Previously on Sons of Anarchy: Toad’s Wild Ride
Alliances are tested and new deals are formed as the real danger known as Clay is revealed to SAMCRO.
Jax, Chibs, and Tig are cleaning up the mess from their showdown. Jax decides to cut off the hands of the dead body; one is to go to Unser to be identified, and the other is to go to Pope to be identified, but also as a means of bringing accusation to Pope’s organization. Before Jax can finish his task, Tara rushes in with the news of their sons, and they hastily leave.
After Gemma’s accident, she and the boys are rescued and taken to the hospital. Gemma and Thomas received minor injuries while Abel underwent surgery. Luckily, Abel survived (yet again). Jax and Tara immediately hold all blame to Gemma, thinking that the accident was caused by either drugs or alcohol. Before Jax is able to confront his mother, Clay steps in and gives the excuse that the same van that went after Jax and Chibs ran Gemma off the road. Jax, appalled by this new information, sets up a meeting with Pope so he can be confronted. During the meeting with Pope, Jax confronts him with the information that the attackers were black, which is why he is assuming Pope was behind the attack. Pope, who received the dismembered hand, calmly assures Jax that he had nothing to do with the attack and gives him the name of the attacker (Charles Turner, with no known affiliations outside of prison) and information on Turner’s brother-in-law, who was most likely the driver of the van. Jax and his fellow Sons quickly drive over to the house of Turner’s brother-in-law, where a shootout begins. Once cornered by the Sons, Ray, confesses that he was hired by Frankie Diamonds to attack Jax, but not his family, as Clay had explained earlier. Jax, who is beginning to realize what Clay has done, shoots Ray and leaves the scene.
After the shootout, Jax receives a phone call from Nero. Upon arrival to Nero’s place of business, the Sons meet Frankie Diamonds, who is holding Nero and Opie’s widow, Lilla, hostage. Frankie demands the two hunder grand that Clay promised him in exchange for removing Jax from the table, which Nero quickly hands over to Frankie. Frankie then orders Chibs to drive him away from the scene–but not before shooting Lilla in the leg. Nero is appalled by the amount of violence that has ensued because of the internal beef going on with SAMCRO that he asks Jax to end his partnership. Jax is clearly upset, and to cause further damage (although I’m sure he only meant it for good) Nero confesses that Clay lied about Gemma’s accident and that she really was high when the accident occured. Later on, after driving some time, Frankie has Chibs pull over to the side of the road, where Frankie is met with a getaway car. For a few moments, it seems that Chibs is a dead man, but Frankie is in a hurry and just beats him over the head with his gun before driving off.
Jax confronts Gemma at the hospital. Gemma, who was already feeling guilty about the lie Clay told, confesses everything. Tara, immediately punches Gemma in the face upon receiving this information, and informs Gemma that she has been disowned from her small family.
After the confrontation with Gemma and the revelation that Clay is a larger danger to the club that initially expected, Jax and Tara contemplate their situation. After some deliberation (it is assumed) Jax and Tara come up with a solution. Jax visits his mother and gives her the opportunity to redeem herself. Gemma is to reforge her bond with Clay, get him to reveal his secrets the way he used to when they were married. If Gemma succeeds, she will be forgiven, and it is clear that Jax’s end game for the club this season is to (FINALLY) kill Clay.
- I like Juice, but his confessional scene with Clay will probably lead to the killing off of his character. Juice confessed everything that happened to him last season to Clay: the fact that he is African American, that he killed a fellow Son when he discovered Juice stealing some cocaine to give to the Feds and that Eli Roosevelt and the Feds has been trying to use Juice’s blood line to form a case against the cartel. Clay was receptive to Juice’s confession, and even revealed everything about the home invasions. If I were Juice, I’d be very afraid for my life. Clay has already demonstrated multiple times that he is capable of betrayal. Will Clay use this information that Juice has revealed in order to save himself from Jax’s end game? My guess is: very likely.
- Eli Roosevelt is willing to give up the rat at the SAMCRO table in exchange for information on his wife’s murder. This could potentially hurt the club even more, because it will show just how many insiders have worked against the club.
- Gemma is asked to get back with Clay. In a way, it is somewhat brilliant of Jax because Clay obviously misses his wife and Gemma wants to redeem herself in the eyes of her family. But, Clay is a very cunning and sly character, I feel that Clay already has an idea that Jax will use Gemma’s lapse of judgments to his advantage.
- Nero once again has demonstrated the potential as a father figure to Jax as he reminds him that Jax isn’t focusing on the end game he should be focusing on: his sons and Tara.
“If she was drunk or high, Jax, I swear…”-Tara
“I’ll bet you Clay is real curious about the private conversation we are having. About the bond we share.”-Roosevelt
“Listen to me, everyone at that table has done something outside of the Reaper.”- Clay
“You were right, attacks are coming from the inside. But, how do I know the order are not coming from you?”-Jax
“Betrayal is an awful thing.”-Pope
“What are you going to do, Prez? Beat the shit outta your mom? Hasn’t that been done enough by her family?”-Nero
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Gemma might finally be done running everyone around her into the ground. She really messed up getting in that accident. When Clay lied for her and Jax finds out from Nero, he confronts her and makes her tell Tara the truth. Tara was right to hit her in the face but it surprised me that she hit her with her bad hand in the next episode. Tara could be playing Possum with her hand just like Clay and his oxygen tank. After Tara kicked her out of the family, Jax sets Gemma up with a proposition to get in their good graces. Jax tells Gemma that she had better be about Clay 100% to get information if she wants any part in their family. He tells her to “make him feel like a king”.
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