Recap: ‘Sons of Anarchy’: Crucifixed
I’m hopped up on cold medicine so this won’t be a full on recap and review, but I didn’t want this episode to pass by without so much as commenting on it.
Last week Jax deduced that Juice had been the rat working with the feds and trailed him home, but the episode cut to black before any action could occur. We picked up this week right where we left off, but when Juice got home a squad car was waiting for him to take him in. It looked bad, but any seasoned viewer probably figured out right away that Roosevelt brought him in to warn him about Jax and to tell him to get out of town. And that’s exactly what happens.
Juice, though, has no family and friends outside of Charming. The club is his family and he has no place to go. He admits as much to Jax the next morning when he shows up at his house. In the end, Jax tells Juice that if he wants to live, he needs to find those legal documents Frankie was talking about last week before Pirelli put several bullets into his chest. And so, Juice has a mission: find the documents that implicate Clay, or he dies.
Juice is close with Clay, and there is so much he doesn’t know yet – he doesn’t know the full story about Piney and he sure as hell doesn’t know about the murder of JT. But he doesn’t want to die, so he sets off to find those documents. During his search he finds a gun and the shot lingers on it for far too long for it to be just another gun. It’s Chekhov’s gun, but whether or not Clay’s going to use it or someone else, we haven’t yet found out. It’s also possible that it’s a gun he’s used to kill someone else already, but for the life of me I can’t figure out if that’s the case.
I hope that the reveal of all of Clay’s sins is where we’re headed this season. I don’t think I can sit by and watch another season finale in which Clay lives. Too much has happened, too much blood has been spilled for him to see season six.
Gemma, meanwhile, is attempting to hold it together and to hold up her end of the bargain with Jax. And though she almost broke down when Clay attempted to kiss her, she saved the moment when she told him, “Not here; let’s go home.”
Score one for Katey Sagal, y’all. She’s good. I really thought she was going to hurl at that moment. Gemma must really need her family if she’s willing to go through her own personal hell to get it back. To go back to a man who beat the shit out of you – that’s some fucked up shit. I know we’re all clamoring for Clay’s death, but I don’t think I’ve ever really put myself into Gemma’s shoes until this very moment. She’s sacrificing what little dignity she has left at this point, all for the sake of keeping her family in her life. For her sake, let’s hope it doesn’t take long to get what Jax needs. Gemma doesn’t deserve to relive that horror every day. She deserves – for all of her fucked up lies and manipulations – to be happy. Because everyone deserves to be happy.
Just not Otto. Because he tricked Tara into bringing him a crucifix and then leaving the room. That’s some season one stupidity on Tara’s part. I don’t believe for a second that the Tara we’ve watched all season long would be so naive to think that Otto wouldn’t somehow use that crucifix to kill someone (or himself). He made her an accomplice to murder. But that’s not even half of it, because the prison will find out she gave him the crucifix, and then they’ll trace her relationships back to Jax and the Club.
We’re headed into the final stretch of the season (I know, I can’t believe it either), and it’ll definitely be interesting to see how all of these storylines come together and play out.
Some stray observations:
- Jax has finally avenged, once and for all, Opie’s death. They tracked down the man who delivered the killing blow, and even though he was the cousin of one of the Grim Bastards, Jax and Chibs still took matters into their own hands and delivered two shots to the back of the head. Bobby, meanwhile, was the only one with his head on straight – because by killing him, the Sons’ relationship with the Grim Bastards, one that has lasted for two decades, is now fractured.
- Clay suspects that Romeo and Co. are working for someone higher than the Galindo cartel. This seems to come out of nowhere.
- Chibs has been looking fucking amazing all season.
- When Juice cries, a unicorn dies.
Did I mention I was on cold medicine? Sorry for the brevity. Next week I’ll have a full recap and review.
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