Sons of Anarchy' 'Salvage': 50 Shades of Clay, some thoughts
Spoilers- go away unless you've seen it.
Now I was busy last week, pickling a surplus of cucumbers from the garden and my house became Wolfie's delicatessen. No lie. This week we're back in the recapping business and for good reason: Tonight's episode was an exhilirating blast from seasons past where the pure fraternal energy is celebrated with the SAMCRO pack tearing up the tarmac on their bikes, running from Johnny Law. Cue the music.This has been the season of reunions, with Darby earlier (Mitch Pileggi) and now Bobby (Mark Boone Junior), Juice's (Theo Rossi) gonads and Venus (Walt Goggins).
Considering their clubhouse blew up to smithereens thanks to the Irish, the club is taking it pretty well. Guns have gotta go, and the hard sell is on as Jax and the Charming contingent head to parts North to read the Vagina Monologues to the outliers. They don't call ladybits your "moneymaker" for nothing.
"The Mad King" set up "Salvage" to strip it down plain and simple considering we're heading into the home stretch, Jax has to keep the club going, Venus has to tell me who did her tits; Tara (Maggie Siff) has to get out and away from Jax; Gemma (Katey Sagal) is dreading Tara's machinations with her grandkids and having Clay back in her life (considering the Nero situation) and each of the club members have a laundry list of complaints and beefs to work out. Especially the unholy trinity of Tig (Kim Coates), Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) and Bobby.
Wild cards are the internal players like Chucky (Michael Ornstein), Wayne (Dayton Callie) and Margaret (McNally Sagal), each character adding a distinct nuance to the overall story.
The explosion in many ways was cathartic and needed. It cemented the boys, and the looming threat of Nero and Tara's incarceration has Gemma completely unnerved. I kept thinking of that Pearl Jam song, "Can't find a better man" when she had to go eat crow with Clay (Ron Perlman) in jail. If Nero is gone, Clay comes back and does business with the Irish, where does this leave her? Hopefully Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) is as good a cop as he was in "Terriers" so he can nail Toric post-mortem dead-to-rights. Donal Logue, you are missed. What an intensely energetic bit of work that made this season fly.
In their road trip to strike a quorum, Eden proves to be Hell with a snake pit of coppers drunk on their power laying in wait. Jax and the gang put them in their place in a satisfying chase, roll over and subsequent snookering as they uncover a stolen car and bike ring the bad police are working. All good, but the takeaway from this scene was Tig's favorite movie is "Smokey and the Bandit" (hilarious delivery and timing of that line from Coates) and Juice's long lost huevos have dropped down again, or the stress of all the mayhem put him in Tig-ville. He had a bit of a Travis Bickle vibe tonight.
Tara's Charming offensive has drawn Wayne into the plot. Her obstinate stance has made the wig fly off of DA Tyne Patterson (CCH Pounder), who's going natural hair on her skinny white ass. God please (yes I am talking to @sutterink) let the one educated woman on the series who doesn't lick wiener for a living make it out alive and able to operate on little baby hearts.
That's all I ask.