If you thought this week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy was shocking, wait until you see what happens next week! In the meantime, we have the preview video for the episode for you to check out. No major spoilers ahead, but read no further if you didn’t see last night’s episode yet!
If you caught last night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy then you know that it ended with Juice hanging himself from a tree with a noose made of chain. I’ve seen next week’s episode, and I won’t give away much, other than to say that “Family Recipe” picks up on the same night. I’ll also add that it’s a big episode for the series and one fans of the show won’t want to miss.
The preview video below doesn’t give much away, other than that tensions are still running high within the club, but there are outside problems to deal with as well.
On this episode titled “Family Recipe”, An important club vote gets side tracked when SAMCRO is forced to deal with dangerous external threats against the club.
Sons of Anarchy is an American television drama series created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in Northern California. The show centers on protagonist Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the Vice President of the club who begins questioning the club and himself.
Sons of Anarchy premiered on September 3, 2008 on cable network FX. Its second season debuted on September 8, 2009, and its third season began on September 7, 2010. The third season of the series attracted an average of 4.9 million viewers per week, making it FX’s highest rated series ever, surpassing FX’s other hits The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and Rescue Me. On October 7, 2010, Sons of Anarchy was renewed for a fourth season, the first episode of which aired on September 6, 2011. On October 18th, 2011 “Sons Of Anarchy” was renewed for a fifth season.
Sons of Anarchy is the story of the Teller-Morrow family of Charming, California, as well as the other members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO), their families, various Charming townspeople, and the various rivals and associates who undermine or support SAMCRO’s legal and illegal enterprises. Sons of Anarchy follows the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club but also features a number of ally and rival gangs, such as the Mayans, the Calaveras, Devil’s Tribe, the Grim Bastards, the 1-9ers, Nords, True IRA, Aryan Brotherhood (ABs), and a white separatist group called the League of American Nationalists (LOAN).
The series was created by Kurt Sutter. Sutter is the showrunner, the series’ most prolific writer, and a regular director. He has directed each season finale to date. Sutter had previously worked as an executive producer for the FX series The Shield. The series other executive producers are father and son team Art Linson and John Linson. Jim Parriott served as an executive producer and writer for the first season only.
Jack LoGiudice served as a consulting producer and regular writer for the first season. He became co-executive producer for the second season. He left the series to work on The Walking Dead. Dave Erickson also worked as a consulting producer for the first and second season and then took over as co-executive producer for the third season. The series other regular writers are supervising producer Chris Collins and co-producer Regina Corrado.
Sutter drew regular directors from The Shield including Stephen Kay, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Guy Ferland and Billy Gierhart. Paris Barclay joined Sons of Anarchy as an executive producer for the fourth season, a role which will see him regularly direct episodes.
The Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is an outlaw motorcycle club with many charters in the United States and overseas. The show focuses on the original and founding charter, Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original, referred to by the acronym SAMCRO. or Sam Crow. This nickname is also reflected in the original title of the show, Forever Sam Crow. The Redwood charter is headquartered in Charming, California, in a clubhouse adjacent to the Teller-Morrow auto mechanic shop. Led by President Clay Morrow, the club protects and controls Charming through close community relationships, bribery and violent intimidation.
John Teller and Piermont “Piney” Winston co-founded SAMCRO in 1967 following their return from the Vietnam War, where both men served in the paratroops. Six of the “Redwood Original 9” members were vets; Clay Morrow was the youngest of the original members. John died in 1993, and his widow, Gemma, married Clay. John and Gemma’s son, Jackson (Jax), is Vice President of SAMCRO. Jax is also connected to Tara, a doctor at St. Thomas Hospital.
Club members wear vests known as cuts or kuttes (jacket with the sleeves cut off). The SOA patch on the back is a Grim Reaper holding a crystal ball with the anarchy “A”, and wielding the Reaper’s traditional scythe, the handle of which has been replaced by the M16 rifle the club’s founders wielded in Vietnam. Only full members can wear the “patch”. Other smaller patches on the vest stand for different things, examples being “Men of Mayhem”, which is worn by club members who have spilled blood on the club’s behalf, and “First 9”, worn by the original nine members of SOA. Jax has also worn a baseball cap that says “Reaper Crew”, and at least four female characters affiliated with the club (Gemma, Tara, Wendy, and Lyla) have crow tattoos. The Sons ride customized motorcycles of various types. Club members have “day jobs” in local industries, most of them working at the Teller-Morrow garage, but they primarily make money by illegally importing weapons, modifying and selling them to various gangs, along with protection runs for local businesses by protecting valuable truck shipments from hijacking.
The club operates out of a clubhouse on the same lot as the Teller-Morrow auto shop. The clubhouse includes a living area (where members sometimes crash for the night), a bar, a pool table, a kitchen, a workout room, and the “chapel”, a room with an elaborate conference table made of redwood that has a reaper logo carved into the top. The club also owns a secluded cabin in the woods and formerly had a warehouse outside of town where they assembled the illegal weapons.
SAMCRO keeps meth traffickers and drug dealers out of Charming, which puts them at odds with the meth-distributing white supremacist Nords, headed by Ernest Darby. SAMCRO also has to deal with a rival Oakland-based motorcycle club (MC), the Mayans led by Marcus Alvarez (who also features in The Shield episode 2, season 2). Other groups in SAMCRO’s orbit include the San Francisco-based Chinese mafia Lin Triad, led by Henry Lin, the Italian American Cacuzza crime family, the True IRA of Ireland, which supplies them with illegal Russian-made guns, the “One-Niners”, an African American street gang (who also appeared on The Shield, thus possibly putting the two in the same fictional universe) to whom SAMCRO sell weapons, and various affiliates in the state prison system, where many members of the club have been incarcerated at one time or another.
Sutter has said of the Shakespeare element, “I don’t want to overplay that but it’s there. It was Jax’s father who started the club, so he’s the ghost in the action. You wonder what he would have made of the way it turned out. It’s not a version of Hamlet but it’s definitely influenced by it.” Ron Perlman believes “they’re going to stick to the structure of Hamlet all the way to the end (of the series).”