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The "Home Birth" Room in Season Five of Weeds

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By Jill—Unnecesarean


The fifth season of Showtime’s hit series, Weeds, is on Netflix. Nancy Botwin, the show’s protagonist, spent the season pregnant. The child’s father, the mayor of Tijuana and boss of an international drug cartel, has been advised that her birth needs to be off the grid so as not to interfere with his gubernatorial campaign. Oh, and also because Esteban, the father, might want to kill her after the baby is born for ratting him out to the DEA. You know how it is.

Like other paid cable shows I’ve been hooked on in the past, I’m attached to characters that regularly steal, shank, torture, blackmail and murder while the writers indulge in perpetuating awful stereotypes for the sake of entertainment.

Episode 5.7: Where the Sidewalk Ends featured a so-called “birthing room” set up by Esteban’s thugs for Nancy where she was told that she’d have everything there that she would need. Instead, she fled and begged her OB-GYN, played by Alanis Morrissette, to induce her and ultimately gave birth at the hospital.

Below are screencaps of the birthing room and Nancy’s expression when she saw it for the first time. Click on images to enlarge.





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Reader Comments (18)

Wait, what? It looks just like a hospital room! Where is the birthing pool and the candles and the plastic sheeting? ;-)

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFertileFem

How's Alanis's acting?

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rachel

She was probably just holding out for the twinkle lights. ;-)

Seriously though, I've given birth in four different hospitals and none of the birthing rooms looked as scary as that. 8-O

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

Oh Nancy Botwin, you classy lady!

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

???? so it is OK to have sex with a drug kingpin but birthing a baby still needs to be done mainstream, with Alanin Morrisette? Very odd. I watch Big Love so I guess odd stuff happen in that also

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternaomi

Seriously? The writers think that someone would actually do this for a home birth?? It seems it's either crazy hippies playing drums while mom sreams like the exorcist (The Backup Plan) or the uber-hospital in your house.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRixa

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Okay, this was not what I was expecting. HAHAHAHA. Ahem. Hee. Whew. Sorry.



Okay, I have to know now, where is the medpro in all of this? Were they going to have a doctor surreptitiously come do the delivery? A midwife? Nobody? Just rely on the machines that go ping?

I also notice a distinct lack of TWINKLE LIGHTS. What were these writers thinking?? You can't have a homebirth without TWINKLE LIGHTS!

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill P.



anyway....too funny. So they set up a hospital room, so she ran away and begged to be in a hospital? Weird.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

why would you go to the hospital if somebody already brought the hospital to your home? That is just retarded...lol

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRacheal

Very home-y, indeed!

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKK
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