Here's Lisa Schmeiser of "Television Without Pity" with this week's SAMCRO update...
It's just not a season of Sons of Anarchy until someone's going to jail, is it? But before we get to that, let's run down the major plot threads in this episode.
Most awkward meet-the-parents ever: Tig is terrified that Fawn is going to suffer the same fate as Dawn, so he and a few of the SAMCRO boys hunt the girl down. It doesn't look promising at first -- she's in a house guarded by several men, there's screaming behind closed doors -- but it turns out that Fawn is really into a) the type of men at whom her father is likely to hurl racist epithets, and b) loud, role-playing sex. Anyway, once that awkward lesson in not jumping to conclusions is imparted to all, Jax manages to persuade the boyfriend to get Fawn out of town for a while.
Nero, fiddling while Pope burns: Pope is not taking news of Tig's killing mini-spree well, and so he wants information on all of SAMCRO, the better to ultimately break the organization. So it's presumably his guys tailing Jax and Nero when those two are out and about, and Nero manages to do some tricky driving to elude the tail. (At the end of the episode, Pope's brooding over Jax's jail record and expecting that the boys will be killed once they're in county lock-up.) Nero also manages to lay some of that companionator charm on Jax, who is always yearning for a father figure, and the two men bond over the kids they had by junkie women. Then Nero talks about how he's escaped the gang life and is now a humble purveyor of paid companionship as opposed to some sad aging gang member ("LIKE ALL YOU DERPS ON YOUR BIKES" is the unspoken subtext there). Jax, who cannot let go of the fantasy that he can get out of the less savory aspects of biker gangdom, eats this up with a spoon. It is going to suck hard if/when we find out that Nero's really playing Jax for a sucker.
Going to the brothel/ and we're going to get ma-a-a-ried: But until Nero shows his true colors, he'll just continue to be a hell of a guy, generously offering his business office as the site for Jax and Tara's impromptu wedding. Yes, two kids and countless homicides later, these two lovebirds are finally committing to one another! It's all very sweet. Gemma is, predictably, not happy about any of it, but she gives Tara the rings that she and JT had, and so another symbolic link is forged between SAMCRO's first founding couple and the next generation.
Of note: Jax takes off his "SO" and "NS" rings -- the ones that were such a big deal a few seasons back -- to slide his dad's wedding ring on his finger. It would symbolize him putting his bond with Tara above his club family, but since Tara spends much of the episode playing consigliore to Jax as he decides the latest legal strategy, I'd say the two families are interchangeable. Also, that hospital daycare has amazing hours, because those two little Teller boys were nowhere to be found from sunup to sundown.
Clay Morrow, playing a long con: This is the second episode in the row where Clay commits at least one act that is not blatantly self-serving, and it's freaking me out.
This week: He visits Opie to deliver a monologue about how his time has passed, the club is in Jax & Opie's hands now, and Jax is sure going to need seven feet of hairy muscle by his side at the table. Clay also prods Unser into calling in his home invasion, saying he needs the police report for insurance purposes. Unser takes this and adds it to the mental dossier he's compiling on the home invasions. (And yes, it looks like the three nomads from last week are behind them. They took Thomas Teller's birth certificate and the Clay/Gemma marriage license. I cannot wait to see how this unfolds.)
Third time's the charm: Jax decides the best bet with these murder charges is to just surrender on the warrant. He, Chibs and Tig prepare to do just that, even though it means they're terribly vulnerable on the inside. But! They are slightly less vulnerable once Opie contrives a way to join them (ringing Roosevelt's bell). Best wedding present ever? Or proof that Jax and Ope is really this show's epic love story? I'll let you all decide in the forums.
Lisa Schmeiser is an Oakland-adjacent reporter and blogger. She also has, in the words of her mother, "the thing you tweeterfacepage about." Say hi there!