This review contains spoilers.
This week’s Sons Of Anarchy is a very strong episode, which is something I never thought I would say about something that features David Hasselhoff.
To be honest, I had to rewind when I read his name in the opening credits to make sure that I hadn’t had something slipped into my coffee. But it’s true: The Hoff has a cameo as porn producer, Dondo. As it turns out, The Hoff’s appearance is but a brief one, and the episode itself has been my favourite so far.
Let’s get started then, shall we?
This episode deals with a lot of historical plot arcs, so if you haven’t watched the programme from the very start, then a lot of it will be lost on you. Following Potter’s visit to the prison to see Otto last week, Otto has a lot on his mind. The episode opens with Otto telling Gemma that he wants to find out the truth about what happened to his murdered wife, Luanne. He knows that Bobby’s DNA was found on her clothes.
This prompts the Sons to make a visit to somewhere that we haven’t seen them visit in a while: the porn studio. It also reintroduces us to our old friend, Georgi, who isn’t in the episode for more than ten seconds before he is kicked in the face and tied up. It’s still pretty blatant that Georgi killed Luanne, however. After the Sons hear that he has some very powerful Asian investors, they realise that they can use this to their advantage. Their advantage being that they can use the Asian investors to put money into Charming Heights, before pulling out at the last moment and stopping it going through.
So, the Sons let Georgi live, although Bobby visits Otto in prison and tells him that Georgi is dead. I would guess it is only a matter of time before he is, however.
This episode is a huge turning point for the series, and the show as a whole. It marks the first time that anyone talks about what really happened to John Teller.
The facts still aren’t completely there, but we know that John Teller died in a motorcycle accident, but it was an accident arranged by Clay whilst he was bedding Gemma. There was also information in the letters that Tara (and now, Piney) had that Clay had tried to have John Teller killed on two other occasions.
Piney is attempting to use the information to blackmail Clay into stopping the club dealing with drugs. However, it is pretty clear that things won’t be that black and white, given that the Sons are now dealing with a cartel.
Potter and Roosevelt take the opportunity to really dig the hooks into Juice this week, further playing on the issue of race. Juice seems to feel that he has no choice but to play along. One pivotal point in the relationship between Juice and Roosevelt is when Roosevelt asks for a sample from the cocaine stash. Juice attempts to get it, but with Filthy Phil and one of the Mayans hanging around the lockup, he ends up taking a whole brick. Juice freaks out and buries the brick outside. Naturally, when the bricks are counted the next morning, one is missing.
The episode ends here, but I think it’s pretty clear that Juice is going to get caught. The other guy from the Mayan gang, and Filthy Phil, can both place Juice in the building, and it can’t really be anyone else.
This episode has really turned the heat up on this series, and it’s the strongest since series two. Talk about John Teller before has always been very hushed, and this is the first time we have ever heard about how he died.
We’re not even at the halfway point of the series and already the tension is palpable. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few major characters killed off before this series is finished…
You can read our review of Sons Of Anarchy season 4 episode 4, Una Venta, here.