Sons of Anarchy "Andare Pescare" Review: Between a Rock and Clay

Sons of Anarchy S05E09: "Andare Pescare"

Even with a few point-blank executions and a fiery cabin explosion, last night's episode of Sons of Anarchy was on the slow side when compared to the balls-out craziness of the first half of the season. "Andare Pescare" (grammatically incorrect Italian for "Gone Fishing" or "Go Fishing") even got a chance to show off its sensitive side with grown men weeping, romantic breaking-and-entering, and Tara shoving her hand down her pants. But psychologically, "Andare Pescare" was a brutal episode that focused on the show's bread-and-Budweiser as it further frayed the dysfunctional family of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original.

The first order of business was finding Nomad fugitive Frankie Diamonds and turning him into Blood Diamonds. Everyone wanted a piece of that Guido for different reasons, and the intricacies of the situation made for some complex fun as the club tracked him up to Lake Tahoe (beautiful part of the country, btw!). Clay wanted him X'd out to keep his planned coup under wraps, Jax and Bobby wanted him alive so he could hand him over to Roosevelt for payback for murdering the sheriff's wife and unborn baby in exchange for the identity of the club's rat, and everyone else wanted him dead because it was so obvious Frankie was a no-good scumbag who should have been killed a long time ago. That and he stole $500,000.

The saga was a microcosm of what Sons of Anarchy is all about this season: the distribution of information. This show, and this season in particular, is built on the idea that knowledge is power, with lies and withheld information just as important as .50 cals and Molotov cocktails. But the information game is often added to build tension through a mirage of complexity because other parties can be caught up to speed lickity split or whenever the writers decide their ready to open the spigot. It's crafty storytelling because things can be spread out with maximum tension.

Clay got the jump on Frankie's whereabouts early, and we watched him while he schemed for a way to separate from the group. Foundation of tension laid. Then we watch Jax play catch up, getting the same information through different means. That's laid on top of what we already know about what Clay knows. Not long after, we see Clay and Juice at the fishin' cabin where Frankie was hiding. Now our hearts are beating! Then Jax and his crew arrive in the nick of time for a showdown. Of course, the drama of who would get Frankie first farted out when the mob boss who was hiding Frankie got trigger happy and shot him before Jax's plan could go into effect. Way to blow it, mob boss! This story could have easily been Sons all find out where Frankie is and then go kill him, but the show maximized its plot by layering it out. Sons of Anarchy does this a lot and sometimes gets way too convoluted, but this was a good example of how it's done right.

My favorite thread of the episode was actually the most tame of the bunch! Sober Gemma is a much more tolerable Gemma, but I bet she wished she were blasted out of her mind with the chore she needed to do. There were great priorities set in not having Gemma immediately put on stilettos and walk over to Clay's house as Jax asked her to. Instead, we saw some quality hang out time between Gemma and Nero, who may just have the best chemistry of any Sons of Anarchy couple we've seen. Gemma met Nero's son Lucius (who totally hit on her, little skeezball) and helped Nero dump crazy bitch Carla's ashes into a mausoleum. That's real girlfriend-type stuff there. If you're unsure if your partner is the one for you, go desecrate some graves with them and you'll get your answer.

So now Gemma is all-in with Nero (her little speech to Jax about how she liked Nero was great), and Jax has rescinded his ban on their relationship and Tara will let her back into the family as long as she goes through with sucking incriminating evidence out of Clay. It's a tragic situation for Gemma, but her hands are tied. She had the chance to tell Nero what was going on, but the Romeo gifted her with birds. Lovebirds! That's the kind of gesture that's socially inappropriate to respond with, "What beautiful birds! By the way, I'm going to sleep with my murderous ex like a two-dollar whore. See you in a few days, lover." The heartbreaking part of all this is she almost came clean to Nero. Add another secret to this season's pile. Now what's going to happen when a) Nero finds out Gemma went back to Clay, even if it was under Jax's orders, b) Clay finds out that Gemma was rubbing up on him like a purring cat only because Jax ordered her to, and c) Clay, Jax, and Nero all confront each other about this bizarre love triangle?

In the what-the-hell-is-going-on department, Tara half-seduced Otto with Luann's old perfume to get him to backtrack on his testimony that's supporting the RICO case, but instead he just cried and masturbated. There must be something in that love potion, because later in the episode Tara took a whiff and couldn't resist making sure her own lady parts were still working. I'm not going to pretend I understand this (though she was ready and willing with Jax moments before), I can only assume that's some damn good perfume. Please, let us know your theories below. The case of the inexplicable vaginal-twiddling must be solved!

Jax did make good on his promise to deliver Frankie to Roosevelt in exchange for intel on the club tattletale at the end of the episode, even though Frankie was dead as a sheriff's wife. That fact voided the prearranged deal, but Jax already used the process of elimination to deduce it was Juice (really? Juice doesn't go in the same level of trust as the other guys?), which Roosevelt confirmed. Motorcycle gang members don't take kindly to rats, so Jax's next order of business was to load his gun and go after Juice.

I know club policy is "snitches get stitches and a hole in the head," but there's no way Jax is going to murder Juice, so let's just put that to bed even though the show wants us to think that. Right? There's no way Jax could do it. Please tell me that won't happen. I can't accept that it could happen. Not Opie and Juice in the same season please God. No, I think Jax has a few strong words with Juice (there was a reason the writers made Jax go see Roosevelt alone, so he could be the only one with the information), and uses Juice as another method to incriminate Clay.

"Andare Pescare" closed up some stories and opened others as the end of the season came into sight. It focused on inter-club issues rather than external threats, making things a lot more personal for them and us. That's going to pay off huge in the explosive finale. Let's just hope Damon Pope isn't working undercover for the CIA.



SKIDMARKS

– Two masturbating scenes and not one of them involved Chuckie! What the?

– SAMCRO walked into a mob-run mini-casino and just started punching people. "What the hell is wrong with you guys, somebody sneezes you put up fists?" Not a smart move, but since this is television, I'll allow it! Everyone loves a good casino fight with chips spilling everywhere, right?

– When Nero asked Gemma if she'd ever busted into a crypt before, she responded, "No, I'm not Tig..." Tig's sexual deviance is legendary! Alive, dead, male, female... whatever, man. Tig's the ultimate try-sexual.

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Sorry for spelling mistakes. Lol
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What the hell!? Ok here it goes ; i really started to dislike jax a sice a few episodes; he bacame that cocky asshole with a smirk on bis face . but now i actualky hate him as much as clay.
Whoring bis mom ?? What the Fuck?
I didnt see that one coming.
Yes gemma is annoying and yes shes can be a bitch and made a mistake but come on! Let her do drug tests , shut her out for a while but dont prostitute her. ( its even worse as jax said to clay not to touch her again, AND lets not forget gemmas rape)Jax is such an asshole.
This takes it to another level. And i dont like it! Im not even mentionong the sweet scenes between gemma and nero ( her one Chance if happyness)...but hey i know after all its SOA so what did i expect.
Still love the fucking show!
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Maybe Tara hid Otto in her vagina and she was reaching down to pull him out.
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also, I'm surprised no one has commented on the bit in the final scene where we see Juice working on Clay's bike, and then a bit later, saying the cables are done and he'll get the discs tomorrow.. um.. he's working on Clay's brakes? this just sounds a little too... familiar. perhaps I've read this completely and totally wrong, but Jax isn't going to kill Juice, at least not now. He's going to corner Juice and get him to use his trusted position with Clay to sabotage Clay's bike... or else, Juice (who keeps seeing evidence of Clay's scheming against the club) is going to decide for hopeful redemption's sake, to take matters into his own hands. I think the first scenario more likely.
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the second perfume/masturbation scene: Tara was obviously emotionally moved in the scene with Otto.. empathetically stroking his hair was a bit more than he asked her to do... you could see she was a bit shocked at first but not disgusted or horrified or anything similar... and.. she had all the power in that particular scene. Fragrance as memory is a theme here. For Otto, the perfume brought back his memories of Luann. For Tara later, the perfume evoked the memory of her erotic power in that room with Otto. Erotic power + empathy + already horny and husband gone = some naughty wrist-sniffing and jilling off. That's my take. Why did they show us? I just bet there's more to come with Otto, Tara, and that perfume before the season's out.
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Who was the guy that Jax met when they went to see the mob. Trying to find his real name





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Rusty Knoones (sp?) Real life Hells Angel.
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I get the first perfume-masturbate scene, but the second just creeped me.

My heart swelled when Nero gave Gemma the lovebirds, awww. If I wasn't so miffed with Gemma, I'd feel for her having to give Nero up in order to spy on Evil-Clay. But Gemma can be manipulative - maybe she'll decide to tell Nero later on, which when Clay finds out will be quite interesting to watch.

Head Dr changing Tara's insurance to help with their kids bills, which also legally bind Tara to Jax -- NOT -- because Tara would have to sign the insurance papers for it to go through.

I wonder if the writers knew they'd be setting up Juice to be squeezed from so many people when they came up with his nickname?
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I think Tara was just putting herself in Otto's place; maybe to understand him better in order to get him to recant his statement.



Jax is probably not going to kill Juice. Maybe not right away. Though Juice does have it coming, ratting and then blindly following Clay. I don't understand why Juice never even questioned Clay about what Frankie told him.
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I've stopped watching this....maybe run through the last few episodes later.

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me too... the last episode i saw was when opie got killed...that was a bold move btw!
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The perfume thing?! WTF was that?! I have no idea what to say...

I agree, Jax won't kill Juice he'll use him against Clay. I adore Juice.
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perfume theory: really easy and simple:D....you put some of that perume on your wrist, you close your eyes and sniff it:D....and away we goooo:P:P



those mob's guard attack them first,no? and then they all joined in:D



think Juice was let out of trust,because of what was going on with him last season(wanting to kill himself,acting strange,etc.) and that wasn't lost on Jax ( and writers...good job ). While Juice will live for some time,since he learned from Frankie about Clay, I think either he will die later at one point or be stripped away from patch( and they burn his tattoo off:D )
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Oh Tim, you make me laugh! Juice, come on, we don't need him around anymore. But we all know Jax is going to use him against Clay, but then Clay is going to catch on and squeeze all the Juice out. I think that is when Clay will realize how bad things have gotten. Did anybody else see how happy Clay looks when Gemma is around. I think he really misses her :c
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more vagina twiddling please!
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So the only way the snitch survives is by snitching? Poor Juice. I thought Tara was somehow reminiscing in her head about her sad, odd, encounter with Otto and it turned her on. She did something for the club that was odd but so personal and it payed off. For the first time ever, Gemma was as concerned with Tara's thoughts on Jax's proposal as she was her son's. (Maybe that is what got her off?) This season is definitely the complete transformation of the smart girl who left to become a doctor but came back to Charming for her prince. As the seasons rolled on you see why she never should have returned. Her death is going to be the most tragic of any of them. Hopefully it isn't this season.
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"I think Jax has a few strong words with Juice (there was a reason the writers made Jax go see Roosevelt alone, so he could be the only one with the information), and uses Juice as another method to incriminate Clay." There is also a reason why Juice knows so much about Clay and the nomads. But surely after killing Miles, ratting on the cartel and not coming to Jax with Clays intel will weigh against him soon.
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Clay has to die this season. Just about everyone in the club knows he was behind the break ins now. Hopefully Juice is able to survive snitching by giving up Clay to Jax.
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Did anyone understand what Doc said in the previews
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unfortunately shock packed previous episodes are the reason why this one is sucked. okay the first part was okay - someone was shot to death (thats good). but the rest is boring man. slow paced, seemed like half of episode was floating without any direction. it was like - oh we almost did forget about Tara's thing with otto - here we go folks, let's have it. then oh we almost forgot about Juice ridiculous snatch story, here we go, take it. and we added some unnecessary Nero Gemma hanging out story (or may be just filler). outcome bored me almost to death, I don't know I/m kinda don't care about Gemma's love life. coz Nero isn't two faced or hasn't any dark background so what's the point of all this cheesy melodrama for 50somethings? Sutter sometimes can't poise right tone of the show - he always going from extreme shocker scenes of incredible brutality to melodramatic cheesyness. He is psycho Otto. but not so smart.
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I think Tara wants to see Ottos perspective since she half way there. She trapped in Charming her hand is busted and tries to get out of it.
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Day number 9... oh you know the rest.



It was better this episode. But not by much. The whole thing with Frankie was classic SOA, it was short, it was sweet and someone was shot to death. SOA through Jax made another loose connection with the Mob and it didn't cost them that much. The Mob got to keep Frankies money and the money Jax was paying him to clean up the club. That is fine, that is good and it shows Jax as the leader that he is. But it also shows how freaking stupid it is for the Irish guy to have a beef with him. It is written there only for a sad excuse to keep Clay alive and that is it. Everyone likes Jax, save for the Dbag Irish, of which Jax has an understandable beef with. So with every deal Jax makes, with every group that likes him including Pope. It flies in the face of that glaring plot hole with the Irish. And being constantly reminded by that with Clay walking around is annoying.

Gemma, I still don't care about. She is going to screw everything up again. There is literally nothing in her recent past that says she can pull off this spy love triangle. She is going to screw it up and sadly it is probably going to be Nero that gets killed. And he is really the only good thing thus far in the season. I like his character and I like the balance he gives Jax. But I doubt it is going to be Clay, because as per now, Clay is above the creed of the show and gets to walk around. And PS, if you can't clutch a motorcycle handle bar, I doubt you are going to be able to work a gun. But Gemma, is useless and the lack of any consequences for nearly killing her grandchildren is again against the creed of the show. Maybe Clay will kill her. He can get away with it after all.

The thing that really annoyed me last night though. Was the inevitable battle between Smart Jax and Stupid (needed for the plot to progress ) Jax. Jax figured out who the rat was. It was rather easy, even if you didn't know it was Juice, Jax's deductive logic was sound. It could have only been Juice. So why in the hell did he need to meet with Roosevelt, let alone bring Frankie's body with him. That was, in a word, stupid. So he had a gun on him, cash and a body. That is silly. I still maintain that he could easily tell Roosevelt that Clay was behind the nomads, Roosevelt who wants blood, can kill Clay, and the Irish have no choice but to work with Jax and there is no convenient beef to prevent that, and thus arbitrarily keep Clay alive.

Juice, Honestly at this point I could care less about Juice, he constantly keeps choosing the wrong decision, siding up to the wrong people. All based on him thinking his buddies would hate him if they found out his daddy was black. Whether Jax kills him or uses him against Clay. I really don't care at this point. Either way, it isn't what Juice's character could have been. He could have stepped up in a role and been better. So kill him, use him, whatever.

Certainly a better episode than the previous two. But not by a lot.
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he brought Frankie's body to Roosevelt,so the man could see with his own eyes,that Frankie is really dead.

If Jax told him:" Frankie is dead",Roosevelt would ask:"Well,I don't see a body. Is he really dead or did you guys made him skip town and go somewhere,where I can't find him?"

If you get the picture of what I mean good,but I won't write any more of "what if" scenario.



Clay CAN(and at one point I think he will) only DIE AT A HAND of Son(meaning any member of SAMCRO who will still be alive:D...either Jax( most obvious choice(would want it to be him),Chibs,Bobby(or him),Happy.Think prospects are safe to assume,that they won't do it and I think Tig and Juice are right there with them->on not killing Clay I mean)

Think that is how Clay is gonna die...can't see Sutter writing that anyone other then someone from club killing Clay....if by any chance it will be someone else, I would be surprised and a bit dissapointed at same time.



Of course Juice won't die right away,since he learned from Frankie,that Clay was behind all those attacks.



Clay still loves Gemma,so why would he kill her?!?!?!? That's they reason Jax is using Gemma. Yes,Clay beat her up,but he BEAT her up, he never meant to kill her.

It is easier to pull a trigger(once,twice,...5 times),than to keep constant pressure on clutch,no? When he pulls a trigger it is for a second and when he rides,it's for longer period of time CONSTANLY holding clutch.





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Sorry, I should have articulated that better. He didn't need to even go see Roosevelt. He had already figured out who the rat was. He didn't need Roosevelt to clarify it was Juice. Jax had that down. Now if he would have gone sans Frankie's corpse and tell him that he thought Clay was involved somehow that would have been different. It just seems, especially with the gun on him and a body in the car, that it was an unnecessary and stupid risk for him to take.



Yes, Clay can only die by a hand of a Son. Most likely Jax. Which is why the unnecessary plots needed for Clay to live are utterly frustrating. Jax wants to kill him, rightfully so, but can not because of the Irish. The Irish, despite making loads of money and Jax making lots of allies, not working with Jax is stupid. The only reason for the Irish guy's dissent is to give an arbitrary reason for Clay still living. I think that is sloppy and lowers the quality of the show.

But Juice, is really at this point inconsequential, he brings nothing to Jax that Jax doesn't already know. He isn't powerful enough to be of any use to Clay, and is too much of a wus for Clay to use him like the Nomads. So basically he is just there to fill some lines of dialogue. So again, kill him, use him, whatever. Unless he spills what he knows to Roosevelt about Clay. But again it means nothing because as we agree upon, Clay is going to be killed by Jax, someday.

Clay still loves her, She loves Nero. Disobeying him aside (which is essentially what he beat her for) is one thing and I agree he wasn't going to kill her last year. However, she cheating on him or two timing him with Nero is another. But like I said, Gemma and Clay are untouchable, no bad things they do are going to be punished until the end of the show. So likely it will be Nero.



Yes, it is easier. But after a long ride, when his hands were already in pain, he didn't have his cortisone shots. He maybe could have pulled the trigger. But likely would have dropped his gun due to the recoil sent through his hands. I am speaking from seeing my grandfather deal with arthritis and the limitations I saw him go through. I am not a rheumatologist, but it seems unlikely. To state something about that. My current displeasure with the show is leading probably to me to be overly nitpicky.
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