“Sons live. Redwood bleeds.”

“Crucifixed” was a great example of how S.O.A. fills a ninety-minute block and still leaves me befuddled by it being over already. Essentially, it’s the same old shit: scheming vengeance and revealing secrets. But it’s all piled up to magnificent heights, and almost everyone important enough to matter knows almost everything about everyone else. It’s taken a while to get to this point. Let’s divide and conquer all this bloody business.

100% Juice

The conversation between Juice and Jax, concerning Juice’s involvement with Roosevelt and the RICO case, went completely against everything I was expecting. All the details, like Juice having a black father and Frankie telling him Clay was behind the home invasions, were all predictably revealed, but with opposite motivations than I expected. Chibs was the one to tell Jax about Juice’s dad, after Bobby let Chibs in on all the RICO business. Jax wants to keep Juice’s betrayals quiet, as to not offer further proof of a deteriorating motorcycle club.

Roosevelt warns Juice that he was outed, urging him to skip town. But with nowhere to go, Juice appeals to Jax’s sympathies and is given the chance to explain his actions. I thought Jax was going to hit him when the subject of Miles crossed the table, but nothing so dramatic happened. When Juice mentions the documents Frankie retrieved from Clay’s safe, Jax tasks him with using his close ties with Clay to get the documents from him. It’s that or lose the patch. What happens to Clay if Juice finds the possibly incriminating documents? The same thing that will happen to Juice if he doesn’t find them. I love that kind of sentence construction. A pat on the back to Theo Rossi for playing “fearlessly desperate” with a vacant-eyed realism.

When Juice actually does search Clay’s house, he finds a gun in a lock box, among all the other un-boxed guns on the shelf. I have no idea if this gun is important or not. Feel free to clue me in on this. Please be nice.

Jax Attacks

Opie’s death has not been erased from anyone’s mind, and the Sons are now after the prisoner who put the killing blow to his skull. His name is Randall Hightower, and he was tailed to a club frequented by T.O. and other members of the Grim Bastards. Turns out Hightower hired them to protect him from the Sons, and he’s also T.O.’s cousin. He walks in the room, and immediately starts shooting everybody before taking off. They later track him to a boat yard, where they find T.O., who had agreed to let them know of his whereabouts if they promised to keep the punishment to a beating. Bobby was especially pushy about compromising, as to keep their long term affiliations intact.

Well after a brief foot chase through the boat yard, Hightower is cornered. He gives up Aldo Smith, Vox, and Mace, the names of the other three prisoners involved with Opie’s death. And then, because nobody kills Opie and walks away from it, Chibs puts a bullet into the back of Hightower’s head, and a few into his dead face. Everyone broke their word, and Jax doesn’t seem to care about repercussions. Did Bobby have to stand there and watch Opie’s head get caved in? No. So shut the fuck up, Bobby. I’m only going to say that once. Because I’m scared of him.

Otto Otto Oxen Free

Tara spends another day with Otto, and this time, instead of masturbating himself to tears, he talks religion and spiritualism, and asks Tara to get a crucifix that he gave to Lu Ann. (He theorizes that Lu Ann only went Jesus crazy to balance the shame she felt from taking it in the ass on camera.) She only has a few hours to do it, since his lack of sickness will be discovered soon. Tara calls Gemma to find it, and there is a moment of understanding between them when she does. Though he knows he can’t keep the crucifix, he asks her to put it on him. Uh oh. Then he tells her to put it under his shirt. Uh oh. Then he asks to be left alone to pray. Aw fuck.

As soon as Tara leaves, he calls in the other nurse and orderly, demanding to be released. When Tara comes back into the room and distracts everyone, the now-unshackled Otto leaps from the bed and knocks the male orderly out against a table. He then pounces on the nurse, knocking her out and plunging the crucifix into the side of her neck, spraying blood everywhere and then some. Through the gore on his face, Otto looks at Tara with his uncovered, scarred eyes, and says, “Sons live. Redwood bleeds.” Though he said he would retract his RICO statements, he also said he would do something horrible if Tara kept visiting. By murdering this woman, his testimony gets thrown out, but Tara’s involvement will be discovered, and she will be an accessory to murder.

Bringing a murder weapon into a non-sick prisoner who happens to belong to a gang that she’s married into. Yeah, I’d say there’s a pretty good case against her. All this, after the woman from Seattle met with her and offered her a classy new job, based on their belief that her neo-natal care is perfect for their needs. The lady also cites many of the club work that Tara does as extra proof of her dedication. And now it’s all in the shitter. Probably. Unless whoever needs to die get killed in the coming weeks.

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