Sons of Anarchy Review: "Fa Guan"

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If the rift between Jax and Clay reached a boiling point last week, it became a full-fledged inferno this week.

Or, at least that's the way Jax sees is as the Club's main source of revenue goes up in flames. Will the crew rise from the ashes, and if it does, will Jax still be there with them? Check out a full recap of "Fa Guan" and then our review below...
What Worked: Bobby's Banana Bread
Is there anything this guy can't do? He's suave with the ladies, he's kept a cool head during the tension between Clay and Jax, he found leverage to use against the judge and now he not only makes banana bread, but serves it while it's still warm!

What Didn't: Jax's Pudding
If the proof is in the pudding, then Jax's pudding must be lacking consistency. Normally the most thoughtful SAMCRO member, Jax spent the entire episode seeing Clay's hand in everything, from the porn star bust to the fire at Kara Kara.

Fa Guan Scene

What Really Worked: New Couple Alert: Opie and Lyla
This budding romance was christened with the sweetest kisses in the history of porn (even if their kids were none too thrilled). The romance has been built up nicely and hopefully it will help bring Opie back from the dark place he's inhabited since Donna's murder.

What Really Didn't: New Couple Alert: Gemma and Unser
Look, perhaps Gemma can't tell anyone except Unser about the inner turmoil she's gone through since her rape at the hands of AJ Weston, but c'mon. Get a support group or something, Gemma. Gemma needs to get back to being the strong, independent Head Old Lady of SAMCRO and Unser isn't going to get her there.

What Really, Really Worked: Lines
Two dynamite lines in tonight's episode. The first, from Jax, came as a retort to Clay's attempts to lay the blame of Luanne's death at his feet: "You are really gonna stand there and lay the guilt of a dead wife on me?" It marked the second time in as many episodes that Jax has come thisclose to publicly outing Clay for his role in Donna's murder. Only this time, Bobby picked up on it. He can't be too far off from putting the pieces together.

Deputy Hale also got in a good one, telling Clay "I know the greater devil when I see it." Hale is smart - he knows exactly who he's dealing with when it comes to both Zobelle and Clay. He's not going to let Zobelle use him to run Clay out of town, but he is smart enough to help SAMCRO against Zobelle.

What Really, Really Didn't: Cracks
This episode set the land speed record for most gratuitous male ass shots. Look, Sons of Anarchy - I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most of your viewers are men. We have male asses. We can see them anytime we want. So if you are going to note that there will be nudity in the episode, let's make it of the fairer sex, okay? Jeez - two prostitution stings and the last hurrah of Kara Kara and the final score was Full Male Ass 3, G-String Females 2. That's a loss in my book.

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Sons of Anarchy Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

"You are really gonna stand there and lay the guilt of a dead wife on me?"


"I know the greater devil when I see it."


Sons of Anarchy Season 2 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Song Rip It Up Austin Hanks
Song No Harm Rules The Tarbox Ramblers
Darker my love two ways out Two Ways Out Darker My Love iTunes