Sons of Anarchy

Wednesday 16 February, 10:00pm on Five USA

The US drama series about a Californian motorcycle gang continues on Five USA. In this week’s episode, tensions grow between SAMCRO and the League, leading to a number of violent incidents. As Jax and Clay clash over how best to retaliate, Unser sets Deputy Hale straight about Zobelle. Clay storms into Impeccable Smokes with a view to needling Zobelle about protection money. His actions rile the proprietor, who vows swift revenge. “We need to humble Mr Morrow,” Zobelle smirks, ordering Weston into action. Before long, news reaches the Sons that the imprisoned Big Otto has been attacked and nearly blinded at the hands of some white supremacists. For the next stage of their relentless campaign against SAMCRO, Zobelle and Weston present Deputy Hale with surveillance footage of Opie torching the meth lab. Hale is forced to accept the evidence, but he warns them that it is essentially useless. “I can’t take me anything to the DA that doesn’t have legs,” he snarls. Later, Hale is alarmed when he realises that the package contains an incriminating picture of himself accepting an envelope from Ernest Darby. After a street brawl between the Sons and members of the League, Unser visits Hale to ask him if he is in Zobelle’s pocket. The deputy reacts furiously, and points out his boss’s own hypocrisy. “Why do you think I choose you for my second – a single minded, self righteous pain in the arse?” Unser cries. “You’re the good guy, the clean one – I need you to stay that way.” Unser subsequently decides to inform Hale about the attack on Gemma, in order to reiterate his beliefs about the evil that lurks behind Zobelle’s outwardly respectable image. “I need you to know who Zobelle is, so you can make your own choice about what’s best for Charming,” he declares. Hale is visibly horrified by the news – but will his contempt for the Sons lead him to side with the devil again?

Wednesday 9 February, 10:00pm on Five USA

The US drama series about a Californian motorcycle gang continues on Five USA. In this week’s episode, Tig is captured by bounty hunters as the Sons ride to Eureka for a weapons drop. Back in Charming, Gemma decides to seek revenge on her attackers. SAMCRO sets out on what is ostensibly a fundraising ride to Eureka in aid of sick children, but en route the gang stops at Cameron Hayes’s army surplus shop to collect a stash of handguns. “The cops never mess with us when we’re serving humanity,” Opie grins as he conceals the weapons in a bedroll on the back of his bike. However, the ride is disrupted when Bobby’s clapped-out bike starts belching smoke, which blinds Tig and leads to him crashing and injuring himself badly. Half Sack and Bobby wait with Tig at a nearby hospital, but as they leave they are ambushed by four heavily-armed bounty hunters, who bundle Tig into the back of a van and flee. Chaos breaks out when the Sons cannot agree on whether to rescue Tig or drop off the guns first. “Bounty hunters have no jurisdiction,” Chibs argues. “There’s no stopping us taking him back.” However, Clay is adamant that they must make the delivery. “What’s stopping us is six bedrolls full of handguns,” he growls. Jax steps in and suggests a vote but, with tensions between he and his stepson at an all-time high, Clay turns him down and rides off in a rage. Opie has some strong words for the president. “This thing between you and Jax…I don’t know what it is, but it’s pulling focus from what we are,” he warns. Meanwhile, Tig is taken to a motel room by the bounty hunters, who have been heavy-handed with their hostage and need to clean him up before they take him over the state line to Oregon. Half Sack, who has been following the van, notifies the rest of the gang of Tig’s whereabouts – but another scuffle breaks out between Clay and Jax over whether to rescue him.

Wednesday 2 February, 10:00pm on Five USA

The US drama series about a Californian motorcycle gang continues on Five USA. In this week’s episode, Zobelle presents Hale with a strategy to drive the Sons out of Charming. Meanwhile, Gemma’s secret drives a wedge between her and Clay, and a porn actress comes between Jax and Tara. As part of his plan to force the Sons out of town, Ethan Zobelle offers Hale a tempting solution. He proposes to temporarily flood Charming with drugs in order to ruin the local people’s perception of the Sons as their protectors. “SAMCRO is knocked off their iconic pedestal,” Zobelle explains. “Then, when you take over, the drugs go away.” However, Hale does not take Zobelle’s intervention well. “Are you talking about deliberately bringing drugs into my town?” he asks, incredulously. Despite Hale’s negative reaction, Zobelle sets Darby up with a meth lab in Charming. Opie and Half-Sack learn the location of the lab when they chance upon a drug dealer, and Clay is adamant that they must raze it to the ground. However, Jax is keen on a softer approach, and suggests passing the information on to Hale instead -which Opie sees as an opportunity to test the deputy’s integrity. “If he buries the intel, we know he’s on Zobelle’s payroll,” he points out. Jax passes the information to Hale, who promptly visits the site of the lab – albeit without a search warrant. The deputy is furious when Darby greets him with a gift from Zobelle, but the cigar mogul fails to back down when Hale confronts him. “We both know your methods for extracting the Sons of Anarchy have failed,” Zobelle reminds him. “If you’re going to damage them, you have to dip into their cesspool.” Will Hale be tempted to cooperate with Zobelle’s dubious plan in order to advance his own career?

Wednesday 26 January, 10:00pm on Five USA

The US drama series about a Californian motorcycle gang continues on Five USA. In this week’s episode, Gemma enlists Tara and Unser to cover up the vicious assault she suffered at the hands of Zobelle’s thugs. Meanwhile, the Sons deal with the fallout from Jax’s attempt to pin a murder on the One-Niners. In the aftermath of the attack on Gemma, Unser discovers her lying battered and bleeding in a lockup. The deputy insists on taking her to hospital, but Gemma is adamant that the only person she will see is Tara -whom she also swears to secrecy. After much debate, Tara agrees to smuggle Gemma into the hospital, while Unser sets about staging a car crash in order to explain her condition to Clay and the Sons. However, Unser’s plan backfires when the entire gang arrives at the hospital. “Take my head off if you want,” he shrugs when Gemma confronts him. “I just didn’t see any other way to sell this.” Gemma is left with no choice but to go along with Unser’s story. “If anyone finds out, they win,” she tells him, explaining that Zobelle’s gang attacked her in order to get to Clay and Jax. “I can’t let that happen.” Sure enough, Gemma is proved correct when Weston gets wind of her deceit. “Unravelling the matriarch will destabilise them,” Zobelle insists when his thug confronts him. “They’re all little boys who need a strong mommy.” But can Gemma stay strong enough to protect them from Zobelle’s increasingly evil machinations? Meanwhile, the Sons consider a new business venture when Otto (series creator Kurt Sutter) asks them to get Luann out of a tricky situation. Her struggling pornography studio has been forced out of business by a rival, Georgie Caruso, who has arrived in town with plenty of muscle and the backing of the FBI. Otto attempts to persuade SAMCRO to return Luann the money she loaned them in the past, but tight funds mean that all Jax can promise is to scare Georgie away.

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Just Williams cast announced

Outnumbered actor Daniel Roche has landed the lead role in the BBC’s new series Just William. Roche will be joined by Rebecca Front, Daniel Ryan, Warren Clarke and Caroline Quentin in the BBC One series.

Sons of Anarchy filming in Ireland

American drama series Sons of Anarchy will travel to the emerald isle to shoot scenes for its new season. The cast will film in Ireland to match the show’s storyline where characters travel in search of a kidnapped boy.

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30 Rock actor heading to Glee

30 Rock actor Cheyenne Jackson has been linked to a role on the second season of Glee. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Jackson will take on the role of Shelby Corcoran, a rival glee club coach.

Throng: Good morning.

Charlie: Hey. How are you?

Throng: Well. Thanks for doing this interview.

Charlie: Oh, you’re welcome.

Throng: Where in the world am I catching you?

Charlie: I am in Los Angeles.

Throng: Okay so it’s morning, right?

Charlie: Yeah it is morning. 9:30 in the morning.

Throng: How early?

Charlie: 9:30.

Throng: Oh okay, so it’s not that early.

Charlie: No.

Throng: We don’t have a lot of time so I’m just going to shoot the questions, is that okay? I’m astonishingly important y’know?

Charlie: Okay. Yeah. Absolutely.

Throng: Great. First question that we have is how much of you is in Jack’s? What do you connect to when you portray him and what is more difficult for you to?

Charlie: I think that more and more we become intertwined as I live with him longer. Certainly my understanding of him, I don’t have to explore the material as much to find the answers, I just understand him more and more but I guess that I really relate to his not his inability, but his reluctance to live a 9-5 type of existence. I, from a very early age, decided that I wanted to do something that I could get to travel and kind of do a variety of work and a variety of places and I think that kind of a freedom to my life that seems to be one of the foundations of what draws people today to the world of outlawed motorcycle lifestyle.

I guess, in terms to what I find most difficult, I don’t know, it’s to just to maintain, I think it is very important to keep a sense of justice and right and wrong with this guy and sometimes the way, the situations he gets put into it’s difficult to, it’s sometimes life, the way he reacts in some situations, sometimes flies in the face of my understanding of him psychologically and in those instances you have to kind of dig a little deeper.

Throng: All in all, he is a very good character; even when he does bad stuff.

Charlie: Yeah. Yeah.

Throng: Unlike other characters.

Charlie: Yeah. Absolutely.

Throng: Oh. I’ve read and I’ve noticed it myself, that the narrative of the whole show resembles Hamlet a lot. Do you feel that? Do you feel like you’re doing Hamlet?

Charlie: Yeah. I mean, I think specifically with the first season, Hamlet was a very specific template that was followed. Setting up the dynamic of the world and us being the kind of royal family of this world and obviously I think that it will continue to in a broader sense elements of Hamlet that will come through as the season progresses. But I think it was an interesting and a well known dynamic that I felt made this world and that it hadn’t really been explored very much and people didn’t know anything about, a little more accessible in a way, because you kind of understand at least the template of the story going into it and then you’re free to kind of explore the new answers of the world through that.

But yeah, I think that in terms, I think it was very, very similar to Hamlet the first season in terms of the ghost of the father and the narrative of the uncle is kind of taking over and the powerful queen and the son and all of that. And I think that in the second season we kind of lost some of those similarities and just did away with following that narrative more closely but like I said, I think in the future some of the more sweeping elements will return

Throng: The second season is about to be aired in Israel. We only have the first one.

Charlie: Right.

Throng: But it’s more much more extreme than the first one and much more extreme than many TV series that we watched. How did you feel about the script when you first read it about the whole rape thing, which was horrible?

Charlie: Yeah. You know.

Throng: And the violence…

Charlie: Yeah. I think that it’s, I think that TV with the basic cable, the way basic cable is structured in America, definitely does give a creator license to go a little further and I think that’s why the show found it’s home on basic cable because Kurt, our creator is always, he gets to push the envelope and frankly I, one really has to find peace. I am a writer also and I am very, very, very opinionated about what I do and have a very, whether I have the power to implement change or not I always have very, very strong opinion going into films which I why I have done very few films because I think I have too strong opinions about most things so I turn down probably thirty or forty offers to every one that I accept.

But the thing is, we are on a TV show with so many actors, you can, there really needs to just be one voice and that’s the voice of the creator. Because if everybody was chipping their opinion and then there’d be too may cooks in the kitchen and we wouldn’t get anything done. At times I have wondered if it was a little too extreme, but ultimately I just need to not question the material because I’m potentially going to be doing this TV show for a long time and I found that I needed to make peace with just really trusting Kurt and trusting the material and not questioning it too much because ultimately I don’t really have any say to change it anyway so why drive myself crazy.

But also by that, don’t want to give the wrong impression because I think Kurt is fantastically talented and it’s very rare that I do have any kind of big problem with the stuff that is presented to us. It’s just sometimes a challenge to play it because it is very dramatic big stuff. The challenge sometimes is to find the realness in it and keep it grounded, you know?

Throng: What is it difficult for the cast to work like this? Everything happens between you and Ron Purman in the plot, does this affect the relationship? Or are you and Katy?

Charlie: Yeah.

Throng: You really seem to want to kill him, you know, when you want to kill him.

Charlie: Yeah. Yeah the season really, we got to do a lot of fun stuff. I don’t know how much of the second season.

Throng: Oh I’ve seen it all.

Charlie: Oh, you’ve seen all of the second season?

Throng: Yep and I’ve seen the first one twice already.

Charlie: Oh wow. Well yeah I mean we, Ron and I, got to do a lot of fun stuff in terms of carrying that kind of disintegration of our relationship to the fullest and I really enjoyed that. And at times we both get a little bit carried away which is fun because we like each other so much and have enough respect for each other we are able to play the game with one another to the fullest.

You know the game of acting. So we definitely pushed it. There were moments where the closest where we’re shooting where we almost did come to blows but it was within the context of us already doing a fight scene. So since then, we get a little bit carried away but we’re very, very good friends and I’m actually, I’m going to see Ron this evening. I’m going to go have a glass of wine with him so we kind of, we give each other license to really go for it on set and then all is forgotten the moment we walk off set.

Throng: Off the set?

Charlie: Yeah.

Throng: Is he a father figure to you? Or do you get that relationship?

Charlie: Oh, because he’s old enough to be my father?

Throng: No, because you have such a perfect dynamic on the show. Everything seems to be unusually realistic for a TV show.

Charlie: I think that’s just, I thank you, but I think that’s just because we take our work very seriously and I think that’s to me, always been my approach to any scene is just trying to find the truth and trying to make it feel as real as possible. I think it’s just the way we approach the work, all of us, individually and collectively.

Throng: Okay. Do you get MC people that they watch the show or bikers that give you advice?

Charlie: Yeah. Occasionally, occasionally. Everyone has an opinion. But I don’t, the thing is, we’re not a real motorcycle club. We’re definitely the TV version of a motorcycle club and any difference where, any times we deterred from the truth, is done intentionally by Kurt to serve a story point because serving the story to him is much, much more important than making this a 100% accurate representation of what a real motorcycle club is because one has to give oneself a little dramatic license but I have also, the thing that really annoys me, and I have said this a couple times, a few times motorcycle enthusiasts will tell me that wearing sneakers is a stupid thing to do.

Throng: They’re like No, No.

Charlie: Yeah because most bikers where biker boots. Well that’s like, I really, and I hate to add, nobody under forty has ever told me that. It’s always old school bikers that come up and say that and really they’re just out of date because my favorite part of my job is getting access to world, being granted access to worlds that I wouldn’t never be ordinarily be allowed into and with the show I was granted access to go and hang around with some real outlaws. I love research and I love to go and find out the truth of what it is that I am trying to play and I wouldn’t spend a lot of time with some real, real, real outlaw bikers from the big clubs, from a couple of big clubs.

Throng: Was it horrible or was it?

Charlie: No it was very interesting and they were very nice to me. well to begin with a little bit cautious, but once they realized I was very genuine and I had a really genuine interest in learning from them then they seemed to know, I have had this experience a few times with different groups of hooligans and bikers and stuff, and they, and then it becomes about trying to give you as much information as possible because A. they want to be represented accurately and B. it gives them a sense of ownership; that the way that information that they have told me has affected my performance and they see it on screen.

And one of the things that I learned from hanging out with the real, real dudes is that, especially on the west coast, exactly where our show is being, It’s takes place, because I went up to northern California and hung up with these guys exactly the place where the show takes place and all of the young guys wear white sneakers. So it was just something that I observed from exactly the part of the world that we’re tying to play from these guys and I actually urged the other guys in my crew to wear white sneaks but none of them are into it.

Throng: I wonder why, maybe because they are above forty?

Charlie: Exactly.

Throng: Just a quick question about Blood, if you can tell us about the movie that you’re creating?

Charlie: Yeah I did Cold Mountain, it’s a film with Anthony Minghella a number of years ago, six or seven years ago, and spent some time in Romania and just learned the story of Vlad the Impaler and thought it was really, really fascinating and amazing that it’d never been told before in a big way and so I spent some time writing it and Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B picked it up and producing it and Summit Entertainment, that made the Twilight films, are going to produce it and so we hope to make it this year at some point. But it’s as far as possible, the acting rits, it’s a true story of Vlad the Impaler but it obviously, to make it commercial we do weave in a little of the mythology and show, in no uncertain terms, how he became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Throng: Cheers! Thanks, bye bye bye. Y’git.

Wednesday 14 April 2010 at 10.00pm on Five USA

Concluding this week is Season One of the gritty drama following the fortunes of the Sons of Anarchy – an outlaw motorcycle gang resident in a small Californian town. In the explosive finale, the residents of Charming are reeling in the wake of Donna’s shocking murder. Piney seeks revenge on the Niners, Jax comes to realise the truth and Hale finds himself in a moral quandary. Elsewhere, the Sons take action to prevent a federal witness from testifying against Opie and Bobby.

After the tragic demise of Donna Winston (see last week’s episode, ‘The Sleep of Babies’), the residents of Charming can dwell on little else. A shell-shocked Opie blames himself for the incident. “She knew I was gonna bring on something like this,” he says. “Ope, you didn’t bring this,” insists Jax. “A banger shot my wife – I had nothing to do with that?” asks Opie, incredulously. Though he reveals nothing more, it is clear that Jax has his own suspicions about Donna’s death.

Back at Clay’s house, Gemma has come to the same conclusion as her son. “Was this our mistake?” she asks Clay. “Oh Jesus. Motherless children – they make people do drastic things. This is bad!” she shouts. “You think I don’t know that? You think I wanted this?” asks a distressed Clay. But Gemma remains strong and insists that her husband perpetuate the lie that Niners killed Donna in retaliation for the Sons’ deal with the Mayans.

At the police station, Unser goes through the motions of investigating Donna’s murder, despite Hale’s insistence that they both know who pulled the trigger. “This relationship you have with Clay – I don’t like it, but I get it,” says Hale. “You make a deal with the devil to keep the peace. But look at this – look at what we let happen!” The deputy chief finds himself in another moral quandary, considering himself partly responsible for Donna’s death because of the information he withheld. But Unser seems to think that the situation will resolve itself. “I doubt Jax would be party to anything that would hurt Opie. Maybe we let the outlaws serve up their own justice…” he says.

At HQ, the Sons meet to discuss their next move. With Opie absent, it falls to Piney to broach the subject of revenge. “We track down Laroy and put a bullet in [his] head,” he spits. But Clay calls for calm. A furious Piney storms out of the clubhouse and sets off on his bike. On Jax’s instructions, Half Sack follows the old man – and soon phones base with some alarming news. “Jax – I got a serious problem here,” he says. “Jesus Christ – Piney went looking for Laroy,” reports Jax. Can the Sons reach Piney before he makes a deadly mistake?

Elsewhere, Clay learns that the identity of the witness in the Hefner murder case (see episode nine, ‘Hell Followed’), is about to be released – after which point Opie will be arrested alongside Bobby. “The whole case against Bobby and Opie is that witness,” Clay tells his men. “Without him, they got nothing.” “So we gotta get to him. He’s a rat – he deserves to die,” says Tig. With the help of some friends in high places, the Sons find out where the witness is being held and head off to ensure his silence. However, Jax learns that the witness in question is a 17-year-old girl. Is another innocent woman about to die at the hands of Clay?

Also this week, Tara tells Jax that she is considering returning to Chicago. “You live a life I don’t think I’ll ever understand,” she says. “I guess you got what you wanted from me,” spits a furious Jax. “You used me to do your dirty work!” Is Tara about to abandon Jax in his hour of need?

 

Wednesday 7 April 2010 at 10.00pm on Five USA

Continuing on Five USA this week is the gritty drama series following the fortunes of the Sons of Anarchy – an outlaw motorcycle gang resident in a small Californian town. In this instalment, Clay attempts to play off the Mayans and the Niners against each other – but the scheme does not go according to plan. At the same time, Opie’s fate lies in the hands of Clay and his trigger-happy enforcer, Tig. Elsewhere, Jax takes his son home from the hospital for the first time.

 With Bobby in jail and all the club’s cash tied up in the warehouse rebuild, Clay suggests selling Samcro’s own guns to the Mayans to raise some funds. “We pull our security surplus and sell them those,” he says. Despite his misgivings about leaving the club unprotected, Jax sets to work collecting the weapons from the clubhouse. However, he cannot help but express his concerns about Clay’s leadership to Opie. “Look at the last few months,” he says. “The warehouse gets blown up, Mayans try to kill Clay, the ATF are trying to stick RICO up our ass… How much longer do you think this club’s got?”

Once the deal is in place, Clay arranges a clandestine meeting with Laroy. Intending to play off the Niners and the Mayans against each other, Clay tells Laroy about the gun deal, and hands him details of the meetings with Alvarez. “I want you and your crew to step on both ends,” says Clay of the imminent transaction. “I put a bullet in Alvarez, you drop as many wetbacks as you can.” In exchange for Laroy’s assistance, Clay will let him keep the guns, then trade solely with the Niners in future.

But it seems the Samcro president has another use for the setup. Convinced that Opie has turned on the club and is now feeding information to the ATF, Clay and Tig intend to kill their fellow member. “We’ve got to protect our guys – it’s got to happen today,” Clay tells his right-hand man. “Just before the Niners jump in, put a bullet in the back of Opie’s head.” In the event, however, the Niners ambush their rival gangs ahead of time and make off with the guns andthe cash – and Tig misses his opportunity to kill Opie.

Later that day, Jax is forced to put club business to one side as he picks up his baby son from the hospital and organises a homecoming party. Meanwhile, Clay and Tig regroup at the clubhouse and consider their next move. “It’s got to be tonight, after the party,” Clay says of the hit on Opie. “Make it ghetto. Make it gangster.”

Though he knows nothing of the imminent danger, Opie’s only hope now rests with Deputy Hale. Having discovered the truth about Agent Stahl’s double dealings, he finds himself in something of a moral quandary. “I got some information,” Hale tells Unser. “If I give it to you, then I’m betraying my badge. If I don’t, someone could get hurt.” “That badge – it ain’t even real silver,” replies Unser. “What do you need to tell me, son?” Will Hale share what he knows in time to prevent any further bloodshed?

 Elsewhere this week, Tara and Jax re-examine their relationship in light of Abel’s release from hospital. “You have a son –we need to think about what we’re doing,” says Tara. “The way I feel about you hasn’t changed,” replies Jax. “We’ve just got to take a minute to know what to do.” However, the situation is further complicated by the return of a sober Wendy to Charming. Faced with an opportunity to reunite his family, will Jax change his mind about Tara?

 

Wednesday 31 March 2010 at 10.00pm

Continuing on Five USA this week is the gritty drama series following the fortunes of the Sons of Anarchy – an outlaw motorcycle gang resident in a small Californian town. In this instalment, the arrest of one member and disappearance of another sets the Sons on edge. Meanwhile, Wendy is released from rehab and is determined to make a fresh start.

After Otto made it violently clear that he had no intention of selling out Samcro (see last week’s episode, ‘Better Half’), the Sons are celebrating. “We’re clear of the ATF!” yells Clay – only for the mood to turn when Juice spots cops on the surveillance cameras. They burst in, kick everyone to the ground – with a hefty boot to the ribs for Gemma, courtesy of Agent Stahl – and arrest Bobby for Hefner’s murder.

In the aftermath of the raid, Clay heads up a meeting to find out what went wrong. The news that an eyewitness identified Bobby has everyone worried – especially as Opie is markedly absent at the table, and nobody can get hold of him. Tig immediately jumps to the conclusion that Opie is the witness, but Jax angrily refutes this suggestion and heads off to find his friend. But when he gets to Opie’s, the house is empty – and a neighbour reveals that the family left with federal agents in the dead of night.

The mystery deepens when Juice discovers that a huge chunk of the Winstons’ debts has been paid off by the Feds. “Opie’s sold us out,” surmises Tig. “Or ATF wants us to think he did,” replies Clay, slowly. “Bitch is smart.” Jax still refuses to believe that Opie has turned to the dark side. “It’s a setup,” he insists. Tig, however, is convinced that Opie handed Bobby to the Feds to save his own skin. “Opie’s not a rat,” says Jax. “He did five years for this club.” “Maybe he doesn’t want to do 25 more,” replies Tig, evenly. Torn, Clay warns Jax that although nobody wants Opie to be the rat, they need to “prepare for a truth we may not like.”

Opie, meanwhile, is languishing in a government facility being questioned by Stahl. When she tells him what she has done, he is furious. “You crazy bitch!” he spits. “You’re setting me up as the rat.” Stahl does not deny the allegation – and tells Opie that if he rejects her offer and returns to Charming, he is putting himself and his family at the mercy of a vengeful Samcro. Opie insists that the club will believe his version of events, but Stahl is not so sure. “Are you really willing to risk the life of your family on the love that Clay Morrow has for you?” she asks.

Also this week, Wendy emerges from rehab and comes to visit Abel in the hospital. When Gemma sees her cradling her son, she hits upon a way to drive a wedge between Jax and Tara. Stahl offers Donna the chance to get away from the Sons for good. And Hale is concerned when he sees how Stahl intends to get what she wants. “Someone is going to get hurt,” he tells her. Will the agent’s plan work – or is Hale right?

 

Wednesday 31 March 10.00pm

Continuing on Five USA this week is the gritty drama series following the fortunes of the Sons of Anarchy – an outlaw motorcycle gang resident in a small Californian town. In this instalment, the arrest of one member and disappearance of another sets the Sons on edge. Meanwhile, Wendy is released from rehab and is determined to make a fresh start.

After Otto made it violently clear that he had no intention of selling out Samcro (see last week’s episode, ‘Better Half’), the Sons are celebrating. We’re clear of the ATF!” yells Clay – only for the mood to turn when Juice spots cops on the surveillance cameras. They burst in, kick everyone to the ground – with a hefty boot to the ribs for Gemma, courtesy of Agent Stahl – and arrest Bobby for Hefner’s murder.

In the aftermath of the raid, Clay heads up a meeting to find out what went wrong. The news that an eyewitness identified Bobby has everyone worried – especially as Opie is markedly absent at the table, and nobody can get hold of him. Tig immediately jumps to the conclusion that Opie is the witness, but Jax angrily refutes this suggestion and heads off to find his friend. But when he gets to Opie’s, the house is empty – and a neighbour reveals that the family left with federal agents in the dead of night.

The mystery deepens when Juice discovers that a huge chunk of the Winstons’ debts has been paid off by the Feds. “Opie’s sold us out,” surmises Tig. “Or ATF wants us to think he did,” replies Clay, slowly. “Bitch is smart.” Jax still refuses to believe that Opie has turned to the dark side. “It’s a setup,” he insists. Tig, however, is convinced that Opie handed Bobby to the Feds to save his own skin. “Opie’s not a rat,” says Jax. “He did five years for this club.” “Maybe he doesn’t want to do 25 more,” replies Tig, evenly. Torn, Clay warns Jax that although nobody wants Opie to be the rat, they need to “prepare for a truth we may not like.”

Opie, meanwhile, is languishing in a government facility being questioned by Stahl. When she tells him what she has done, he is furious. “You crazy bitch!” he spits. “You’re setting me up as the rat.” Stahl does not deny the allegation – and tells Opie that if he rejects her offer and returns to Charming, he is putting himself and his family at the mercy of a vengeful Samcro. Opie insists that the club will believe his version of events, but Stahl is not so sure. “Are you really willing to risk the life of your family on the love that Clay Morrow has for you?” she asks.

Also this week, Wendy emerges from rehab and comes to visit Abel in the hospital. When Gemma sees her cradling her son, she hits upon a way to drive a wedge between Jax and Tara. Stahl offers Donna the chance to get away from the Sons for good. And Hale is concerned when he sees how Stahl intends to get what she wants. “Someone is going to get hurt,” he tells her. Will the agent’s plan work – or is Hale right?

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