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Sons of Anarchy S06E05: "The Mad King"


Ed. note: We're trying something a little different this season with our Sons of Anarchy reviews. Instead of having one person compose his or her thoughts for you each week, we've decided it might be more fun to tag-team SOA in a conversation-style review. That way, you'll get two different perspectives on TV's most violent drama.


TIM: I think it would be funny if Jax called up the Irish up and said, "Hey, I ordered an Irish Car Bomb, not an Irish Bar Bomb. HAHAHAHAHA!" And then made this face:

KAITLIN: [silence]

TIM: And then Galen would be all like:


TIM: And then Jax and Galen would hug it out and everyone would be friends! Wouldn't that be great? Except this is Sons of Anarchy, where everyone hates each other, even the best of buds. "The Mad King" had one of the series' most literally explosive endings, and killed off one of its most iconic characters: the Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair shop! Yeah, the bomb was meant to take out a lot more than that, but holy shit Kaitlin! Where are all these biker broads going to take their kids for daycare now? Jax didn't want war, but this action by the Irish was a declaration that can't be taken any other way. They just tried to kill the whole show. 

KAITLIN: Don't worry, if there's any justice in this world, Uncle Touchy's home on wheels will have been spared from the destruction and they'll just move the daycare to another location. I'm crossing my fingers for Diosa; that way Lyla can take turns watching the kids. Or maybe even Wendy's place, since she's super relevant again. Either way, R.I.P. SAMCRO clubhouse. We're just lucky Jax is so observant that he noticed a shamrock pen on the bar, but not, you know, his wife slowly removing herself and their children from his life. Whatever, who cares about that when there's murdering to be done, right? This war with the Irish just got super real, super fast, something I wasn't actually expecting to happen so early in the season. I've been trying to figure out what Jax and the club could do in retaliation—because that's how these things work—and the only thing I'm getting is: CLAY, CLAY, CLAY. What are the odds that Jax tells Clay to take the offer to run the distribution out of Belfast as a way to destroy the Irish from within?

TIM: Holy crap, Kaitlin! Have you ever thought of starting your own motorcycle club? I like that plan, get Clay to have them ship a bunch of guns to some stranger's house like the old pizza-delivery prank, and then their business is ruined when the guy who answers the door is like WTF? But I guess it would be more like a man-on-the-inside type of deal with Clay, with him figuring out some way to screw over the Irish and frame them for providing guns to kids. And once again it'd be another way to keep that slippery rascal Clay alive. But would they really ship Clay off to Belfast? Is this the season that Sons of Anarchy keeps Clay as far away as possible from everyone else? Why does he need to go to Belfast to run the operations? I have many questions about the business practices of these people in this show. Do you know how many problems would be solved if JUST ONE person said, "You know what, maybe I will just go find another person to run my business with, since you're under investigation by the feds/forcing me to work with black people/in jail/a murder suspect." I mean come on, why must everyone be so stubborn? 


KAITLIN: You bring up a lot of interesting questions. Sadly, I can only answer one of them. Obviously, Clay needs to be shipped off to Belfast because he'd be a wanted fugitive at that point. But the idea does make me wonder how Clay would be able to run distribution from Ireland, because if the Irish could do that, don't you think they'd be doing it already? Why would they need SAMCRO at all if they could run their operations from outside the country? I'm very interested to find out more about Clay and Galen's alleged other dealings, because there's a piece missing from this puzzle and I can't quite figure out what it is.

TIM: Yeah, those past deals with Clay (dress-shirt smuggling?) are going to be what brings Galen down, if you ask me. I'm happy we finally have some bad guys to hate, and I'm happy they're the Irish. I just hope SAMCRO doesn't go to Ireland for revenge now, we don't need THAT again. But you know what? It's not even the Irish who've got me the maddest. It's those pervy prison security guards who made Clay and Gemma have old-people sex just for jollies. WHAT. IN. THE. HECK? What is wrong with those two dudes? Why don't they just use the internet for porn like everyone else? And if it's old people they're into, haven't they heard of LemonParty.org? And what about the "no masturbating in the same room" rule that's a foundation of the Guy Code? This show should pause all of its other storylines just to slowly torture those dudes in a special 90-minute episode of Sons of Anarchy.  

KAITLIN: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's not get crazy now. The last thing we need is another 90-minute episode to derail the momentum that's built up in the two most recent episodes. But I am totally with you on the OMGWTF of that moment. I think I threw up a little during that scene. However, whether or not I agree with Gemma's decision to tell Nero about it is another matter. Since when is she all, "Let me confess my sins"? If anything, she's been Liar #1 since Day #1. Her untruths have gotten so severe that I couldn't tell whether she was being sincere during her conversation with Wendy. It all felt a bit like she was trying to manipulate Wendy into choosing her side in the never-ending battle of Gemma vs. Tara. And it worked, at least for a little bit. She went running to Tara claiming she couldn't go through with their original plan. To be honest, this entire storyline is boring me now. Tara used to be a character I cared a lot about, now I just sort of roll my eyes and wonder when Tara became so lifeless.


TIM: At least "The Mad King" cleared up a few things with regard to Tara's storyline, which I probably didn't totally get because it always puts me asleep when it's on. I'm just disappointed that it's as simple as I thought it was. Tara wanted her kids to be under the guardianship of Wendy if Tara went to jail because she's worried that the club is a dangerous environment for them, and she's keeping this from Jax because obviously Jax would be like, "Hold up, girl." Basically, Tara is a monster. But the problem with the plot still remains: Tara doesn't have ANY other options than to hand them over to Abel's former junkie mom who Tara's always hated? Get some friends or a family, Tara! 

Anyway, I'm going to change the subject here and move on to Chibs and Jax's relationship, which has been rocky at best. I LOVED Chibs' confrontation with Jax about making his own calls instead of bringing them to the table. Jax deserved that talking-to, and I was disappointed that Chibs' anger seemed to've disappeared in the next scene when they were waiting for the phone call from the Irish. If Chibs lets those things go, who's going to keep Jax from going rogue and calling all the shots? 

KAITLIN: Call me crazy, but I don't necessarily see Chibs letting Jax off too easily. He's been pretty vocal all season long about Jax's unwillingness to bring things to the table. But everything Jax has done has led to where we ended this episode: with a clubhouse in ruins. This isn't like in Season 4 when Roosevelt and the fire department showed up and trashed the place. The clubhouse is literally a burning pile of embers. Jax might have had good (if a wee bit selfish) intentions in wanting to get the club out of the gun business, but he's gone about it the wrong way. If tonight's episode served one purpose, it was to show Jax that actions have consequences, and that if he wants to clean up this mess and really cut ties with the Irish, he's going to need to stop acting like Clay and start bringing his brothers in on all club business. And also to never let Chucky take deliveries. But mostly the club stuff.

TIM: Haha, yeah right. No one in this club will ever learn a thing. I'm at least psyched that we have a very established enemy now, and I can't wait to see SAMCRO take them down. "The Mad King" was pretty consistent with the rest of this season, which is to say it moved really fast and proved that even when things don't always make sense, Sons of Anarchy is still one of the most entertaining shows on television.



SKIDMARKS

– Bobby got a quick mention when his traveling sideshow was recommended to Jax to fulfill the need for some bodies, but Jax quickly shot that down. That's two weeks in a row that we haven't seen Bobby. Not cool. What's up with his storyline?

– Roosevelt and Nero have some things brewing, but what? It seems like all of Toric's stories are slowly being transferred to other characters because Sons of Anarchy had to kill Toric prematurely when Donal Logue got too busy. 

– Still trying to figure out why Collette is in this season so far. Ditto for Charlie Robocop. Both characters are just hanging around, but neither seem very important yet.

– Is there any chance all of SAMCRO and their families can fake their own deaths like they were inside when the bomb went off? How hilarious would that be?

– Really? A pen with a shamrock on it left behind by a beer delivery person is the big clue that saves the club?

– The episode title "The Mad King" is probably talking about the pissed-off Irish "Kings," but it could refer to King Lear. However, I like to think that it's a Game of Thrones reference. The Mad King in that series was Aerys Targaryen, the predecessor to Robert Baratheon. So maybe Jax is Aerys because he's going off on his own and making decisions for the club. Which I guess would make Chuckie and his missing digits the equivalent of Varys! Feel free to make your own Sons of Anarchy-Game of Thrones analogies in the comments section below.



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First of all it was a great episode.
Jax already was uneasy about the Irish Kings request at 8'oclock & the pen (which he'd seen at the warehouse) just made it click. I think the Irish left it on purpose as a calling card, they just didn't expect everyone to get out in time.

Yes the Tara thing is getting tiresome because it is taking too long. But Wendy seriously?!? why not give the kids to her former boss at hospital. Now Unser I don't know if he's getting info for Gemma or if his "help" offer was because he loves those kids.

Clay is looking out for himself, he just wants the club to owe him. And Jax can just use him. I don't understand why everyone is complaining about the "old people" sex scene when we didn't even see it. I think as someone mentioned that Nero is gonna kill those guards when he's in jail. And if you pay attention to this show there are always little things at beginning of season that make sense in the end.

The marshal was killed cause what Otto did gets Tara more in trouble as the lawyer said, making her prison fear all more real.

I think the sheriff doesn't believe that Nero killed the escort as he has already hinted & wants to figure out what really happened & will be instrumental in finding out the truth about the marshal & helping Nero.

I think Bobby is going to end up being a savoir for the club.

I am surprised no one mentioned the "You are tapping my mom" comment from Jax to Nero it was hilarious.

CCH Pounder's hair HAS to be wig, it's THAT awful.
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With all of Nero's questions to Jax about MC business, I figure Nero is either an informant already, or is going to rat the MC out to save himself.
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I don't get the big deal with Wendy getting the kids also. She seems to have truly changed her ways and you seem to exaggerate how bad she is. She seems one of the only one with a clear head.

About Jax I really don't know what is going on with him, but he is truly turning into what Clay was and every second in command he gets always changes his attitude towards him. As if they are seeing him for who he really is, always doing things for the club that gets them in deeper. I mean can't he see after all this stuff he is getting deeper and deeper. He keeps lying to himself and everybody and blindly believes every chance out, which also gets him deeper.

And I truly don't know how he didn't see that one coming. He knew what the irish said to Clay, why didn't he take it to heart and actually believed the IRish were going to honor that deal. I saw that bomb coming a mile away.
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Kinda dissapointed in this review. Not only did that GoT reference make no sense (at best Chuckie would be Patchface), but The Mad King could definitely refer to King Lear and otherwise it would just refer to Hamlet!!

I'll also bring up, for the third week, that I do NOT get the big deal with having Wendy take the kids!!?? In the world that is SOA, she would be a perfectly reasonable person to take care of the kids. You Tara to leave them with Gemma!? Might as well rename them Oedipus cause those relationships will be effed up!
Tara, as always, is the only person remotely sane on this show. It's been her part since the beginning. Not surprising people hate her for it. She's still my hero and always will be the saving grace of this show. Whenever you think, WTF, there you'll see Tara literally going, What The Fuck.
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Hey... why do you keep calling him Galen?? It's GAALAN dammit!!
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I must say Tim's review here is really funny especially those pictures on top of Jax and Galen faces. Thanks for the laughs !

Sutter the creator does have a twisted mind to be able to come up with the prison scene. Perhaps the secret fantasy of watching your wife do other guys. His treatment of his own character Otto have gotten me thinking if he is a person who is a sadist to himself in real life.

And Tim put it very well, SOA is still very entertaining even if it does not make sense at times.
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Did anyone else happen to notice that the pen that Jax asked the Irishman to write down the address to the "beverage supply warehouse" was a matching shamrock pen to the final scene? Kudos to Jax for being so observant about that as he has his head up his ass this season and is once again pussy whipped by another and entangled in his growing web of mess and greed.
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It wasnt a great episode - sure it tied up a few things, but as soon as one of the Kings orchestrated the time and venue of a meeting where ALL the club head honchos would be present, you had to know there would be a bomb.....you're dealing with the fucking IRA, ITS THEIR FUCKING M.O.!!!

I'm not going to bother and rehash points i've made in previous posts about what Bobby's role will be or Tara's plan because this review kinda annoyed me.
I didnt mind the format previously, but in this review it didnt work. And that was down to Tim. And its not because i'm Irish and he made a car bomb joke, or the fact that i lived in London as a kid when the IRA were setting off car bombs.
A basic and fundamental rule Tim should follow = when opening with a joke, IT HAS TO BE FUNNY. I dont mind stereotypes, risque or offensive humor, but i loathe unfunny jokes or awful delivery of unfunny jokes.

Good job by Kaitlin though
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This show still kicks ass even when nothing really makes sense and I could care less about Tara, Wendy, Gemma storyline. Also, just my humble opinion but I've read the last few reviews and I'm not a fan of the conversation style. But if you enjoy it continue on!
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The pen that Jax noticed was the same type of pen he made the Irish guy write with in the warehouse. That's how he knew. Did anyone else say it below, I didn't have the patience to thoroughly read all the comments.
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Nobody has said if yet, and I agree with you.
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The season isn't going that bad, I still like it, even if sometimes it feels a little rushed.
Some parts are a little too unnecessary in my opinion, like the forced sex scene in the prison. It's really strange that the guards don't know who Clay is, that Gemma is a old lady of SAMCRO one of the biggest group of criminals wondering around Charming.
I think at this point, especially law enforcers, are the last ones to want to have problems with the Club.

A pen give away the bomb plan, really??!!!!!!
It was so obvious after the last phone call!!! The irish kinda ask them to be all together at 8 o'clock in the same place, Jack and Chibs knew the Irish were against Jack proposition and going in another direction and they needed the club gone.

We were in 3 people watching the episodes together, as soon Jack closed the phone and Chibs said "Well, that will be a first Jacky boy", we almost shout at the same time "bombbbbbbbb".

Poor Chucky, he will probably need some ink saying: "Always check twice before accept a delivery".

Club table: we will miss you. ;(
Same goes to all the nice pictures on the wall celebrating the old beef with the justice for every club member.

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Gemma definitely has some Cersei qualities. Happy = Hodor? IDK.

This episode was alright but I'm sick of Tara/Wendy/Gemma whining about wills and stuff for half the episodes. Also, I think the perverted cop scene was unnecessary. We've already seen much worse things happen to Gemma, so this was more along the lines of being that one scene that makes you say "Awwwwkwarddd" out loud to yourself while drinking a beer. Didn't really have any impact except maybe on Jimmy Smitts.
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The title of the episode refers to the Irish Kings, as Tim and Kaitlin mentioned, and the book that was given to Clay ("It gets good around pg. 47") with the note inside was titled "The Mad King".


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I'm really tired of ready comments and reviews saying things like this: " Still trying to figure out why Collette is in this season so far. Ditto for Charlie Robocop. Both characters are just hanging around, but neither seem very important yet." The season's only just begun, things are getting set up, just bloody wait before you start complaining about things not being important. And each week someone talks about how the school shooting was unnecessary and served no purpose, yet it keeps being referenced in the show and the DA (I think that's who the black chick with ugly hair is) looks like she's going to be a problem for the club or make the sheriff a problem for them again. Have some patience, when the season's over you can complain about things being unnecessary, but not any sooner.
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Just a friendly piece of advice; I wouldn't make any Irish Car Bomb jokes in Ireland if you don't want to receive the dirtiest look you've ever had. That kinda of thing is still a very sore issue for a lot of Irish people.
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I guess SOA will have to call the British Special Forces. They will probably have the motivation to kill Galen and his boys.
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I've been reading a lot about "Clay's road to redemption". I don't give a **** about him!! what he did cannot be erased or forgiven, too many lines were crossed and he should've been killed 1000 times for each and every one of them!!
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RIP awesomely carved table...
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If homeland security doesn't show up next episode im calling complete BS for this show. No way in modern America that a building blows up without at least 100 federal agents investigate it. Especially right after a school shooting in the same town.
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The episode ended with it blowing up. We don't know if the feds are showing up yet are not. Did you expect them to be there before the bomb went off?
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Aaannd the cops just happened to be there in the parking lot when it happened.
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Not every show from Sutter is a golden piece. This one particulary is a garbage imho:

1) Basic premise of this show is: we don't want to sell guns and drugs, ergo we will stop that by selling guns and drugs. Is Jax getting any closer to his goal? He had 5 seasons to achieve that...

2) What's up with this Tara and Gemma "I love you - I hate you - I love you - I hate you" relationship? Is this a soap opera? Beverly Hills - Charming Edition?

3) How large is the Charming city? Are there any citizens left? Because what we see from the show, the population is formed basically from gang members - Niners, Nazis, Sons, Mexicans, maybe even violent gang of Bloody Smurfs... and the rest is killed, I presume?

4) Why must there be in every episode so many plot twists? Just for the sake of to have at least one major plot twist? Compared to slow pacing Breaking Bad, this show feels like a shinkansen on steroids, run by a mad conductor. Most of the stuff does not make sense anymore.

5) Are the characters defined by the amount of word "shit" they say? Jax "Shiiiit" Teller, Gemma "Oh Shit" Teller, Chief "I was just walking around, Oh Shit" Unser and on and on...

6) And don't even mention the emotion milking at the end of each episode when some very deep and important song starts to play and we watch actors in various melancholic situations...

It's not a good show, not anymore.
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simple solution. dont watch it
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Say it again friend. I do not understand why people say a show is "garbage" but spend their time online talking about it. Just don't watch already.
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Motorcycle club against IRA, ridiculous. Took British Army 30 years to reach a stalemate against them. Writing is getting absurd.
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With Nero going to prison, even if it's just temporary until he gets bail, who else sees him killing the two prison guards from the Clay-Gemma scene?
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Yes I am glad someone mentioned it. That's what I think too, Nero is gonna kill the guards!!
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SOA currently is alot of people seeming to be shady who might not be shady, but because of their past activities and associates everything they do seems shady as heck. Case in point; Clay....is he on redemption row with the club or is Clay still being sneaky Clay? Sure he took some punches,, but that whole Gemma thing seemed like a win win for Clay....just sayin'. Roosevelt.... is he helping the DA or stirring the pot because he just doesn't care anymore? He seems to be poking at Nero, but yet kind of helping him out. Unsar, does he really want to help Tara or is he just gathering information...cause Unsar has always been about Gemma; so what changed or maybe being a babysitter for Jax's kids has somehow shot them up ahead of Gemma in Unsar's priority list. Gemma, why is she all of sudden so honest or is she, we still have no idea what she really told Nero. And the Gemma we all know would smell Wendy's setup a mile away or is her hatred of Tara killing her brain cells. And finally is Jax as gullible and naive as he's portraying or is he just pretending to be....he has me worried. I will readily admit, I've never been a Tara fan, but I wouldn't label her a monster for actually acting like any good mother would; however it was disappointing to hear her say all this was because of "Gemma" and hear I thought it was the constant violence that had her hatching her ill conceived plan. This is why I enjoy this show, nothing is as it seems.

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This show's making less sense with every episode. Do these uber macho bikers realize how ridiculous they are? Do they realize that all their talks about business (selling guns) and getting job done (kill someone or beat the crap out of someone) are beyond ludicrous and absurd? Dead bodies arrive everyday. It's fun to look how Jax and others react to another death. This show completely abandoned real time or any time. I dont think that Sutter condone or approve of violence (and violent retaliation as only option) but I guess he has no choice but to make bikers retaliate in violent fashion because it's good action and viewers like action. If bikers step down there will be no action (violent and bloody) and people switch to GTA. It is dumb pointless philosophy - eye for an eye (some confuse it with reciprocity principle), violence against violence. But this show sending exactly that sad banal message. Now after big explosion we expect big violent retaliation coz it would be a boring action-less show without it. Also why does Tara fake her pregnancy? It is too low move for Tara.
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There has been no mention that Tara's pregnancy is fake, where did you see that?
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I don't know. I has a feeling that she's faking it. If not why we need this another baby for? To feel more sad if she is gonna be killed? I'll be sad anyway.
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Great episode. I love,how Chibs told Jax "this ain't just your club Jackie boy". It was smart,that Chibs is VP,but now the club is gone,awsome table is gone and bikes got destroyed as well(some). Their hookers will have to work 24/7 now,if they are out of gun business :D
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Best episode so far. The gamechanger.
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Ok, I'm not going to throw the usual "If blablabla I will stop watching the show!" bc let's face it, nobody cares! But I gotta say that this season has been pretty disappointing so far...

Jax is just ridiculous now!! He is the MAD KING. Even I knew that the "let's give the guns to the black" was a horrible idea... Is he crazy??? And, am I the only one that rolls her eyes and says "r u kidding me??" every time Jax says "I promise". Is there anyone in between jobs that could count the number of promises that guy throws around???? is he really optimistic or just doesn't care about his word meaning nothing???

It's confirmed: Nero is Prince Charming with tattoos.

The conjugal visit was disgusting!! and if its point was just so we could see that Gemma-Nero are 4 evaaaaaa, let me just say I didn't care that much. At least we didn't have to watch it... (do u think they filmed it and then someone told Kurt "i think it's too much boss..."? ahahahahah)

Tara running to Mexico with 2 toddlers on her hip is a better plan then whatever she's cooking. (I'm pretty sure she's using Wendy and is actually giving the kids to their pretend-granny, lady-who-works-in-the-hospital-whose-name-i-can't-remember).

The other club members are pretty much ornamental by now. (i hate it!). They're job is existing to be killed. Chibs confronting Jaxs: not enough! Jax needs a fucking intervention!!! You would think that with less members there would be more space for their characters to develop... Nup! Juice is traumatized! Happy? well, he hasn't tortured anyone lately so he's probably traumatized too. Rat?? Nobody cares. Please Kurt, let Bobby fix this!!

Characters are turning one-dimensional! Everybody is all hate, secrets and lies. That's it!! (except Nero bc he's a character from once upon a time and club members who are just clueless).

P.S. - Colette??? really?? r we suppose to care that Jaxs wants to sleep with her?? I don't. neeeeeext!

P.S. - Still a good show just not living to its potential, in my opinion....





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gotta say that I've completely enjoyed seeing Jimmy Smits act for once....this maybe the best role he's ever played.
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Jimmy's a less is more actor. its almost like he's being himself so he kinda comes off as the same character in every role. it works better for some than others. He was nuts in Dexter. that was good. i really enjoyed Miguel. He's the only thing original about SOA at this point. everything else is cliche.
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i see that more now that ever before....he just keeps getting better in this role
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Thought the 'Mad King' title was a reference to Game of Thrones and where the hell is Bobby?!?!?!
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I watch this show how I watch the a-team. Jax orders all supplies he knows which pens come in and out.
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Interesting ending but it was pretty obvious from the get-go that it was a trap. I actually thought Jax had figured it out when we just saw him and Chibs at the table and that maybe they had evacuated everyone else. At least he figured it out in time. And this season starts to feel more and more like Clays road to redemption and I don't actually mind it that much.
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I think the Gemma/Clay sex scene was one of the most unnecessarily WRONG scenes I've ever seen. It was like, really dudes? Come on. Please tell me you don't get off on watching the Old and the Restless knock boots. And it seemed weird thrown in there for a scene.

Clay will play secret agent inside man when he accepts the Irish offer. This will be part of his redemption storyline.

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That was a labor of stupid, just like when Tig drowned the persian. Just stupid, awful, transparent writing
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I couldn't believe it when the scene shifted to the biggest mob of samcro members we've seen this season together in one place, right before the '8 o'clock' phone call.
Clay has just had to put up with wrinkly sex in front of two bent screws to get a message to Jax that the Irish are pissed and not going for the deal, and then when Jax talks to the Irish who are all "make sure you get as many members as possible in the one place we know about at 8 o'clock your time" (another big red flag) Jax actually did it!
Not for one moment did he think "Oh fuck that sounds a bit suss just to be sure why don't we all gather round the burner a few miles up the road while we listen to more lies from the blokes who just last week cut off our brothers' hands "

No that would require an IQ bigger than Jax's gnat dick,
Another big Duh! a clover leaf pen put him up to it!
I know a few Irish types & none of em would be seen anywhere near a nasty piece of trashy tourist tat like a clover leaf pen.

Nor are they stone racist especially not the ones in the breakaway republican factions who are all dyed in the wool lefty as it gets.

Those guys are embarrassed by the self styled 'celtic' gangs in the US which are racist - particularly the Celtic prison gangs.
Kurt really has this one back to front it would be more likely that the US whitefella gangs such as SoA would refuse to do business with african americans than 21st century Irish republicans who readily acknowledge their debt to their North African sources of training & munitions.


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One thing I have to say: Gemma is the evil bomb. She ain't Peggy Bundy anymore, people!



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Seriously, love "Sons of Anarchy." But can they at least get one day off from the constant shit-storm? Who would seriously join an MC knowing they could just get shot over a gun deal with the Irish that they had nothing to do with? But the bodies are dropping this season. South Park was right!

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My thoughts....

First, I want to emphasize how much I love this show, and is an avid follower of whatever direction K. Sutter chooses to guide it. But, having said that, let's get down to business.....

When Kurt intimated that this would be a dark season, he's definitely walking the walk and not simply talking the talk. For me, despite the final big bang at the end, this episode represents the quiet before the storm. I see bad things on the horizon for SAMCRO. Like the child in The Sixth Sense, I see dead people, and they all seem to be wearing SAMCRO cuts.

I can't see the boys surviving a war against the Irish, and especially when they are also contending with Nazi's, prosecutors, dead members, internal discourse, Nero's implication in murder, and so on.

Personally, I don't think the Nazi incursion ended with last weeks siege by the Sons. I expect some faction of them to reappear in the coming weeks. I sense that the comment Chibs made to Jax about this not being "only his club" is the prelude for something more pronounced to occur between Jax and the club. I see a major division on the horizon, and for some reason I see Bobby as the instigator of that division.

I think Wendy will be charmed by Gemma and betray Tara. But, I still think Wendy is going to pay a price for the choices she make.

Clay? Kurt has written this in such a way that I should forget what he's done to end up where he is. And I must confess that when I think about seasons 1-3, I get nostalgic for the Sons as they once were. And then I think about JT, Donna, Piney, Opie, Tara, Gemma, Jax, Kozik....these are all people who were affected by the leadership decisions Clay made. And then I think about season four, and I'm reminded why Clay is irredeemable.

I don't get the attraction between Jax and the madame Colette. What was going on with the hand holding? Yeah, she's attractive but so was all the other women he cheated on Tara with. So, one argument with you because I'm angry, frustrated, and in jail because I did what you asked me to do, and you become infatuated with the first pretty face that flirts in your direction? Well, don't be shocked if I conspire behind your back to get my children as far away from you, your manipulative mama, and criminally violent MC as soon as possible....since I might be going back to jail because I tried to have your back.

My only critique is with the pen Jax saw that revealed the Irish plot to blow up the club. Really???? I'm an Irish killer in conflict with SAMCRO, but let me leave this IRISH pen in plain sight so you'll know who I am. Better yet, I'm Jax, and I'm going to notice this random pen on the bar that happens to have Irish markings. Oops, that must mean there's a bomb on the premises.

Okay, for the sake of being a SAMCRO junkie, I'll suspend disbelief.....


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Oh forgot one thing. What the hell is up with Jax and the hooker? I swear he's acting like a school boy with a crush. It's kind of ridiculous...
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Holy freakin' crap, did not see that coming! Yes it was made clear to us that the Irish would be the big bad from here on out but I had no idea they would go that far. That was totally insane. And yes, how observant of Jax to notice a pen and save the day? That was kind of lol worthy.
Totally agree about the prison guards and the old people live sex show. EWWW! What the hell is up with the prisons in this show? I was really scared that the one guard was gonna do Clay instead of Gemma if she had said no. This is one f'ed up town. Remind me not to get arrested there... lol
How messed up is it that it looks like Clay may be the savior of the club after all? After all of his dirty deeds and underhanded shit, he may be the one who gets them out of this. That slimy weasel has more than 9 lives. lol
And the winner for useless story of the episode? Tara yet again. Her shit is so boring now. I'm really tired of her. Either send her to jail or kill her off already...
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So everything still sucks for everyone and its getting worse. Oh joy!
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surprise, surprise.... betcha didnt see that coming....
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Not all surprises are good. I've been a loyal fan since the first episode, but its getting harder to stay interested, and starting to feel very 'can you top THIS crazy thing?!'. sighs
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the gimmick has practically lost its novelty. before the season starts you already know whats gonna happen. you may not know how, but you know whats coming.
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According to the typically accurate CC on this show, "Galen" is actually "Gaalan." WP came close to getting this right but misspells it (IMO) as Galaan. I'm now 99.44% sure it must be Gaalan.

Another 90-minuter this week. Another 90-minuter next week, too. Who would've thought that one 75-minuter a few weeks ago would end up being the runt of the season? The episodes seem to drag more than usual with the expanded length. Scenes go on for longer than they need to, seemingly just to kill a few extra seconds here and there. Returning to the traditional 60-minute episodes would really be a welcome sight again. These longer ones just seem to lack some of the punch (no pun intended) of the older, shorter ones.

As much as I'd like to see several minutes devoted to the torture/murder of those two perverted guards, I'm wondering why that scene ever needed to be included in the first place. Sutter seems like he's adding more gore and perversion solely for gratuitous purposes. I don't ever wince when watching this show and I like catharsis as much as the next viewer, but I still feel that this scene/subplot was totally unnecessary. As they say: WTF, Sutter?

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Galen is the English version of Gaalan - both are acceptable
Much like Shaun and Sean
People called Sean are also sometimes referred to as John (for some reason its an english derivation)
But enough of these spelling bee semantics!!

The guards = Clay is supposed to be busting out, so i think these are the guards who will be transporting him and this gives him a justifible reason to kill them

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"I'm wondering why that scene ever needed to be included in the first place. Sutter seems like he's adding more gore and perversion solely for gratuitous purposes. I don't ever wince when watching this show and I like catharsis as much as the next viewer, but I still feel that this scene/subplot was totally unnecessary."

Thank you! I said that as soon as that scene ended. WTF was the purpose of that, other than for shock and awe? Up until this point, as violent as this show has gotten, I've never had a moment where I disagreed with it. It always felt real. This was just left-field, unnecessary gross-ness. Really, really hated that scene.
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