Tuesday’s episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” is titled “Darthy,” which as far as I know, isn’t a word. This is the last episode before the fifth season finale, so expect things to go from bad to bleak before the big payoff next week.
The show starts with a voice-over from Jax as he’s writing a note.
Jax (writing): Today I will be the man my father tried to be. I will make you proud.
Bobby comes to get Jax, and tells him Clay’s going to come to the table and admit what he did with the Nomads.
Jax: What are you doing, Bobby?
Bobby: My job.
Clay admits his involvement with the Nomads, and says he did it to push out Jax because he didn’t think he was ready to lead, and he couldn’t handle the pressure with the Cartel and the Irish. He says he was wrong, and Jax is a better leader than Clay ever was.
Clay leaves, and Jax takes a unanimous vote to strip Clay of his patch. In the matter of the “mayhem,” he asks for pros and cons, and only Chibs speaks. Jax takes another vote for Clay’s life, and everyone votes to knock him off except for Bobby. Clay lives.
Jax goes out to Clay, and attacks him. The rest of the Sons let it happen until Chibs pulls him off.
Man, that was a lot of emotion and suspense before we even get to the opening credits.
Back in the room, Bobby comes to see Jax, who knows he cut a deal with Clay behind his back. Bobby throws Clay’s jacket on the table, and says Jax didn’t have enough evidence to kill Clay, but he had to leave the table. If he hadn’t saved him, he would have killed Clay as soon as he could.
Bobby: Before you know it, this thing that we have is pointless. I stopped you from becoming the guy that you wanted to kill.
Bobby says letting Clay walk settles everything, and Jax asks how. Bobby says the club is broken and needs him. Jax says he hasn’t felt much brotherhood since Opie died. Opie warned him the gavel corrupts.
Gemma treats Clay’s wounds and tells him he should go to the emergency room, but he won’t, and tells her he needs a minute alone. Clay puts his head in his hands and cries.
Tara goes for Otto’s inquiry, and claims she didn’t know what Otto was capable of when she brought him the crucifix.
Jax goes to meet with Pope, and asks him if he ever goes away from the advice of his people. Jax still wants to kill Clay.
Pope: Democracy’s overrated. Revenge is never about the greater good. It’s a visceral need that has to be satisfied or the strong lose focus.
Pope advises him to come at it from a different angle, a “payback by proxy.” Pope tells Jax he wants Tig, and Jax says he’ll deliver him tomorrow. When Pope threatens Jax if he doesn’t deliver, Jax says he’ll always see Tig as Clay’s right-hand man, so he’ll have no problems turning him over.
The Sons go to the meeting between Henry and Romeo, and they set up their arms deal. There’s going to be a delay in the works though, and Romeo tells Jax they need another shipment from the Irish. Jax says it shouldn’t be a problem.
Tara goes to Wendy and tells her about the car wreck and Abel’s injury. She tells Wendy about her job offer, and that she’s been thinking about how she has no one to take care of her boys if something happens to her. She tells Wendy Abel’s down in daycare and she can go see him.
SAMCRO goes to the Irish, and Galen asks where Clay is. As Jax explains the situation, Romeo and his men appear and flank them. They’ve come to make sure they get their weapons, and a brief gunfight erupts. Romeo says the buy is on the club, as payback. The IRA walks off angry at the Sons as well.
(For part two of this article, please click here.)