Sons of Anarchy

Season 3 Episode 1

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 07, 2010 on FX
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The kidnapping of Abel has left the Sons reeling, especially Jax, whose grief sends him into even deeper turmoil about his future with the MC. Gemma, having been framed for murder, stays on the lam and finds out some unexpected news from her past.

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  • A less-than-stellar start to the season sees Jax a shell of his former self due to the kidnapping of his son while Clay tries to find a balance between supporting Jax and trying to find Abel and Gemma tries to stay off the radar of the FBI.moreless

    8.5
    There will be plot spoilers in this review/recap to those of you who haven't seen the episode. You have been warned.



    I have been a huge fan of this show since it first started, and I've always considered the writing to be one of the strengths of the show, but last night I felt like something was missing from the season premiere. We start the season finding Jax in a heap on the floor of Abel's nursery and the rest of the main SAMCRO members coming to drag him out of his funk. While I certainly understand how that could be a valid reaction to the events of last season's finale, Jax Teller has always been a thinker and a planner, I don't see his character as the type who would just sit around and not try to find his son. A big deal was made of his reaction throughout the episode, with both Piney and Clay trying to talk to Jax about his lack of fire into finding his son, either dead or alive, and that at least shows that the writers are aware that this is out-of-character for Jax as well as for the MC in general. Hopefully there is some incentive to be found in the ending moments of the show (which I will discuss later) that can get Jax moving more and moping less.



    One of the other plot points related to Jax's funk was the relationship he has with Tara. Jax clearly is not thinking properly and is very distraught because he starts to push Tara away in this episode, telling her that she never should have stayed in Charming after they killed Kohn and she should go back to Chicago. Tara handles this very well throughout the episode actually, and tells him that she never should have left Charming in the first place because she belongs there with him, and overall seems much stronger than she seemed in the first season of the show and is starting to remind me a lot of Gemma. Even Clay recognizes that Tara's involvement with Jax and the club has been vital, much to Tara's surprise. Perhaps in Gemma's absence, Tara will be serving the role of the club matriarch, which would be a welcomed event in my opinion.



    Gemma is struggling with the idea of being away from her family and is fighting with Tig to get back. An incident happens when Gemma tries to hotware a car and gets caught by the car's owner, only to stab the owner in the groin with a knife. I feel like the entire scene was contrived just to create shock value and it doesn't seem like it was necessary, as it seems like there won't be any repercussions from her actions. Gemma is supposed to be laying low so she doesn't get caught by the police, so she tries to steal a car and then stabs a guy in the groin right near the femoral artery, which could very easily killed him? Gemma is much smarter than that and I don't think it was a very good direction to take her character, unless it's the beginning of a string of events that shows that Gemma is starting to lose her "grit" that she's carried around with her throughout the series. Even after being brutally raped by Zobelle's gang, she was still strong enough to keep it together and protect Clay from the truth of what happened to her (at least for a while), so I think it's a little odd that this is affecting her mentality so much. Gemma eventually forces Tig to take her to her father's house of all places, where we find her father is an elderly reverand suffering from dementia and not aware that his wife, Gemma's mother Rose, has recently passed away. We've never seen Gemma's parents prior to this scene, and I understand that Gemma is estranged from her family, but it was a little odd that she's gone back to her family, especially when that is really not a very good place to go to hide from the police. I'm sure that the FBI would know where all of her family lives, and it's not much of a stretch to imagine a woman on the run going back to the home of her parents that she hasn't spoken with in years. Just not really a good plan in my opinion.



    On a side note, I also think it's weird that Gemma has Tig protecting her, considering that Gemma and Tig had a pretty passionate moment last season when Gemma was feeling lonely after revealing that she was raped. Now I know that Clay doesn't know about it, but still, there was no indication of that at all in this episode. It will be interesting to see if anything plays out with that.



    Finally, we have the ending to the episode. The entire Sons of Anarchy MC shows up to pay tribute to their fallen prospect, Kip "Half-Sack" Epps. Charters from all over show up to the funeral, which I feel is a little out of place considering that Half-Sack wasn't even a patched-in member of the MC yet and theoretically hasn't been with the club for a very long time. It just seemed unlikely to me, but maybe I'm underestimating the brotherhood of an MC. At the funeral, we see what seems like hundreds of club members assembled outside a funeral home conversing while the Charming PD stands at the edge of the crowd keeping the peace. At this point, we randomly see a panel van pull up with masked men inside and the side door of the van opens, exposing multiple gunmen who open fire into the crowd. Charming PD starts to open fire at the van, and the driver lurches to one side to avoid the shots, causing one gunman to fall out of the open door and at the same time running down soon-to-be-Charming-Chief-of-Police Hale. The Charming PD subdue the fallen gunman, and then the camera pans to Jax, who was overseeing the aftermath of the gunfire, including the death of a young boy (I think it was one of Lyla's kids, but I can't be sure, the entire scene happened really fast with lots of cut shots and I can't be certain that who I saw holding the boy was Lyla or not), and he snaps. Jax runs to the handcuffed man, knocks down multiple police officers, and starts to slam the man's head over and over into the ground until he's finally stopped by Clay and a few other SAMCRO members. The show fades to black as we see Hale laying in a pool of his own blood, the back of his head opened up from being run over by the van, possibly being dead.



    I really don't understand where any of this came from to be honest. Who were the shooters? There had been no club conflict throughout the entire episode, with the exception of one time when the club was following two gang bangers that showed up at the marina where Cameron's boat was docked, and the shooters were white so it couldn't have been that gang. I suppose it could have been some of Zobelle's crew, but it seems unlikely since Zobelle isn't going to be a part of this season. It also could have been the Irish, but I'm not sure that I buy that either, because Cameron was pretty much on the with Abel by himself, and I don't think the IRA infrastructure has been in a very good place since the ATF had been focusing on them. Jax pretty much prevented any interrogation of the suspect by beating the gunman to death (it seems), and I can only imagine that's going to cause additional problems for him with the police in the coming episodes. I also am a little sad about the apparent loss of Deputy Hale. I really liked where they've taken his character since the first episode. He started out as a boy scout who only saw the world from the viewpoint of the word of the law, but over time he's learned that the world of Charming isn't so black-and-white and sometimes the lesser of two evils can be the outlaw motorcycle gang that lives within his city limits. If he is in fact dead, I'm not sure what the writers are going to do because I feel like Hale was the face of Charming PD, even more so than Chief Unser, and it's going to be an enormous loss to overcome. The only positive that I can see that comes from the end of the episode is that the events that transpired seem to have snapped Jax out of his funk and he is now fired up about something, which could start the ball rolling on the rest of the season.



    I am not sure how I felt about the episode to be honest. I felt like the show dragged a lot, and I'm not a fan of moody, emo Jax. I guess I will have to reserve judgement on this season premiere until more episodes are aired, because I don't know if some characters are dead or alive, and I don't know where they're going with this plotline of the gunmen. I love this show, so I hope the writers have a good plan!moreless
  • SOA's season premiere's sure are crazy in the last few moments.

    8.0
    Jax is moody, his son is gone. There is only a few ways to write that, I think it was done realistically. *Spoilers*

    The ending was surprising. I was thinking there were too many people at half sack's funeral, but he was about to get patched in, and I think you might have to be a prospect for awhile before getting patched in. I believe even though you are prospect, you are still part of the brothers. I am thinking that is Lyla's son who was shot and I hope Hale isn't dead. But I do predict alliances are going to shift with Hale's brother running for mayor, me thinks he will want Sons to hang around town to avenge his brother's death if he did die. But who will be the new Chief? Probably ship someone in from somewhere else. Also, how did the Irishman get the baby to Ireland? Explain that one!moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Gemma Teller Morrow

Mark Boone Jr.

Mark Boone Jr.

Bobby "Elvis" Munson

Dayton Callie

Dayton Callie

Wayne Unser

Kim Coates

Kim Coates

Alex "Tig" Trager

Tommy Flanagan

Tommy Flanagan

Filip "Chibs" Telford

Ryan Hurst (I)

Ryan Hurst (I)

Harry "Opie" Winston

Marya Delver

Marya Delver

Officer Eglee

Guest Star

Jesse Mackey

Jesse Mackey

Zucker

Guest Star

Baldeep Singh

Baldeep Singh

FBI Agent Wright

Guest Star

Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook

Nate Madock

Recurring Role

Taylor Sheridan

Taylor Sheridan

David Hale

Recurring Role

David Labrava

David Labrava

Happy

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the beginning of the episode, Jax wears two rings in the shower. Half way in the episode when Jax visits his fathers grave he only wears one. Late in the episode when Jax places his hand on the coffin he also only wears one ring. --If you notice, when he is sitting in front of John Teller's grave, his one ring is sitting on top of the stone, possibly explaining why he is seen wearing only one from that point on

    • The episode title taken from one half of Jax's ring set, which was seen on his father's headstone. One half of the set displayed "SO", the other half "NS".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Clay: Probably 40, 50 patches watching us right now. We represent the past, present, and future of this club. Sure, the Sons are a democratic nation, but everybody knows what happens in Charming sets the tone for every charter.
      Jax: And what's happening in Charming?
      Clay: You tell me. These men behind us, they love you. They respect you and they understand your grief. But they're also wondering what you're gonna do with it.
      Jax: That's my business.
      Clay: No it isn't. None of these guys are old enough to remember what happened to your old man and how he fell apart and lost focus when Thomas died.
      Jax: Yeah, well, I'm not my old man.
      Clay: I know that, but they don't. You gotta show 'em something. Make the hard choice, son.
      Jax: And what choice would that be?
      Clay: Either Abel is dead, and you want revenge, or he's alive, and you would kill to find him. Now if you can't make that decision, then you better get down on your hands and knees and pray for something to get you there fast.

    • Tara: I didn't come back to Charming because I was afraid of Kohn. And I didn't stay because of what we did to him.
      Jax: Doesn't matter now.
      Tara: When Donna was killed, those things you said to me in the hospital about my life being a series of hit and runs, that my face was the only one you saw.
      Jax: I shouldn't have said that.
      Tara: It was the truth. I have created this very serious life for myself. And when I'm inside it, I barely know myself. I have these moments sometimes in the middle of my surgeries when suddenly I'm aware of my hands, you know, doing these extraordinary things. And I think 'Whose hands are these? What am I doing here?'When I'm with you, I never ask that question.
      Jax: I'm not the answer. Look at me, look at this.
      Tara: I'm always looking at it. My brain never stops. Why am I here? Should I be here? Am I afraid to stay, afraid to go, afraid to be a mother? It's endless. I drive myself crazy.
      Jax: None of that matters.
      Tara: I know. That's become so clear to me. The noise doesn't matter. We don't know who we are until we're connected to someone else. We're just better human beings when we're with the person we're supposed to be with. I wasn't supposed to leave. I belong here.

    • Stahl: You know, I find it very hard to believe that you never bumped into Cameron Hayes before the other day. He's been in town for months running guns for your future father-in-law.
      Tara: And I find it hard to believe you've still got a badge after what you did to Gemma.

    • Jax: I'm sorry this happened. I had no right asking you for this.
      Tara: Asking me for what?
      Jax: Wanting you to stay be part of what I am; I didn't think it through. Obviously, I do that, I don't think s*** through and what it might do to other people.
      Tara: I'm not other people.
      Jax: You should have gone back to Chicago. That s*** that happened with Kohn should have been the end.
      Tara: You're not making sense.
      Jax: This has to be the end. You got to get out of Charming, away from me.

    • Car Owner: You stealing my car, b****?
      Gemma: No, I'm the valet, s***head!

    • Jacob: This is unbelievable. Archbishop Dome didn't get this kind of turnout when he passed.
      Hale: Makes folks a little nervous when they see SAMCRO vulnerable. It's not supposed to happen to them in Charming.
      Jacob: Well, they should get nervous. See these scumbags for what they really are.

    • Clay: Just a friendly visit, boys.
      Fester: Oh yeah? Why'd this guy try to blow our heads off, then?
      Bobby: Just trying to get your attention.
      Fester: Oh, well, you got it now!
      Bobby: I got his attention.
      Clay: I see that.

    • Agent Stahl:Lotta bad guys out there; sometimes the pursuit gets a little...messy. You know?
      Clay Morrow:That why your bosses pulled you off the Irish? 'Cause it got a little 'messy'? Seems like avoiding the bad shooting hit didn't do you much good, after all. All you did by framing Gemma was get a man killed and a baby kidnapped. Anything happens to my grandson...anything...I promise you, I'm gonna shove a gun barrel up that bony ass of yours and I'm gonna blow your black heart out.

    • Piney:Jax, we don't...uh...we don't have shrinks or priests. You don't want to talk to me, that's fine. But are you going to talk to somebody in this club...and work this shit out?
      Jax: I've been trying to find some kind of balance, Piney, right thing for my family, my club. Every time I think maybe I'm heading in the right direction. I end up in a place I never even knew could feel this bad. What did I do, man?
      Piney: Look, you're loyal, and decent, and love the right things. That's who John was, and I miss him.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: A co teď? (And Now What?)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: May 18, 2011 on TV 3
      Czech Republic: July 3, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: December 29, 2011 on Sub

    • Featured Music:
      "No Milk Today" by Joshua James and the Forest Rangers
      "Home Invasion" by The Chimpz
      "Sunset To Dawn" by The Sadies
      "Dad's Gonna Kill Me" by Richard Thompson

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