More thoughts, recaps, and analysis of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” episode “Laying Pipe.”
(For part one of this article, please click here.)
At the hospital, Tara confronts Gemma, and tells her Wendy admitted that Gemma sent her. Tara tells her to never hurt her, or her family again.
Gemma: Or what, doctor? You gonna kill me?
Tara: No. But my husband might.
Gemma gets a call that Clay has showed up at Nero’s. When she gets there, Clay is in with one of Nero’s women, so Gemma attacks her.
The four jailed Sons meet, and Jax tells them Pope wants one of them dead. Jax won’t let Pope make the call, and says they’ll decide their fate. The guard comes in, and as Jax goes after him, Opie headbutts the guard. It’s Opie in the tank. The guard gives Opie a pipe to defend himself with, but he only lasts a minute against four Niners. Opie collapses to his knees, and they give him the death blow.
And then, for some insane reason while we’re grieving and in shock, FX runs a promo for “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” Yeah, FX? Not a good time for madcap comedy.
Later the guard comes to get Jax, and Jax tells him he’s going to be released, and he’ll find out who the guard is, and kill him. When Jax gets to the warden’s office, Pope is there. Jax tells him there’s a new plan. He’s going to get the club to sign off on Pope’s money, but he needs Tig on the outside.
Jax: I just watched my best friend get beaten to death…for you. Now I’m going to get the club to sign off on your cash, but I need Trager outside. Him knowing I saved his life gives me an eternal advantage I’m gonna need…and when I’m done, you can send him out the same way you did his kid. Because I really don’t give a shit.
Pope agrees, and Jax tells him the home invasions have to stop. Pope denies any involvement with them.
Pope: Be smart, Mr. Teller. It’s who you are.
As Jax calls Tara to let her know he’s safe, the police break in at Nero’s place, arresting Gemma.
Jax tells Chibb to get some intelligence on the guard, and that Tig gets to come out with them. He then talks to Tig, and tells him he’s getting out.
Tig: You got me clear?
Jax: Yes, I did.
Tig: Thank you man.
Jax: It’s not about thanks. From now on, you back my every play. You support all my deals. And you never vote against me again.
Tig: You’ve got my word, brother.
Some thoughts on “Laying Pipe.”
For the second time in the first three episodes, just too much.
There are two schools of thought here, although really only one of them is widely playing on Twitter right now.
The first is the shock and dismay at seeing Opie killed, a brutal, shocking end to one of the original SAMCRO characters on the show, and one of the few gang members you could root for.
The second one is even harder to understand, and that’s the reason in the ongoing story why the death happened.
Lots of angry tweets on Tuesday night, which is a sign of how beloved “Sons Of Anarchy” really is. It was a stunning scene, right up there with Christopher’s death on “The Sopranos.”
Has Kurt Sutter gone too far this time? Only time will tell. The man’s got an incredible body of work, so he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Right now, there didn’t seem to be any point in Opie’s death other than the shock factor. We all expected either something to happen to free the Sons, or for Chibs to die, which would have been shocking enough. Instead, Sutter kills Opie, and does so in a brutal, chilling fashion.
Opie goes out with no advance warning, not even a musical soundtrack to heighten the suspense, just a bloody, violent end.
So where does this go? Why waste a character like Opie in this fashion? What comes of this death? Only Kurt Sutter knows.
I’ve seen a lot of people refer to Opie as the “conscience” of the Sons. I wouldn’t go that far, Opie’s not an angel, he’s just certainly not the worst of the bunch.
Opie, though, was a tragic figure. SAMCRO was the reason Opie was sent to prison. They killed Opie’s wife. They killed his father, and now they’ve made his kids orphans. Opie was out, and got himself thrown into prison to try and help protect Jax.
No one has lost more for the club than Opie, and now, he’s lost his life.
Death isn’t anything new on “Sons of Anarchy,” but it usually serves a purpose. Right now, Opie’s death didn’t do anything but shock us. We won’t know until the rest of the season’s episodes air whether or not Opie’s changed the way the show will turn.
For now, though, all we’re left with is shock and horror at the death of a character we had come to love and count on, just like Jax did.
One final, obvious thought: Damon Pope absolutely has to die.
Rating: Six out of a possible ten lead pipes.
— Reid Kerr still can’t believe it. Follow Reid on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook and yell at him.