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.


Mario Van Peebles


Kurt Sutter (created by), Pat Charles




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hunnam ... Jackson 'Jax' Teller
Katey Sagal ... Gemma Teller Morrow
Mark Boone Junior ... Robert 'Bobby Elvis' Munson
Kim Coates ... Alexander 'Tig' Trager
Tommy Flanagan ... Filip 'Chibs' Telford
Johnny Lewis ... Kip 'Half Sack' Epps
Maggie Siff ... Dr. Tara Knowles
Ron Perlman ... Clarence 'Clay' Morrow
Ally Walker ... Agent June Stahl
Ryan Hurst ... Harry 'Opie' Winston
William Lucking ... Piermont 'Piney' Winston
Taylor Sheridan ... Deputy Chief David Hale (as Tayler Sheridan)
Sprague Grayden ... Donna Winston
Dayton Callie ... Chief Wayne Unser
Dendrie Taylor ... Luann Delaney


By promising to sell the Mayans guns in the future, Clay averts a war, but must now deal with the fact that ATF know about the Real IRA pipeline. Hale goes behind Unser's back and gives Stahl info on the recent shootings, bringing her back to Charming. Focusing her investigation on the murdered Port Commissioner who had McKeavey killed, Stahl plans to use RICO Act to side-step her lack of direct evidence. 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 (Dendrie Taylor), wife of incarcerated SAMCRO member 'Big' Otto (Kurt Sutter), and tries to trick him into giving her information on old crimes in an effort to get Luann out of prison. As Cameron starts to recover and Clay makes plans to get him out of Charming, Opie must convince Donna not to leave him, Jax plans to use Unser to get a message to Otto, and Cherry tells Gemma about her past. Written by Bertaut

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arrest | secret | prison | ira | atf agent | See All (41) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Marcos A. Ferraez has played a character in law enforcement in more then 5 television shows and movies. See more »


In chapel scene, voting on how to pass RICO warning to Otto, Piney has his cigarette inserted with the wrong end in his mouth. See more »


Alexander 'Tig' Trager: You ever get high off of this?
Piermont 'Piney' Winston: It's just oxygen.
Alexander 'Tig' Trager: No, I know. I know. But can't you just turn it up and get, like, you know, the Blue Velvet kind of thing going on.
Piermont 'Piney' Winston: What the hell is wrong with him?
Robert 'Bobby Elvis' Munson: The list is too long, my friend.
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References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »


Performed by Monster Magnet
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The fast-paced sprint toward the end of the season
19 January 2013 | by athomedSee 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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5 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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