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Sons of Anarchy Review: Oh, Doctor

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Oh the tangled webs we weave.

When first we practice to deceive… our husband into believing that his mother assaulted our unborn child and created a miscarriage that prompted him to signing a restraining order against the grandmother of his two children.

Sons of Anarchy Season 6 is truly picking up momentum now, with events on the latest installment shifting from external forces to the always more interesting internal struggles and dilemmas.

Nero and Gemma

It's taken awhile to get here.

Events from the first half of the season felt recycled from years past: will Jax move the club into more legitimate businesses? Will Clay survive? Will Tara make a move away from Charming?

It had been the same old dance for awhile, bogged down by constant jabbering with the Irish and August Marks and the feeling that whatever corner Jax and SAMCRO were placed in, they'd come up with some last-second scenario that would save the day and nothing really terrible would befall the club in the end.

But that isn't the case now. Not with Tara and Jax and Gemma and the seemingly impossible situation they find themselves in.

This storyline has been slow played perfectly, culminating in terrific work from Maggie Siff after catching Jax and Colette in bed. It seemed like Tara might actually shoot Jax, as if she had reached the end of her rope and her only repercussion was the kind of violence she was trying to leave behind in Charming.

But then she just stopped. And sighed. And wondered: What have I become? Who am I? Where did I go wrong? It was a moving moment, especially considering her answer: Look at what YOU turned me into, she said to Jax. Look at what YOU did to me.

Was Tara shirking responsibility for her own actions here? Only a little. Yes, she made the decision to be an Old Lady a long time ago. But she's also made her reservations clear for years now, while Jax has continually promised her a way out.

I don't place an ounce of blame on Tara for going all Gemma-like and concocting a manipulative scheme to protect her family. She's facing prison time for trying to help the club, she's been loyal to Jax since returning to Charming and she's been faced with one broken promise after another from her husband.

And Jax seems to know it. I legitimately have no idea where this is all going, especially now that Patterson is aware Tara is willing to rat out SAMCRO. But I don't foresee Jax killing Tara, as scary as Gemma's threat (either mommy moved away... or mommy passed away) may have been. There would be no coming back for the character after that.

I say Jax lets Tara and the boys go, with a plan to eventually meet them in Portland once he straightens out all this gun business.

And that business hit another obstacle this week with the addition of the Chinese into the picture.

It led to one of the funnier moments of the season - a handcuffed Happy eating with chopsticks and cracking up over cartoons while captive - but it also appears to be a major roadblock for Jax and company as they try to set up Galen and the Irish, especially now that SAMCRO will actually be involved in Clay's breakout.

Once again, Jax is juggling countless, complicated (heavily armed) balls in the air. Along with one majorly ironic one: the survival of SAMCRO now depends on keeping Clay alive. Who would have seen that coming?!?

Overall, Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 10 was another strong installment, thanks to its focus on Tara and the complete crumbling of a marriage that was once the core of this series. Will she find a way out? Will Jax somehow forgive his wife?

And would you watch a Nero and Unser spinoff? Of course, right?!? The far better question: What should it be titled?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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    Yes this was a GREAT EP! Tara just needs to go she's losing her mind and NO no one can help her now. As for her saying ''what's happening to me?'' w/jax outside w/her she brought that upon herself staying in charming when jax told her to go and take abel and thomas. She knows how the MC opperates it's a dangerous life, tara was never going to fit in and what become the QUEEN OF SAMCRO? Gemma will always be the queen B of the MC she's just that ruthless. Tara wouldn't measure up to that level. And i agree i can't wait to see what kurt sutter has left for us in these remaining eps. and the final season!

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    What an episode ! Tara...my oh my ! I REALLY thought she was either gonna kill Jax or herself. She has no one left (Margaret is too scared and Wendy flipped) and is actually backed into a corner. Funny thing is, I agree with Jeff, she made her choice when she decided to stay with Jax. BUT, he kept promising her this and that and never delivered, neglected her and the boys, put the club first. I love Tara, but on this one, it's 50-50.
    Gemma's words were soooo true and chilled me to the bone ! But how come she actually wants this life for the kids is beyond me ! That woman is so selfish !
    Nero and Unser, AWESOME !! The quote "finding his inner chollo" had me laughing for a while. Their interaction in the car, priceless !
    The Chinese are in the way !!! I knew this deal wasn't gonaa be easy but, damn !
    Tara slapping Colette...loved it ! But man, everytime the shit goes south, Jax sleeps around ! Fucking a-hole ! I loved how Tara slapped him too. Enough is enough ! Sure he don't know where to go from there but he ain't gonna find the answer in a woman's thighs ! Disgusting !
    Just loved it ! Cannot wait to see where Kurt Sutter takes us !

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    Would have backed Jax if he had been loyal to Tara while she was in jail, cause she did him, really I thought she would shoot Collette and leave Jax to clean it up ' he's so good at that' but just love the show and have faith Kurt will please us all.

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    Where does Tara go from here? She's obviously losing her mind, her cool and in her mind, she's running out of options. Jax needs to step up and tell her about the deal he made, grant her the divorce, custody with visitation rights and allow her to leave town with the boys. When he's done with club business, then he can relocate where his boys live and maybe, just maybe rekindle what he and Tara once shared as a couple and family. For now, it's all about blood and guts. Let's Ride!!

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    AGREED! I'm on the same page as you. And that bromance Nero/Unser - loved it! So awesome. Love your reviews.

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    I am not going to fall for this "poor Tara" nonsense. The fact that she has stood by Jax's side from day one is the reason that I don't feel bad for her at all. She has known what her husband has been all about for years, she has volunteered to help the club on numerous occassions and she has had countless chances to leave and never did. She can't all of a sudden act like she is the victim and that she has no other choice.

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    @ Jeff

    Yes, but don't forget that Jax has repeatedly promised Tara that he was going to change things and get the club out of drugs and guns and go legit. He also told her he would go with her to Oregon at one point and then, of course, he got sucked back in to Charming. So now Tara has to do what she has to do to protect her kids. At least her motive and intentions are good. And no, she hasn't had countless chances to leave - Gemma and Jax won't let her.

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    @ Jeff

    I am so happy that there are at least some other people who feel this way!!!! I have no sympathy whatsoever for Tara. Tara has known since day 1 what she got herself into and she was okay with it when it was convenient for her (ie. when Jax killed her psycho ex for her). I understand that she is trying to protect the boys but there were other ways she could have gone about it and a long time ago. What she did was disgusting and she can't blame is all on Jax. She needs to take some responsibility and realize that she chose to be part of this life knowing very well that if she ever had children they would be born into the life. How does she justify becoming like Jemma just to get the boys away from Jemma? As much as people may hate Jemma she would do anything to protect those boys and Tara should have sat down with her and Jax to figure out a way to keep the boys protected. Tara freaking out on Colette was a little unfair. I know that as viewers we know he cheated before this but she didn't. Should she really be surprised that he cheated after finding out what she had done. He is hurt and she expected him to do a lot worse. I don't condone the cheating but neither member of that marriage is perfect. I probably should point out I have NEVER been a Tara fan so I am a little biased.

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    @ Jeff

    Couldn't agree more. When Tara stood behind Jax at that table in the season 4 finale she made her choice. She knew exactly what she was in for with this man & that he was NOT getting out. She should have stuck by her man.

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    @ Terri

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    I agree with you. It's not that it's all about Tara being a victim and we should feel bad for her. It's the fact that her husband told her to her face numerous times that he was setting things up legit, then getting all of them out. She took him at his word, assisted the club when needed...to the point that she became an accomplice to murder!! and the thnaks she gets is more empty promises and any hopes of an actual discussion about getting his kids out and away from the violence end up with Jax answering a phone call or walking out. There is a reason since the middle of season 5 these two have not been able to look each other in the eye (go back and check it out), she cant because he has let her down and he cant because he knows he has let her down. Jax aint stupid, he knows he helped to create this situation thats why he packed a bag and left. Yes, Tara devised this scheme, yes she has to face the harsh reality of that (and she is) but she was driven to this point by understanding that the guy that told her that her and those boys were the most important things therefore they were leaving, is not that guy anymore. Tara realized that he was not leaving and she had no other option but to leave and be a single parent away from this craziness, because being a single parent in/around this is no where for those kids to be. And let's be clear about this, Jax doesnt give sh&t about those kids and Gemma dont give a sh&t about those kids, Tara is the only one. Those kids are bragging rights, something to be held over Jax's head or Tara's head or even Wendy's head if need be. I wonder what will happen when Jax doesnt do anything to Tara for this, and ends up getting her off with no jail time...what will Gemma do? How will Gemma feel then? What will she do if/when Jax lets Tara go and then leaves to be with her?

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    There is no way that Jax will let Tara have the boys. They will never get back together. I think she will commit suicide

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    @ DRE

    I don't agree with Jeff at all. Tara did what she had to do...desperate times call for desperate measures.




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