The time has come, the gang has made it to Ireland. But the red carpet has long been rolled up for the Sons. Instead, they’re greeted by some very unsavory characters. But things eventually settle down long enough for SAMCRO to meet up with the Belfast charter.

At the same time, Jacob Hale is looking to push a business owner under the protection of SAMCRO out of Charming. But the people he hires to get the job done are non to pleased.

Tig and Kozik will also come one step closer to settling their beefs with one another, but some fists will be flying before that happens.

Tara will also be asked to help a friend, and this favor could change her life forever.

What worked: Man, the Irish really know how to party. I swear, every single girl in the parking lot has at least a D cup. But moving beyond the fantastic chest’s of the Irish women, this episode finally took SAMCRO to Ireland. Now, I don’t know if those scenery shots were done on location or not, but they looked damn good. You wouldn’t think a bunch of Harleys would fit well against the mountains of Ireland, but they did. And did well.

This episode also had some decent action. Between the opening sequence with the cops, the fight between Jax and the Belfast VP and the scene in the boxing gym, Sons of Anarchy was no slouch when it came to giving the viewer something to sink their teeth into.

I also liked the story line involving Ope’s girl getting an abortion. Don’t get me wrong, it’s obvious that it exists to parallel what Tara is going through, but non the less, it was hard-hitting and served its grander purpose.

But for me, the best stuff in this episode wasn’t over in Ireland. It was back in Charming between Tig and Kozik. These two are constantly at each others throats, but in the good way. They’re providing a much needed comical relief to the dark story lines the show has been going in.

What didn’t: That said, I was really pissed that we didn’t get to see the boxing mach between Tig and Kozik. I get where the writers were trying to go, but I think they would’ve been better off cutting between the boxing match and Jax’s street brawl.

Speaking of Jax, I don’t get him. The whole point of going to Ireland was to get Abel, that’s it. So what’s the first thing he does when he gets there? Chase some Irish tail of course. In fact, he doesn’t even speak Abel’s name until the final scene of the episode. I guess he’s just too busy getting into parking lot brawls to give a damn.

Final thoughts: A mixed bag episode of Sons of Anarchy.

Episode: “Lochan Mor” (Season 3, Episode 8)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: The club embarks on a protection run, the likes of which they’ve never seen before.

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