So far, this season has been pretty hit and miss for me, with a lot more misses than hits. That’s just the nature of what Kurt Sutter has set up this year, however, and I expect things to really begin picking up by midseason. But for the time being, we’re stuck waiting out SAMCRO’s inevitable journey to the land of potatoes and leprechauns as they’re forced to split time between searching for Abel and dealing with business back in Charming.

After deciding that starting a war with the Mayans was against their best interest, the Sons task the Grim Bastards with getting intel on Mayan activity in their home base of Lodi. The Bastards are short on guns at the moment, though, so Clay sets up a deal with Henry Lin to get them some semi-automatics in exchange for the Cara Cara girls to be party favors at an upcoming blowout for some Hong Kong business partners. Opie isn’t at all pleased about Lyla having sex for money, however, and when he sees her going down on one of the Chinese guys at the party, he flips out, leading to an all-out brawl and their deal with Henry Lin ruined. Clay smoothes things over by offering Henry one of SAMCRO’s gun clients in exchange for the guns intended for the Bastards, but he doesn’t look very happy about the trade. Still, the Mayans pose an immediate threat, and at the moment, that’s more important than the future of their gun trade.


The bad news just keeps rolling in when a woman from the law office representing the Sons pays them a visit to inform them that City Council has requested a new bail hearing in regards to their assault charges from the church incident. It seems that Jacob Hale is using the recent drive-by as proof that it was retaliation against SAMCRO’s criminal activity, and unless they appear in court at the end of the week, they’ll lose the bail money and incur a longer prison sentence. Not that anyone really cares, because Jax has already decided that he’s heading for Vancouver, and the rest of the guys plan on skipping town to join him. That becomes unnecessary, however, when Juice receives an email from the Belfast VP with a picture of Cameron Hayes left for dead on the streets of Belfast.

Of course, we already know who put him there, but Father Ashby has decided to play if off as an army hit by painting their mark in blood on Cameron’s forehead. And to further separate them from his transgressions, he’s giving baby Abel away to a “good Catholic family.” That more or less vindicates them of any involvement they might have had in the matter, but that’s hardly going to stop Jax from discovering the truth. After all, it appears that Maureen’s husband is not only a member of the Sons of Anarchy, but he’s the President of the Belfast chapter, so it’s hard to imagine that someone won’t open their mouth at some point. And now that Cherry (who’s apparently working at the Ashby’s corner shop since leaving Charming) knows that it was Half-Sack who Cameron killed, I’d be willing to wager that she’s the one that rings the alarm bell – or at least dies trying.

Meanwhile, up in Oregon, Tara arrives just in time to help search for Nathan after he suddenly goes missing along with the rifle that shot Tig. (There’s a brief scene with him contemplating suicide by the pond, but he ultimately decides against it.) Gemma asks Amelia for help in finding him, but since she has her blindfolded and bound to a wheelchair in the basement, it’s not surprising that she isn’t very cooperative. Nor is it when Tara foolishly agrees to untie one of Amelia’s hands and gets knocked out with an oxygen tank for her troubles. But just as Amelia attempts to escape by holding Gemma at knife point, a struggle ensues that results in her death. That’s two different people’s blood on Gemma’s hands now, although I’m sure she’d argue that both were purely out of self-defense.

It doesn’t change the fact that Amelia is still dead, so Tig calls in a cleaner to take care of the mess, and, well, calling the guy eccentric would be a bit of an understatement. He also happens to be played by horror icon Stephen King (who’s mentioned several times how much he loves the show in his column for Entertainment Weekly), and if there was ever any proof that the author should never act again in his life, this is it. Maybe I’m being a little tough on the guy, but until I get a call from Mr. Sutter for a guest appearance of my own, his involvement seemed a bit self-serving. Then again, considering just how lame this whole storyline has been thus far, it’s certainly not the worst that could have happened. I’m just glad that Gemma and Tig will be hooking back up with the rest of the Sons soon, because this little detour of theirs was unsuccessful on several accounts.