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Year in Review 2012: Jaw-Dropping TV Drama Moments

Year in Review 2012: Jaw-Dropping TV Drama Moments

Beware of spoilers: We've named the most dramatic moments of 2012.

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6-13
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Guess Who’s Single and Ready to Mingle?

A Mother’s Work - So, Gemma’s back on the market again after Nero decides he can’t be having with the lie-telling, death-dispensing traveling crapshow that is the Sons of Anarchy. Also, Jax is back on the market. Neither of them are happy about it.

12.10.2013 B-

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6-12
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Tara's Fresh Batch of Bad Decisions

You Are My Sunshine - The woman who is desperate to keep her kids safe manages to provoke the wrath of both the murderous biker gang AND the government, while Jax kills approximately half of Oakland as his way of getting out of guns.

12.03.2013
12.09.2013
B-

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6-11
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Feat of Clay

Aon Rud Persanta - There's good news for Nero -- things will no longer be awkward with Gemma’s ex hanging around. Also, Tara lets herself be drawn back into Jax’s orbit, while Patterson learns a lesson that every other law enforcement officer in California already knows: making a deal with Jax is a sucker bet.

11.19.2013
11.25.2013
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6-10
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In Which Six Seasons’ Worth of Tara’s Bad Decisions All Pile Up in 8 Hours

Huang Wu - The full and horrific implications of having Gemma Teller as your mother-in-law finally become clear to Tara, as every avenue of escape with her boys is shut down by mother and son. Also, there's some shooting of guns, but when is there not?

11.12.2013
11.18.2013
B

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6-9
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Welcome to Charming, Home of Big Mouths and Tiny Intellects

John 8:32 - Everyone in this episode does something dumb -- most of those things benefiting Gemma as she works to undo all of Tara's scheming. However, a lot of people air out the truth about themselves and others too.

11.05.2013
11.11.2013
B

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6-8
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Grandma Is Dead, Long Live Grandma

Los Fantasmas - SAMCRO can't escape the repercussions of having sold guns to people who left them laying around for disturbed children to use -- and it's doing a number on Jax's head. Meanwhile, Tara seems more fragile than before and Gemma more determined to work her way around little annoyances like restraining orders and annoyed sons.

10.29.2013
11.04.2013
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6-7
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Venus in Transit

Sweet and Vaded - Our favorite southern belle gets SAMCRO to act as her cavalry on a mission of mercy for her son, but the real story about how far parents will go for their children belongs to Tara, who out-Gemma's Gemma with an insane yet effective frame job.

10.22.2013
10.28.2013
A

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6-6
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Everything's Coming Up Jax!

Salvage - It turns out an exploding clubhouse was the best thing that could have happened for the embattled SAMCRO leader. He gets a revitalized club, a new deal with the Irish and his mom doing his dirty work … per usual. It's just too bad he's oblivious to his wife's impending doom.

10.15.2013
10.22.2013
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6-5
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That's One Way to Renovate an Office

The Mad King - The Irish and Jax engage in a protracted series of negotiations (discussions that have disturbing side effects for Gemma and Clay) and the good news is, it looks like their business relationship is over! The bad news is, the club survived the Irish Kings’ attack. Well, it’s bad news for the Irish.

10.08.2013
10.14.2013
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6-4
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Ladies and Gentleman, Let's Give SAMCRO a Hand…or Four

Wolfsangel - In an episode with no fewer than four surprise deaths, two manage to be especially shocking – and those aren't even the two that take place amid a prison shivving or a hail of gunfire.

10.01.2013
10.07.2013
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6-2
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There Is No "I" in Team, But There Are Two in "Biker Dickhead"

Poenitentia - In an episode that feels like so much dramatic furniture-moving before big things happen, it’s the little things that make it interesting. Mostly how Jax works around his club instead of working with them, lying to his mother (which is not a bad thing, necessarily) and thinking about starting an affair.

09.24.2013
09.30.2013
B

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6-2
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Uneasy Rests the Greasy Head That Wears the Crown

One-One-Six - Tara's homecoming should be a happy day for Jax, but the club's past bad decisions begin to come home to roost, and then his mom shows up with yet more problems to solve.

12.17.2014
09.23.2013
B

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6-1
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Lean In, Jax! Farther In!

Straw - When Jax takes a break from stealing a porn business from Iranian types, trying to keep the club from imploding, trying to spring his wife from the pokey, or wondering why Clay isn’t dead already, he needs to fit in a quick read of Sheryl Sandburg’s Lean In, because this episode’s a study in how hard it is for even hardened criminals to balance work and life demands.

09.10.2013
09.16.2013
B

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5-13
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Dog Got Your Tongue?

J’ai Obtenu Cette - The season five finale shows Jax settling a few scores with greedy men who believe in nothing, Jax demonstrating he's actually a greedy man who believes in nothing, and Tara learning the hard way that a little premarital counseling could have prevented a world of heartache.

12.04.2012
12.10.2012
B

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5-12
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The Road Through Charming Is Paved with Good Intentions

Darthy - The season's penultimate episode is given over to people living with the unintended consequences of their good intentions – Nero's slipped back into thug life, Tara realizes she's never getting off the hook for reaching out to Otto, and Jax becomes a cartoon villain when one of the mothers of his children points out his life is hardly family-friendly.

11.27.2012
12.04.2012
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5-11
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And The Truth Shall Set You Free

To Thine Own Self - This is the episode where everyone who has ever set foot in Charming learned about the dang RICO case, a few senior club members learned about John Teller's likely demise and Clay's machinations from last season, and Tara learned that maybe, she's over a life where she's routinely exposed to maniacs like Otto. Which is too bad because there's a new maniac in town.

11.20.2012
11.26.2012
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5-10
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Liar, Liar, Nothing on Fire -- This Week

Crucifixed - This episode had a definite "We're heading into Act III here" feel to it, as Jax talks out of both sides of his mouth at anyone and everyone, Tara unwittingly becomes an accessory to murder, and Gemma proceeds with seducing Clay, who has his own plans percolating.

11.13.2012
11.19.2012
B+

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5-8
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Reach Out and Touch a Con

Andare Pescare - Tara gives Otto a hand (in a matter of speaking), then coolly blackmails Gemma with the promise of seeing the kids again; it took five seasons, but Tara's finally out-Gemma'd Gemma. Also, there was some stuff with bikers – kidding! This week was all about hunting down Frankie, and the outcome was hardly surprising.

11.06.2012
11.13.2012
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5-7
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How I Pimped Your (Grand)Mother

Ablation - Acutely aware that he needs intel on Clay in order to get the club to sanction murdering the lying old bastard, Jax orders his mom to make nice with her estranged spouse. Meanwhile, Frankie does not go gently into that good night, and Tara continues to try and undo all her immune system's hard work.

10.30.2012
11.06.2012
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5-7
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Six Beatings and a Movie!

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride - Gemma gets ripped off by that nice young man from Community -- no, not Troy -- and Clay maneuvers to avoid being linked to the home invasions he ordered. Also, Tara makes an exceedingly poor childcare decision.

10.23.2012
10.30.2012
B-

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5-6
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Charming: Where the Men Are Men and the Women Are Disposable

Small World - If you've got two X chromosomes, move to Stockton because this episode demonstrates that being a woman is a fatal biological condition for the women of that small town. Unsurprisingly, all the deaths are tied to SAMCRO somehow.

10.16.2012
10.23.2012
B

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5-5
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"The Queens We Use Would Not Excite You"

Orca Shrugged - Jax begins moving the chess pieces around Charming as he starts crafting the club's exit strategy. By the by, Jax’s version of chess involves fistfights with old terrorists and consorting with latex-clad transvestite hookers, which makes it infinitely more attractive than the standard little-castles-on-a-board version, yes?

10.09.2012
10.15.2012
B

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5-4
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She Who Gets the Hair Frosting Shall Become Queen of SAMCRO

Stolen Huffy - While Jax rises to the demands of leadership, Tara sinks to Gemma-like levels. It’s hard to tell which is worse: her brawling with another woman in a garage or the new streaks in her hair. Also, Gemma’s streak of bad days continues as Nero dumps her.

10.02.2012
10.08.2012
B

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5-3
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“The Things That Turn Players Into Kings”

Laying Pipe - Two episodes in, and we’ve already managed to top “burning a young woman to death in front of her screaming father” in terms of pathos and brutality – and it wasn’t some random who went but a beloved regular. But on the lighter side, Juice got some and Happy was an adorably demented babysitter.

09.25.2012
10.01.2012
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5-2
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Take Away This Ball and Chain

Authority Vested - So it has to come to this: The smart play for Jax, Tig and Chibs is to surrender to the warrants sworn out on them for murder charges, so that's what they plan to do. But first, Jax decides to marry Tara that same day. In a brothel. And he pulls it off!

09.18.2012
09.24.2012
B+

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5-1
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An Eye For an Eye, and an Eyeful of Ass

Sovereign - Damon Pope announces his presence with authority and lets it be known that he handles the (Whoopsie!) murder of a loved one with a lot less dithering than Opie and Piney showed back in the day. Meanwhile, Gemma decides that it's been too long since the U.S.A. has seen Jimmy Smits' naked rear end, and decides to fix that.

09.11.2012
09.17.2012
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4-14
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Someone Found the “Multiple Undo” Command

To Be, Act 2 - So remember how this season, the federal government was dangling Juice’s parentage over his head, Hale the Lesser was going to develop Charming Heights, and Jax and Tara were planning to get out of town? It’s like none of that ever happened.

12.06.2011
12.11.2011
B-

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4-13
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The Queen Is Dead, Long Live the Queen

To Be, Part 1 - In the aftermath of Clay's shooting, Jax steps into the presidential shoes. His first act: trigger a race war that will doubtlessly reverberate through the next few seasons. (Thanks, Tig, for being the trigger man on that one.) Meanwhile, Gemma finally moves to manipulate Jax to do her bidding, only to discover that the student has become the master and Tara has out-schemed her.

11.29.2011
12.05.2011
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4-12
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The Crows Come Home to Roost

Burnt and Purged Away - Both Bobby Elvis and Clay suffer setbacks as a result of their earlier poor decisions: Big Otto finally ratted as retribution for the club's failure to protect his beloved Luann, and Clay has approximately 400 lbs of grief-crazed biker headed his way thanks to a vengeful Opie. Meanwhile, Wendy continues to make a strong case that she may well be the best mother figure on the show.

11.22.2011
11.28.2011
B

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4-11
Recap

Meet the Real Walking Dead

Call of Duty - Unser and Otto both decide that there’s no point in living cautiously when you know you’re going to die -- and they act accordingly. Juice’s behavior concerns Chibs, and Clay continues to give people reasons to kill him. Meanwhile, a surprise visitor pushes Tara into heavy-sedation territory and Gemma winces her way through the day.

11.15.2011
11.21.2011
B+

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4-10
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Manos, The Hands of Fate

Hands - Tara's paws gets mangled in a kidnapping attempt, leading to her breaking down and darkly prophesying that fate won't let her or Jax get out of Charming. Clay's hands get a workout when he uses them to pummel Gemma. And Roosevelt learns how to give the middle finger to Potter.

11.08.2011
11.14.2011
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4-9
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Ain’t No Particular Thug They’re More Compatible With

Kiss - SAMCRO discovers that the Niners have been stepping out on them with another cartel, and Jax handles the situation with a minimum of bloodshed. Meanwhile, Gemma discovers Piney’s body, Tara discovers her copies of the letters have been stolen, and Big Otto discovers his brothers have been lying to him.

11.01.2011
11.07.2011
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4-8
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How to Get a Head in Business Without Even Trying

Family Recipe - SAMCRO learns, in graphic detail, that cartels do not mess around when it comes to dealing with the competition. This inspires a chili recipe modification on Chuckie's part, a blackmail threat on Clay's part, and a flight from Charming on Tara's part.

10.25.2011
10.31.2011
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4-7
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Juice Can't Concentrate

Fruit for the Crows - The strains of sitting on the truth about his parentage, lying to the club about the circumstances under which Miles happened to die, and getting jerked around by law enforcement all get to Juice, and his club members finally – FINALLY – realize something may be going on. Also, it hits SAMCRO that Mexican cartels don't conduct their outlaw activities under any sort of honor code.

10.18.2011
10.24.2011
B

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4-6
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The Sins of the Fathers

With an X - If there's a unifying theme in this week's episode, it's this: Do not have children with a man in a biker gang, for those kids will end up screwed up (OPIE), or perhaps make you pay for it later (TIG), or else tether you to a living situation in which your father-in-law asks a cartel to kill you (TARA). Also, Juice spends the entire episode in a panic, and justifiably so.

10.11.2011
10.17.2011
B+

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4-5
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Liar, Liar, Club On Fire

Brick - Everyone lies to everyone in this episode -- Clay and Jax to the club regarding Luann’s last sexual partner; Clay to the club regarding his plans for Charming Heights; Clay and Gemma to one another. But Clay does finally come clean about one thing: Why John Teller died and what he had to do with it.

10.04.2011
10.10.2011
B-

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4-4
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In Which Clay and Jax Get Very Cranky

Una Venta - SAMCRO heads to Arizona to drop off their first order of guns to the cartel, and Clay gets the chapter involved in the Tucson chapter’s recent personnel issues and crank business. Back in Charming, Lincoln Potter continues to sow dissent among his Plan B targets and Piney joins Gemma in obsessing over JT’s letters. Thing is, they’re obsessing at cross-purposes and Tara’s caught in the middle.

09.27.2011
10.02.2011
B-

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4-3
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Liar, Liar, Ants on Fire

Dorylus - Clay proves that his word is worth nothing, first by undermining his deal with Jax to placate Bobby Elvis, then by lying to the Wahewa out of pure greed. That he does this while a bunch of ants are eating the face of someone who wronged the Wahewa is impressive. Meanwhile, Jax and his crew learn that there are tougher mothers than Gemma. As for her? She spends the episode still in a tizzy over JT's letters.

09.20.2011
09.26.2011
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4-2
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Have Some Coke and a Smile, and Shut the F*** Up

Booster - Clay's decided the best way to fund his retirement is by running cocaine for a Mexican cartel -- a decision that does not sit well with many members of SAMCRO. But the cartel wins a few hearts and minds when they take care of a few disgruntled Russian leftovers. Meanwhile, Gemma commences freaking out over what, if anything, Jax and Tara have read of her dead husband's.

09.13.2011
09.19.2011
B+

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4-1
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You Can’t Spell “Recidivism” Without SAMCRO

Out - Fourteen months behind bars have done little to inspire the boys of SAMCRO to abandon their lawbreaking ways. Rather, they’re ready to reassert themselves in Charming. But they’ve got a few new foes in an upright sheriff and an offbeat lawyer, and at least two of the club’s officers are crafting exit strategies.

09.06.2011
09.06.2011
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3-13
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"Well, THAT Went Better Than Expected."

NS - In between musical montages, Jax pulls off SAMCRO's most complicated caper to date, Opie and Chibs decide to find out if revenge is indeed tastier when it's cold, and Unser decides where his loyalties lay.

11.30.2010
12.06.2010
B-

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3-12
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Stahling for Time

June Wedding - Everything happened in this episode. Everything.

11.23.2010
11.29.2010
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3-11
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Things to Do in Dublin When You're Dead

Bainne - No, that title doesn't make any sense, but it felt like a waste to conclude the Sons' Ireland arc without it. Jax gives the baby up. Then the baby gets stolen. Then Jax gets the baby again. It's been that kinda season.

11.16.2010
11.22.2010
B-

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3-10
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Belfast and the Furious

Firinne - SAMCRO takes care of the traitors in SAMBEL, only for Fr. Ashby to tell Jax he gave his son away. Back in Charming, Kozik, Tig, and Piney team up with the Mayans to save Tara.

11.09.2010
11.15.2010
B-

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3-9
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If You Incest

Turas - As everything in Jax's life is falling apart, in both Ireland and Charming, he begins to find comfort in the loving embrace of his sister.

11.02.2010
11.08.2010
B+

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3-8
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Life or Death

Lochan Mor - In this special Ireland-set episode, Father Kellan has an offer for Jax, and it's a matter of one life in exchange for another death.

10.26.2010
11.02.2010
B-

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3-7
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Leavin' on a Cargo Plane

Widening Gyre - Since nobody on this show ever has a slow day, the SAMCRO boys have to deal with a touchy Mayans/Calaveras/Grim Bastards situation before taking off, Jax has to deal with his girlfriend finding him in bed with Ima, and Tara has to deal with Gemma. As do Jax, Unser, Murray, Tig, Maureen and … well, everyone, really.

10.19.2010
10.25.2010
B

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3-6
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Blessed Are the Peacemakers, for They Get to Go to Ireland

The Push - Clay engineers a very lucrative truce with the Mayans -- one that gets the club oodles of cash and convinces Osborn to fly them overseas in an episode or two. And Jax has fixed it so he doesn't have to bring Tara any souvenirs.

10.12.2010
10.18.2010
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3-5
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Guns, Gemma and Deals

Turning and Turning - Stahl messes with Gemma's head (and dicky ticker) for the entire episode, dangling deals and yanking them away. However, Jax stuns us all by offering her a cleverly-crafted deal that will let him extract revenge against Jimmy O for his lies and keep his mom out of pokey.

10.05.2010
10.11.2010
B

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3-4
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I Swear, I'll Make It Up to Thee

Home - The entire episode's subtext could be "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions," as a Robin Hood-style drug dealer drags SAMCRO into a messy gun battle, Tara's involvement with Gemma's business pushes her further away from Jax, and Maureen's revelations about Abel's whereabouts prompt Gemma to have a major cardiac event.

09.28.2010
10.04.2010
B

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3-3
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Tara Swore the Hippocratic Oath; Gemma Just Swore

Caregiver - Tara continues her habit of getting close to the folks in the Morrow/Teller family by giving them dead bodies to deal with. Meanwhile, Opie picks the wrong time to get upset about Lyla's chosen line of work and his temper tantrum costs SAMCRO big-time. The boys also decide now is the time to head to the north, while overseas, Maureen decides it's time to tell them where Abel is.

09.21.2010
09.27.2010
B

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3-2
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SAMCRO: Doing More Before Noon …

Oiled - The boys have a busy day -- meeting Jax as he exits the pokey, interrogating the guy who shot up Half-Sack's wake, watching as the former Mrs. Bobby Elvis beats up her ex, meeting with Jimmy O, catching a bail skip, terrifying a Lodi biker -- and on it goes. Who would think a day in which Tig lashes out against a Hummel collection and gets shot while in mid-hump qualifies as the slow one?

09.14.2010
09.20.2010
B

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3-1
Recap

A Father and Child Reunion is Only an Ocean Away

So - After an hour of moping around all, "My kid is taken! Whatever shall I do? Whither shall I fly?" Jax gets a few pep talks from assorted people and ends the episode by curbing someone's enthusiasm. Meanwhile, Gemma turns out to be someone else's lost child. And Clay demonstrates why he runs the club.

09.07.2010
09.13.2010
A

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