SONS OF ANARCHY “Dorylus” Season 4 Episode 3 - The title of this episode takes its name from a genus of ant that can consume humans, asphyxiating them as they do. It’s pretty much what Clay is doing, we learn this episode; he’s using everyone and slowly choking the life out of SAMCRO as he does. There were four main plotlines this week, including Clay’s:
Clay needs a majority vote to officially begin the club running drugs for Romero’s cartel. He and Jax talk about how each member will vote, and Clay decides he needs to get Bobby on side. He takes Bobby with him to talk to the Indians about their ammunition; he tells the Indians that he’s selling to the cartel for the same price as he was selling to the Russians, when in truth he’s actually making a bigger profit. Considering this conversation takes place beside a man who has been buried in a pit to die of consumption by ants, we should assume that the Indians are not people you want to mess with.
But then Clay makes things even worse. Remember how Jax agreed to back Clay if he would be allowed to get out of the club clean, with Opie taking over the presidency? Well this week Clay tells Bobby that he will get the presidency, if he wants it. Later, Opie tells Jax that once Clay is out of the club, they’ll clean things up and run things side by side, oblivious to Jax’s plans to leave the club. There’s no way this can end well.
Jax and the guys were tracking down a stolen truck containing guns destined for the cartel. It wasn’t all that hard to do since Kozik saw the guys when he was playing basketball with them. A bit of manhandling, and the guys knew where to find the guns. Long story short, this was an amusing storyline – there’s nothing funnier than big bad boys getting slapped around their heads by an annoyed mother.
The saga of Maureen’s letters continued this week. First Clay talks to Tara and tells her how happy he is she’s part of the family, and then Gemma goes looking for the letters in Tara’s office – again. But Tara has the key to her desk, so she photocopies the letters just prior to a conversation with Gemma, wherein Gemma tells her how John hurt her, how she was young and in love with Clay, and pretty much spins the whole thing to try and get Tara to feel sympathy for her. Did it work?
And finally, Linc needs an ‘in’ to the club after the death of his uncover agent. He has Sheriff Roosevelt pick up Juice for a ‘chat’. Roosevelt shows Juice a picture of the father he’s never met – his black father – and asks him, or rather tells him, what the club would do to him if they found out he’s black. Juice is allowed to leave immediately, but Roosevelt says he’ll be keeping in touch. Was Roosevelt really telling the truth – is the photograph of Juice’s father? And more importantly, will Juice become a grass to save his own hide?
I’m not sure how I feel about this episode. It was an entertaining watch, but it felt like an hour of exposition rather than an hour of things actually happening. Yes, there was the car/motorcycle chase, and Vivica and her sons, but as amusing as that all was it felt sort of pointless.
But putting that aside for now, this episode did give us things to consider regarding Jax’s relationship with Gemma and Clay – and the future of the club. Will Tara give Jax the letters? She was photocopying them for a reason; perhaps she gave Gemma the originals to appease her. And what will happen with the presidency when Clay finally has to give it up? I’m betting the issue of his eventual successor will come up much sooner – surely the Opie-Bobby double cross can’t stay secret for long.
What did you think of ‘Dorylus’? Do you have any theories? Who do you think would be a better successor to the SAMCRO presidency? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!