Via a number of revealing conversations this week, Sons of Anarchy set the stage for true anarchy to come over the final few episodes of season four.
How do we think it will play our? What did we like best about "Kiss?" Our TV Fanatic Round Table crew of Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella and Christine Orlando is here with some answers. Feel free to provide your own, as well, to the following topics...
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: We'll get to it more below, but the staredown between Jax and Clay. The moment Clay uttered the "P" word about Tara, I shot up out of my seat.
Dan: Jax going ape shit and then calming Lobos down to save the Niners was some of the most tense and powerful stuff I've seen this season.
Christine: Gemma and Wayne talking over Piney's body. Wayne's right. Clay's like a wounded animal. Unpredictable and dangerous. He needs to be taken down but Gemma's his wife. She'll do anything to protect him. She'll even use Wayne's feelings for her to do it. The kiss totally shocked me but it proved how far in Gemma is.
Will Otto turn on the club?
Matt: No, for the same reason Opie didn't turn on Clay, even after he learned he had been behind Donna's murder. Many times, club member must swallow their pride and take a personal slight for the team. Yes, Otto has done this many times. I expect him to do it again.
Dan: I think he has learned enough over the years to realize that his boys might have told him a white lie in order to make him feel better. I have too much faith in Otto to think he'd just turn like that.
Christine: It would really surprise me if he did. He's been through so much. The club is all he has now. I think he'd go to his death protecting it.
More gut-wrenching scene: Juice's reaction to the RICO case or Gemma's reaction to Piney's dead body?
Matt: Gemma all the way. I'd give Katey Sagal the next three Emmys just for that scene. It was a mixture of shock, sadness and anger; first at Piney and then, quickly, differently, at Clay. Because she knew he did it.
Dan: Both tough, but I'm going with Clay following up his heartfelt scene with Gemma about leaving Tara alone... with an immediate phone call to the good doctor out. Also, I don't see Tara making it out of this season alive, for the sole reason that it seems to be the only way Jax stays with the club for a couple more years.
Christine: Juice floored me. I didn't see that coming. There's more than one wounded animal in SAMCRO. Juice is a wild card and I can't wait to see what happens with him next. At this point I'll be surprised if he survives the season.
Who would win in a staring contest: Clay or Jax?
Matt: Jax, and here's why: Clay is ALWAYS staring intensely. He' a stoic man. But Jax shows a range of emotions. Therefore, when he stares, you truly feel the force of it.
Dan: Clay. Hands down.
Christine: Clay because he's just so cold but I loved it when Jax told him off at the end. That was a hell of a powerful look he leveled on the old man. Not that it did any good.