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Sons of Anarchy Round Table: "Crucifixed"

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Death came knocking on the door of Jax and Tara this week, as the latest Sons of Anarchy featured the former taking revenge on Opie's killer and the latter sinking deeper than ever into the depths of her man's club.

How did our Round Table - of TV Fanatic staffers Matt Richenthal, Christine Orlando and Chris O'Hara, along with Heather Ragsdale from Sons-of-Anarchy.net - react to the best and most surprising scenes from "Crucifixed?"

Read on. Find out. Chime in.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: The final one. The final line, in particular. Tara absolutely nailed it on the frightening head with her response to Jax over how the Otto situation would be dealt. More bloodshed on the way. That's always the SAMCRO answer it seems.

Christine: I knew he was up to something I just didn't think it would be that quick or that gruesome.

Chris: There were so many funny and powerful lines this week. I think one of the best was: "Clay: Can I do anything for you on the outside?" Lenny: "Ain’t got no more outside." As for my favorite scene, it had to be when Chibbs told Jax that he will always have his back and always has. Not gonna lie. I got a little choked up there.

Heather: When Jax and Bobby were talking to Chibbs about Juice. I really liked when he came clean about knowing about the pressure on Juice and what Juice’s secret was. I liked this scene because Tommy Flanagan was awesome; the passion in his voice is what won me over. You could tell how Chibbs feels about Juice and how much it angers him that it is Juice in this situation. It's what saved Juice, at least for this episode.

Did you see Otto's murder coming?

Matt: I thought he would kill himself. Maybe try to kill Tara. I did NOT think he would repeatedly slice open the neck of the poor nurse who was only trying to help wounded and ill inmates. Damn you, Otto, for setting up Tara that way. I thought you two had a masturbation bond going.

Christine: I knew he was up to something I just didn't think it would be that quick or that gruesome.

Chris: I was sure there was a knife in that cross but I thought he was going to use it to take his own life. I did not see that brutal attack coming.

Heather: Yes, but just not that way. I mean, who gets the bright idea to kill someone with a crucifix?!? And you've got to admit, it’s pretty clever to do so. Only Otto, in his freaky head, would think of something like that. I actually thought he might kill Tara, but making Tara an accessory to murder keeps the story going, which is what we all want to see.

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Chibs shooting that dude in the head: Good move or stupid move?

Matt: Very, very stupid. Talk about not seeing the long-term forest for the blinded-by-vengeance trees. Opie was a man of family, someone with a big heart. Would he really have wanted his death avenged (which it already was, really, via the prison guard killing) by Chibbs and Jax ruining the club's alliance with the Grim Bastards? That's thinking about themselves, not about SAMCRO.

Christine: Inevitable move. They couldn't let the guy who bludgeoned Opie to death live, and Jax was right: in the moment, the guy looked as though he was enjoying himself. But, yeah, the move will certainly have its consequences down the road.

Chris: Who cares, like Jax said to Bobby, he wasn’t there to see the pleasure that guy took as he caved in Opie’s skull. Some scores I think you have to settle no matter the fallout.

Heather: A little bit of both. Good in that he took out the guy who had a hand in Opie’s murder and you gotta love his use of “I got this." But it was stupid because they broke a promise to one of their closest allies and there will be a lack of trust there going forward.

Are you buying this gracious/vulnerable side of Clay?

Matt: Sure, but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve to die. I do question his sincerity when thanking Juice, I think that's purely to mess with the tattooed one's head. But he really does love Gemma... in his own violent, warped way. So I can understand the softer side of Clay when in her presence. Which is now to say I feel remotely bad for him, of course. What a disturbing, well-acted scene between these two in the kitchen, huh?

Christine: Everybody has their vulnerable side, even Clay. But I don't trust this guy for a moment. I think he's capable of playing anyone at any time.

Chris: I sort of am… he is no longer making any secret of how toxic a person he is. I thought his comments to Juice about wondering if he is chasing something he even wants anymore were sincere. He just wants the head of the table back but when the offer to put Jax away so that could happen came up, Clay was not on board.

Heather: No, this is Clay looking out for number-one, like always. It makes me think of that old saying: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig." And in this case, we can make Clay look gracious and vulnerable, but he’s still a murdering douche.

Will Jax hand over Tig to Pope?

Matt: Over Pope's dead body! No, really. Literally. Jax will kill Pope.

Christine: Last season, I would have said no way - but now? We're seeing a more brutally practical side to Jax. Tig may very well be in big trouble.

Chris: Not in a million years, if Chibbs’s actions last night were any indication. I don’t think Jax gives a sh-t about anyone but his crew. He’ll use Pope and others as much as he can, but after seeing Opie give his life to spare theirs, he’ll be damned before he lets that sacrifice be in vain.

Heather: I hope not, but this is a new vicious Jax. So you never actually know. On the other hand, Jax is going on and on about change; I can see him taking Pope out before he has to give Tig up. It would be impossible to ever take the club in a new, clean direction otherwise.

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Who The Hell Is Ricco?

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this was a great episode i thought, and yes they had to kill the guy that bashed opie's head in. i mean that was jax's brother more than his friend so if he had just had them beat dude senseless it wouldn't have been as effective, and i love how cold him and chibbs are being about it. i also think he is going to hand tig over at the end of the season every bad thing that ever happened to op on this show was tig's or clay's fault so i think jax is done with tig after this season, and if you notice you haven't heard anything out of kim coates about what will be happening with tig next season. i just hope though don't kill Happy that guy is awesome

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We all new otto was up to something..just didnt no what..Surprise..no not as much as opies death was.Tara what can I say, you sleep with dogs you get flees..jax cant do shit bout her involvement..clay who gives a shit..Chibbs is the man for sure..could he b the next opie..I think so..Tig, watch ur back brother...PEACE

Jaxs girl

3) I don't think should have killed that guy (make cause problems in the future), but I understand why.
4) I don't know. He may be playing them because he knows they are playing him. It's hard to tell. This show is getting so crazy. Since the season finale of season 3, I don't know what to expect (still my favorite).
5) At first I thought he would, but again, not sure. Probably not because Tig is a brother, but he did spark the whole thing with Pope. Can't wait to see how the season will end!

Jaxs girl

1) My favorite scene was the heart to heart with Chibs. I love him.
2) NO!.....I thought he was going to slit his wrist, not an innocent nurse.
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Not only Otto, as a crucifix stolen from the prison chapel is used in a prison-yard murder in ROMANZO CRIMINALE only the other year.

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No more job for Tara

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sons of agony, it hurts to watch this show go so downhill. sputter writes like hes in high school. Tara sitting at home hours after the murder. bad, bad, writing.

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Fave moment: Chibs, Chibs, Chibs. The scene with Gemma, his "I got this" moment, and the heart to heart with Jax. Seeing that much and such wonderful acting just makes me worry that he's gonna die. The best line was "once you cross the line, there's no comparing. There's just that side of the line." Awesome.
Thought Otto was going to commit suicide, not brutal murder and make "Redwood bleed".
The revenge kill was needed. The fallout is a problem. It was reactive, not smart. It's a Clay move. And that makes Jax look strong to other members
Speaking of the new vulnerable Clay, what's the play, Clay? There is definitely a play.
Handing Tig to Pope? Maybe. Jax holds Tig somewhat responsible for Opie. I still have to believe the chummy bond with Pope is a means to and end. Pope's end. If giving Pope Tig helps him kill Pope...you betcha.

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I think Tara is going to leave Jax by the end of the season. I think she's seeing the change in Jax and how it's effecting her too. Tara will take that job.