SONS OF ANARCHY Recap – “Sweet and Vaded”

     October 22, 2013


Sons of Anarchy had a lot to live up to after last week’s return to form, but “Sweet and Vaded” was another great entry in what is proving to be the show’s best run of episodes in ages.  There were doubts (and still are a few) with the Lee Toric saga and the school shooting, but while the ancillary stories are still a weak point, for SAMCRO, things couldn’t be better.  After all, we’re back to car chases, shoot outs, and Tig’s confusing feelings towards transexuals — what more do you want from this show?  Hit the jump for why “bombs will do that.”

sons-of-anarchy-sweet-and-vaded-charlie-hunnamMid-season can be a difficult place for television shows.  Fans of SOA who also happen to be fans of Boardwalk Empire will note that this week for Boardwalk was a textbook case of a purely functional building block episode.  The show gave itself up entirely to plot points so that it could advance its seasonal arc.  Yeah, ok.  Yawn.

SOA has done a lot of this in the past, with an insane amount of twists and turns between the club and those trying to bring them down, but what’s nice about an episode like “Sweet and Vaded” is that it was functional (like the Tara craziness), but it also a lot of fun.  The series has time to pause and have some more shootouts and car chases, because why not?  Last week’s “Salvage” along with “Sweet and Vaded” felt so much like Seasons One and Two, and characters (like Jacob Hale and Margaret Murphy) being referenced and included serve to flesh that feeling out even more.

Essentially, the club had a break: things are quiet with the Irish for now, and Jax has learned an important lesson.  So SAMCRO was at liberty to relocate to an ice cream shoppe, apparently, patch in new members (another great “fuck yeah, SAMCRO!” moment). The table scene provided a nice exposition of where the club’s finances are, and why they can’t really move on much.  It’s nice to take a break anyway, and in doing so, help out a transexual friend maybe.

Venus Van Damme’s character has been little more than a punchline so far, but this week she provided an old-school plot line for us.  The club needed to rescue her nephew/son from her crazy incestuous child pornographer mother (because of course. Sons of Anarchy doesn’t believe in anything that isn’t twisted all to hell).  So be it!  The ensuing chase and Jax putting the bullet in Alice’s head was fun and satisfying.  Does it have future implications for the club?  Does it matter?

sons-of-anarchy-sweet-and-vaded-charlie-hunnam-mark-boone-juniorWhat will be another bomb to the club though is still brewing.  Tara has been hard at work this season to do everything she can to out-scheme Gemma and provide air-tight protection for her boys against her.  Exactly how all of this, including her secret divorce from Jax, all plays out is uncertain.  But so far we’ve seen her willing to go to extreme lengths to make it happen (faking a pregnancy/miscarriage by smashing a big of her own blood (?), smashing herself in the first place, manipulating Jax into signing papers against Gemma, etc).  Tara is extremely smart and resourceful, and hasn’t been given a lot to do in the last few years.  If this is her Great Escape, I truly believe she can and will do it.

The point is, SAMCRO never really has a break from the violence and crazy, and neither does Sons.  Still, some light amid the darkness is night, and the last two weeks have really brought that home where the Reaper is.

Episode Rating: A-

sons-of-anarchy-sweet-and-vaded-walton-gogginsMusings and Miscellanea:

– Would you let your kid take free candy from Chucky and an MC in Scoops and Sweets?

– D’aww, Rat Boy!  Congrats!  Even though your character was completely overlooked until the Irish killed Phil.  Glad to see the table fatten up, and I wonder if we’ll get to know these new patches more this year (right now I wouldn’t know them from Adam).

– Margaret Murphy is basically Tara’s lapdog now.  Although as we learned a long time ago, since she used to be a biker babe herself, she completely gets it.

– How much is Wendy in on Tara’s scheme?  Did she know that last part was all a ploy to frame Gemma?

– I loved Eli’s face when he saw Gemma in lockup.  So not surprised.

– Speaking of great face, all of Tig’s looks in this episode re: Venus were hilarious.

– I want to see a behind-the-scenes look on how they do Walton Goggins‘ makeup for Venus.  Especially those knockers!

– Nero is so annoyed with that anal sex happening on his bottom bunk, as I suppose one might be.

– Incest is really in this year on TV, isn’t it?  I swear every show I watch has at least once instance of it now…

  • Andrew from Troy

    Barosky is definitely going to use Alice’s murder against the Sons, since he’s being forced to dig up dirt on them by the DA.

    • NeoGeo12

      Are we forgetting that he killed someone in front of Jax. So unless he is planning on dissappearing from Southern California it wouldn’t be smart to implicate himself.

  • NeoGeo12

    Was the Anal Sex consensual I assumed that we werd witnessing a rape for protection.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Just some thoughts…

    First time Clay never showed up in an episode.

    Goggins gave a great performance, but how did Venus grow up to be a Southern Bell that does not tell in a family like that?

    Thats a new extreme from Tara, how long will Gemma keep it a secret from Jax that she watched Tara “force a miscarriage”?

    Who directed the car chase scene? Michael Bay? All that engine revving!

    Welcome Ratboy, please don’t die, at least not this season I actually really like you (but not in a Tig kind of Way). The table has two new guys that I don’t care about. Not Quinn, save his death until the very end of the series.

    Juice and Happy didn’t get much airtime. I really, I’m a bit worried that the minor detail of them meeting the Irish next week dropping off Connor doesn’t end up with Jax being delivered a bag of bald brownish heads.

    Can’t blame Tig for not wanting to be anywhere near one of the men who burned his daughter alive. I hate the feeling that Marks might still demand his life.

    Random Anal Sex? Butt Fuck it, why not?

    So pictures, a bag of Patches, and wooden table survive an explosion that a building does not?

    Hale seems defeated, at least he doesn’t hate the Sons, its always weird to see the rest of Charming folks react to the sons, its not easy to remember that they are murdering (former) gun and drug runners. Oswald really needs Charming heights to go through.

    Ratboy is going to be a great soldier.

    I’m glad that the sons aren’t bothered by a brother’s somewhat possibly homosexual desires.

    Alice, why do you keep saying everybody hates the school shooting. Its a part of the world. It happened and its rather accurate. There was a school shooting two days ago wasn’t there?

    I wouldn’t call Venus a punchline. She had a single episode before showing up with this drama and that was an episode that was meant to be light and fun after the heavy of Opie’s death and funeral.

    The lawyer really is quite beautiful.

    And finally and most importantly, Welcome Ratboy, I’m really happy you made the cut.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Also, Alice, you ” Sons of Anarchy doesn’t believe in anything that isn’t twisted all to hell” in reference to the mother raping children. The Sons do not believe in Child Abuse, they castrated a cruel Carney Clown for child rape.

    • samtrendi

      Thats a new extreme from Tara, how long will Gemma keep it a secret from Jax that she watched Tara “force a miscarriage”?

      i keep wondering if she wasn’t lying about the pregnancy to begin with. I haven’t gone back through the eps, but did she ever show proof of life?

      • Leo Spaceman

        From what I took from last night’s episode, she was lying the entire about being pregnant. Tara wouldn’t kill her baby to be to get her babies away from Gemma, and she had to put a bad of blood down there to fake the miscarriage. It was planned for quite a while in my opinion.

    • samtrendi

      Thats a new extreme from Tara, how long will Gemma keep it a secret from Jax that she watched Tara “force a miscarriage”?

      i keep wondering if she wasn’t lying about the pregnancy to begin with. I haven’t gone back through the eps, but did she ever show proof of life?