Sons of Anarchy

Season 1 Episode 7

Old Bones

6
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 15, 2008 on FX
6.6
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When old bones are discovered on the outskirts of Charming, secrets that Clay buried are exhumed as well. Meanwhile, SAMCRO sets its sights on prize money, backing Half-Sack in a bare-knuckle brawl. Meanwhile, Kohn's investigation turns personal when his true intentions are revealed.

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  • Old Bones highlighted relationships in bright lights; from Jax and Tara to Gemma and Clay, and everyone in between

    9.5
    When promos for SOA began months ago, I admit that I turned my snooty nose up a bit said that there was no way I would end up watching it. Don't like The Shield, not a fan for Nip & Tuck. I just have a hard time hoping the bad guy wins. Imagine my utter surprise when I just happened to be channel surfing and ended up watching the entire pilot and have been hooked ever since. Not for the biker element (I have no idea if their portrayal is accurate or not) or because I like cheering for the bad guy, but simply because of the relationships. And Old Bones highlighted those relationships in bright lights; from Jax and Tara to Gemma and Clay, and everyone in between. I knew that Gemma was Queen "B" and that she was a major manipulator, what I didn't realize until this episode was how much she manipulates Clay. I always assumed they were equal partners, but I am no longer assuming anything, especially when it comes to the Queen. The scene in the baby's room where she was manipulating Clay into murdering Lowell was just chilling in its pure evilness. Her disappointment (and under-played anger) when she found out that Clay was giving Lowell another chance was palpable. To me, this character is not a character that I love to hate. I just hate her, but it doesn't take away my fascination with just how evil this woman really can be and what she's going to do next and to whom.



    I have to disagree with Tara in her last statement to Jax. It wasn't Gemma's words in his head that made him ask the question, it was the ATF agent's (Ally Walker). You could see his mind whirling as the agent was making her sly and snide remarks about Tara. She played it perfectly, putting doubts in his mind about the woman he is apparently still in love with after all these years. Which brings me to the Jax and Tara relationship…is it still love on both their parts or just residue of a first love? Did Tara come home just for Jax's protection or was it coming home to find him again? And why does Gemma hate Tara so much? I don't buy it's because she hurt Jax when she left, frankly I don't think Gemma cares about whether Jax is hurt or not. I'm assuming it's because Tara put thoughts of leaving in Jax's mind, something Gemma has no intention of ever happening, but what if it is because of something else? Other relationships of interest in this episode:

    Jax and Hale

    Jax and Gemma (finally told her off…twice)

    Tig and dead women (the man is truly demented)

    Jax and Clay

    Clay and Lowell

    Clay and Half-Sack and his woman (I forget her name)

    Hale and Tara



    Great Episode and I'm looking forward to this week's episode. I've heard that Tara's scenes are emmy-submission caliber. I'm really ready to move Jax and Tara forward or cut them off completely.moreless
  • One dark secret revealed but I think there are lot more to come.

    9.5
    The storyline was really good and intense this time. Overall one of my favorite episodes so far. Jax and Deputy Hale finally deal with Agent Kohn, who leaves Charming and has to face charges for violating the restraining order. Will he come back? I don't think so as he has nothing more to add to the story, at least not for a while. Although he was an interesting character, I have to admit that I won't miss him very much. His role was to bring Jax and Tara closer again and that's exactly what happend. They still love each other. Something Gemma doesn't like very much. Also, SAMCROW tries to raise the money for the True IRA, in manipulating a boxing tournament. This fails as Half-Sack wins his last fight instead of losing it, cause he thinks Clay wants to hook up again with the Nevada girl. Quite the opposite Clay gives his approval to their relationship. When will we see Half-Sack become a full member? Not so fast I think.



    The most interesting part of this episode was for sure that one around the three dead bodies. Back in 1992 Clay shot a machanic of Teller-Morrow, who was a drug addict and had something to do with the Mayans. So he was burried along with two of them. I can't remember the mechanic's name but he was the father of the now mechanic working at Teller-Morrow, Lowell. He thought his father ran off but is still alive as that is the story Clay told him, and gets serious problems dealing with the truth about his father's death and can't stay away from drugs too. Clay then wants to shoot Lowell, as he thinks that he might become a threat to SAMCROW and talk to the police, but can't. Instead he brings him to "SAMCROW Rehab". Obviously the guilt weighs too heavy on him. Something Gemma also doesn't like very much. Her men, Jax and Clay, are getting weak and that's dangerous.



    We can assume that this is not the only dark secret Clay and Gemma hide from Jax. It's said that John Teller died around that time, so maybe there's more to reveal. As Gemma says at the end: "The rest stays burried." I don't think so. Hamlet will find the truth and Gertrude won't be able stop him.moreless
Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

Jackson "Jax" Teller

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

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis

Kip "Half-Sack" Epps

Michael Swiney

Michael Swiney

Engineer

Guest Star

Michael Boyd (I)

Michael Boyd (I)

Intern

Guest Star

Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Agent June Stahl

Recurring Role

Dayton Callie

Dayton Callie

Chief Wayne Unser

Recurring Role

Keir O'Donnell

Keir O'Donnell

Lowell

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Gemma: What'd you tell Jax about the bodies?
      Clay: Some of the truth.
      Gemma: And Lowell?
      Clay: A little more.
      Gemma: The rest stays buried.
      Clay: Yeah. And rest in peace.

    • Clay: I understand you decline Bobby's request for some comfort.
      Cherry: Yeah, I did. I'm not about that anymore.
      Clay: If I was to ask for some comfort, would you be about that?
      Cherry: No, sorry, but your old lady would turn us both into chum.

    • John Teller: Inside the club, there had to be truth. Our word was our honor. But outside, it was all about deception. Lies were our defense, our default. To survive, you had to master the art of perjury. The lie and the truth had to feel the same. But once you learned that skill, nobody knows the truth in or outside the club; especially you.

    • Jax: Is that why you didn't want me in the morgue? Protect that secret?
      Clay: I got no secrets from you.

    • Jax: Can you distract the doctors?
      Tig: Yeah. No problem…Excuse me, ladies. How you doing? Uh, you're doctors, both of you?
      Female Doctor: Yeah.
      Tig: Oh, thank god. Um, a Doberman pinscher took a chunk of my ass.
      Female Doctor: Oh, god
      Tig: Wait, can we just…
      Female Doctor: You need to go to the E.R.
      Jax: Distract them. I said distract them, not scar them for life.
      Tig: I'm serious. I think it's infected.

    • Jax: You guys gave it your best shot. You've got nothing on SAMCRO. And you harassing Tara, that ends here…or next time it won't be a piece-of-s*** car I'm draining fluid from.
      Kohn: You threatening a federal agent?
      Jax: I'm threatening you.

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