There is a wonderful way the writers interject normalcy in what is very unreal, the world of SAMCRO and its epic power struggle underway between Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman), and how the sides are carving up.
At one point, Juice (Theo Rossi) asks a returning Clay if he needs anything from Costco after rummaging around looking for some damning papers per Jax's orders. The visual of biker prospects standing in line for a steamed foot-long beef hot dog and a slice of pizza immediately forms in my head. And then I started craving their frozen yogurt.
So it goes tonight, as Clay's exemplary manipulative skills has Juice torn with his new role as SOA double agent, now answering to Jax for his keep over the whole RICO/Black dad storyline. Juice is tasked with undermining Clay to get the goods so Jax can convince the club of his many war crimes. Clay plays Juice like a Stradivarius.
Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) is putting the screws into Jax for Tig's (Kim Coates) head on a stick, as the Charming land deal with Hale looks to be a tasty deal for the Oakland kingpin.
Tonight we got more Chibs time (Tommy Flanagan) who, like Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) finally gets more script. Chibs is caught up to speed by Jax and Bobby for the RICO and Juice messes. Chibs comes clean on his confiding with Juice about the black dad leverage, and Jax is ready to rewrite those old racist bylaws.
Clay is posited perfectly at odds against Jax now. He knows almost everything and lays it out with Romeo Parada (Danny Trejo) and the Galindo Cartel, and they begrudgingly go along with it, as Jax becomes a disposable piece in their own survival.
So the men are squaring up sides and alliances, while the women are making their own plans. Our Tara (Maggie Siff) has a great interview with a hospital far away from Charming, and then toodles off to the prison for another Otto session (Kurt Sutter) which turns into Sunday Bloody Sunday as Karina Logue - cast as a crusty prison nurse - gets her jugular impaled with a large crucifix by a surprisingly nimble Otto. Great makeup on him!
Seeing Karina laying there in her death rattle on the floor made me miss FX's "Terriers" too, where she played the mentally unstable genius sister of her real-life brother Donal Logue's character.
Back in Charming, Unser (Dayton Callie) finds a new dock for his Streamline trailer thanks to Gemma, and is working closer with Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) as the two are trying to stay ahead of the MC and the fast moving parts.
There's a growing disenchantment with VP Bobby Elvis, as the smart and cautious one still is horrified by the actions of Jax, and the lack of political discretion in how he is dealing with retribution for Opie's murder and the entire Clay scenario. Jax is pulling away from him too. Great scenes between the two.
Against Bobby's counsel, the Grim Bastards now are potential enemies after Jax orders the death of TO's cousin Randy, a huge man who was one of the actual killers of Opie. Tough scene to watch as the club chases him down, promising that they just wanted to talk. Nobody just wants to talk on 'Sons of Anarchy.'
The disgust and resignation on Gemma when Clay touches her hits a nerve, as she obediently takes one for the team, but she is so clearly into Nero for all the right reasons (Jimmy Smits), and how all of this will work out remains to be seen. Bodies do not lie in the realm of physical love, and if our biker mama is having to put a gallon sized dispenser of KY next to the bed, Clay might figure out she's not that hot for him anymore.
Nice touch for the SAMCRO team to motivate fans to give to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy effort - as Katey and Kim each did an interstitial spot to urge fans to text 90999 for a $10 donation. I gave. I hope they make history with this effort.