'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Jax has a new plan

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Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s Sons of Anarchy, stop reading now. Charlie Hunnam has perfected that stone-cold glare, and he got to use it a lot in this episode as the heat was turned back on Clay and Gemma became a pawn. Let’s break it down, starting with the accident.

Seeing Abel on a stretcher was upsetting enough, but then add in the fact that Jax and Tara didn’t yet know about the accident. Instead of seeing them rushing to the hospital, we watched Jax take care of the guy he killed when he and Chibs were run off the road. “I’m gonna tell her there’s a dead black guy in the back of our car,” Jax said, as he prepared to drive Tara and the body to the cabin. Once there, Jax asked Tara to stay inside the bedroom. It was nice of him to put the music on so she wouldn’t hear him pick up an axe and cut off the dead guy’s hands. Jax told the boys to take one hand to Unser to ID him and the other to Damon Pope to do the same. Very smart — if Pope hired the guy, he’d lie about who he is. Tara finally got the call about Abel and Thomas and told Jax they had to go. “It’s my babies,” she said. Why not our babies? Was that to reiterate that she’s a protective mama bear or that she, at least at times, sees herself and the kids in a life without Jax?

At the hospital, as Tara and Jax watched Abel in surgery to reverse his irregular heartbeat and wondered if Gemma had been high or drunk, Clay tried to comfort an inconsolable Gemma in her room. You knew Clay would seize the opportunity to help his Blame Pope campaign by telling Jax that Gemma had been run off the road by a van at the same time Jax and Chibs were under fire. Clay told Gemma he couldn’t bear to have Jax hate her, too, and he, of course, knew she’d go along with his story so Jax wouldn’t keep her away from the kids. (Notice Gemma called them “my babies,” too). Unser determined the dead guy, Charles Turner, had no ties to Pope; Pope gave Jax the same name.

Eli showed up at the hospital to tell the club that the detectives would need all the information they had on the nomads. Clay had the nerve to apologize for not vetting them better. “They were white, racist, and violent. That fits all the requirements, right?” Roosevelt said. He asked to see Juice alone and wanted to know if Frankie Diamonds was the one calling the shots. Roosevelt knew Clay would be curious about their conversation. “You’re gonna get me killed,” Juice pleaded. “That concern left me when I watched my wife die,” Roosevelt said. Poor, Juicey.

Back in Gemma’s room, Gemma told Nero the truth about the accident and that she let Jax believe what Clay told him. Nero knew the truth would come out and told her it was best to get out in front of it. Excellent advice, Nero. Too bad Clay interrupted them. “I need to step out. My bowels get very loose in situations like this,” Chucky said. Love him. Clay walked Nero out and told him he’d kill him if he didn’t end things with Gemma. There’s the Clay we love to hate. Tara thanked Gemma for keeping the kids safe. She seems to think Gemma did an excellent job driving into the tree. I thought Gemma might break when Jax started asking her questions about the van, but she didn’t. She’s in too deep.

Jax and the boys went to visit Turner’s brother-in-law, who they figured was the driver. He was hanging with the van and a bunch of guys. Which one was he? They knew when he saw them and immediately started firing. A rare SOA foot chase occurred to the top of a building — uh oh. The guy said he was just helping his brother-in-law. Frankie Diamonds, an old friend from Chino, had hired Charlie by giving him his custom chopper worth $75,000. Jax wanted to know why they went after his family. The guy said they didn’t. What would Jax do with him? Jax told him to “come here” and put his arm around him. I assumed he was going to push him off the roof — which is why he didn’t. Instead, Jax shot him three times in the gut. The guy sat down on the ledge, died, and fell backwards doing flips on the way down. It wasn’t pretty, and yet, it was. I’m beginning to think Chibs is tiring of Jax’s impromptu violence. Does he want Jax to delegate to him or to let the club vote before he offs someone?

NEXT: Frankie Diamonds sucks

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