Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)
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The aftermath of Abel's kidnapping has the Sons reeling - especially Jax, whose grief sends him into deeper turmoil over his future with the MC. Meanwhile Gemma, still on the lam, is hit with some unexpected news from her past.


Stephen Kay


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hunnam ... Jackson 'Jax' Teller
Katey Sagal ... Gemma Teller Morrow
Mark Boone Junior ... Robert 'Bobby Elvis' Munson
Dayton Callie ... Chief Wayne Unser
Kim Coates ... Alexander 'Tig' Trager
Tommy Flanagan ... Filip 'Chibs' Telford
Ryan Hurst ... Harry 'Opie' Winston
William Lucking ... Piermont 'Piney' Winston
Theo Rossi ... Juan Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz
Maggie Siff ... Dr. Tara Knowles
Ron Perlman ... Clarence 'Clay' Morrow
Ally Walker ... Agent June Stahl
Paula Malcomson ... Maureen Ashby
Kenny Johnson ... Herman Kozik
Taylor Sheridan ... Deputy Chief David Hale (as Tayler Sheridan)


Although Zobelle and the League of American Nationalists have been driven from Charming, SAMCRO are reeling in the aftermath of Cameron's kidnapping of Abel. As they prepare to bury Half Sack, Clay makes the decision to keep the kidnapping secret from Gemma, who is on the lam after being framed by Stahl for killing Edmond and Polly. However, when she's hit with some unexpected news concerning her father, Nate Maddock (Hal Holbrook), she's forced to risk her freedom. After Jax tells Tara she should get as far away from him as she can, and still suffering the effects of seeing Hack Sack's murder, she finds it difficult to return to work. Meanwhile, with Hale preparing to take over from Unser as Chief, the Mayoral race begins in Charming, with Jacob running against Oswald. Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray/DVD contains a 'Creator's Cut' version of this episode, which features six minutes of additional footage:
  • After Clay (Ron Perlman) tells Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) he doesn't want Gemma (Katey Sagal) to know about Abel's kidnapping, Tig (Kim Coates) brings Gemma breakfast in the motel room, and she asks him to stay and talk to her.
  • Before the passport forger (Jon Gries) arrives, Clay talks to Laroy (Tory Kittles) about the League of American Nationalists, the Mayans, the 9ers' alliance with Henry Lin (Kenneth Choi), and Abel's kidnapping.
  • After the conversation between Jacob (Jeff Kober) and Hale (Taylor Sheridan) at the police station, Candy (Marya Delver) brings Hale a fax, and Jacob asks him if he is attending Half-Sack's wake. Hale says he wasn't planning to, but Jacob says it will look good for them if he does. Hale then brings the fax to Unser (Dayton Callie), who lies about its content, prompting Hale to criticize him for being in bed with SAMCRO, to which Unser responds that once he's retired, Hale will be in charge, but until then, Unser is still the chief. As Unser leaves, Stahl (Ally Walker) and Tyler (Pamela Gray) arrive to meet Wright (Baldeep Singh), with Hale showing Stahl into the debriefing room.
  • After Gemma tries to leave the motel and Tig stops her by telling her about the APB, she returns to her room and looks out the window, before turning and frustratedly looking around.
  • Before the scene in the operating room, Tara (Maggie Siff) is doing paperwork. Margaret Murphy (McNally Sagal) approaches her and asks her if she's okay to be back in work. Tara says she is better off at work than staying at home.
  • At Half-Sack's memorial, after Jacob tells Hale SAMCRO are "scumbags", Unser approaches them and tells Jacob if he wants to win the mayoral election, he should keep that opinion to himself. Jacob leaves, and Hale and Unser apologize to one another about their earlier conversation.
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Written by Curtis Stigers, Bob Thiele Jr., and Dave Kushner
Performed by Curtis Stigers and the Forest Rangers
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User Reviews

What a great start to season 3...
13 September 2010 | by kenny_borthwickSee all my reviews

I'm not going to say anything much other than that I thought this episode was brilliant! The story lines from season 2 pick up and carry on in a progressive manner and as always with SoA I was gripping my seat with excitement as the episode progressed! Fantastic!

If you have watched any episodes of the SoA you will no doubt be hooked as the story lines are great, the acting is second to none and the action and excitement is continuous and fresh with every episode.

I don't want to give away any spoilers but as I find regularly with SoA this episode had my emotions all boiling up in a melting pot....sorrow, love, comradery, shock, fear and anger! Not many shows can give you this so well so often...

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7 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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