Previously on Sons of Anarchy: Orca Shrugged
After the somewhat lightheartedness of last week’s episode with the wonderful Venus Van Dam, the season is back on it’s dark track. New alliances are forged, death, and we have the answer to one of the biggest questions since the beginning of the season: Who is behind the home invasions?
Jax is currently in Oakland with the Sons of Anarchy handling club business. He meets up with Damon Pope to discuss the home invasions, which have recently escalated to the shooting of Roosevelt’s wife. Pope assures Jax that the home invasions are not from Oakland. Jax hesitantly begins to leave with a look of relief and troubling thoughts when Pope offers SAMCRO another deal. If the Sons double the cocaine they run for the cartel, Pope will distribute them quicker, and as a result, Pope will pay the Sons much more than what the cartel gives them on top of their current profits. Jax reaffirms that the club wants out of drugs, but Pope tries to sweeten the deal by offering Jax an extra two percent of profits for his own personal benefit. Jax agrees to bring the proposal to the table.
After the frightening home invasion, Eli Roosevelt learns that his pregnant wife did not survive the bullet. This drives Eli to believe that the attack was somewhat local–and personal–to target the sergeant’s wife. The former Chief of Police, Wayne Unser, reaffirms all of this because he also believes the attacks to be personal. The look on Unser’s face clearly demonstrates that he has an idea who is behind the attacks. It is later revealed that during the invasion, Rita clawed at her attacker, and DNA was recovered to be examined.
As Gemma is preparing for her day, Nero’s bottom bitch, Carla, approaches her with a gun, and forces her into the bedroom. Carla calls Nero, and when Nero enters the house, holds a gun to him as well and forces him in with Gemma. Carla, who is clearly unhinged at this point, tries to force Nero and Gemma to do sexual acts in front of her, when Nero stands up to her. Carla then does the most obvious thing–say she only wanted to see him do his thing one last time, then commits suicide. Later on, Gemma is recovering from the ordeal at a bar. She is approached by a dashing man named Warren– played by none other than Joel McHale (you may know him from The Soup and Community).
Jax brings the deal to the table. Clay recounts Jax’s arguments by stating that the club being in business with Pope will get them even deeper than they are now in the drug trade and will basically become Pope’s bitch. After setting it to a club vote, it passes 6-5. The new deal with Pope ultimately makes the Sons good with the Niners again.
To sweeten the deal with Pope, Pope sends one of his henchemen to Jax with an address to the guard who brought Opie in for the killing. Jax, Tig, Bobby, and Chibs break into the guard’s house, tie him and his wife up, and debate what to do with him. Tig, in an effort to prove his loyalty to Jax, shoots the guard’s wife as collateral damage. Jax decides that the best way to deal with the guard is to beat him to death with a laying pipe. When a laying pipe is not found, Jax uses a snow globe that plays “it’s a small world after all” while the guard is beaten to death.
After meeting with Pope and declaring that the deal is a go, the distraught Roosevelt attempts to pull over the Sons and confronts them about Rita’s slaying. Jax assures him that he is trying to figure out who is behind them, and that the police department and the Sons need to work together.
The episode ends with Juice giving Clay a ride home from his physical therapy session. Clay limps out of the van, but once out of sight, he rips off his rehabilitation gear and walks normally. He storms into the house, where three new members of the Sons are waiting, punches one of them in the face, and declares loudly “Idiots, you were not supposed to kill her!”
Oh Clay, you have once again proved what a psychopath you are. Clay has become equally just as evil as the villain Damon Pope this season. Clay has put on quite the charade by pretending his ailments were much worse than they really were, potentially evoking the sympathy from characters and diverting them from his evil schemes once again. But, the question is, why is Clay behind the home invasions? Is he trying to send a message to Jax, that athough he is not the President any more that he still has power? Or is he trying to prove that Jax is an inadequate leader by having these home invasions happen on his own turf? Furthermore, Clay was against the deal with Damon Pope that Jax brought to the table. The deal would obviously makes the Sons more powerful, even though it puts them right back into the arms of the cartel. My guess is that Clay wants to continue to keep the Sons in their weakened state so that he can rise above Jax and reclaim his throne. Well played sir, well played.
Tara has become a weapon for the Sons
The new queen bee has proved her worth to the club several times over by arriving at all hours of the day to fix up injuries that the Sons have been inflicted with. This season, Tara has moved simply from doctor to negotiator. Tara is trying her hardest to get Otto to recant his testimony about the Sons of Anarchy and ultimately makes the Rico case against them disappear. Although she failed the first time around, it is obvious she is bound and determined to get her way. Sound like someone else from the show? Maybe Gemma, perhaps?
The Evolution of Jax
Jax has evolved several times in this season. He has jumped back and forth from wanting to end the running of drugs with the cartel, to striking a deal with Pope that would bring them in deeper in the drug world. Although Jax is doing this for the benefit of the club, he is also evolving from the person we saw in season one–the man obsessed with the peace that the club could hold, dictated by his father, John Teller. The death of Opie could be explained at the catalyst for this, as he has become hardened by the death of his best friend, and more determined to bring about retributions for the wrong done upon the club.
“You’re an impressive man”-Pope
“I get that a lot”-Jax
“She called you ‘sweet brother’….”-Gemma
“She was my half sister”-Nero
“Remember me? I keep my promises.”-Jax to the guard
“Mind if I come by to check up on you? I can do a sweep for crazy bitches.”-Clay
“Fear protects me. Greed insures it.”-Pope
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen this production before! It looks really good.
I was happy to see that Jax was able to start exacting revenge for Opie’s death by getting his hands on that prison guard. I wasn’t surprised by the fact that Clay is behind the home invasions and that he is trying to undermine Jax’s leadership of SAMCRO. I’ve been saying it since the last season: if Clay survives this, everyone had better be ready for him because he’s not going to lie down and take it. The MC is Clay’s life and he feels like he needs to be at the head of the organization because Jax is weak. This is also the perfect way to really get Eli under the skin of SAMCRO even though Jax was trying to patch things up.
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