One of the first shockers was Otto getting raped in prison, while the guards are watching, all thanks to the new bad guy, ex U.S. Marshall, Lee Toric (Donal Logue), who has been sending his "friends" to visit Otto (Kurt Sutter) every morning.
Clay also gets a visit from Toric. So far Clay has had a private cell, but Toric only has so much pull left and time for Clay is running out. Toric gives him until the next shift change to make up his mind about helping him take down the club for Otto murdering his sister, who was a nurse taking care of him.
Clay knows what will happen if he gets around the other inmates who all think that he shot Pope. His will to survive is stronger than his loyalties to his old MC and at the last minute he agrees: "Tell me what to do."
Meanwhile one of the escort girls, Lyla, gets tortured during a porno shoot, something she definitely did not sign up for. Nero and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) take some of their guys to Stockton to deal with the Persians, who turn to be Iranians. They guys put one of the Iranians into a cage until they can figure out the situation and how to handle it. Jax, who is trying to deal with Tara being arrested, tells Tig to let him go, but when they Iranian makes an ill-timed joke about Tig watching his daughter in one of their rape pornos, Tig loses it and kills the guy by drowning him in a urin-filled tub - and then urinates in it as well.
Tara doesn't want to talk to Jax or see him, but her lawyer lets him know that Tara suspects Gemma to be behind her arrest. To Tara's big surprise Lee Toric pays her a visit and admits that it was him all along. He wants her to hand over the club and Jax and he will get her and the boys into the witness protection program.
Back at the clubhouse Chibs was dealing with Juice. Even though Jax wanted to give him a chance to make up for all the things he did (steal from the club, kill a brother, try to take the coward way out by hanging himself), the only way Chibs can get right with Juice still being a part of the club is by beating him up. Juice, knowing he deserves it, tells Chibs that he loves him and takes the beating, while Gemma closes her blinds so she can't see it happening.
With everything that is going on between Jax and Tara it may not have come as a surprise that once again, Jax finds himself in the bed of another woman - a potential business partner for the escort service with Nero.
Finally, all throughout this "Sons of Anarchy" season premiere with the title "Straw", the audience sees a little blond boy in a school uniform walking around and writing in his notebook. At the end of the episode the boy pulls out a weapon, one that Jax gave to Nero's crew last season, goes into the school and starts shooting.
On the "Sons of Anarchy" Facebook page, fans expressed their shock and even disgust at the school shooting scene. However, some fans pointed out that maybe Kurt Sutter didn't just do it for attention, but to point out just how horrible such shootings are, and how the shooters manage to get their guns. In this case, the 11-year-old boy was the son of Nero's cousin's old lady.