Was This The Years' Most Belabored, Embarrassingly Failed Attempt at Basic-Cable Eroticism?
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Was This The Years' Most Belabored, Embarrassingly Failed Attempt at Basic-Cable Eroticism?

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | November 7, 2012 | Comments ()

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For those of you that don't know -- or care -- I recap "Sons of Anarchy" over on UPROXX every week, and like TK's relationship with "The Walking Dead," it's a love-hate one. One thing that "Sons of Anarchy" has, whether it's in the midst of of a great stretch of episodes or if it's mired in sticky melo-bro-drama is that it never fails to be entertaining. Week to week, I can watch it for its intensity and its frequent shocking moments, or I can hate-watch the sh*t out of it. It's typically a fun show to watch, either way, and an easy way to pass an hour on any other night but election night.

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This season -- the fifth of "Sons of Anarchy" -- has honestly been a blast. It opened strong, introducing Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau), "Sons of Anarchy's" version of Gus Fring, who provided the show with maybe the most gruesome death on television this year: Casually burning alive a woman stuck in a pit of dead bodies. Showrunner Kurt Sutter followed that with the devastating, intense, and gut punching death of the show's best character.

Since that point in the season, however, "Sons" has been teetering on its rails, running through plot lines in a single episode that would take most dramas half a season to develop and conclude. It's part of why the show has been so absurdly entertaining, even after Sutter blew the more meticulously structured episodes earlier in the season all to hell.

However, last night, while everyone else was watching Election Results, "Sons of Anarchy" blew giraffe sh*t all over the back wall, going off the deep end from sublimely ridiculous into ohwhatthefuckareyouserious.

For those not watching the show, a brief summation of the developments that led us to this moment: A character named Otto (played by Kurt Sutter himself) has been in prison for years. He's a founding member of the motorcycle club, SAMCRO, at the center of "Sons of Anarchy." At some point last year, one of the members of SAMCRO betrayed him, and Otto decided to go to the feds with information implicating his SAMCRO brothers. This season, Tara -- the wife of SAMCRO's president -- has been working to convince Otto to drop his testimony. She's a doctor, and has been using her occupation to get close to Otto in prison, but Otto has been reluctant to recant his testimony so far.

Tara, however, stumbled upon the absurd idea of trying to remind Otto of the things he once loved, thinking that she could convince Otto to recant with simple nostalgia. She learned that Otto's dead girlfriend used to wear a particular perfume that had the scent of "cum and patchouli." In any other show, you'd imagine that Tara might use that information to poison a bottle of perfume and kill off the character. But not here, and not when the character is played by the showrunner: Tara was literal in her intent to use that perfume to conjure some pleasant memories.

However, the idea didn't exactly go as planned. In fact, it may have worked too well. The perfume reminded Otto of his dead girlfriend, and in order to exorcise those feelings, Otto -- strapped into a prison gurney -- gets one hand free with the help of Tara, insists that she touch his head, and then he jerks himself off until HE SOBS.

Frankly, it's impossible to do justice to the sequence with words alone, so here are a couple of screenshots that also fall well short of conveying the true ickiness of the scene.

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Now, a normal person -- who has just witnessed a revolting prison inmate rub himself into a weepy fruition -- would probably go home and take seven showers. But not Tara: She goes home, kisser her husband, and when he leaves for the night to go out and kill someone, she takes that bottle of perfume -- which, again, smells like patchouli and cum -- dabs a little on herself, and goes to town on her jewel.

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The result? Equal parts revulsion, embarrassment for the actress asked to perform this scene, and a full-body cringe so profound that I might have shaken out a few molars.

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  • badkittyuno

    I can't believe I didn't know that Otto was played by Kurt Sutter. He's actually one of my favorite characters, because I never know what he's going to do. I was cringing through his whole scene this week, not because of the masturbating/sobbing thing, but because I was fully expecting him to get that hand loose and bash Tara's face in. Tara's thing at the end though--I'm all for bean-flicking, but god I hate the way patchouli smells.

  • dizzylucy

    I didn't either. I caught up with the whole series in the course of about 2 weeks and didn't always pay super close attention, so I'm not surprised I missed that. I thought that scene was icky to begin with, but now, knowing the actress had to do that scene with her BOSS...ew.

  • Fredo

    Like YOU haven't been turned on by the twin smells of patchouli and cum, Dustin. I can't wait for that Febreze scented candle to make its way this holiday season. Pumpkin spice...Caramel apple...Patchouli Cum.

    The smells of the season!

  • peep

    Yeah I've lost what little respect I had for Sutter and 98% of the respect I had for Pearlamn for their endless dick sucking of the gutter filth known as Sonny Barger, who they characterize as 'tragically misunderstood.'

    No, he's a scumbag, a pimp, a drug dealer, a drug kingpin, a weapons dealer and an accessory to mass murder who should be blown the fuck off of his bike.

  • Lynn

    Alright, I'll say it. I was turned on. By the whole thing.

  • Jewelflicker

    I'm very turned on by a woman playing with herself. This scene was still really unsexy to me.

  • Sammers

    Are there any other Canadians around here that have no clue what all this hubbub is about? Either this whole bit with Otto & Tara was *so* disturbing that I somehow blocked it from my mind, or it was censored from the SuperChannel feed (the bit with Gemma and Nero in the mausoleum was also omitted)... Either way, I am thankful that I missed this whole scene. What the hell?!

  • Sirilicious

    How is he a revolting prison inmate? He used to be a valued member of the club, before the DEA or whatever tricked him. He still is, really. He then broke down over the scent of his beloved, deceased old lady. I wasn't exactly turned on, but i can see how that would endear a woman's... parts.

    Who says it was meant to be erotic for the viewers? I think it's a fail on your part to immediately assume so.

    Oh you boys. You really don't want to know what your women (or men) are thinking of when they fuck themselves.

  • e jerry powell

    And I thought NIp/Tuck was repulsive...

  • Mr_Zito

    I'm so happy I bailed on that.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I had no Idea Sutter was looking in on me and my wife's role playing.

  • kushiro -

    I think this could get much worse. Remember that Otto demanded a blowjob in return for recanting his testimony.

  • becks

    I think people generally misunderstood that scene. Otto didn't demand a blowjob, he used it as a comparison to what she was asking of him.

    He says to Tara "Get on your knees" and she replies "I'm not going to do that" to which Otto replies "Neither am I."

    The request was actually just a snarky commentary on what he thought of her request.

  • kushiro -

    I thought about that, but then I remembered it's Kurt Sutter.

  • mairimba

    So fast forward through that scene while I watch tonight? Got it.

  • lillie

    Thanks Dustin. I read your recap of this episode over on Warming Glow and now this one. I am solid now in my decision to take your advice and skip this episode and wait for next week's. The scene with Otto in prison?? Some things you just can't unsee.

  • Rocabarra

    Seriously! I was pretty okay with the scene with Otto, because I was on edge the whole time wondering if maybe he was plotting something else, the tricksy devil.

    But then Tara using the perfume... just w-t-f.

  • That was so freaking nonsensical, non-sexual and ill-conceived--especially after she just shared a seriously hot kiss with Jax--I chose to pretend it didn't happen.

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