After last weeks intense episode filled with betrayal, violence and explosions, how will SAMCRO handle the aftermath?
“Salvage” opens with Jax and Chibs walking through the remains of the Clubhouse assessing the damage. The scene is rather heavy. Jax sees his father’s bike under a pile of rubble. Jax sits with his head in his hands and begins to talk to Chibs. He says “I did this“, Chibs finds the gavel in the shattered remains of the chapel and hands it to Jax. Upon doing so, he says “we’re gonna fix this brother” to comfort Jax.
Outside of the Clubhouse, Roosevelt and the rest of the police force are conducting their investigation of the blast. Jax and Chibs approach Roosevelt. Roosevelt explains to them that he has a pretty good idea what happened to with the blast. Jax begins to talk to him and tries to reassure him that nothing like this will happen again in Charming, but Roosevelt is not convinced saying, “everything SAMCRO does comes back to haunt them.” Jax continues to be straight forward with Roosevelt attempting to mend fences and come to an understanding.
Nero was picked up and taken to the station for the murder of the Diosa girl. Gemma shows up to visit him and the officers will not let her in to see him. She makes a scene and raises hell. She eventually gets herself arrested after she shoves an officer. They put her in the holding cell with Nero and they have a discussion about what happened the night before, their future together and the future of Nero working with the MC.
Since they no longer have a Clubhouse, Jax and the rest of SAMCRO meet at Gemma’s house to discuss their next move. Tara and the boys are also there and Jax tells her of their plans to go to Chester to meet up with their brothers from the north. Tara tells Jax she is going to St. Thomas for an ultrasound to check the baby. They are interrupted by Happy who tells Jax he has a “long distance” call. Jax returns to the table with his crew and takes the call. It is Galen and the Kings. They offer the club a sort of peace treaty. Galen informs them that they will lose the gun profit and that they want Clay handling the distribution for them. Galen says “we all want the same thing Jax.” Jax tells them that they will cut Connor and the others loose and taken by surprise, Rourke says “they’re still alive?” In response Jax tells him “yes, I told you, I didn’t want a war.”
Gemma arrives home and meets up with Jax outside. Jax tells her that he needs her to go see Clay again to tell him to take the deal from the Irish. Of course she gets emotional because of what happened the last time she went to visit Clay. She still does not tell Jax about what happened. She then agrees to go.
Back at the police station, Roosevelt tells DA Patterson that he does not believe that Nero killed the girl and that he believes he was set up, but he does not disclose his suspicions of Toric. Tara goes to St. Thomas and Unser tags along with her. Outside of her office, she explains the basics of her plans to him and they are interrupted by an emotional Wendy. Tara calms Wendy down and tells her that she has arranged some time for her to play with Able at the daycare in the hospital.
The boys of SAMCRO hit the road and head for Chester. We all know that they can not just have a peaceful ride from point A to point B. They are pulled over in a town called Eden and harassed by the local law enforcement. The officers harass the guys about their cuts and their bikes telling them that gang colors are illegal in their town and that there was a delivery of motorcycles that was robbed and they want to check the guy’s bikes for stolen parts. Juice, annoyed by the pushy cops starts an argument with one of them. They cuff Juice to his bike and shoot out his tires. This unleashes hell as a fight breaks out between the two dirty cops and SAMCRO. Chibs uncuffs Juice and Jax informs the cops that they are on to their scam. Of course Tig chimes in with the Tig charm we all know and love saying “yeah I’ve seen Smokey and the Bandit a 100 times, love that movie.” Backup arrives and a chase ensues. Juice take one of the officer’s bikes and pulls some “cowboy” moves and effectively ends the chase. The chase being over, the boys arrive at Three Point Lodge without another incident. They are greeted by Jerry, the other brothers from the north and a very familiar face, Bobby. Bobby tells Jax that he needs to talk to him alone after the meeting.
Gemma arrives at Stockton to talk to Clay. She tells him about the Irish blowing up the Clubhouse the night before and that Jax needs him to accept the IRA‘s offer. She then goes on to tell him about Nero being framed and picked up by the cops. She asks him if he thinks Toric would really go that far. He tells her that Toric was a psychopath and tells her what he had done to Otto, what he had threatened to have done to him and why Otto killed him.
Back in Chester, Jax gathers everyone around a table and begins his speech. He tells them that he wants the Sons of Anarchy out of the gun business. He tells everyone of his plans of going legit and he even pulls on the heartstrings of the group by bringing up Opie’s death and the other SOA deaths that have been tied to the gun business. He receives a warm reception to his new ideas from the club. Everyone seems to be on board.
Gemma returns to Roosevelt’s office eager to share what Clay had told her about Toric. Instead of finding Roosevelt in his office, she finds DA Patterson. Roosevelt walks in and Gemma shares the information that she has on Toric. When she leaves, Roosevelt tells Patterson that she needs to get in front of the situation before it blows negativity back on her and her case. Patterson gives Roosevelt permission to search Toric’s hotel room. In Toric’s room, they find several guns and prescriptions. The bathroom had been bleached, but Roosevelt notices a rug out of place. When he moves it, the carpet had been cut up and pieced together. Under the carpet was a tile floor with evidence of bullet holes. Roosevelt shares their findings with Patterson, but she is not so eager to admit to herself that Toric is the guilty party and says that they need to continue to process Nero and charge him with the murder.
Jax gets a call from Tara checking up on him. He asks her about the baby and she tells him everything is fine. Jax says “you know this one’s a girl right?” “She’s going to be strong and beautiful like her mother.” This seems to make Tara kind of doubt what she is doing. She also learns that Patterson wants to meet with her and offer her a deal.
Bobby catches up with Jax and hands him some papers. Jax assumes that it is his transfer request, but it is not his transfer request but the requests of some other members wanting to patch over to Redwood. Jax then realizes that Bobby did not leave to try to resurrect the Nomads, but to recruit new members for SAMCRO. Bobby is back.
Patterson meets with Tara at St. Thomas and offers her a deal that Tara is not happy with at all. The deal is, Tara gives up Jax and she walks away free. She declines the offer. It is starting to look like Tara may be regretting her decisions as of late.
Gemma heads to Diosa and Lyla tells her that a friend of Nero’s is in his room. Gemma heads in to see who it is. Another familiar face. It’s none other than Venus, the tranny. Venus tells Gemma why he is there, about his past and that Nero was pretty much his guardian angel when he was younger. He is shaken by someone that is after him and Gemma reassures him that he is safe there. Will we be seeing more of the lovely Venus?
Remembering the card the cop gave him and the earlier events, Jax leads the boys to the chop shop where their bikes were going to be taken. Upon entering, they find Juice’s bike completely stripped and all of the stolen bikes that the cops had mentioned. Jax gets the guy in the shop to call the dirty cops to the shop.
Back at St. Thomas, Patterson enters the bathroom, washes her face and removes her wig revealing messy braided hair. She looks in the mirror and says, “time to go hood sista.” On her way out, she runs into Tara. She informs Tara to tell her lawyer that her trial has been bumped up and that she will be prosecuting it herself.
The dirty cops enter the shop and are met by a room full of SAMCRO with smiles on their faces. Jax strikes a deal with them by blackmailing them about the stolen items the found in the shop. Juice also gets a new bike. Jax also gets the cops to individually apologize to each of his guys in a very humiliating fashion.
Well the energy of this episode is vastly different from that of last week’s. I am really not liking Patterson, she’s seeming almost as nuts as Toric.
I’m still not too sure what Tara is going to do. I’m not sure if she needs sympathy or a smack upside the head. I really don’t think that Sutter is going to have her do the obvious. Something is going to happen to change her mind. I think Unser is going to out her because of something that I seen in the preview for next week and his reactions to what Tara had told him and to Wendy.
I liked the change of pace in “Salvage“. It was nice to see peace for a change, but I think the explosion at the Clubhouse was just the beginning. I don’t think the Irish are going to be leaving SAMCRO alone any time soon.
I am really looking forward to the upcoming episodes.