Jax is really feeling his oats, and making life much more difficult for Clay in the process. His stunt with the Mayan, though necessary, inadvertantly threw fuel on the gang war the supremicists are trying to fan up. His roar "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU'RE TALKING TO??" at Luanne and her instant backing down reminded everyone that Jax is a) SAMCRO royalty and b) not someone to fuck with. Not at all.
I was a little thrown by both of those things. In the first case, I have to assume that Clay's issue with Jax's stunt is that he didn't take the body and dump it in a hole somewhere far away where it would (hopefully) never be found, or at least just leave it full of bullet holes without the Niner signifiers. If the Mayans had found the body with an SoA tag, I'm not sure how that would have made it less likely that someone from SAMCRO would get shot by Mayans... so Jax was correct in telling Clay that getting rid of the SoA tag was the right thing to do, but the stupid part was framing the Niners, yes? (I do pretty well with the emotional stuff, but a lot of the business and political aspects take me a while to grasp.)
As for Jax screaming at Luanne, I thought it was interesting because it reminded me of hot-headed Season 1 Jax, but at the same time, he doesn't generally scream at women. When Luanne showed up at the warehouse and was terrified of Jax, I was actually a little baffled because I've never seen anything to indicate that women would or should be afraid to be alone in the dark with Jax. I'm a pretty jumpy woman myself, so I could sort of relate on an instinctive level, but it still seemed weird for Luanne to be afraid of him. Of course, I'd conveniently forgotten that he'd screamed at her at the top of his lungs and scared the shit out of her before, until I was reminded of it here.
So while her being afraid of him makes a little more sense now, his angry and threatening behavior toward her at the hospital is either out of character, or it's a warning sign that Jax is a bit too high strung at present, because women generally are not subjected to that kind of violent posturing from him. Granted women also don't try to tell him how to do his job very often, but it's not like his outburst was some necessary part of his brilliant plan to beat the shit out of people with baseball bats. He could've done that without yelling at the understandably-already-freaked-out Luanne.
The women playing the porn actresses - in all of their scenes - were wearing more clothes than the strippers/prostitutes passed out in the club at the beginning of the episode. In fact, the panning over the orgy aftermath combined with what we saw of the orgy last week featured far more nudity and simulated sex than any of the porn-related scenes.
I agree, the porn plot didn't bother me in this episode (which is amazing, because I hate that industry with a fiery passion). If they start overusing it and get caught up in how much peekaboo and simulated sex they can get away with, I'll probably be annoyed, but I think there's enough going on with other plot lines to keep them from getting carried away.
Edited by Jubi, Sep 16, 2009 @ 4:51 AM.