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Sons of Anarchy Review: Romeo to the Rescue!

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If "Out" set the stage for season four - freeing SAMCRO members from jail, establishing new authorities in Charming and a new gun-running role for the club - then "Booster" focused on the players that take that stage every week.

And that's my favorite aspect of Sons of Anarchy.

Alliance with the Mexicans

Sure, I'm intrigued by the impending RICO case and curious about the steps a mysterious ADA and a strict sheriff, under pressure from the Mayor, will take to further it. But I'm far more anxious to sit back and watch as various Sons and Old Ladies deal with the internal struggles and disagreements that were laid out so perfectly this week.

This show is at its best when external forces shine a bright, dramatic light on the individuals that comprise SAMCRO and their relationships with each other.

It all starts with Clay and Jax, of course, who surprised me here by talking openly with each other. Clay wants a big score before he gets out, and Jax wants an agreement that he can depart when Clay leaves. They now share the same ends, but it's clear Jax will continue to question the means.

Our favorite short-haired Vice President finds himself stuck in a paradox: he wants to be a good father to his children, but the only way he sees how to do this is by doing some very bad, dangerous things that involve - gulp! - the Mexican cartel. Does he really believe this is a safer path for his family than simply departing the club, Gemma and Clay's wrath be damned?

Gemma, of course, has her own internal struggle going on. Does she confront Tara with Maureen's letters and that accident report? We asked that question in our first-ever Sons of Anarchy Round Table and I have little doubt the truth will come out eventually. Until then, it's clearly on the minds of both Gemma and Clay, although the latter doesn't know the full extent of Maureen's letters.

Then there's Opie. He's being kept out of the loop by the two people closet to him. Lyla hasn't told him about her abortion, while Jax isn't coming clean about why he supports the club's new drug interests. It's something Jax might wanna bring up, considering he's recommended Opie for President. Kudos to the show, meanwhile, for citing Donna every so often. There's no attempt here to paint Lyla as her replacement; she's merely Opie's Old Lady, while Donna was truly his wife.

There's a big difference, and Opie himself acknowledged it here in a nice moment with his best friend.

Other SAMCRO-related tension includes Bobby taking it upon himself to put an end to any cocaine business, manipulating Tig in the process. As tough as the latter may seem, he's always been sensitive about his standing with Clay. All it took was the mere hint that Tig isn't inside Clay's inner circle and his suspicions were raised, his anger apparent. Bobby is the least physically intimating member of SAMCRO, but he's easily the most intelligent. Watching him line up support for an impending vote has the feeling of a contestant on Survivor creating an alliance.

I've gotten this far in the review and haven't even mentioned how awesome Danny Trejo is as Romeo Parada. Seriously, how awesome is Danny Trejo as Romeo Parada?!? The guy just radiates cool. It's the ideal role for this veteran actor.

The Sons may not find their relationship so ideal as events unfold, however. Clay is thinking about his long-term future by trying to use the cartel for a major score, but he's only thinking in the short-term about the affect this connection will have. For every insider the group has within other organizations, such as the Russians, that's how few qualms it has about killing. You don't exactly make a deal with the cartel and then go your separate ways a couple months later.

Just a terrific episode all around this week. Do storylines feel similar to season two, with a couple of outsiders in Charming creating problems for SAMCRO that largely serve to escalate the feuds within SAMCRO? Yes. Do I really care, when these characters are so well drawn and the tension so rich and I legitimately have no idea who will live, who will die and how various alliances will play out?

Not one bit.

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Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Bobby is one of the original members and knew J.T. well, in earlier seasons Bobby and Jax talked about his father. Of course the pour out was for him, he poured it out and while looking directly at him, who else would it be for. Not to mention they lead into it by showing clay pick up the broken picture of J.T. Great article btw, agree completely.

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I think bobby was pouring a shot for john teller

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@ cmhcroluva
I asked the same question on twitter about Bobby pouring out the drink, I was told you will pour out a drink for a missing or dead member or friend. and they thought that it might signify the fact that Bobby was pouring a drink for missing friend or it could mean that if the deal goes through Samcro will be the one to die.

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Does anyone else have this feeling that Tara is going to be taken out by Gemma? I mean it this feeling I have, Gemma will do anything to keep her and Clays secret and to keep Jax close. Which is why I think Unser didnt want to say anything to clay yet he didnt want a repeat of Donna. Beside I dont think Jax will climb out of the whole Taras death will create. Or he kills everyone, and that is how SAMCRO comes to an end. I also feel that Tara as much as she wants out of the outlaw side of SAMCRO she is still do deeply connected to the family unit its self. I mean at the end there when everyone was so depressed looking around the club house she realizes and knows they need something good, something happy so she tells them they are engaged. Like Gemma knew when to tell them about the rape. As much as she wants he boys (all 3 of them) out she is still trying to keep them all together.
Sorry my mind starts to ramble after I watch and epiosde of SOA, always does even after I watch an old episode.

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Did anyone else notice the "Do the Right Thing" reference? "How come there aren't any brothers on the wall?"

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I'm telling you Jax And Bobby got something big planned

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Loved it...can't wait for them to take care of the new sheriff! I have a question and I apologize if its apparant but I couldn't get the meaning...why did Bobby pour out his shot and Jax nod??? Go SAMCRO!!