin house. But then Jill's husband Scott (Mel Fair) comes around, expecting their usual reconciliation. Andy has apparently developed real feelings for Jill, because with the aid of some stupid, vulgar pantomime involving a cooked duck, he sabotages her reunion with Scott. I have to confess, I don't get the whole Jill and Andy thing. If you do, please feel free to explain it below.
The Law Won
Shane (Alexander Gould) continues to train at the police academy, and continues to keep it a secret from Nancy. Of course, we know she'll find out eventually. In other Shane news, he flirts with a pretty fellow fatherless cadet, Angela (Daniele Watts), and seems pretty dead serious about the hunt for Nancy's shooter, even though Nancy asks him to back off. Nancy knows the shooter is done taking shots at her, and that he's sorry, so presumably she heard Tim's bedside confession last week, but that won't keep Shane from hunting him down.
S&M and T&A
Speaking of not getting things, Silas's (Hunter Parrish) S&M-style fling with Kiki (Kat Foster) seems designed for the sole purpose of throwing in a little more gratuitous T&A. Which is fine, I guess. It gives our eyes a place to go. Silas, like Shane, is skeptical about Nancy's transformation, and more focused on the bottom line, so to speak. As the hospital bill graphic shown at the opening demonstrates, money will continue to be an important issue for the Botwins, whether Nancy wants to charge for her wares or not.
"That's me. It's amazing what a .22 caliber slug will do."
--Nancy to Shane, after he expresses surprise at a doctor calling her a "beam of sunshine."
"That's a huge markup. They should call him 'Gouge-y the Clown.'"
--Shane expresses his disapproval of Butters the Clown's pricing to Nancy.
"I think I was a bad person. I don't wanna be like that anymore. That was the 'Before Botwins'; now we're the 'After Botwins.'"
--Nancy tells Shane about her desire to change her evil ways.
"Maybe we're just two sleeper cells of rage, waiting to explode, and this is how we get the guns."
--Angela to Shane, after finding out they both grew up fatherless.
"I'm not a distraction. I'm not Rick with the houseboat."
--Andy, mid-coitus in a public restroom, expresses some genuine feeling for Jill.