SONS OF ANARCHY Recap – “Huang Wu”

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Sons of Anarchy missed a great opportunity in “Huang Wu.”  Instead of a talky episode devoted to more Irish BS and Tara’s unravelling, we could have spent an hour with Happy eating Chinese food and watching cartoons.  Best kidnapping ever?  Instead, of course, there was more of the former.  The rules of SAMCRO don’t change much.  One step forward with guns, two steps back with the Irish.  One step forward for Tara, two steps back thanks to Gemma.  There was an opportunity in “Huang Wu,” and in the final episodes this season, to show us some real change.  For now though, the story remains a little too familiar.  Hit the jump for why you are a stupid, weak, junkie whore!

sons-of-anarchy-huang-wu-charlie-hunnamAfter a dramatic few moments to end the last episode where Tara laid in wait for Jax with her gun, things played out rather peacefully in this hour.  Jax, in a level-headed move, said he needed space to process her betrayal.  As I said last week, even if Tara didn’t face any retribution for her actions somehow, she still wouldn’t win out.  Her goal is to remove herself and her boys from SAMCRO, so even if Jax forgave her, her circumstance (and reasons for leaving) wouldn’t be alleviated.

Wendy told Tara that she needed to talk to Jax and Gemma about what led her to this point, which I also have mentioned in prior weeks.  What makes Tara look especially unhinged is the fact that we don’t see her really explain anything, or see her thought process.  Her few outbursts this week illuminated a little bit about where she is, but how did she get here so quickly?  Yes, her wariness and dissatisfaction towards the club and Charming have been in play since the first season.  And her reasons for wanting to get her boys out of there actually make complete sense.  It’s also not new — where are the wives and children of the other members of SAMCRO?  In other countries, in the wind, or dead.  The dead wives (and ex-wives) club for SAMCRO should tell any Tara detractors everything they need to know about why she wants to leave, and yet, the show still makes us believe she’s crazy, because only Gemma prevails.

Of course, Tara has tried to be Gemma in a variety of ways — her shadow, her confidante, her rival, and her superior (in terms of placement in the club).  Nothing has worked, because the odds have always been stacked against her.  That realization came when she left Patterson’s office.  No one can help her, so where does that leave her?  Are the extended shots of the gun foreshadowing?  Gemma gave her a harrowing option, but you can believe it to be true: “Thomas and Abel will never be raised by you. What you do now determines how we deliver that message.  Mommy moved away, or Mommy passed away. Your call.”  Are these the kinds of conversations you’d want to be having with your mother-in-law?

How things play out with Tara in the next few weeks will be crucial not only to this season, but to the show’s legacy.  As much as Season Six has improved upon the last few, it’s had its issues, and the show continues to rely too heavily on plot points rather than character development.  Still, there were a few scenes in “Huang Wu” that did allow us to see unusual pairs interact, like Unser and Nero, in a way that helps ground the absurdity.  Gemma’s conversation with those two and Teller Morrow (or whatever’s left of it) was such a bizarre conversation in context, but it played out completely casually.  Go see your estranged husband in jail about the Irish guns, check on the junkie, leave the crazy woman to roam.  Go Team!

Plot-wise, getting the club out of guns is a must for the show to move forward, and the same is true for the Tara situation on the character side.  Whether or not SOA is willing to take those steps though remains to be seen.

Episode Rating: C+

sons-of-anarchy-huang-wu-katey-sagalMusings and Miscellanea:

– So Gemma has taken Wendy home with her now?

– Tara should have seen the fact that Jax and Gemma’s intimidation would make her house of cards (Wendy, Margaret, Llewelyn) fall apart.  For her to not have any kind of backup plan is still uncharacteristic.

– Jax stopping off at the school where the shooting took place made almost no sense, but I’m still glad the show is keeping that sequence alive and meaningful in its own way.

– “Guess I misjudged you. Didn’t know you had a line you wouldn’t cross.” – Tara.

– I abhor the violence against women on this show, especially women against women, but I did kind of like Tara’s beatdown of Colette.  “That’s the wife.”

– “I don’t want our last push out of guns to end with a pile of dead cops” – Jax.

– If Clay dies this year, which I highly doubt, he will have the most dragged out death of any character other than Otto.

– Happy has been a star this season.  His comments about the traffic were so funny, and then to have the Chinese pick him out as “the crazy looking one,” but then having so much fun with them … I love it!




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  • Leo Spaceman

    David Labrava really should be in the opening credits next season. He has been around since season 1, I think he has earned the right to be considered a regular cast member officially.

  • Olga Lynn Fields

    SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT Maggie Siff AKA TARA KNOWLES IS pregnant IN REAL LIFE IT WAS JUST ANNOUNCED TODAY SO THIS GIVES KURT A GREAT WAY TO WRITE HER OUT DON’T BE SURPRISED THAT TARA COMMITS A HARRY CARRY AND SHOOTS HERSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EP NEXT WEEK BECAUSE DON’T SEE HER FILMING THE NEXT SEASON BEING ALMOST 9 MOUTHS PERGO OR JUST COMING OFF HAVING THE BABY SO I HAVE A FEELING THAT KURT IS GOING TO WRITE HER OUT OF THE SHOW EITHER SHE IS GOING TO SHOOT HER SELF OR SHE IS GOING TO TAKE OFF AND TRY TO FIND HERSELF REMEMBER GEMMA WORDS EITHER ITS WE TELL THE KIDS YOU EITHER MOMMY MOVED AWAY OR PASSED AWAY SO THIS GIVE KURT AWAY TO WRITE IN THAT MOMMY JUST WENT AWAY THIS IS HOW IT IS GOING TO GO EVERYONE IM GIVING MY PREDICTION TODAY NEXT WEEK TARA IS GOING TO BE GONE SOME WAY AND GEMMA TAKING WENDY TO HER HOUSE TO GET BETTER BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS WHILE GEMMA IS OUT DOING HER DIRT SO GEMMA IS GOING TO GET JAX TO FORGIVE WENDY AND LET HER BE IN ABEL’S LIFE NOT SAYING THEY WOULD GET BACK TOGETHER BUT HE WILL LET HER IN THE KIDS LIFE BUT THIS IS HOW I THINK ITS GOING TO PLAY OUT NEXT WEEK

    • bombinUSA

      why you yelling

    • bombinUSA

      why you yelling

    • Naye

      They’ve been filming season 7 for a few months now…

    • dustin

      You see that commercial where it has Gemma, Clay, and Tara on the brick wall and the MC is riding by as there spot’s on the wall blow’s up? I thought that was a hint towards the characters that are gonna be leaving or is to die off the show!!!

  • Olga Lynn Fields

    SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT Maggie Siff AKA TARA KNOWLES IS pregnant IN REAL LIFE IT WAS JUST ANNOUNCED TODAY SO THIS GIVES KURT A GREAT WAY TO WRITE HER OUT DON’T BE SURPRISED THAT TARA COMMITS A HARRY CARRY AND SHOOTS HERSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EP NEXT WEEK BECAUSE DON’T SEE HER FILMING THE NEXT SEASON BEING ALMOST 9 MOUTHS PERGO OR JUST COMING OFF HAVING THE BABY SO I HAVE A FEELING THAT KURT IS GOING TO WRITE HER OUT OF THE SHOW EITHER SHE IS GOING TO SHOOT HER SELF OR SHE IS GOING TO TAKE OFF AND TRY TO FIND HERSELF REMEMBER GEMMA WORDS EITHER ITS WE TELL THE KIDS YOU EITHER MOMMY MOVED AWAY OR PASSED AWAY SO THIS GIVE KURT AWAY TO WRITE IN THAT MOMMY JUST WENT AWAY THIS IS HOW IT IS GOING TO GO EVERYONE IM GIVING MY PREDICTION TODAY NEXT WEEK TARA IS GOING TO BE GONE SOME WAY AND GEMMA TAKING WENDY TO HER HOUSE TO GET BETTER BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS WHILE GEMMA IS OUT DOING HER DIRT SO GEMMA IS GOING TO GET JAX TO FORGIVE WENDY AND LET HER BE IN ABEL’S LIFE NOT SAYING THEY WOULD GET BACK TOGETHER BUT HE WILL LET HER IN THE KIDS LIFE BUT THIS IS HOW I THINK ITS GOING TO PLAY OUT NEXT WEEK

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Only a c+? Tonight’s episode was far better than the last couple weeks!

  • MadBlack

    The C+ is totally unjustified… But besides that the one question that keeps haunting me is why Juice didn’t ring Jax to let him know Tara’s on her way?!? Totally doesn’t make sense and I dare say it would have prevented Tara going off the rails. Just saying…

    • Naye

      Because Juice did it on purpose. He was mad at Tara so he wanted her to find out about Colette

  • MadBlack

    The C+ is totally unjustified… But besides that the one question that keeps haunting me is why Juice didn’t ring Jax to let him know Tara’s on her way?!? Totally doesn’t make sense and I dare say it would have prevented Tara going off the rails. Just saying…

  • LEM

    I’m sick of Tara and Jax BS taking over the whole show with little to no attention given to the other characters. They want to go, then stay, then he stays and she wants to go…jeez who gives a fuck anymore? I’m surprised the other guys don’t just kick him to the curb and send them on their way.

  • LEM

    I’m sick of Tara and Jax BS taking over the whole show with little to no attention given to the other characters. They want to go, then stay, then he stays and she wants to go…jeez who gives a fuck anymore? I’m surprised the other guys don’t just kick him to the curb and send them on their way.

  • randommale7

    I’ve actually always been a fan of Tara and for the past 2 seasons I haven’t been liking Gemma…is that strange?

    • Naye

      No. But I’ve never truly liked Tara until this season. Her balls have been hanging real low ijs. But maybe thats because Im a mother and I cant understand how, while a bomb blowing up three weeks ago show time, nobody can understand why Tara wants out. I think thats why Jax visited the school. And also why he ran out after Tara at Diosa. He knows he has to get out, he knows it’s causing her stress, but he hasnt reached the point of maturity where you let people out of your life because it is the best thing for them. That’s love.

  • randommale7

    I’ve actually always been a fan of Tara and for the past 2 seasons I haven’t been liking Gemma…is that strange?

  • Paula

    If I had been Tara I would have shot Jax when I found him with that whore, Collette. She had a gun. Gee, does Jax have “Mommy” issues or what!!

  • Paula

    If I had been Tara I would have shot Jax when I found him with that whore, Collette. She had a gun. Gee, does Jax have “Mommy” issues or what!!

  • Joey

    jax stopping at the school makes sense because he’s reflecting about his life and the choices he’s made. Everything currently happening with the irish is because of the school shooting. That the reason why Jax is getting out of gun so it makes sense he would stop at the school. And yes under most circumstances I would agree that Tara not having a back up plan is unlike her but I don’t think she is the same character any more. She has been driven mad that all that has happened throughout the show and now she crazy in the sense that she’s solely fixated on getting her kids out of charming. That all she cares about and lost all sense of rational. Based on her actions and what the show did with her character I think it makes sense.

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