Gemma hosts a town fundraiser, which brings the ex club member who was responsible for Opie's arrest back to town and into direct conflict with Jax and Opie. Clay deals with protecting a ... See full summary »

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Gemma hosts a town fundraiser, which brings the ex club member who was responsible for Opie's arrest back to town and into direct conflict with Jax and Opie. Clay deals with protecting a perverse parolee who can lead to a big payoff. ATF agent Kohn continues to investigate SOA. Written by Anonymous

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When Jax and Opie meet with Tig and Bobby at the fundraiser, there is a man in the background seen wearing a T-shirt that says "Free Big Otto" referring to Otto being in Prison. See more »

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When we see Otto (Kurt Sutter) for the first time, he has a tattoo on his neck "SOA" but throughout the rest of the seasons his tattoo there says his wife's name. See more »

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Clarence 'Clay' Morrow: Hey you all better be at that fundraiser tomorrow, unless you want a size 9 high heel boot up your ass.
Bobby: You comin?
Clarence 'Clay' Morrow: I'd rather have my balls cut off... what, too soon for that joke?
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The first great episode of SoA
19 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The end of season 5 has prompted me to go back and watch all the seasons through again. Episode 5 of season 1, Giving Back, seems to really be where SoA hit its stride. The rest of the season, with the exception of a couple clunkers, was tight, well-written, and compelling from this episode forward.

One things SoA can be really good about is creating laughs. The characters are so great, and so full of dimension that a small touch can end up being really funny. I think this episode in a standout in that regard when it comes to the parolee with "CMD" (Compulsive Masturbation Disorder). The look on Clay's face the first time he sees Chuck stick his hand down the front of his khakis is priceless.

The second storyline in this episode is an Opie one. I really like Opie's character, so that's always going to be all right with me. This episode delves into exactly what happened to Opie and why he got sent away for five years. It's the first explanation we get in the series. As just a side, it shows you how television goes through a blender in your head. I remembered having learned about how Opie got put away in the pilot. Not so. We learn here that an ex SoA brother named Kyle got spooked on getaway driver duty and left Opie behind for the cops. You can imagine how much drama is stirred when Kyle returns to Charming for his son's band performance.

This episode is likely most remembered within the SoA annals for its gruesome scene at the end. What the viewer actually sees isn't too much, but the way the tension is built, it feels like more. That's how good television works. That's how SoA works.


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