I think the best five words that you can say in the month of September are “Previously on Sons of Anarchy.” Last night, the highest rated show on FX made its season 6 debut, and trust me; they left nothing to the imagination.
As we have talked about previously, there are SO many things going on right now for the boys in SAMCRO. I think tonight’s episode only touched the tip of the iceberg.
After watching Anarchy Afterword, the title of tonight’s episode made so much more sense to me. However, we’ll come back to that a little later.
Let’s get things started here.
Has the relationship between Jax and Tara reached its breaking point?
Since Tara has been in prison, Jax has been forced to see things from a much different light. Before, he had Tara to be the mother figure and to ensure that everything was going right in the lives of his two sons. Now, with Tara behind bars, he not only has to look out for his brothers in SAMCRO, but he has to step up as a father.
As he said early in the episode, he is being forced to make decisions that a father would make, and this is affecting his decision making in SAMCRO.
Also, it is quite apparent that Tara has not quite adapted to life in prison. Tara never has been one for confrontation; however, being in the slammer gives you a new perspective on things.
Since being in jail, Tara has refused to see Jax. While she says that it is because she doesn’t want Jax to “see her like that,” is that really the entire reason? I mean, while she was being carted off to prison, Jax just kind of stood there. He said nothing to her defense, and watched in silence as they walked her out of the house.
Now, in Jax’s defense, I can see why he was mad at her. He had just found out that she was planning on leaving town, and taking his sons with her. Not to mention the fact that she was attempting to name his ex-wife as guardian of their children should something happen to her. Who does that sort of thing?
The communication barrier between them has grown and grown until it has essentially transformed into the Berlin Wall. How much miscommunication, misdirection, and outright lies can one relationship take?
The New Threat
In the beginning of the episode, we see a very beaten and abused Lyla crying for Opie. If that didn’t pull at your heart strings at least a little, then I don’t know what will.
Apparently, Ima got Lyla a job with a group of Iranian brothers to shoot a new film. Come to find out, this job was not exactly what Lyla signed up for.
It turns out that the Ghanezi brothers are actually running a torture porn business out of an old warehouse on the docks. So when it comes time for Lyla to shoot her part, she is beaten, burned, cut, and all sorts of disgusting things.
When she finally calms down enough to speak, she tells Jax and the rest of the club what happened in that warehouse.
As most of you know, to SAMCRO, and especially to Jax, Lyla is family; and you know what the boys in SAMCRO do for family.
So the crew and a few of Nero’s boys head down to the docks to see what is going on.
They boys are met at the door by some not so giving people. A simple conversation turns into guns being pulled, and the MC forcing their way into the warehouse.
When they got inside, the things they saw were well…unseeable. There was a tub full of what one can only assume was urine, a naked girl bound inside of a small cage, and a girl getting gang raped on a dirty mattress on the floor. After a short, and rather unpleasant conversation, Jax demands that they pay the girls and allow them to leave. The brothers speak to each other in their native tongue, and then one of them leaves to go to the safe and “get the money.”
Of course, anyone who has been watching Sons of Anarchy for any length of time knows that he was never going to “get the money.”
In typical SAMCRO form, guns are drawn, people are shot, and then everything goes to hell when the police arrive. You know…the usual.
Can Tig ever stop randomly killing people?
Well, I guess it wasn’t random, but you get my point all the same.
After things settle down between the police officers and the club, Tig heads back to the warehouse to let one of the Ghanezi brothers out of the cage that thy left him in.
Of course, the guy in the cage had to get an attitude with Tig; and we all know how well Tig responds to attitude.
However, things went from bad to worse when the Iranian started to make threats and horrible comments about Tig’s daughter. You could almost see the murderous intention in Tig’s eyes.
He began to mercilessly beat him. I am pretty sure that the fight reached its climax when Tig threw him head first into the bathtub filled with urine. Tig proceeded to hold him under until he stopped moving. I don’t know about you, but that is not how I want to die.
This is where things got weird. (As if drowning someone in urine isn’t weird, but you get the point.)
Tig pulls down his pants and begins to add to the tub. Yeah, that just happened.
Of course, Tig had to get rid of the body. So, he puts him back in the cage and unceremoniously threw him into the water.
I hate to play the role of Captain Obvious here, but we all know that every actions has an equal and opposite reaction. It is the law of equivalent exchange. There is obviously going to be some sort of blowback for this.
It will be interesting to see when this comes back into play again.
Who is that creepy blonde boy?
Throughout the episode, you see a young blonde boy who never really says a lot. In some weird way, he kind of looks like a younger version of Jax.
He continues to pop up in the most unexpected places.
However, we will get back to him a little later.
What is Jax going to do about August Marks?
Jax has another of his regularly scheduled meetings with Pope’s right hand, and I guess now that Pope is dead, lead man.
They discussed the Clay situation, and what their plan of action was. Then, they acknowledged the elephant in the room; Marks still wants Tig dead.
With Jax’s club in pieces, can he really stand to lose someone else?
One can only imagine that this is not something that is going to just go away. This is an issue that is eventually going to have to be addressed. Do you think Jax will ultimately give up his brother for the sake of settling his debt with the late Damon Pope, or is this situation going to end in even more bloodshed?
Only time will tell.
What in the name of psycho is wrong with Lee Toric?
We all know that Lee Toric is hell bent on getting revenge for the death of his sister Pamela. However, I think tonight, he demonstrated just why he is a retired U.S. Marshal.
Toric has started his path of revenge against Otto. He sends arranges for another inmate to come in and mercilessly rape Otto. After the act has been completed, Toric sits in the cell alone with Otto, who is reeling in pain, and choking from the combination of his pain and the absence of his tongue.
Toric proceeds to tell him that this is going to happen to him every single morning. Looks like Otto has a lot to look forward to, doesn’t he?
Then, in the name of making his rounds, Toric goes to visit Clay. He proceeds to inform Clay that it is because of him that Clay has been blessed with a private cell, far away from the general population.
He then tells Clay that his intention is to take down SAMCRO for their indiscretions against his sister.
However, with Toric, there is always a catch. He wants Clay to turn on his brothers in exchange for his protection, and continues stay in isolation.
He gives Clay a business card and informs him that he has to make a decision by the next guard’s shift change, because then he will be moved back to general population. As you may remember from last season, there are quite a few people inside that want to collect on the bounty on Clays head.
Then, Toric makes the most of his busy day and heads off to see Tara.
He informs Tara that she is not in jail because of the actions of Gemma, but because he called in a few favors and made the investigators take a closer look at the evidence and bring Tara to justice.
Ultimately, he wants Tara to turn on Jax and the club for an opportunity to head into witness protection with her boys. At the end of the day, this would accomplish what Tara wanted to do all along, but at what cost?
It looks like Toric is batting one for three today, as Tara informs him that she has no intention of helping him.
“I’m not guilty, and I’m no rat.” she said.
Towards the end of the episode, we see a sight that I could have gone my entire life without seeing. We see Toric shoot some sort of drug, I’m not sure what it is, into his arm; after which he is visibly altered.
Towards the end of the episode, you see Toric intensely looking into a mirror. He begins to open his eyes with his fingers and stare deeply into the mirror with a distraught look on his face. Once the camera pans out, we see a stark naked Toric acting really strangely in front of the mirror.
As I said, I could have gone my entire life without that sight.
Is there a new ally in the mix?
The Jax and Nero are introduced to Collette; a madam runs a brothel that has seemingly fallen on tough times. She is seeking a new venture to help her increase her business.
She proposes a deal with Jax and Nero to combine forces with Diosa Norte to increase both of their businesses. After negotiating the terms of their contract, Nero heads off to spend time with his son, and Jax leaves with Collette to inspect her house and make sure that it is up to Diosa Norte’s high standards.
Unfortunately, that is not the only thing that Jax would be inspecting today.
Jax is feeling the turmoil between him and Tara, and is longing for some sort of attention. Unfortunately, Jax finds the wrong kind of attention.
Somehow, by the end of the episode, we find our favorite anti-hero in bed with his new business partner.
This is not going to turn out well should Tara find out about his indiscretions.
The straw that broke the camel’s back
I think the actions that played out at the end of the season is going to be the catalyst for the story that is going to unfold during the remainder of the season.
This brings me back to the creepy blonde boy we keep seeing throughout the episode.
You see the boy dressed in a nice suit and carrying his backpack. He seems to be walking up on a church, that we later find out is a school. He calmly sits on the bench and takes off his jacket. He sits down and begins to roll up his sleeves. On his left arm, we see a series of healing cuts.
For what seems like forever, you are left to imagine not only what happened to this young boy, but what he is doing on the bench.
Finally, you see the young man pull an automatic weapon from his backpack. Once the church bells finish ringing, he quietly heads into the school and proceeds to empty his weapon on an unsuspecting classroom.
During the preview of the next episode, we find out that the weapon that the boy used in the school shooting was one of the club’s weapons.
I think this is going to be the catalyst that makes up Jax’s mind about the future of SAMCRO in the gun business.
As I said in the very beginning, series creator Kurt Sutter left nothing to the imagination, and definitely pulled out all the stops for the premiere.
If the rest of the season is anything like tonight’s episode, fans are going to be in for one heck of a ride this season.
Make sure to check back next week when we take a look at Episode 2, which is entitled One One Six.
Here is a look at the next episode.