‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 5, Episode 11 Review – Last Chances

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Tommy Flanagan Charlie Hunnam and Jimmy Smits in Sons of Anarchy To Thine Own Self Sons of Anarchy Season 5, Episode 11 Review – Last Chances

There are a handful of actors who make things better simply through their presence onscreen, and Donal Logue is one of them. In ‘To Thine Own Self,’ Logue makes his Sons of Anarchy debut as Lee Toric, a man who clearly has a beef with Otto (Kurt Sutter). Considering Otto’s actions in last week’s ‘Crucifixed,’ it’s not difficult to put the pieces together as to why Toric is visiting Stockton, and why he’s suddenly interested in Tara (Maggie Siff). And while the last thing season 5 needs right now is a new subplot so close to the finale, this one may prove to have some serious ramifications.

Of course that has to do with the pervasive sense that some bad things are headed toward Tara, Juice (Theo Rossi), and Clay (Ron Perlman), and this is their last chance. This isn’t really anything new for any of these characters, but in the case of Tara, at least she has a chance of seeing her potential misfortune, instead of it taking her completely by surprise. Which is why Tara’s pushing for the move to Oregon, and why she accepts the hospital job without telling Jax (Charlie Hunnam) first, or even letting him finish his SAMCRO business. It is Tara’s last chance at the life she’d wanted for herself, and, in a way, Jax’s last chance to not let personal vendettas swallow his soul.

Last chances also touch Gemma (Katey Sagal) and Nero (Jimmy Smits) – both of whom are forced back into situations they thought they’d given up and moved away from. But Jax’s reach has grown considerably since he took up the gavel, and his influence has become nearly unavoidable. As it stands, Jax has inadvertently set his mother, Nero and Clay on a collision course that probably won’t end well – and that’s not including the two gangbangers Nero shot while searching for young Mr. Teller.

Ron Perlman and Kim Coates in Sons of Anarchy To Thine Own Self Sons of Anarchy Season 5, Episode 11 Review – Last Chances

With the RICO case now history, Jax is able to pull off his next trick, which is to set the CIA-backed Galindo up with the Mayans and the Niners for their drugs, and Henry Lin (Kenneth Choi) for their guns. For all intents and purposes, Jax delivered a strategic masterstroke that pulled SAMCRO out from under the oppressive weight of guns and drugs – effectively pulling a fast one (an acceptable one, but a fast one, nonetheless) on Romeo Parada (Danny Trejo) and his buddy Luis Torres (Benito Martinez) that’s not too dissimilar from the one they pulled on him during ‘To Be, Act 2.’

Yes, it’s all very reminiscent of the season 4 set-up – right down to the wheeling and dealing. But this time around, Sons of Anarchy isn’t pushing so hard at an outcome it’s not yet ready to deal with, and that, along with the kind of leader Jax has become, has made all the difference in season 5. There is a real sense of excitement and unpredictability here. Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) goes to Clay at the episode’s end, and that leaves things in a very peculiar place. Is he there to protect Clay from Jax’s wrath, or protect SAMCRO from the man Jax is becoming?

Danny Trejo and Benito Martinez in Sons of Anarchy To Thine Own Self Sons of Anarchy Season 5, Episode 11 Review – Last Chances

Various other items:

  • The way Toric was tearing into Otto, one might think it had something to do with the nurse he killed – who happens to have been played by Karina Logue, Donal’s real-life sister who shared screen time with him in Terriers. As far as stunt casting goes, that’s right up there with Carla Gugino popping up on Justified.
  • Can we get Toric in a room with Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) for the next trick?
  • Who wouldn’t want to go to dinner with Unser (Dayton Callie)?
  • Was that the kiss of death Jax gave to Tig (Kim Coates)?

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  1. Wow oh wow. I couldn’t believe all the things that happened in this episode. So many things changed in a swift and instant way. Jax’s master plan to get them out of guns and drugs was masterful. I was literally jumping with joy once it was done. Now it’s on to clearing up the loose ends a’La Juice, Clay, and Tig. I wonder what’s going to happen to them.

  2. I think Bobby visiting Clay at the end was to help protect SAMCRO from all the tricky deals Jax created to rid the club of drugs and guns. Bobby knows SAMCRO will suffer somehow down the road.

    Since Tig killed Opie’s wife (by mistake), and Opie was Jax’s best bud, that Jax will give up Tig to Pope, but Tig will escape work with Clay. Maybe Clay will help rescue Tig to get him to be his Sgt-Arms again.

    The incident with Otto blew me away. I didn’t see that coming.

  3. The nurse was billed as “Pam Toric.” Donal Logue billed as “US Marshall Lee Toric.”

  4. First Jax pulled off a killer removal getting out from under guns and drugs though his debt to Pope remains and as of last episode is asked to be paid. The kiss of death is right, but will Jax have another trick up his sleeve for Tig, is juice going to be taken down, because it is obvious that Clay has side steeped his doom, and what is Bobby doing is it sanctioned or is he siding up against Jax?
    The violent actions of our new character Lee Toric are in my guess in response to Lee’s relationship to the murdered nurse(perhaps sister… lol) and will he enact revenge upon Tara or will he end up partnering with Roosevelt As he is an (Spoiler) ex US Marshall fired for having Violent Tendencies. In the meantime Clay, Nero and Gemma is going to erupt and though Nero is a badass Clay plays to close to the vest to be taken down easily and is most likely to come out on top leaving me to wonder with the opening of Diosa Norte who will have to run ops if Nero is gone Gemma?
    The club needs a new can cow a 10% take on drugs and guns is not going to do it so what can Jax do to get closer to Pope. it seems inevitable that Jax will be dead or head an organized crime center how these scenarios occur only Mr. Sutter knows for sure
    Next week we get the guest appearance of Dave Navarro in another Peter Weller directed ep his last one being Toads wild ride which in my op was the ep of the season so far

    • I haven’t been home to see the past two episodes yet, but they sound good……I thin Clay will have to go. He’s been the antagonist for at least three seasons (And partly prior to that). Of he remains too long it will start to effect the rest of the story because it will become just more of the same old thing between him and Jax……And Jax isn’t going anywhere until they pull the plug on the series…

      • Yeah i have to agree, especially with it seems near definite this show has 2 more seasons, and then Sutter will end it. Which despite me wanting this show to run as long as possible i see as a good move, mainly because you always want to go out on top. Also with how long Jax has been just dying to get out with Tara, it’d be pretty contrived, and ridiculous to keep him for more than 2 or 3 more seasons, 7 fantastic seasons sounds perfect to me.

        As far as clay, as i previously mentioned, i agree with you, i don’t see him living the entirety of the show, and i agreed with what Sutter had said in some random interview at the end of last season that killing him off last season would of been a cop out essentially, i think him staying alive has made this season all the better. The problem is, when does him messing things up for Jax start to become just a drag on the show, and tedious to watch, i like watching him transform this season, a natural progression, someone who’s realizing all the stuff he was moving heaven and earth to get, he didn’t even necessarily want, he just did it to sabotage others, and out of greed. So i wonder if Sutter is building that up to make him seem mroe redeemable and possible keep him alive? Or make his demise all the more dramatic.
        My only concern with his death is he’s essentially a wildcard in every scenario, once you lose that, you might lose a little luster in the show, and as much as i want Jax to finally kill him, idk if that’s worth it if the show goes down with him. Guess we’ll see. I’ve been predicting this whole season he dies at the end, but I’m still not 100 sure.

  5. The greatness of cable shows is they have the ability to do anything and with SOA you never know what is coming next. I just hope, somehow, Tig is saved. He is a true degenerate and that’s what makes his character so great. Time for Pope to die.

  6. Being that the actor that plays Pope is now on another show on TBS, I’m thinking he may be next to go…and rightfully so!

  7. Does anyone think lee may actually be JT ???? Pissed at otto for making redwood and jax hurt??? Just a thought

    • i agree no real proof jt died he would be the only one to save jax and his family from the darkside

  8. JT would have to be as old as clay
    that dude beating otto’s a**
    is for sure that nurse’s husband or brother

    • I don’t disagree with you that it’s probably not Jt’s father, but just theoretically, what would you say Jax is what, 29 or 30 now? give or take a year or two. They have mentioned i believe Gemma was pregnant when she was 18ish? Meaning his father would have to be like between 47-50ish. Donal logue is 46, not that much of a stretch to say he’s a few years older.

      Like i said though, i don’t expect that to be the case but i can’t rule it out simply by math or appearance..

      • Jax’s Father*

  9. The nurse didn’t wear any wedding rings, I’m guessing her brother since it’s her brother in real life. Donal Logue is a great actor, nice to see him on FX again.

  10. Also I was cracking up when Logue’s character told Otto to stay awake for it, reminded me of Blade when he told him to stay with him.

  11. It’s getting real on SOA…I think it’s crazy how so much going on in the middle east and Gaza is brought up on this episode..

    • Guess that’s how Hamas makes money!

  12. My god what an episode!! After this show ends they should do a prequel about the first 9. A retro bike show something like easy rider on steroids Yes Please!!

  13. Love the show. Feel bad for my boy Juice though. He just gets screwed over by everybody. Seeing his best friend Chibs rough him up after Jax knocked him down was really sad to see. Hope he redeems himself and is not killed off (feel like it all comes down to if Clay regains power or not). Also Logue is an AWESOME addition to the SOA world.

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