Last night saw a sudden and welcome change in tone for Kurt Sutter’s show, as it shifted from weighty matters into, er, ass-biting. It also featured one of television’s best — if not the best — surprise cameo in recent memory. I’ll hold off on the cameo until the second page so as not to spoil it for anyone who inadvertently clicks ahead. If you don’t watch Sons of Anarchy and have no plans to do so, you really should check out the cameo for its pure spectacular awesomeness. (Also, don’t forget: Theo Rossi, who plays Juice, will be by this afternoon to answer questions).
Let’s get right to it.
1. Jax Is Journaling — The only particularly heavy moments of last night’s episode came with Jax’s platitude-heavy voice over narration in the beginning, narration from his journal entries to his boys. Knowing Kurt Sutter’s affinity for occasional heavy-handedness, he’s likely setting up the end of the series, when — flash forward 25 years — Jax’s kids are riding around Charming in their motorcycles as members of SAMCRO while their dead father’s voice over narration warns them of the path they’ve chosen.
2. Pink. Wet. Tastes Like Sunshine — Not. It’s not Italian ice. SAMCRO is officially in the prostitution business, as a vote at the table was unanimous. For wily reasons, I’m sure, Clay actually pushed them to vote immediately, and voted in favor. I still don’t know what Clay’s play is, but I suspect he has insidious motives.
3. A Little Irish Boxing — Speaking of Clay, he made exchange between the Irish and Galindo fairly seamless, except for the fact that Galen was not happy to see Jax — who he blames for the death of Father Kellan Ashby — as President of SAMCRO. That led to blows, but it was testosterone-y, good-natured Irish fighting. Galen, however, was not above testing his products on the SAMCRO motorcycles, however. Chibs blew a gasket, but Jax played it super cool. “Way to close a deal, brother.”
Here’s Jax removing his jacket LIKE A BRO.
4. The Home Invasions Took a Weird Turn — At the police station, Clay tried to pin the home invasions on some jailed East Dubs (who beat the crap out of a cop), but at the end of the episode — in a home invasion gone awry — the home invaders inadvertently shot Eli’s wife. That’s going to escalate things, and Eli is bound to find out that a faction of SAMCRO — likely controlled by Clay — is behind the menacing.
5. Joel McHale Watch — Week 5 — Still no Joel McHale sighting, but you know what? It didn’t matter last night, because Kurt Sutter pulled out the best guest spot I can ever remember seeing …