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Today we are going to talk about the episode from this week. We are halfway through our season now.
The FX description for this episode is "Jax takes matters into his own hands as things go sideways".
Music in this episode includes Soundgarden with Been Away Too Long, Justin Warfield with Headlights, Gregg Sutton with Room Where Nobody Goes, Sweetwater and The More Satisfaction with Love More Than Anything, Garrett Morgan with Standing On A Bridge, The Dalles with Lines, Quaker City Night Hawks with Ain't No Kid, and Iggy Pop with The Passenger.
When we open this episode we see Jax and Bobby on their bikes at night. We then see Clay talking to the three Nomads (and I have to note I think it's interesting that we are still referring to them as Nomads even though they have technically been patched in to SAMCRO). He's upset because Roosevelt has a DNA sample (from the skin under Rita's fingernails) and Gogo has obvious scratches, plus Gogo is already in the system so they can make the match. Clay tells them that Unser is investigating and they have a real problem. We also find out that it was Clay behind everything, because he wanted to put pressure on Jax as President.
Then we have Gemma in a hotel room, she wakes up next to her one night stand (Warren). She goes in to the bathroom wrapped in a blanket and sits down, shaking violently.
We then have Tara looking at some papers concerning Otto, with Abel lying next to her.
We see Unser sitting outside his trailer smoking. We hear the bikes, and Unser goes to the gate (of Unser Trucking) and lets Jax and Bobby in. They are there to talk to him about the home invasions. They want to know what he's dug up, and he shows them the board with possible suspects, etc. Unser states "It's good to have a hobby" when Jax notes that he's done a lot of work. Unser tells them that hardly anything was taken in the break-ins, and he thinks it was more of a message. Unser doesn't think it was black retaliation. We also find out during this part that Unser sold his land to the county to pay for his cancer treatments, and now lives on the Unser Trucking land and does security detail at night in exchange. Jax tells Unser the break-ins weren't a club call, and Unser notes the scratches on Gogo and Jax suggests he pays the Nomads a visit to "introduce" himself. As Jax and Bobby are leaving they talk about why Clay might possibly be behind the home invasions.
The last thing we see in our opening is Gemma coming out of the bathroom. Her purse is on the bed and has been ransacked, with her wallet missing. We then see Warren driving away in her Escalade.
When we start the main part of the episode Jax is arriving at Teller-Morrow. He sees Frankie trailing his motorcycle. Jax questions where Frankie is going, Frankie assures Jax his dues are paid up and he's given his proxy to Juice, and Jax tells him to keep in touch. Frankie says he doesn't know where Greg and Gogo are after Jax asks. As Jax walks away, Frankie pushes up his sunglasses with his middle fingers, essentially flicking Jax off. ***I don't know why Frankie has the right to be a d-bag, he is barely voted in to SAMCRO, and although he's working for Clay, he doesn't know the back story on Jax, and Jax, as Frankie's president, has every right to give him orders or suggest he keep close contact.
The next thing we see is Unser at the house where all the Nomads are staying. Greg is outside preparing his bike to leave, and Unser says he's a friend of the club and there to introduce himself (per Jax's suggestion but of course Unser doesn't tell the Nomads that). Greg is unbelievable rude to him. Then Gogo comes out of the house. He is also obviously packing up to leave, and he is also very rude to Unser. Unser questions the scratches, and it is played off like Gogo's girlfriend "likes it rough". They ask what's with all Unser's questions, and he just replies that sometimes he forgets he's retired. Gogo suggests he starts remembering.
Over at the Elk's Lodge that they are converting in to the new escort service, Lila and Nero along with some of the other girls are setting up. Jax comes in to check it out, we see that Chibs, Tig, and Bobby are there getting the tour from Lila (they think it's AWESOME). Jax talks to Nero, and it becomes apparent that Jax doesn't know about the Carla situation (and Nero doesn't fill him in). Then Nero mentions that "I just got a call from the other crazy chick in our lives".
Next thing you know, the guys and Nero are pulling up at the motel where Gemma has been robbed and carjacked. She's obviously upset that Nero told Jax/SOA. Nero has his guys start investigating nearby chopshops, and some of the SOA guys go to talk to the hotel manager. Nero asks Gemma what happened. Jax is more than pissed, asking "who ARE you". After Gemma goes back in to the motel room, Nero tells Jax to take it a little bit easier on her, saying "She's still your mother, esse, respect that". The guys come back and report that the room was paid for in cash (therefore no name linked to it). Then we find out that they found the Escalade at a chopshop, and the guy who stole it is there. The guys take off to go get it/him and Bobby volunteers to take Gemma home.
Over at the chopshop we find out that they have Gemma's car, and they point the guys in the direction of Warren (but ask that they take care of him off property). We find out that Warren is part of a crew that takes advantage of women. They spot Warren and a chase ensues (set to music, Soundgarden - Been Away Too Long). Warren takes off in a Beamer in the middle of being "chopped" and the guys follow on their bikes, with Nero in his truck. Warren eventually stops and starts shooting at them. Jax finally catches him, but they stop the confrontation so the news/cops don't come. They take 3K that he had in his pocket, Warren saying "which is fair". They say they're not done with him, and as he starts walking down the highway he says "guess I'm walking". (An attempt at humor in the situation I'm assuming.)
We then see Greg at Teller-Morrow, talking to Clay. Greg says that the Nomads know that Unser and Jax know about the break-ins, and that Gogo and Frankie are freaking out. Apparently they're talking about killing Unser and Greg doesn't know what to do. Clay tells him Unser needs to be dealt with (or gotten rid of), and says to get the guys together and meet him at Unser Trucking in two hours.
We see Bobby and Tara looking at pictures of Otto. Bobby suggests Tara brings him stuff that would remind him of Luann, and says she should talk to Gemma because Gemma was Luann's best friend. Tara then goes over to the office to talk to Gemma. Gemma tells her that her SUV was stolen. Then Tara asks about Luann, and Gemma says to get a perfume that Otto made Luann wear because he loved it and wouldn't let her wear another kind.
The guys then come back with Gemma's Escalade. Gemma thanks Nero, and he says he has to get back to work because they open in two days. We see Jax and Tara talk about going to the cabin, they'll meet back at the clubhouse later.
Jax and Gemma have a (much needed) talk. Gemma apologizes to Jax, and he tells her that her and Tara will work it out. He asks what's going on with her (because she's been so out of control). She apologizes to Jax for forcing him to make up for the love she couldn't get from Thomas (because he passed away). She says "sorry that I've always been too much". In a weird moment, Jax says he was kind of glad he had Gemma all to himself (this reminds me greatly of the famed Oedipus Complex - and reinforces some of the Hamlet background). Jax says they will get through everything and be fine.
We then have Clay and Juice together. Juice is dropping Clay off at Unser's. When Clay gets in to Unser's trailer, Unser holds on to his shotgun. Clay says "I guessed I earned that level of trust" to which Unser replies "You did. Sorry" and Clay says "Me too". Clay then puts his own gun on the table. Clay starts talking about how Oswald will get elected and then Charming PD might be reinstated and it would be great to have Unser in charge again. Unser says "That's a noble plan. But I suspect I'll be dead in a year"
Back at the table, Jax is sitting with Bobby. Bobby tells him about Gogo's scratches. Then Gemma busts in and tells them that there's a situation at Unser's, that he has killed Greg and Gogo when they broke in. She says she's going over there. Chibs, Happy, Fil, and Tig are then in the room with Jax and Bobby. Chibs questions the Nomads going after Unser, and it's determined they need to track down Frankie.
Over at Unser's Gemma arrives and suggests they go have a smoke (pot, not cigarettes). We see that Frankie is watching the crime scene, and then splits. Gemma and Unser talk about their confrontation a couple of days ago and Gemma says "too many people feeling shit". They resolve their issue and are fine again.
Tara arrives at Teller-Morrow and Bobby says they should still go to the cabin. Alyda the babysitter bailed, and Tara needs a new babysitter. Jax says that she should call Gemma to watch the kids and Tara reluctantly agrees. Tara says she'll head up to the cabin first while Jax finishes up some business, and Jax appoints Tig to go with her. Jax says to Tig "eyes open". The rest of the guys are to come up the next day (how is this the two of them 'getting away'?!?) and Chibs is going with Jax to take care of something.
We see a flash of Gemma smoking pot, and receives the call from Tara about watching the kids. Gemma says that of course she'll do it (and I noted it was getting dark).
We then see Warren with his new victim. Nero is there, tells then forces the woman to leave. He then beats up Warren saying "now we're even". My question is, is Warren dead? Because he doesn't look so alive...
The next scene we have is Juice with Clay. Juice questions Clay about the nomads and Clay apologizes to Juice, "Sorry for dragging you into this". Jax and Chibs then arrive. Chibs and Juice go outside while Jax and Clay talk. Jax notices Clay's lack of oxygen. Clay says to Jax "I know you think I'm the devil." Clay then tries to put the blame for everything on Pope, and Jax wants to find Frankie.
Now we come to the end of the episode. (The Iggy Pop song is playing during this part.)
First we see Jax on his bike. Then we see Gemma putting the kids in the car (Abel has his frog). Next is Clay with the marriage license. Tara is at the cabin, and Tig is there sitting outside with a gun. Jax and Chibs are on their bikes and they get shot at and are run off the road. Jax is wounded, they kill some of the attackers but the other drives off and it is revealed to us that they're black. We then flash to Gemma in the car with the kids (she turns the radio up,she's swerving, drunk/high/and, or tired). She drifts over, almost hits a truck, goes down an embankment and crashes. Thomas is crying, Gemma is knocked out on the steering wheel, we're not sure if Abel is alive or not, we see blood dripping on the stuffed frog.
And that is where we leave off for this week.