“What the hell’s happening to us.” – Gemma
Sons of Anarchy Episode 5.4, “Stolen Huffy,” gave us a chance to breath after Opie’s brutal death. Outside of a “cat” fight and a brief car chase, the episode focused on the shifting dynamic within the club. We also got a chance to say a quiet goodbye to our friend, Opie (Ryan Hurst).
SAMCRO isn’t too happy about shelling out half of their coke muling take to Pope. But it’s been voted in. Tig, true to his word, adamantly backed Jax’s decision. Since Pope has the law and politicians on his side, the club will bide its time before dishing out any retaliation.
Clay’s got no problem letting his voice be heard at the table. Without directly blaming Jax, he suggested that giving Pope half of their take as well as allowing the kingpin to force the events that led to Opie’s death were bad judgment calls.
Throughout these four episodes it’s been interesting to see Clay and Juice together. In “Laying Pipe,” we saw Clay and Juice hit the brothel together. In “Stolen Huffy,” Jax signaled to his Sergeant-at-arms, Chibs, to follow him over to Nero’s brothel. Shortly after, Clay motioned to Juice to follow him. Clay may not be at the head of the table, but he’s slowly developing Juice into his personal Sergeant-at-arms.
SAMCRO still doesn’t know who is responsible for the home break-ins. As a viewer, it’s a little weird knowing the truth – especially after for four episodes.
Every time the ex-nomads are on screen, I just want to grab Jax and say, “It’s THEM!!” Frankie, Greg and GoG all had smug, guilty expressions on their faces, knowing that the club was completely oblivious.
Gemma and Tara
In “Laying Pipe,” Gemma called Tara her “little Frankenstein.” It was a brilliant line, but even more so after the catfight in “Stolen Huffy.”
Gemma manipulated Tara into beating down “Dora the Whora” by saying that she was the real reason Jax crashed his bike. It’s always great to see these bizarre mother-daughter moments between Gemma and Tara. They usually lead to someone ending up hurt or dead. Tara used her right hand, still in a cast, to pummel Ms. Whora.
Coincidentally, Jax compared Tara’s human punching bag to Gemma, earlier on in the episode. When he learned that Nero’s secretary ratted out the location of Emma Jean (Ashley Tisdale) to the gang, Jax said, “Sounds like a move someone else would pull.” Then, he evil eyed his mother.
Gemma, Jax and Politics
Although Jax was savoring Clay’s pain when he saw Gemma and Nero together, Jax negotiated a deal with Nero that included distancing the OG pimp from his mother. The deal would be a new 50-50 partnership between Nero and the club, allowing Nero to be the new handler for the Cara Cara girls.
Nero agreed to stay away from Gemma as long as Jax agreed to keep the coke and guns business away from him.
Gemma’s still trying to be the guiding force in Jax’s life, but she’s steadily losing her grip.
Jax bluntly told her, “Your need to be loved, worshipped and adored is a little low on my list today.”
It was sad to see Opie in a box. He did look peaceful and I’m glad we got a chance to see Ryan Hurst one more time. During the wake, we listened to “The Lost Boy” by Greg Holden. It was a fitting send off song, which captured everything we needed say.
“I will not be commanded. I will not be controlled. And, I will not let me future go on – without the help of my soul.”
Hmmm — Perhaps, Tara should have listened to this song before allowing herself to get manipulated by Gemma?
EDITOR’S PICK: Obituary for Opie
The club put personal items in Opie’s casket, including a bottle of Patron. Jax added a picture of the two as children on bikes and said, “I’ll see you later, bro.”
Jax told Nero’s gang that SAMCRO would deal with Emma Jean. They asked for “a thumb and a tit” as proof that she was dead. Jax agreed and got Skeeter (Bob Rusch) to get him just that.