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Gemma still isn’t used to taking Jax’s orders, but she does it, even if the entire thing brings her to tears. Of course, Clay is showing her his softest side, especially once she invites him back into her house. He tells her he can’t lose her twice, so if she’s not serious about this, then it’s not worth it for him. It is amazing to watch Gemma’s face during this scene, because you know she doesn’t actively want to be in this situation, and she knows the easiest thing to do in that moment is to kiss him, yet she waits before doing so, her eyes lost in thought. That’s a lot of clutter for a fictional character’s headspace.
Clay is almost as passive with Juice, offering his appreciation for Juice’s recent dedication and saying he’s exhausted, and maybe he’s chasing after something he doesn’t even want anymore. Bullshit. He visits Lenny in jail right around the time Tara is there, and Lenny unknowingly reveals to Clay Otto’s RICO testimony. Clay uses his noggin and takes that info to Romeo, wondering what federal office he’s working with. Clay offers his services outside the club, saying he and Galaan will still be able to handle the gun-running, but Romeo says the club is a better operation, and that he would serve more purpose back as president. The cartel has no love for Jax, so it’ll be interesting to see where they come into it later on when the club drama gets personal.
After the Nomad shootings, Unser was forced to move his RV from that property, and is allowed to keep it at the clubhouse. Jax says he expects labor for letting him stay, and Unser replies, “I’ll work on my pole dancing.” Ew. Gemma asks Unser for advice on how to throw Clay to the wolves, which he’ll look into.
Jax meets up with Mayor Hale, and they talk about the Charming Heights vote barely going through. Hale reluctantly gives Jax the giant book of information about Charming Heights for Jax’s “Oakland investor,” He’s surprised to find that all Jax is interested in for his side of the deal is getting all the maintenance work for the Heights, and for Hale to set up Lyla and the kids with subsidized housing.
Pope is just as surprised as Hale by Jax’s requests, but Pope is more impressed with Jax’s attempts to do business that isn’t steeped in illegality. He promises to take a look and consider investing with Hale. Pope asks when he’ll be getting Tig returned to him, and Jax relates the story of Clay being the club’s biggest obstacle. Once Clay is out of the picture, Tig is Pope’s. But we all know there will be complications with that.
Thanks to Unser, Roosevelt is now aware of Clay’s role in everything, and has a talk with Jax about it, saying he can’t end up like Frankie did. Jax agrees and says he’s open to decisions. I smell the biggest set-up in Charming’s history down the pike. It was nice to see Jax lower Roosevelt to his level, saying that guilt is guilt, and you’re either on one side or the other. I feel sorry for Roosevelt, but I want him to start kicking ass in a downward spiral of glory.
Next week, another 90-minute episode awaits. I expect Otto to kill himself, Clay and Juice to have a fight, and more black guys to get shot. If any of my predictions come true, I will forgive the series for leaving Jimmy Smits out of tonight’s episode.
Stuff That Fell Off the Back of the Bike
Best line of the night: “Just wanted to see if you needed anything. Prospects are doing a Costco run.” Consumerism is alive in Charming.
What the fuck, Tara? Waking your kid up on purpose just to hold him, with hair that looks like Frankenstein’s mullet.
Behind the wheel of a tow truck, Rat looks like a character from a Charlie Daniels song that fights Satan in a tow truck driving duel.
“Maybe it’s time to change a few bylaws.” That’s progressive thinking, Jax, though I doubt you’ll be giving up your presidential seat to a black man anytime soon. Idris Elba should be on this show.
“A brief foot chase through the boat yard.” This was not something that I normally expect to write when talking about this show. I long for the day when there will be a “thumb wrestling match during a city-wide egg pocking competition.”
The moment Hightower’s vehicle knocked over all the guys’ motorcycles, I knew he was going to die no matter what kind of deal was struck. You just don’t add insult to injury. That’s Tattooed White Boy 101.
The one thing I won’t be judging Clay for is a diet of bourbon and corn flakes. But only if he’s adding a dash of sugar on those corn flakes.
And what is funnier than Ron Perlman wearing a tiny black t-shirt that says “VISITOR” on it? Someone should have asked him if he and Pony Boy wanted to go get a chocolate malted.
Jax doesn’t think Bobby will be strong enough to stand tall when the blood starts to flow should the Grim Bastards seek revenge. Chibs is insulted when Jax asks for confirmation that he’s behind him. I hope this doesn’t mean Bobby is going to get left behind at some point.
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