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Sons of Anarchy Review: Reliving Their Lies

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I live with so many lies, Clay. So many things I can't ever speak of.

You aren't alone, Gemma.

Sons of Anarchy depicted one major action sequence - a gun battle that featured artillery far above the grade against which SAMCRO typically draws - this week... and a number of open, partially-to-entirely honest conversations, as emotions were laid bare, threats were leveled and characters were faced with critical life decisions.

Overall, "Kiss" was a fantastic showcase for every cast member. And it can be summed up via a few revealing quotes.

I'm Out...

Dr. Pussy is clouding who you are, son. Oh, yes, Clay went there. A storm has been building between these two for many seasons now. They may be President and Vice President, step-father and step-son, but there's never been chemistry between Clay and Jax. The former has had Tig and, until recently, Bobby. The latter has had Opie.

Even when Jax and Clay are on the same page, they are rarely reading from the same book. Such has been the case this season in their uneasy alliance over the drug trade, which Jax finally stepped fully into this week. And that immediately preceded Clay stepping in it via the insult above. Does he care at all about family at this point? Is the Presidency nothing but a power play for a man who has already killed an original charter member and ordered the hit on the mother of his step-son's children?

And who, exactly, does Clay even think Jax is? He's always been JT's son at heart. He's capable of a gruesome kill, but he's also the club's voice of reason, as proven during his negotiation session between the cartel and the Niners. Just a great, tense moment between characters here, culminating in a threat Jax didn't even have to make. His stare said it all.

It's your path. It's the way you're wired. This, of course, leads to the grander question about Jax. Can he really change? Bobby doesn't think so. I've spent most reviews doubting whether or not Jax even wants to, no matter what promises he gives Tara. Yes, he loves his sons, but he also loves his Sons. And he's darn good at the job of leading them, taking violent steps when needed, but always with an eye on the big picture and the alliances required to survive in this dangerous world.

In other words: don't celebrate just yet, Tara. Jax may think he's "out," he may believe he just has a "few things to tie up" when he gets back... but I wouldn't put any down payments on a home for you two in Portland.

Yes, Clay is a wounded animal... we need to help him... smooch. Damn, Gemma is good. (And Katey Sagal is incredible). She knows exactly how to play Unser, how to save what appears to be a hopeless situation. Unlike her son and husband, Gemma is also someone who has her priorities absolutely clear: family first. Real, true family. There's no confusion here over loyalty resting with the club or with her loved ones at home, no concern over gathering a nest egg. She will do whatever it takes to protect those closest to her, even if it means covering up multiple murders.

For Sagal, meanwhile, heck for acting in general, it doesn't get much better than her reaction to walking in on Piney's body in the cabin. Amazing stuff.

There appears to be an inequity imbalance... I'm here to balance the scales. My only complaint this season involves the use of Lincoln Potter, a character who has swooped in to Charming and who can seemingly pull whatever strings he wants to propel the action forward. It's awfully convenient that he happens to possess the information needed to force the hands of Juice and Otto.

So, what do we do with this truth? Got me, Clay. Gemma appears willing to keep your secrets, but are you willing to believe her? Apparently not, based on your dialing fingertips. As is often the case with SAMCRO, all truths exposed this week were peppered with crucial lies:

Juice tried to commit suicide... but club members don't know why. Bobby knows Jax wants to leave... but he doesn't know about the deal with the Irish. This tension-filled, fascinating hour featured one big talk after another, all based on events that have led us here, all with characters that possess an agenda. And all taking place with Piney's corpse sitting miles away, unbeknownst to everyone in the club outside of the man responsible for it.

Hang up that damn phone, Clay. You've caused enough damage.

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TOITES EPISODE WWILL BE THE DRIVING FORCE THAT PUSHES JAX BACK TO THE CLUB AND ULTIMATELY THE DESTRUCTION OF CLAY. IT IS UNCLEAR JUST HOW UNSER CLEANS UP THE MESS OF PINEYS DEAD CORPSE BUT I SUSPECT THIS WILL END UP LOOKING LIKE A CARTEL HIT AND ID IMAGINE PINEYS HEAD ENDS UP SEPERATED FROM HIS BODY. ONCE OPE LEARNS OF HIS DADS DEATH HE WILL BE PROPELLED TO DESTROY THE KILLER WHOEVER SUTTER DECIDES TO TELL HIM IT IS...AGAIN I SUSPECT CARTEL AND THO OBVIOUS IN PLOT I ALSO SEE JEMMA REALIZING THAT CLAY CANT BE HELPED ONCE THE ATTEEMPT ON TARA TAKES PLACE OR ONCE SHE IS DEAD, I THI NK EITHER TARA DIES OR GETS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND MAYBE ENDS UP IN A COMA...THIS WILL PUSH JAX CLOSER TO CLAY AS JEMMA WILL CONTINUE TO PREDICATE THE SECRET OF HER HUSBAND. WITH TARA DEAD OR OUT OF THE PICTURE JAX WILL BE PLUNGED DEEPER INTO THE CLUB AND EITHER DESTROY CLAY AND WALK AWAY IN THE END OR POSSIBLY THRUST HIM INTO BEING THE SAVIOUR OF THE CLUB. AGAIN IF TARA DIES ITS GAME ON FOR JAX. THE US ATTY IS THE ANTI CLUB DEMIGOD STAHL REPLACEMENT AND HIS CHARTACTOR IS SUSPECT....HE MAY BE IN THE POCKET OF THE OPOSING CARTEL. OR HE MAY BE JUST HELL BENT ON DESTROYING THE CLUB. I SEE JUICEE BOY GETTING THROUGH THIS. I SEE THE CLUB DESTROYING THE CARTEL AND TAKING OUT THE US ATTY.....I SEE JAX RUNNING THE CLUB AND I SEE CLAY DEAD EITHER AT THE HANDS OF JAX OR OPEY OR BOTH...JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED BE SURE OF THAT. TONITES EPISODE IS THE FOCAL AND PIVIOTAL TURNING POINT OF THE SEASONS OFFICAL HALFWAY MARK. ONE THINGS FOR SURE NO MATTER HOW SUTTER SPINS IT ITS GONNA ESCALATE WITHOUT STOPPING UNTIL THE 3 HOUR FINALE IN DECEMBER. MY CALL IS THIS TARA DIES........JEMMA KILLS CLAY OR FACILLITATES IT ....SHE CANT TRUST HIM ANY MORE AND SHE COULD BE NEXT. UNSER IS DEAD TOO HE KNOWS TOO MUCH AND CLAY DONT TRUST HIM.......BACHMAN THE CLEANER WHO HELPED DISPPOSE OF JEMMAS DADS HOUSEKEEPER WILL BE BACK TO CLEAN UP A TRIPPLE HOMICIDE IN OAKTOWN SOON....THAT TRIPPLE WILL BE THREE IMPORTNT PEOPLE. I HAVE SPOILED ENOUGH ENJOY MY FELLOW SOA FRIENDS.....IT RAMPS UP TONITE AND DONT END TIL IT ENDS. SOME DAYS YOUR THE BEEMER....SOMEDAYS YOUR THE GOD DAMN DEAR!

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charlie charlie charlie forever charlie hunnam

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Another thing, Potter being the weak link? No way! This dude is Agent Stahl (from season 1) on steroids!! I can't figure out what his deal is but he is full on getting ready to drop the hammer big time on the club.....and they have no idea! With all these story lines I'm already gearing up for a season finale that is a complete train wreck, and waiting until next Aug/Sept to have some clarity on some of these issues!! Dammit Kurt!

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Amazing! Truly amazing, this show is the only show on TV that brings it every week. Yeah, this episode may have been "filler" but even still...it's filler that left your head spinnin! My theory is whether Tara and the boys get offed or not the dye has been cast. Here's what I mean, if she isn't killed she gives up the info to Jax that was in the letters. If she does get killed (along with the boys) Gemma will finally act and either spill the beans to Jax or off Clay herself. Also, imprtant things to remember: the originals were given to the head nurse, we just didn't see it on camera and I still feel like Unser will have a part in this when it all comes crashing down. I wouldn't be surprised to see him either go to the sheriff, or get Caly himself.

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Loved It! This one by far kept on the edge of my seat, so far they all have this season. Kurt you have the best show, and actors around, keep it up.

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Tara has something up her sleeve, too. She hid those letters but told Gemma she hasn't them.

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Love it! Long Live the Sons! :D

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clay is a piece of shit he needs to go bac to playing hell boy get him out of the show leave jax an tara alone ive never hated sumone so much he w
couldnt no how to lie straight in bed jemma needs to shot him an move on to bobby clay is a pig

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I don't know why people think Potter is the weak link this season. He's the Assistant US Attorney with an extensive background in gang related illegal activities. His sole purpose is to bring down gangs. How is it so implausible that he has access to information that can hurt the individual members?

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Great episode. Loving this season with the sole exception of Potter. He the sole weak link of the season. Ray McKinnon is creepy and annpying. Notice what a little pussy Potter turned into when Juice freaked out. He jumped up on the table. Smh! I've been ranting about this since the season started and I'll say it again. The is only one actor who could go toe to to with SAMCRO-the great Andre Braugher (a.k.a Frank Pembleton from Homicide-Life on the Streets). Hopefully he'll be offed soon. Aside from that,it's been a great season with some great performances from the entire cast.