Crime/Drama/Thriller, USA, 2012, 58 min.Synopsis
Jax rides, one with the road. Then he does some biker journaling on his long run, enjoying the simple moments. He writes to his son.We see what the club has been up to: Clay under lockdown, Gemma getting busy with Nero (Jimmy Smits) in a room with passed out naked women lying around, Tara toking her cares away, her repaired hand in the bath, gun at her side.The guys head back on the road after a pit stop. A pick-up sees them ride by then pulls out and tries to drive the follow truck off the road. It succeeds. The truck flips, with Filthy Phil (Christopher Douglas Reed) at the wheel. The Sons ride back and the Niners shoot at them and burn the truck. Jax races to save Filthy Phil in the truck. The Niners get away.They race to save what they can from the haul, stashing the crates full of drugs in the woods before the cops come.Back home in cozy domesticity, Jax tells Tara to be sure to carry her gun. Piney's memorial is today, Tara can't go, she's training her new replacement and starting her new duties. Abel and Thomas are going to daycare, Gemma doesn't yet know she's out as babysitter.Meanwhile, Gemma wakes up severely hungover in a room full of drugs, booze and passed out women. Her lay comes out of the bathroom, she doesn't recognize him and pulls a gun. They're interrupted by a well-dressed woman (Wanda De Jesus) coming for the naked chicks, who have "morning dates."Nero's not a pimp, he's a "companionator." Gemma starts gathering her wits about her. "I did a spic pimp," she realizes."Yea, and I did a drunken, cracker MILF," Nero cracks back.He offers her his shower and some coffee. He offers to call her a cab, and gives her the address in case she wants to call one herself, quite the gentleman. She said her name was Rose.Tig (Kim Coates), Happy (David Labrava) and Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) wait with Clay, who's talking to Galen (Timothy V. Murphy) about the Niners' attack. Clay tells them he's not going to Piney's memorial.In the nice corporate offices of Diosa the escort service, Nero reads about a second home invasion in Charming. Gemma comes down for coffee, they introduce themselves. They have matching chest scars from heart surgery. She wonders why he picked her up; he doesn't sleep with his coworkers.The other two naked girls were her idea, he tells her. She's impressed with herself. Her cab arrives, she thanks him for not being a "d---," and leaves her number as she departs.At Piney's graveside memorial, Opie (Ryan Hurst) chokes on the lie of his father's death: that he was killed by the Mexican cartel and not Clay. He still wants Clay dead. Jax tells Opie he loves him and understands if he can't sit at the table with Clay.Opie warns about the effects of wielding the gavel. "I'm not going to turn into Clay," Jax says."I'm more afraid that I'm going to turn into you," Opie says.Gemma comes home to Wayne Unser (Dayton Callie); she had forgotten about Piney's memorial. Clay is there picking up his stuff. She finds him in the bedroom looking for a ring, he's weak and hooked up to oxygen.He asks to talk to her, and opens with: "I know you want me dead, that's why you gave Jax those letters."He tells her he'll never talk about her involvement in John Teller's death and he'll always love her. She starts crying and when he goes to comfort her, she shoves him off, hard, easily knocking him over. "You don't ever put a hand on me again," she says.Jax meets with the CIA guys, Romero Parada (Danny Trejo) and Luis Torres (Benito Martinez), saying he needs them to set up a meet with Damon Pope directly to try to fix things over the death of his daughter.He asks what to do about Bobby, who knows Otto gave him up to RICO. Romero suggests he tell Bobby about his CIA deal, but the rest of the club can't know about RICO or the CIA involvement.CIA will get Bobby out, but Jax will tell the club the case over the Georgie hit fell apart. Jax knows there had to be someone else giving the DA new info about the gun deal. (It was Juice.) Romero tells Jax to keep the coke and guns running and he'll keep RICO off his back.Jax reminds Romero that he's keeping his CIA affiliation a secret, protecting him and they need each other. A car drives up and Bobby (name/nm0095478) gets out.Sheriff Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) checks in with the club, asking about the running down of Veronica Pope. The first home invasion was Lynette Brice, a club groupie, this morning Wade Steiner was attacked. He's a mechanic at the garage. Roosevelt suggests it's retaliation, but Tig says they don't know of any beefs.Bobby comes back. Roosevelt quietly tells his former snitch Juice (Theo Rossi) that he expects to hear more about the retaliation.In an empty railyard, Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) meets with his Niners who hit the Sons' truck. He had specifically told them to lay low, but they were acting on orders from Laroy (Tory Kittles). Damon walks away, telling his muscle/#2 guy, August, he feels too close to it and "no loose ends."August shows the gangsters a chopped up body in a hole, what's left of Laroy.Around the table, Jax announces the Nomad charter is disbanding so they have Frankie Diamonds (Chuck Zito), Go Go (Chris Browning) and Greg the Peg (Kurt Yaeger) wanting to join the Charming crew.Clay shuffles in. They vote the Nomads in.Jax announces he's asked Bobby to be his VP, and explains that Opie is stepping away for awhile.Clay says he has an announcement, then says the Lobo cartel did not kill Piney. "I did," he says.He says he went up to talk to him, Piney was drunk and drew on him. He says he had no choice. He blamed the Mexicans so the Irish wouldn't back out of their deal.Clay says he was going to tell Opie the truth, but Opie found out. "He's the one who shot me," Clay says. Clay says he lied and said the Niners did it. Jax chimes in, saying Clay lied to protect Opie when the ambulance came.Clay knows they have to vote on whether he stays or goes. Tig can't believe it.Jax talks to Clay privately, skeptical. They size up each other's motives, both claim they're just trying to do what's best for the club. Jax says he kept Clay alive to preserve the Irish gun deal.Outside, Gemma chews out Jax for putting his kids in daycare. Gemma sees Clay and tells Jax she still doesn't understand. "His time will come," he tells her.Nero calls Gemma, to make sure she got home okay. He tells her to call if she ever needs anything.The Niners minus Pope wait to meet with the Sons. Pope's muscle, August, tells the new leader, Darnell, to kill Jax, and gives him a gun.Jax, Bobby, Tig and Happy pull up for the meet and put their guns on the hood of the car. August tells Jax to work things out with Darnell. Jax offers Darnell his hand, and is rebuffed. He asks Darnell what he wants.Darnell pulls the gun August gave him, and defenseless Jax stares down the barrel. Darnell pulls the trigger, but instead of a shot, there is a click. August has set him up with an empty weapon. Jax beats on Darnell until they pull him off.August claims he checked for weapons, then he pulls his own gun and shoots Darnell through the head. "He didn't really want to be in charge anyway," he says.August promotes another lackey, Tyler. August tells him to tell his crew the beef with the Sons is done.August tells Jax that Pope will reach out soon."This is Pope letting us know that he's the one who decides who lives and dies," Jax realizes.At his new home, Clay looks through the family photos he promised Gemma he wouldn't take. Juice commends him for coming clean to the club.Tig shows up. "I murdered an innocent girl," he says, referencing Veronica Pope. He thinks Clay should have told him the truth.
Tig gets a call that his daughter Dawn got busted for DUI, but there's a club connection so they'll let her go if he goes and gets her."We good?" Clay asks. "I don't know," Tig says as he leaves.At the station, two black women have come forward as witness, saying they saw Jax and Chibs shooting an SUV. Oakland PD just called, another two witnesses have ID'd Tig as the man who ran down Veronica Pope. Roosevelt realizes what's going on.Tig shows up to get his daughter at an empty railyard, but instead an Oakland police officer cuffs him and chains him to a pipe. Damon Pope shows up, saying killing Tig would be too easy.It's the same shipyard where Laroy and Darnell are in a hole. Tig looks in the hole and realizes with horror that his daughter Dawn is also in there. But she's not dead.She wakes up when Pope's men start splashing gasoline on her. Tig screams and wails and apologizes, begging Pope to kill him instead, but Pope is determined for Tig to know his pain. He flicks his cigar in the hole and Tig, chained and helpless, he watches his daughter burn alive.Pope tells him the detective will be taking him into county, but he should keep the "vivid" memory to himself or the same thing will happen to his other daughter.Tig vows to cut his head off.At Jax's house, Tara tells Gemma that she smells weed and booze on her breath every morning and doesn't want her alone with the boys until she pulls it together. They pretend everything is fine when Jax and Bobby come home.Unser calls Gemma, asking to talk to Jax. He gives him a heads up about the warrant out for their arrests.Back at the railyard, the detective and another man, a "cleaner," figure out how to dispose of the bodies. As they're focused elsewhere, Tig slips his cuffs to the front, then attacks the detective when he gets close. With the other man down in the hole, Tig silently strangles the detective to death and takes his gun, shooting the pleading "cleaner."Back at Jax's house, they debate what to do. Gemma thinks he should run so they don't get killed by Niners in jail, Tara doesn't want the father of her children to go on the lam. Gemma offers that she knows somewhere they'll be safe.At Gemma's house, Unser feeds her birds. They all miss Gemma.Jax rides with his mother as Tara tokes away her cares again and ignores her son's cries on the baby monitor; Clay drinks alone; Opie puts a "for sale" sign on Piney's trike in the SAMCRO yard; Tig sobs over his daughter's charred body; Pope enjoys an evening of benevolence buying ice cream for local children; Gemma brings Jax, Bobby and Chibs to Nero's escort service to lay low.Unser is closing up at Gemma and Clay's house when people wearing masks break in and start beating him savagely. One of them has a prosthetic leg.
Directed by Paris Barclay Starring Charlie Hunnam
, Katey Sagal
, Mark Boone Junior
, Dayton Callie
, Kim Coates
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