Crime/Drama/Thriller, 2014, 77 min.Synopsis
For anyone fuzzy on their "Hamlet" - the work that "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter has said his series is loosely modeled on - a spoiler alert: It's a tragedy. A tragedy about a family and a kingdom that come crashing down because of mistrust, deceit and an unyielding desire for revenge. A tragedy in which the main character kills his uncle and is party to his mother's death, as trusted lieutenants die along the way."Sons" will never be mistaken for "A Midsummer Night's Anarchy," especially after tonight's (guest star-packed) episode, which inches inexorably toward the conclusion that everyone -- even Gemma -- saw coming last season. It is giving nothing away to say that Jax and Gemma do not kiss and make up. But as is the way in "Sons," the quest for vengeance has more casualties than just the intended target.With only one episode left, anyone searching for a happy ending had better hit the Cliff's Notes and brace themselves.****
Jax gets up in the morning at Alvarez's garage. His leg hurts him. Meetings with Tyler, Nero and Connor are set. There's another meet with Packer and the other presidents after that. There are no Gemma.Wendy is settling in OK at Jax's despite the fact it's where Tara was murdered and where she herself OD'd while pregnant with Abel. She and Brooke wonder where Gemma is.At a truck stop, a trucker (Michael Chiklis, "Shield" alum alert!), knocks on Gemma's car window to wake her up so she can move her car. She apologizes, moves it, and curls back up to sleep.The Mayans and Niners reach an agreement to divvy up Lin's territory. Oso offers to help the Biz Lats push back the 222s in Stockton. Nero doesn't like the idea of the Biz Lats peddling Oso's dope, but Fiasco reminds Nero that he's getting out and doesn't get a vote.Jax says he'll handle Barosky and promises Tyler they'll figure out how to beat back the Chinese that remain.After the deal is struck, Nero isn't happy that his old gang is getting into drugs, but also knows it's not his problem anymore.Neither Jax nor Nero has heard from Gemma. Nero is going to Norco for a few days to get the house set up for his son. He appreciates Jax playing peacemaker between the Niners and Mayans. Jax suggests Nero take Wendy and his sons to the farm. Nero says they're welcome whenever. Nero doesn't ask Jax's plans for Gemma, but it's clear he wants to. They focus on doing what's best for Jax's boys.In the prison infirmary, the guard clears the room and lets in Lin's guys to confront Juice. They share that the Sons gave the Aryan Brotherhood the green light to kill Juice. Lin's guys have another plan. But first, Juice has to endure even more prison rape, which he does like the routine it's become.At the sit down with Connor, Jax tries to sell Alvarez and the Mayans taking over gun distribution from August Marks. "We deal guns to organized crime. The business model changes with the street," Jax says.Connor doesn't like it, especially given how far he had to go to sell the Kings on working with the black Niners in the first place. Connor suggests he'll talk to Rourke instead. Rourke's in town wining and dining the Port Authority.With the Irish gone, Alvarez points out the obvious to Jax: that they have a problem if they don't get the guns. They'll want most of Lin's turf and that's bad news for Tyler and the Mayans.Tig relays a call from TM: "Chuckie did it."At the truck stop, Gemma watches a hungry mother fish for spare change in the vending machine. The trucker (Chiklis) joins Gemma and introduces himself as Milo. She says her name is Rose and she doesn't have any kids.Milo's hauling tomatoes up north. Gemma asks for a ride. He notices her heart surgery scar and shares his own valve replacement. He agrees to the ride.Unser responds to Chuckie's call with his tow truck, but sees it's Jax instead. Jax knows Unser baited him into the punch so he'd have a way to keep him off the street. Unser explains he made a promise to Tara to get her and the boys away from the club and he just wants to know what happened to her. Jax agrees to tell him the truth if he drops the charges that prompted the APB.Jax tells him the truth. "It was Gemma. My mother killed my wife," Jax says. He tells him the full story, that Eli Roosevelt and Juice were outside and when they ran in Tara was dead and Juice killed Eli.Unser wants to call it in, but Jax tells him he's trying to clean up the mess his retaliation made. If the gangs find out about the lie, it could be war all over again. Jax is spared answering how he'll deal with Gemma when Tig interrupts that the club presidents are ready to meet.Unser agrees to call Jarry to drop the APB. Jax limps away.Unser goes back to his truck and waits for the Sons to leave before he breaks down.At Jax's house, Nero asks Wendy about coming to the farm. He plays dumb about Gemma. They share a good moment of mocking each other, like they've been friends for years.At Red Woody, Jax sits down with Gaines, Packer (Robert Patrick) and the other presidents. Before they tell him their decision, he opens by admitting he was wrong about Jury, and that Barosky was the rat about the guns. Jax then admits he lied about Jury confessing to him, but maintains that Jury did reach for his gun (which he did). Jax knows it means a mayhem (death) vote.Packer acknowledges the pain Jax must have been in after Tara's death, but points out Jax is confessing to murder. Jax knows, and doesn't argue. He further says he knows his guys have to vote for mayhem to reinforce the idea that a president killing a president cannot stand. He has one request, that they throw out an unwritten rule that's been around since the 1970s. (We don't hear what it is.) Packer agrees and says they'll make sure the vote is unanimous.Jax closes the meeting: "It's been a privilege to wear this president's patch. Sorry I couldn't live up to it."After the meeting breaks, Jax tells his guys it's all going to work out.They get a call that Rourke wants to meet about the port.Chibs pulls Jax aside, not buying Jax's sanguine attitude about the meeting for a minute. "I know what I'm doing. It's going to be all good, brother. I promise," Jax says.Milo drops Gemma off at her dad's care facility. Gemma's name isn't on the visitation list and Tara is listed as his guardian. Gemma remains calm and asks the receptionist to confirm she's his only living relative.Back in his cell, Juice hides a scalpel in a book and tries to keep it together.Jax, Chibs, Tig and Happy arrive at a shop to meet with Rourke and find Connor's man bound and another man dead on the floor. Rourke says Connor was freelancing. Connor took out Rourke's man and left his behind. Rourke doesn't want the Irish to find out that Connor was going behind their backs to pocket profits from gun side business, "it gives people ideas." Instead, Rourke wants the Sons to kill Connor and in exchange he'll sell the Kings on the Mayan deal.Knowing that Connor will need cash to go on the run, and that Connor doesn't know Tyler is working with the Sons, Jax suggests having Tyler call Connor to make a big gun buy and grabbing him when he shows up.Wendy calls Jax to tell him she got a call from Gemma's dad's nursing home that Gemma is there. When she gets off the phone, she tells Nero the same. He races to TM. He asks Unser to go to Oregon, even if it's only to arrest Gemma, knowing it's the only way to keep her alive and that if he goes he'll just make things between Jax and Gemma worse. "This isn't about saving Gemma, it's about saving Jax," Nero says.Chuckie is nearby and asks to come along with Unser, but he says no. (Chuckie doesn't appear to hear what's going on with Gemma.)Jax and the Sons meet with Tyler to explain the Connor set-up. In exchange, Tyler wants their help with an assault against the remaining Chinese.Jax asks Chibs to handle it so he can go up north.Back at Nate's nursing home, the receptionist lets Gemma go back to see her father. Suffering from advanced Alzheimer's, Nate (Hal Holbrooke) predictably doesn't recognize her.Gemma sits down and continues with her confession anyway, apologizing for all the times she hurt him and her mother Rose.He tells her god forgives everyone. Suddenly he has a memory from Gemma's childhood, of her playing in the flowers in the garden behind their house. Gemma says good-bye.Back in Stockton, Juice approaches Tully in the cafeteria to talk to him alone. He does not make a move to kill him. Instead, he tells Tully the Asians want him to kill him. Tully considers. "It make sense. You do realize you lost the element of surprise," Tully says."I know Jax has tasked you with killing me and if the Chinese do it, it could impact your relationship with the MC," Juice says, calculating the percentages in his own death.He gives Tully the scalpel from his shoe. "Just let me finish my pie," Juice says, picking up his spork.Unser races on the road to Oregon, with his badge and gun on the seat beside him. Jax rides north as well.Gemma takes a cab to her dad's house.Back in Stockton, Juice finishes his pie. Tully's guys create a distraction and Juice stands up and waits for Tully to come up behind him. Tully tells him "You went out, good sweetheart" then stabs Juice repeatedly in the neck. Juice drops to the floor and quickly bleeds out, his pain finally over.In Oregon, Unser reaches Gemma first. She's going through old photos. She won't tell him she's saying good-bye, but it's clear she is. She's lost in her nostalgia and serenely ignores Wayne's attempts to reason with her, even after he kindly tells her he has to arrest her."Jax is on his way. If he finds you here I don't know what happens," Unser says.
"I do," Gemma says with acceptance.She tells Unser to do what he needs to do, but points out going quietly with him isn't her style. Unser is dialing his phone when Jax walks in.Jax wants to be alone with his mother, but Unser refuses. He tries telling Jax he already called it in, but Gemma shouts that he didn't.Unser draws his gun, prompting Jax to draw his.
"Haven't we had enough of this? Look where we are now, what we've all become. This has to end here," Unser says as they aim at each other.Jax agrees and lowers his gun, telling Wayne to go home. "I can't do that. This is all I got left," Unser says.Jax shoots Unser through the heart.Gemma remains calm and picks up a photo of her dad, comparing him to Jax. She asks who else knows and if he talked to Nero. She starts talking like she's already gone. When he asks, she tells him where to find another copy of his dad's manuscript.Gemma says she loved Tara, but admits killing her. "All the other things because of the lie. I never saw any of that coming. I know there's no apology that can touch what you're feeling," she says.She asks his permission to go out to the garden and means it as a request of where to die. He follows her as she stops to smell the roses. Jax chokes back tears as he lifts his gun, then lowers it.Gemma keeps her back to him, waiting. "I love you Jackson, from the deepest, purest part of my heart. You have to do this. It's who we are, sweetheart," she says."It's OK, my baby boy. It's time. I'm ready," she says.Jax takes aim and shoots his mother through the back of her head, in the garden of house where she was born.(Closing montage to Ed Sheeran singing "Make it Rain.")Jax rides home after killing his mother. The Sons take out the remaining Chinese on the streets. Wendy checks on the boys in bed. Juice lays on a slab in the prison morgue. Chibs and Tig bust in on a group of Chinese playing cards and mow them all down.Nero comes home to Gemma's house and cries for her in her bedroom.Jax returns to his house, the blood of his mother and lifelong friend all over his clean white shoes. Wendy joins him and soon takes him to the bedroom.In a house up in Oregon, Wayne Unser lies dead on the floor surrounded by Gemma's childhood memorabilia.Jax works out his grief and guilt with Wendy in the bed he used to share with Tara.We see Gemma one last time, dead among the roses she used to love, and totally alone.
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