Now on to the meat — “SOA” often sets the tone of the episode with a song montage to kick things off, and a Spanish version of Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changing” is about as on the nose as one could get. In the midst of gun running and coke muling for the Gallindo cartel, SAMCRO had a parley with their sister club in Tuscon, SAMTAZ, whose current state is like the Ghost of SAMCRO Future come a-haunting. SAMTAZ is not just drug running, they’re drug dealing. As SAMTAZ’s VP Huff says, “crank, coke, what’s the difference?” It’s a sentiment Bobby also shares, though to make the opposite point, and he doesn’t hesitate to let Clay and the others know it. But as the Sons spend more time with their Arizona cousins they start to see other ghosts coming through the walls — the memory of slain club member Little Paul, and Reggie, who left and blacked out his tattoos shortly after. The Charming Club engages in some light detective work, and in short order (thanks to a little fuzzy bunny who nearly gave up his life) discovered that Reggie had been blackmailed for sleeping with Little Paul’s wife … Little Paul who was killed by members of the club for not wanting to vote in the crank. As an act of chivalry, Reggie left the club and now spends his days tending bunnies. The point of this has nothing to do with SAMTAZ, it has to do with Linc Potter simultaneously visiting Otto in solitary and, in a very Stahl-like move, lays bare before him the facts: Bobby had been sleeping with Otto’s late wife Luann just before she was murdered. The tears in Otto’s eyes after Linc leaves were surely less about him believing Bobby had anything to do with the murder, and more about the complete betrayal by one of his club brothers, for whom he has given up his eye sight, his future and his life.
These are dark days for SAMCRO, despite the lovely extended montage of the club officers riding together in harmony to kick off the episode. For back in Charming, Piney is stirring things up with Tara, telling her how John Teller had a meeting set up with the IRA and Kellen Ashby to put an end to the gun running … before he was killed in a seemingly Little Paul-like fashion. Gemma and Clay still seem firmly implicated in the deed, though the extent to which either one participated, or acquiesced to, the actual slaying we don’t yet know. But with the past catching up with the club, and the future as embodied by SAMTAZ not looking especially bright, the Sons will be forced to make some important decisions very soon about the future of the club. And the circling vultures, sensing weakness, are closing in.
Next Week: Roosevelt squeezes some Juice (see what I did there?), and the Ghost of SAMCRO Past will be the featured spectre.
Musings and Miscellanea:
- Who is Rita? Did I miss something here?
- Gemma has an impressive greenhouse!
- Gemma and Clay seemed fine after last week’s disturbing physical run in.
- Something that makes Linc better than Stahl: his look and anonymity in town gives him access to SAMCRO and those associated (like Gemma) without arousing suspicion. Hello there, zoning board member Ned Stackhouse! Any relation to Sookie?
- Kurt Sutter promised explosions and bunnies this week, and he delivered! There aren’t many shows that can marry those two things.
- Speaking of which, as much as I love Tig I needn’t so easily forget that he is the one they call upon when there’s a bunny that needs slaying.
- “That’s how we do it in Mexizona!” — Huff
- So Romeo doesn’t trust them … this can’t end well.
- Seeing 30 kilos of cocaine really does make things all the more real than just voting about the concept on the table. Despite Clay’s assurances and promises, I can’t see Bobby standing for this much longer.
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