The confrontation between Jax ( Charlie Hunnam) and Tara ( Maggie Siff) on "Sons of Anarchy" was about as explosive as you might expect, though it wasn't Jax doing the yelling.
The episode starts with Tara waking to the sound of someone in her home. She goes to check on her young son, only to realize he's gone, so she freaks. When she realizes he's with Jax, it doesn't calm her nerves at all. Playing the peacemaker in the situation, for now at least, Jax says he's essentially moving out to clear his head so they can decide what to do. Not without the warning that she's being watched, though.
Meanwhile, Tara's allies are dropping like flies. She can no longer trust Lowen ( Robin Weigert) or Wendy ( Drea de Matteo), Unser ( Dayton Callie) dropped her, and Margaret Murphy ( McNally Sagal) is taking an extended vacation to get away from the insanity.
Finally losing her temper, Tara got rid of her tail by running down Juice's ( Theo Rossi) bike. As an aside, that's the second motorcycle Juice has lost in Season 6, poor kid. The little run-in she has with Gemma ( Katey Sagal) after that doesn't help. Tara tells her mother-in-law that the reason Gemma hates her is she's doing the things she was taught as an old lady.
That's when Gemma lays it all on the line, telling Tara her two options are for her kids to think she either moved away or died. That's not a lot of wiggle room for the doctor.
When it finally becomes enough, she goes looking for Jax at Deosa's new Stockton extension, because that's back on now that the club is working with D. A. Patterson ( CCH Pounder). Unfortunately, she finds him in bed with Colette ( Kim Dickens). Tara was about as happy as you'd expect, beating up Colette and storming out. When Jax finally caught up to her, she pulled a gun.
With Jax utterly confused, Tara finally breaks. "Look what you did to me," she says. "What's happening to me? What happened to me?" Then she was gone. It was a long time coming, but Tara finally realized the type of person the club, and more importantly Jax, have turned her into. She's not who she was and is running out of options.
That was set in stone when she went to Patterson, attempting to cash in on the offer to rat on the club in exchange for getting her kids in the witness protection program. Sadly, that deal is dead because Patterson is working with Jax now.
It's then that Tara looks resigned to her fate, whatever that may be. Patterson says she can help and a stone-faced Tara simply replies, "No, you can't. Nobody can help me." With only three episodes left, the table is set for Taraher to make a very bold movie that's bound to hurt somebody. When it happens, it's going to be bad news.
As if Tara isn't enough for Jax to deal with, the Irish are back as well with the plan to move running to guns over to Clay ( Ron Perlman) going forward. Galen ( Timothy V. Murphy) decides to tag along with the club to meet the Italians and secure their business.
Before that, he informs the SAMCRO that Clay's trial is being moved up and he's going to have to be busted out of his prison transport the next day. Without an Irish crew to do the dirty work, that means the club has to make it happen, which isn't good for anyone.
Meeting with the Italians doesn't go well because the Chinese show up, which doesn't make Galen too happy. He gives a demo of the new guns they're selling, by cutting down a couple of the Chinese.
Later the club gets the downside of that little bit of grandstanding, when they're all help at gunpoint by the Chinese. The head of their crew wants Galen delivered to them and they're holding onto Happy ( David Labrava) until it happens.
Luckily there was a bit of comedy to lighten things up. Unser and Nero ( Jimmy Smits) made for a pretty funny car ride together. They don't like each other, but they both love Gemma, so it's complicated and leads to very awkward conversations. By the end of the episode, they're able to find a little middle ground, though. They're also able to help Wendy out, along with Gemma. She needs to get clean again and Gemma's going to make sure it happens.
The last shot of Jax in the episode shows him at home with the kids, working on a motorcycle in the garage. Could Tara's demanding to know what happened to her have finally flipped a switch in his head? The club is heading into probably disaster the next day trying to break Clay out of jail. Even with the positive steps the club is taking, things only seem to get worse.
Once they get through the next 24 hours, things will likely never be the same for SAMCRO. The same can probably be said for Tara, but for entirely different reasons. She's obviously at the end of her rope as "Huang Wu" comes to a close. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Tara has never been more desperate.
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