Sons of Anarchy Review: The Last Drop of Juice

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We don't wanna say we told you so, Clay, but...

"Fruit for the Crows" introduced an entirely new level of danger to SAMCRO, as the worst fears of Bobby, Gemma and everyone else who had questions about making a drug deal with the cartel came to fruition. In the most disturbing, despicable way imaginable.

Using an innocent family to carry out your own hits?!? Damn, Galindo cartel rivals. That's some Gustavo Fring $hit right there. 


Of course, even with this growing threat lingering around the club, it's the deepening chasm from within that may truly bring SAMCRO down. Where else can we start than with Juice?

Man. This was a fatal resolution that wasn't difficult to see coming, yet still walloped an emotional punch. We can thank Theo Rossi for that, as well as the way the show dragged out Juice's dilemma and truly made viewers believe he was left with no option other than to hang himself - and over Miles' unmarked grave, no less. Will anyone realize the connection once they discover Juice's body? I say no. Chibbs may have questions, but the members will forever believe Juice just couldn't handle the fallout from killing a fellow member.

(Note: Did anyone else hear a branch breaking as the SAMCRO logo was painted over the final scene? Is there a chance the tree snaps and Juice lives? I hope not. That sort of thing can happen, but would still feel like a cop-out.)

And where did the killing of that member originate? From the kilos of Mexican cocaine, which brings the club back to its agreement with Romeo, which might very well place more individuals in Bobby's camp and cost Clay his Presidency. No one can feel safe about the deal at this point, and even Jax can't truly believe this is in the best interests of his family, either the one in the compound or the one at home.

Ironically, and sadly for Tara, Jax is acting a lot more like the head of the former unit than the latter. Over the last few weeks, he's stabbed the head of the Russian mob, he's gleefully delivered a wad of cash to his Old Lady, he's sped after Alvarez's shooters, taking the focused lead even with a terrified Tara back at the clubhouse.

But, hey, don't worry, honey, you're totally safe... now excuse me while I leave you alone with an armed young club member. You man has business he must attend to.

All those life changes Jax wished to undertake while alone with his thoughts for 14 months in prison have seemingly been replaced by the role he was born to play, even if he can't admit it to: SAMCRO President. His time is coming, perhaps as recently as a week from now.

The only person actually looking out for Tara, of course, is Unser. What does he want with Margaret, exactly? I can only guess he'll use her to concoct some sort of job-related threat against Tara, extending the concern of the club for as long as possible and keeping her protected... from Clay, her son's grandfather. His plot almost makes the murderous scheme of the opposing cartel seem tame by comparison, doesn't it? At least they aren't killing a member of their own family.

So, the bodies are piling up, the webs of deception and blackmail (it's hard not to feel bad for Eli now even, isn't it?) are spinning in more directions than ever and poor Opie is single again. Who would have guessed that a porn star would be acting more rational than anyone else right now?

You never got along with Lyla, Tara, but follow in her scantily-clad, panicked footsteps. Make a run for it. Go. Get as far away from Charming as you can. Things are only gonna get worse from here.


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Watch the preview of next week's episode if you have it on DVR. In the brief clip that shows the club getting shot at and ducking from their chairs while in Church at the clubhouse, Juice is pretty clearly seen falling from his seat at Bobby's left (especially when slowed down). The branch broke.


I heard the branch break and something heavy hit the ground so I don't think juice is dead. However, just the fact that he tried to kill himself is really emotional and shows he thinks theres no other way out...he's way too deep now. And I hope unser tells the whole club about the letters at the same time


i love juice - he's been one of my favorite characters - but a part of me hopes that he truly is dead. that's what makes this show so great - it is fearless and is always shocking viewers. having the branch break is something that would happen on other shows - it's the easy way out.


I am not sure if Juice is alive or if he is dead but either way i think the club would have found out either way. I personally thought that Juice should have spoke with Jax about it. Jax is acting more and more like a leader for the sons. I think tara wants completely out and the way Jax handled things this episode it doesn't look like hes going anywhere. I hope somebody tells him about Clay killing his father. I think Clay is going to get voted out though...


with everybody lying i was glad to see Juice do the right thing. looking forward to Potter's exit. what a weasel.


I heard the branch break too and a thump. Juice may or may not be dead. He could just be a vegetable with a broken neck. We just have to wait until next week to find out. I do think that his attempted or real suicide will impact the sheriff. I don't think he is too happy with the AUSA. That guy needs to go back to Deadwood.


October 19th, 2011 11:53 AM ok I don't think Jax cares about the past and juice is pretty much dead come on that was a chain u haul cars with and I think Clay is the one that wrote the death threat to tara he needs to be voted out and Gemma needs to get rid of him " The size of the chain doesn't matter if the branch snapped.. the chain can be as strong as you want, but if its not hanging from anything its not going to kill him. And do you even watch the show? You think Clay wrote the note? You clearly watched Unser write it and put it in her car in the previous episode.


Juice isn't dead I heard the branch break and a thud and if you watch the preview for next week I swear a quick clip shows juice opening a box truck he is the one with a Mohawk . I see Gemma or Jax or Tara getting caught up with Ahole cop to take down Clay and the


As for Juice being dead- look on the FX page.... you can buy the poster and Juice is on the poster, so I don't think he's dead. And he was still kickin' when they stopped the shot. Hope he's still alive- love his character. The club would probably forgive him, because he tried to make things right by killing himself. I just love Piney- he stands right up to Clay. I agree with Eric- Tara needs to tell Jax what she knows. Next week's gonna be a good one!


I broke my heart when Juice jumped out of the tree with the chain around his neck. All I could do was hollar NO, NO, NO !! But I'm thinking he is not dead, And if he is , the club will think someone else did it. And they will go on a killing spree.LOVE THIS SHOW!!!

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