By the end of Tuesday’s (Nov. 27) episode of “Sons of Anarchy” — the next-to-last one of Season 5 — Jax is dealing with or has dealt with no fewer than five crises, any one of which could throw off his vision for the future of SAMCRO.
Galen and the Irish are paid off, with help from Nero, whose ties to the club are now even deeper. But Clay, following his ouster from Sons, is attempting to set up his own freelance business with Galen, and possibly Tig.
The cartel is getting what it wants, but not before putting on a show of power to both Jax and the Irish. Damon Pope is interested in the Charming Heights development, and calling in his marker on Tig. Jax has seemingly taken care of Wendy, albeit by pretty despicable means. And then there’s Lee Toric, the former U.S. marshal with the interesting reading choices and sizable stash of firearms.
The sheer mechanics of all the plates Jax is attempting to spin was enough to keep the 90-minute “Darthy” flying along, even if much of the episode took place around the club table and in various warehouses and back rooms. But the bigger question is not whether Jax can pull off everything he hopes, but what the consequences of doing so will be for him. Can he be the leader he wants to be without becoming Clay, the man he now wants dead?
It’s not looking good. Jax acknowledges Opie’s warning from earlier that no one can sit at the head of the table without becoming a savage. His actions of the past two weeks have put a wedge between him and Bobby, whose attempts to be a voice of reason (coupled with his lone “no” vote on having Clay meet Mr. Mayhem) have fallen on deaf, angry ears. We’ve been watching power corrupt Jax — even if he doesn’t really see it — this entire season, and the added wild card of Lee Toric could be the thing that pushes him over the edge.
Donal Logue has cut a very creepy figure in the last couple of “Sons” episodes — it was clear from his assault on Otto and stalking of Tara last week that he was interested in Otto’s killing of the nurse, but he didn’t explain why until his confrontation with Tara in this episode. (Although, if you noticed the nurse was played by Logue’s real-life sister Karina, you may have figured out the connection.)
Toric is clearly off his nut — the last we see of him in “Darthy” is him reading French poet/madman Antonin Artaud’s “Watchfiends and Rack Screams” while a small arsenal lies on the bed next to him. Tara’s justifiably scared too, but Jax doesn’t yet know just how potentially dangerous this man is. It’s not hard to foresee a situation where Jax is on the verge of getting the club’s affairs in order, only to have to blow things up to protect his wife and sons.
Pope’s desire for Tig’s head is also still hanging over Jax. He’s essentially just been using Tig for his own ends this season, but giving him over to Pope would still be crossing a line the old Jax would likely never even have considered. Jax has built a pretty impressive house of cards this season, but he’s going to have a hell of a time keeping it standing.
Other thoughts on “Darthy”:
- Clay makes Gemma an offer to come with him to Belfast while he escapes the heat and sets the foundation for his new business. She says she’ll think about it, but then she goes to see Nero. Any guesses on which choice she makes?
- Speaking of guesses, we’d bet good money that the gun Clay gave to Juice as he was clearing out his SAMCRO stuff will come into play before the end of next week’s finale.
- Not much of a role for Dave Navarro in the episode — he plays one of Nero’s crew, but he only gets one scene. Perhaps, as with Joel McHale earlier in the season, he’ll have a little bit more to do next week.
- Line of the night goes to Gemma. Lyla asks of her healing gunshot wound, “How’s my a** look?” Gemma’s reply: “Like a snack.”
What did you think of “Sons of Anarchy” this week? Where do you think Jax is headed in the finale?