Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)
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Better Half 

As ATF agent Stahl pressures the women of SAMCRO, Jax looks to Chief Unser as the key to the club's freedom. Tara can't escape nightmares about Kohn. And Cherry reveals secrets about her past to Gemma.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jackson 'Jax' Teller
Robert 'Bobby Elvis' Munson
Filip 'Chibs' Telford
Kip 'Half Sack' Epps
Dr. Tara Knowles
Clarence 'Clay' Morrow
Agent June Stahl
Harry 'Opie' Winston
Piermont 'Piney' Winston
Deputy Chief David Hale (as Tayler Sheridan)
Donna Winston
Chief Wayne Unser
Luann Delaney


By promising to sell the Mayans guns in the future, Clay has averted a war, but must now deal with the fact that ATF know about the Sons' IRA pipeline. Hale goes behind Unser's back and gives Stahl info on the recent shootings, leading to her returning to Charming. Focusing her investigation on the murdered Port Commissioner who had McKeavey killed, Stahl plans to use the provisions of the RICO Act to side-step her lack of direct evidence; under the Act, anyone who is shown to be part of an ongoing criminal organization can be arrested, and the leaders of such of an organization can be charged with crimes carried out by its members. To this end, she decides to target the women surrounding SAMCRO, pressuring those with the most to lose; Tara, Donna and Cherry. She also arrests Luann Delaney, wife of incarcerated SAMCRO member Otto, and tries to trick him into giving her information on any old crimes the Sons may have committed in an effort to get Luann out of prison; under RICO, any ... Written by Bertaut

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5 November 2008 (USA)  »

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The fast-paced sprint toward the end of the season
19 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is nothing if not moving at a thousand miles an hour. The episode moves from one thing to the next in a matter of moments. So many things are suddenly up in the air for SAMCRO as the ATF, in the form of Agent Stahl, circles. She's more dangerous than Kohn was for the simple reason that Kohn was focused on Tara. It becomes clear by the end of Better Half that Stahl's crosshairs are set squarely on SAMCRO.

I'd like to talk about two developments I really liked. I'll start with Gemma and Stahl finally meeting and addressing each for the first time. This pairing just felt right. Like two lionesses had come across one another and immediately recognized the other wasn't just another cub. The two shared especially pointed barbs. I think this is a larger point about what sets SoA apart. Characters of interest come from all directions. I used to sigh and grumble my way through Carmela's scenes on The Sopranos. Gemma is an entirely different animal. She's adult, she's self-aware and she knows what compromises must be made to protect her family. Gemma really is a lioness in that sense.

The next thing I appreciated was Unser's role. The Chief, someone who can get on my nerves, has had two good roles in the last two episodes. There's just something neat about seeing him at the table with SAMCRO. This episode hit home how interconnected they are. SAMCRO's roots are deep. If Stahl gets her way, she won't just be taking down SAMCRO, she'll be leveling Charming, for better or worse.

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