SAMCRO is in the home stretch of their stint in Ireland, and before all is said and done the fate of Abel & Jimmy O will be decided.

Stahl will also come to action once learning the truth about Tara’s abduction. To her the goal is simple… save Tara to save her deal with Jax.

Unser will also get some shocking news that will lead him on a war path with Hale at the top of his to do list.

And before the episode is over, one person will make a choice that they might not be able to come back from…

What worked: This might just be the most emotionally powerful episode of the season.

The production team really hit just the right chords during the scene where Jax is following Abel and his new family. The scene is also more proof of what an amazing actor Charlie Hunnam is. Much like Ron Perlman in the last episode, so much emotion was delivered in just a look provided by Jax. It was truly a sight to behold.

I also like how the episode pulled no punches, to the point where Gemma held a gun up to the face of a baby. Now that scene alone is hard enough to watch, I can only imagine how Katey Sagal felt while she was acting it out. It’s unnerving and the last thing I ever expected, and the King Solomon reference was a nice touch.

I also like that Tara got to go all commando in this episode. I honestly didn’t think she had it in her, and now that there’s blood on her hands, I have a feeling she isn’t going to be able to wash it away so easily.

Actually, as a whole the Charming play was really kicked up more than it’s been in the last few weeks. Some really great stuff happened that made me very happy with the show’s writers.

And the editors couldn’t have picked a more perfect moment to end the episode on.

What didn’t: As a whole the entire Ireland arc should have been done way, way, way better. Half the time I spent screaming at my TV, “no you idiot, do this, that way’s going to get you blown up!” SAMCRO as a whole dropped a bunch of I.Q. points and while I’m sure they’ll regain their intelligence once they get back to the states, I’m left disappointed overall.

And once again, Stahl served no other purpose than to piss me the f**k off. I get it lady, you’re bi-sexual. No need to make out with your partner in Unser’s office.

Final thoughts: The Charming play was really good, and the episode delivered on a big emotional high. But I’m glad the Ireland arc is finally over.

Episode: “Bainne” (Season 3, Episode 11)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: A SAMCRO family member is held hostage and Jax must choose between revenge and the good of Charming.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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