Sons of Anarchy

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You Can’t Spell “Recidivism” Without SAMCRO

"How do they grow up in this?" Jax finishes for her. But he's not defensive about Tara's line of thinking, or agitated from internal conflict as he would have been in the past. That's because Jax has a plan: "I realize you being with me is not some kind of accident. It sounds crazy, but I think you were put into my life to get me out [of the club], Tara. Fifteen years ago and now. I'm done with SAMCRO." And I'm totally distracted by the inert doll someone's plopped in Tara's lap. Seriously: It's like Jax is pitching sweet woo to a woman and her baby doll. Anyway, the point here is that Jax has seen his future in SAMCRO, and it finishes with him either in prison or dead; not only does neither option appeal to him, he wants better for his sons. He says, "The bond that holds this club together isn't about love or brotherhood anymore. We lost that a long time ago. It's just fear and greed now." Tara points out that Jax is echoing John Teller's words, and like Jax, JT wanted to get out. Jax concludes, "JT was a coward. He lost himself in Irish pussy and bailed on his family. Instead of writing about it, he should have done something. He should have taken me and Thomas and gotten the hell out of Charming." Tara reminds him that JT would have had to go through Gemma, and Jax says, "Then he should have run her over. I'm not my father. I'm not weak." Tara is unconvinced: "How do you get out? Clay and Gemma will never let you just leave."

Jax thinks he knows how, and his retirement plan looks very similar to Clay's: Ride out this new guns deal with the Irish Kings, get a big enough payday, then ... who knows? Tara asks how long Jax plans to ride this out, adding, "More guns means more risk." Jax throws his hands up and says, "I don't have any skills, Tara. I'm an OK mechanic with a GED. The only thing I ever did well was outlaw. I just need to make some bank, set myself up with something --" This is where Tara cuts in and reminds Jax that as a hotshot surgeon, she is raking in the bucks. (And is presumably unencumbered by student loans? Lucky MD.) Jax objects with, "I'm not going to live off my wife," and while this would have been an excellent opening for pointing out that running a household and raising two small boys is not a job for the fainthearted -- and indeed, would probably speak to Jax's skill set -- Tara figures that one major Jax Teller attitude adjustment per scene is enough, and if he's talking about leaving the club, she'll call it a win and return to the "Stay at Home Dad: It's A Great Way To Support Your Family, Really" argument at a later date.

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Sons of Anarchy




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