What happened in Season One
Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) and Jax Teller (Charlie Hunham) lead the Sons of Anarchy – an outlaw motorcycle club smuggling guns.
After Jax found his father’s notes on how he wanted SAMCRO, Jax started questioning his stepfather’s decisions for the club. The tension between them escalates when he learns that Clay and Tig, another member, planned the murder of Opie, which resulted in Opie’s wife being killed.
White Separates, led by Ethan Zobelle, arrive in Charming, and after Clay openly taunts them at Bobby Elvis’ reunion, they gang rape Gemma. They tell her to tell the club to leave Charming, but she chooses not to share the information with her son and husband. She only tells Police Chief Wayne Unser and Dr. Tara Knowles. They help her stage a car accident, giving her a plausible tale for her injuries.
Big Otto, a member of the club who is imprisoned, contacts SAMCRO and asks them for help – his wife’s porn business is dangerously close to closing down after a raid from law enforcement and intimidation from a rival pornographer, Georgie Caruso. Jax knows that under the ATF’s beady eyes, SOA can’t use their new warehouse for guns, and convinces the club to rather use it as a location for Luanne’s business. They become business partners, hoping to increase SOA’s revenue streams, and give the club a legitimate income.
Meanwhile, Opie is struggling to deal with Donna’s death. He becomes more involved in the club, even distancing himself from Jax, without knowing that when he supports Clay’s decisions, he is supporting the man responsible for his wife’s death.
Chibs is hurt in a bomb attack from Zobelle’s men, and Clay asks for immediate retribution. They head to where they know Zobelle is, but they are arrested when it turns out that it is a church meeting.
While in prison, most of SOA is once again visited by ATF Agent Joan Stahl. She tries to get them to rat out their IRA friends, but fails. Clay and Jax go at each other after their visit.
The tension between Jax and Clay worsen when Cara-Cara burns down. Jax believes Clay orchestrated the fire, especially since Clay told the club he wants them out of the porn business. Even when he learns from the police that Clay wasn’t behind it, he requests to go Nomad – a biker who belongs to SAMCRO but not to a specific Charter of the club. Most of the club is against him going Nomad, but accepts when they realize it is what he needs. To keep Jax from leaving SAMCRO, Gemma finally reveals her horror to her family. The men reunite, and start searching for ways to finally get to Zobell.
Reunited, the club receives another blow. Tig is so overcome with guilt; he confesses to Opie that he is the man who murdered Donna. He tells Opie that Stahl made Opie look like a rat – and the club had to take him out, and that he switching cars with Donna led to her death.
Chibs makes a deal with the ATF to help capture the IRA and its leader, Jimmy O, a man who Chibs hates with a passion. The ATF successfully captures Edmond Hayes, who is part of the IRA. They use him to track down Edmond’s father, Cameron, and Jimmy O. Opie, now on a path of revenge, witnesses Chibs speaking to Stahl. Opie has Stahl at gunpoint, but leaves her alone after telling her to remember that the outlaws had mercy with her. He tells the club that he saw Chibs, but warns them not to jump the gun as they did with him. It isn’t necessary, as Chibs soon confesses what he did.
The SOA finds out that Zobelle is hiding behind his racial “beliefs”, and that he is only interested in doing business with the Mayans, and their prison heroin trade. The Sons uses this useful information to turn AJ Weston, one of the men who raped Gemma, against Zobelle, as Weston fully believes in his “cause”.
Weston is arrested for the connection with the fire at the porn building. The Sons confront Zobelle and his daughter in his shop, and he confesses to Hale for possession of illegal narcotics to save himself and his daughter. Both are released from custody. Zobelle runs to the Mayans for protection, and he and his daughter head to his shop to clear things out. Ethan’s daughter Polly heads to see Edmond, who she has been seeing secretly. She finds him killed, and Gemma arrives, shooting her. Stahl, who killed Edmond, frames Gemma for both murders. Gemma calls Unser, and she flees Charming to avoid arrest. Zobelle leaves Charming without his daughter, not knowing what happened to her.
Weston heads with his son to a tattoo parlor. The tattoo artists is, like everyone in Charming, on the Sons’ pay list, injures Weston “accidentally” and tells him to go clean up in the bathroom. He finds the Sons there and Jax kills him, avenging his mother’s rape.
Cameron learns that his son is dead, and that Gemma is the main suspect. He heads to Jax’s house, kills Half Sack, and ties up Tara. He steals Abel, and the Sons chase him. They are just too late and witness Abel leaving Charming with Cameron in a boat.
This season was so good. It is vastly superior to Season One. The last episode had me, literally, biting my pillow when I wasn’t screaming.
Sons of Anarchy is just so morally wrong. The show is about everything that could be wrong with the world – Porn, Guns, heavy drinking and swearing. And yet you find yourself rooting for them instead of the ATF. That said, maybe if Stahl wasn’t such a vicious cow, I would find some sympathy for the justice department. I hated her nearly as much as Zobelle and his stupid racist cronie, Weston. I hated Weston A LOT. I am not violent by nature, and I was cheering when Jax shot him. It was just such a profound sense of justice finally being served.
I haven’t started on three yet, but I really hope it is as well done as two. What a show!
Read season One’s review here