Sons of Anarchy

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 08, 2009 on FX
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Episode Summary

SAMCRO has to deal with the murder of Opie's wife and Ethan Zobelle, a sophisticated white supremacist, comes to town to open a tobacco store. He and his associate, AJ Weston, are motivated to bring down SAMCRO due to their relationship with Black and Latino gangs.

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  • Sons of Anarchy: Now THAT's a Season Premiere Season Two of FX's biker-gang drama is already revved high with one of the most shocking scenes in television wrapping things up.

    Note to other television producers: if you're looking for a way to start off a second season of a television show, check out "Albification," the season two starter for FX's Sons of Anarchy. Creator Kurt Sutter wasted no time in upping the ante, thickening the tension with a scene we will not soon forget.

    (Spoilers ahead for those who did not see it.)

    We guessed that Season Two would be the show's coming-out party, and so far it's definitely on the right track. Let's start at the end: there is no way a scene involving gang rape is easy to watch, but watching the separatists have their way with Gemma was horrifying. How's that for a way to kick off a season? It was Katey Segal's (in another fantastic underrated performance) face that really sold it and made our skin crawl. In one scene, she's fighting with all her might the way we know Gemma can, the next scene she's spent, makeup smeared and sweaty. Utter exhaustion. Mentally in a far off place. It was such a powerful scene it almost took our mind off that horrible emo-core cover of one of Bob Dylan's best songs. This sets up a serious rift between SAMCRO (the "good" guys) and their new rivals, a KKK-lite group of white separatists (don't call them supremacists!). It's always hard to introduce a whole new bad guy at the start of a new season, but these guys really seemed to slip in perfectly. Adam Arkin departs from his usual slate of passive characters and plays a fearsome leader who politely asks SAMCRO leader Clay to stop dealing arms to the hispanic and black gangs. When Clay laughs in his face, he orders a gang rape on Clay's wife. So that's how this season is going to go. How the f*** is Clay going to respond? We're foaming at the mouth to find out. Sons of Anarchy is riding under the radar at the moment, but this is turning into one of FX's finest... and that includes The Shield.

    More thoughts:

    --Henry Rollins looks great as his bleeding-white thug, but he's still Henry Rollins and he still is a mediocre actor at best (sorry, Mr. Rollins, please don't hurt me!).

    --Tig shoots a man in the mouth, and Sutter shows it, complete with blood spatter on the camera lens. Awesome. Then Opie carves an Anarchy "A" in his chest with a knife, and we see it. Awesome. Then Jax blasts the "A" away with a full clip of hot lead, and the results are right there on the screen. Sons of Anarchy is fearless in its depiction of violence, where others might shy away. But violence is such a huge part of the show, it's necessary that the audience sees it. --The post-meeting showdown between Jax and Clay was fantastic. Fingers crossed that dynamic is the crux of season two; put those two in a room and let's see what happens!

    Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX. For more information, check out's Sons of Anarchy 101.moreless
  • Great Pilot! Cannot wait to see all action unravel!

    This episode was a great way to start the new season. It set-up many different avenues of action. Kurt Sutter has a gift. It's like you are watching a movie within an episode. There is always different avenues of storyline and action. Kurt Sutter is amazing. The cast always keeps you interested and addicted. I can't wait for all the different stories to unravel. Plus, we can't avoid the fact that any scene with Charlie Hunnam is enjoyable. He had me at "Green Street Hooligans," and his psychotic character in "Cold Mountain." Now I get to enjoy him as the nice guy!!moreless
  • AWESOME! SoA picks up where it ended and has a great start into season 2.

    First, I've got to say I'm very happy SoA is back and I don't understand the so far poor rating of this episode. I think it was a great and very promising start into season 2.

    A lot was going on in this episode, so I will concentrate on the two major plotlines.

    The club is still under observation of the fbi, which means that they have to figure out a new deal with the Irish. Jax confronts Clay that he knows Donna was killed at his command by a fellow club member. But, to protect Opie, or as I would say, as he doesn't know how to solve this issue right now, he let things as they are and keeps his knowledge. Opie kills a Mayan in retalliation for Donna, but this issue is far from settled. Jax has Piney on his side but he needs more backing before he can try to overthrow Clay and give the club a new direction. I think this will be one of the major arcs for the whole season. The other one is the arrival of a white supremacist group in Charming, lead by business man Ethan Sobelle (played by Adam Arkin) and muscle man AJ Weston (played by Henry Rolins). Their goal, as far as we know, is to stop SoA from dealing weapons to the 9ers and the Mayans. We haven't seen very much of Arkin and Rollins, but I really enjoyed their performance and hope for much more to come. They seem to be a great fit for this already great cast. Especially the dialogue between Weston and Darby, the local nazi leader of Charming, was intense and revealed how uncompromising they will pursuit their agenda. Sobelle and Weston promise much more trouble for the club than Darby, as they seem to have the money and the manpower to confront the club.

    I won't say anything about the end of this episode. It was surprising and shocking and promises a lot of blood and brutality for the next episodes to come.

    Again I've to say how much I love the performances of all the lead actors of SoA: Perlman, Sagal, Hunnam, Siff, Pileggi. Can't wait until next week.moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Gemma Teller Morrow

Mark Boone Jr.

Mark Boone Jr.

Bobby "Elvis" Munson

Kim Coates

Kim Coates

Alex "Tig" Trager

Tommy Flanagan

Tommy Flanagan

Filip "Chibs" Telford

Ryan Hurst (I)

Ryan Hurst (I)

Harry "Opie" Winston

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis

Kip "Half-Sack" Epps

Joey Anaya

Joey Anaya

Elian Perez

Guest Star

Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Ethan Zobelle

Recurring Role

Dayton Callie

Dayton Callie

Chief Wayne Unser

Recurring Role

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Ernest Darby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Jax: Looks like Trammel earned his pay.
      Clay: You got something you need to say?
      Jax: We both know this is bull****. The only reason I don't set fire to it is because I love Opie and the truth would kill him.
      Clay: We all love Opie. He needs this and we're going to give it to him.
      Jax: Whoever you put this murder on just make sure they deserve to die because the guy that killed Donna is out there sharing a beer with her husband.
      Clay: You better be real careful how you navigate around this one.
      Jax: Or what? You gonna put a bullet in the back of my head too?

    • Gemma: You love the man. You learn to love the club. If you can do that, there's no truth you can't handle.

    • Clay: Look, I don't know what Darby told you, and I don't know what your angle is. But let me be real clear. Nobody threatens SAMCRO and nobody tells us what we can and can't do; black, brown, or white. So why don't you just climb back into your little German clown car and drive back to Nazi town because the next time you piss all over my shoes it will kill you. And I don't give a s*** how many witnesses there are.

    • Jax: Hey. Keeping this between us is the best thing, for now. You hear what I'm saying, Piney?
      Piney: Clay tried to kill my son and slaughtered his wife by mistake. I'm depending on you to make that right, kid.

    • Tara: You know why I run away from s*** all the time? Cause I don't trust anyone. If I'm gonna stay, I need to know the truth.
      Jax: I tell you the truth.
      Tara: Not just what you think I can handle. I need all of it. It's the only way I'll know if I can do this.

    • Piney: You should go home. See your kids.
      (Opie doesn't respond)
      Piney: You know, I don't give a s*** how bad you feel. You need to pull your sad little head out of your a** and go be a father. I'm tired of carrying your damn water, boy. It's ain't your fault, and it sure as hell ain't theirs.
      Opie: Love you too, Pop.

    • Tig: We're gonna come out the other side of this.
      Clay: Yeah we are. S*** always works out.

    • Clay: Hey, you wanna stick around for a while? I'm sure you could do some major damage to a stripper pole.
      Stahl: You have no idea.

    • Gemma: Planning a trip?
      Clay: I'm just seeing what charters we're gonna need to make this thing work with the Irish.
      Gemma: If it involves you and a map, we're screwed.
      Clay: You saying I got no sense of direction?
      Gemma: I'm saying you need a GPS to get from the driveway to the front door.

    • Weston: You got kids, Darby?
      Darby: No.
      Weston: I just pulled my six-year-old out of T-ball cause I found out they're giving trophies to every boy on every team for simply playing the game. Trophies should be earned. Teaching children that everyone's equal is a dangerous philosophy.

    • Hale: I'm not gonna swap one outlaw for another one.

    • Hale: League of American Nationalists.
      Zobelle: The League represents an influential group of businessmen who are tired of criminals undermining local enterprise.
      Hale: Right. And how many black and Latino businessmen are in your influential group?
      Zobelle: None.
      Hale: I know what you are. White hate.
      Zobelle: Quite the opposite, Deputy Chief. We are separatists, not supremacists. We are God-fearing patriots and in a time when black radicals are in power in this country we are desperately trying to remind our citizens of their founding beliefs.
      Hale: That all white men are created equal. What the hell do you want from me?
      Weston: Call us what you want. We have the same goal; stop scumbags from arming scumbags.
      Zobelle: We just want you to know we are at your disposal if you need us.

    • Jacob Hale: My family built this town. My great-great grandfather, his brothers. Before my old man dies, the Hales are gonna give it back to the folks who live here.
      Zobelle: And that salvation nets you a tidy real estate profit.
      Jacob Hale: Progress has its rewards.

    • Bobby: That's it, huh? Your pretty face gets smashed in. You spend months, how many thousands of dollars trying to crush us. What for, b****? What'd you get it?
      Stahl: Peace of mind.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Odplata (Retaliation)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 28, 2010 on Bravo
      Finland: January 6, 2011 on Sub
      Czech Republic: April 3, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: February 21, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • Featured Music:
      "Slip Kid" by Anvil
      "Fly Back Home" by Five Horse Johnson
      "Wucan" by Black Mountain
      "Mad For You" by Blonde Acid Cult (Now known as "calypsony")
      "Lil' Death" by Imperial Crowns
      "Girl From the North Country" by The Lions
      "Step Up (I'm on it)" by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
      "Radiation Day" by Monster Magnet
      "Fly Back Home" by Five Horse Johnson
      "The World is Spinnin on its Side Today" by Michael Sackler-Berner
      "The Devil" by The Hangmen
      "Nothing to Cry About" by The Toadies
      "Leda Atomica" by Year Long Disaster

    • Ally Walker and Adam Arkin are credited as Special Guest Stars.