Recap/Review: Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 4 ‘Hands Off’

SoA-604-Recap_320x240WOW! Last night’s episode was beyond intense.  Kurt Sutter titled this episode ‘Hands Off‘ very appropriately (I will not tell you why).  There was no skimping on the blood, violence and deceit.

Recap:

Starting at the beginning of the  the episode, Jax gets a very surprising visit early in the morning.  I must say that I did not see this coming.  Jax’s visitor was the last person I expected to see again.  Jax was not the only person to receive a very odd early morning wake up.  Unser’s visit was much less pleasant than Jax’s.

One of my favorite things about ‘Sons of Anarchy‘ is the guest stars that they bring on.  The first special guest to join the ranks was none other than the badass Robert Patrick.  Mr. Patrick played the President of the San Bernardino  charter of Sons of Anarchy.  He is no stranger to the MC life, he is a proud member of the real life Boozefighters MC.  The next special guest was Jason Voorhees from the 2009 adaption of ‘Friday the 13th‘, Derek Mears.  Mr. Mears may be a comedian, but he is no stranger to playing large, scary individuals.  Derek played a member of Darby’s former crew.

With Jax attempting to clean up SAMCRO’s act, he is making a lot of calls outside of the club.  In ‘Hands off‘, Chibs give Jax a piece of his mind at the table about Jax’s new calls.  These two kind of bump heads more than once and there is a lot of obvious unspoken tension between them.

Speaking of Darby, he made an appearance last night.  He is not the same white power enforcing, drug dealing Darby that we used to know.  He has turned his bad on the Aryan Brotherhood and has completely turned himself around.  *SPOILER ALERT* Darby is now married to a Mexican girl and trying to keep his nose clean.  Because there was an issue with some of the Aryan crew, Jax and the rest of SAMCRO pay Darby a visit.  After convincing SAMCRO that he is no longer involved with his former crew, he works with SAMCRO to help them get to the bottom of some things involving his former brothers.

Tara’s behavior has become more shady and way more distant.  She is getting help in her crazy endeavors form two people that are no strangers to the club.  What is she really up to?  I think she could really go either way.  Kurt Sutter is not known for making his characters and their actions obvious, especially not this soon in the season.

For those of us that seen last week’s episode, we know Toric and his crazy pants know no bounds.  We also witnessed Toric do something very underhanded to try to frame a friend of the club.  Sheriff Roosevelt collects Nero and his tuck, but has some serious doubt that Nero is the one that murdered the girl.  He has a new suspect and for very good reason.  Nero is trying to get away from his violent past.  He and Gemma have a very serious discussion about their future together and his future as a partner to SAMCRO.

I had mentioned that ‘Hands Off‘ was a very bloody episode.  SAMCRO pay a group a visit and it turns bloody.  There is a very bloody confrontation with a group that SAMCRO has been in business with since John Teller sat at the head of the table.  There are three deaths on SAMCRO’s side.  Only one of which is one that I have been suspecting.  All of the death scenes in this episode were very violent and horror movie worthy.

Toric and his psycho antics continue to push Clay into ratting out the club.  He threatens Clay with the same punishment that he has brought down upon Otto.  Clay gets to visit an old friend in Stockton thanks to Mr. Toric.  He tries to use the opportunity to scare Clay into signing his papers.

At the end, we bid a very violent farewell to someone that wants SAMCRO gone and an equally as gory farewell to someone that has been a part of SAMCRO since the beginning.

Review:

Hands Off‘ was hands down (haha see what I did there) one of the best episodes I have seen in the six seasons that ‘Sons of Anarchy‘ has been around.

I love how Kurt is taking so many of the characters in different directions.  The intense inner conflicts of the characters make the threats more real and way more believable.

Season 6 is really shaping up to be one of the most intense, violent seasons yet.  There have been far more surprises just in the first four episodes than there has been in the previous five seasons.  I can not wait to see where things are going in Charming.  Will Bobby come back?  Will Tara stay in Charming?  Will Clay finally get it?  Will Tara end up back inside?  Only time will tell.

 

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