Jax, Clay and the rest of SAMCRO are on a vendetta after having their entire crew nearly blown apart courtesy of Jimmy and his boys. But things take a turn for the worse when they finally learn the truth regarding their Irish brothers. Now the choice is clear, take down the betrayers, or lose any hope of finding Abel for good.

Back in Charming, Piney, Tig & Kozic get a call that they could have done without. Salazar’s demands are simple, kill Álvarez. Well, simple of paper anyway. But not wanting to ruin the shaky truce between SAMCRO and the Mayans, the boys decide to make a move that could put Tara in even further danger.

What worked: Now this episode kicked up the Ireland action in way that’s been missing for the last few weeks. And it also kicked up the drama in both Ireland and Charming.

Starting in Charming, I like that the kidnapping isn’t just a one episode thing, I have a feeling this is going to take us through the rest of the season. On top of that, it was nice to finally see Kozic prove himself to Tig. My hope is that the two of them settle their differences by the end of the season because I think we can all agree that he will be a great addition to the Charming charter.

As for what happened in Ireland, it was great. The unrelenting shootout at the docks between SAMCRO and Jimmy’s Boys was top notch. And not only did we get that, but from a dramatic stand point, I think Ron Perlman brought his A game to this episode. The scene where he pushed McGee off the roof was full of emotion and a nice breath of fresh air for the series.

I’m also glad that the writers decided not to drag out an incest story line. The idea of Jax making out with a sister he didn’t know he had is old and cliche. Shakespearean sure, but unneeded in SOA. I also found it funny that Jax took the news so lightly, especially compared to Trinity.

O, and I also like how the Priest was able to lay Jax out across the table in one hit.

What didn’t: There are two things I didn’t like in this episode.

First of all, there’s no reason to give any background or depth to Margaret. I wasn’t the biggest fan of giving her a bigger role in the first place, but she’s the wrong character to use as Tara’s crutch. Because now all that’s going to happen is that every time Tara needs to handle business for the club she won’t have to fight anyone on it. That’s the whole reason the Margaret character exists, she serves to clash with Tara and show her the error of her ways.

Staying in Charming, my other issue is that what’s happening in the homeland is getting very little air time. As I’ve stated previously, the better story is happening in Charming and not in Ireland.

Final thoughts: A good episode of Sons of Anarchy.

Episode: “Firinne” (Season 3, Episode 10)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: While the club’s on a man hunt, Jax faces the toughest decision of his life.

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