Sons of Anarchy‘s great wave of carnage continued in “Poor Little Lambs,” but in between were a few reintroductions to great characters from the past (like Walton Goggins as Venus Van Dam, and the always great Kim Dickens as the hooker with a heart of gold, Colette). There was also a 1990s revival. Jax once again met with Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson) to work out a drug deal to offload some of that heroin he acquired, and Gemma dropped Abel off at his new school, where one of the teachers is played by Courtney Love (the horror!) Hit the jump, beautiful people.
At this point, it seems like Sons of Anarchy is just bringing back characters in order to kill them off. Even aside from Colette, the two police officers we’ve seen in the background of scenes throughout the years, whose names are apparently Cain and Eglee, were shot up by the crazy white power crew after the officers had tailed SAMCRO. The body count is multiplying exponentially, and all of it is connected to Jax’s incorrect target of retaliation regarding Tara’s death.
Jax wouldn’t have been in possession of that heroin, or even possibly met Tully, had he not been jailed for Tara’s murder, and then had SAMCRO knock off the Chinese shipment. That heist, and the fallout from it, also put Jax and the club at odds with August Marks. Though Jax’s machinations in the last two episodes seemed to suggest that he had worked things out well enough to keep Marks contained while he retaliated against the Chinese, in this world, plans are never that simple. Dragging Marks’ name into the fracas by hiring guys to knock around one of Lin’s properties also backfired royally. If it wasn’t Marks who sold SAMCRO out to Lin, it was possibly even SAMCRO’s own man from Indian Creek, who was also personally affected by Jax’s wide-reaching revenge scheme.
Though the officers being shot (and one of them killed) has now brought the heat of the law on the club, the real danger remains with the Chinese. Lin ordering that Diosa Norde be slaughtered as a message to the Sons has now brought Nero into the chaos and death again in ways he has been trying to avoid for years, not to mention that the death of Colette (right after her brief reconnection with Jax) has reinvigorated the blood feud.
Of course, none of this had to happen. It would be easy enough to go all the way to Wayne Unser and blame his misguided blabber-mouthing for kicking this whole mess off, but the responsibility still lies with Gemma for actually unleashing her full crazy and murdering Tara. The fallout from her cover-up is imploding all over Charming, though when it comes to the personal story of Sons of Anarchy, nothing still could cause as much of a crater as the revelation of Gemma’s guilt, especially now, with so many dead.
Gemma is still “talking” to Tara regularly, and it’s a symptom of crazy that Juice apparently has as well. But Juice still being alive and refusing to leave, and being that completely unpredictable loose end for Gemma, seems like it has to have a point. The truth will have to come out, surely. And that will be the end.
Yet, there’s still so much time until that begins to unravel. In the meantime, Sons of Anarchy is killing off as many people as it can fit into an hour. On the other side, though, there were parts of “Poor Little Lambs” that felt like those good ol’ days of the show, when the crew was involved in messes more like the one with the freaky preacher, and Tig’s sexual predilections were used for comic relief. As Bobby reminisced to Jax, “remember when our biggest problem was which Mayan to kill?” Those were the days.
Episode Rating: B
Musings and Miscellanea:
— “Charming. Our name says it all. This is a bad place, isn’t it, Wayne?” – Althea Jarry, and I don’t know why Gemma thinks that is a black name.
— Gemma saying that dropping kids off at school is lazy because you’re letting your kids be raised by strangers is one of the most ridiculous statements she personally has ever made. She leaves those boys with 17 year old Crow Eaters almost 100% of the time … that’s better than school, is it?
— “There are some things we just can’t share. Best we don’t” – Gemma to Nero, poor guy.
— Is something genuinely going on between Chibs and Althea?
— All of a sudden Juice can’t be alone? Someone get him a computer, please. Let him go merrily hacking away. Can’t you just see him forever dwelling on subreddits and 4Chan?
— Tig: “This hole’s not going to fill itself.” Rat: “That’s what he said.” Tig: “That was funny. Honey.”
— I like Tig and Venus as friends, sure, but it doesn’t need to be a whole romance.
— Speaking of Venus, I have watched all current seasons of Justified since the last season of Sons of Anarchy, and I cannot get over Boyd Crowder as Venus.
— Gemma is hoping Jax has a mommy fetish, apparently. I like that he shut her down and told her those words are to never come out of her mouth again. It’s so gross. Also, his comment that if he did have a mommy fetish, he would be hooking up with a psycho dominatrix.
— I like the fact that Nero called Gemma out on not only enabling Jax’s violence because of his desire for revenge, but also augmenting it for her own personal satisfaction. She’s really the worst, and I hate that the show has made her that bad over the years.
— “I was born a man, but then I was called by the gods of love and beauty, and transformed into an angel, to help bring light to those who are lost” – Venus.