The episode’s title literally refers to the army ant genus Dorylus, which, according to Wikipedia, can contain over 20 million individuals per colony and whose members rely on their “powerful shearing jaws.” They travel in gigantic marching columns and have been known to consume people who get in their way. We saw what I presume are Dorylus ants on the Native American reservation, granting to the Russian prisoner the slow death the Gods desired.
Metaphorically, though, SAMCRO was its own Dorylus colony, with Clay the lead soldier. Their food supplies (cash reserves) were drying up and they needed to find their way to a new source, so — with or without everyone’s approval — nothing was going to stop Clay from running those drugs. The irony, though, is that pushing a “Yes” vote through to get to the new income source may be exactly what starts the slow death of the MC.
As we saw in season two, Sons of Anarchy works best when it focuses on conflict within the club, rather than on external pressures, and the drug running issue promises to be an even bigger problem than when Jax and Clay were butting heads amidst Zobelle’s planned takeover of Charming. Now, Jax and Clay are ostensibly on the same side, and that’s helped them win over some members (Opie, Kozik) who were on the fence, but when the truth comes out that Jax is planning to leave SAMCRO and Charming altogether, things won’t turn out well.
In fact, pretty much the whole episode was based on lies. Jax lied to Opie about taking over when Clay steps down. Tara lied to Gemma about JT’s letters (even if Gemma saw right through it). Juice has apparently been lying the whole time about being (at least half) black, which sounds like it could have major consequences. Clay’s “word” is the weakest, though, as he lied to the Native Americans about the rate they’re charging the cartel for ammo, and also to Bobby about wanting him to have the President patch when he’s done (although, with the amount of lying Clay’s doing, maybe he was telling Bobby the truth, and has just been lying to Jax the whole time about letting him go and giving Opie the promotion). I don’t necessarily doubt Clay when he says he’s doing everything for the good of the club, but there’s also clearly a lot of greed at play, and coupled with the lies, it sounds like a recipe for disaster.
The political matters of the club were definitely the more gripping parts of “Dorylus.” The missing gun plot was fine, but could have easily been avoided if Kozik hadn’t been that stupid, and thus ended up seeming like a pretty contrived way for the rest of the MC to keep busy. And the stuff on the side — Gemma and Unser, Tara and Margaret, Roosevelt and Juice — was good, but was more set-up than anything else. Now that the drug issue has been voted on and SAMCRO is getting deeper in bed with the cartel, though, the rest of the season should be verryyyyy interesting.
Bits & Pieces:
- When Clay told Tara, “I love my son. As much as I loved his old man,” was that a threat? If we’re assuming JT’s letters indicate Clay had something to do with his death, I’d be a little uneasy if I were Tara.
- I’m happy to see Juice finally getting his own storyline. And I’m quite interested to see why his racial identity would be that big a deal to the club. SAMCRO seemed to hate Darby and the other white supremacists as much for their ideology as their competition, and they have no problem with Juice being Hispanic…
- Knowing what we now do about Margaret, her warning to Tara that “Longer can very easily turn into forever” actually carries some weight.