'Sons of Anarchy' Review: The Outlaw Had Mercy
'Sons of Anarchy' Review: The Outlaw Had Mercy
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It's hard to believe that Sons of Anarchy can easily go from a place full of hate and retribution to a place where love and forgiveness reign. But we see the unexpected happen in the episode "Service."

The 11th episode of Sons of Anarchy's second season picks up right where we left off last week with Jax attaching his SAMCRO patch back in his vest--- a confirmation that he's officially back in business. While Jax tells Clay "we kill them," his whole approach to avenge his mother's rape changes at the club meeting. SAMCRO takes the smarter route this time by studying the League's weakness, which turns out to be Zobelle's secret dealings with the Mayans to control the heroin circuit behind his pal AJ Weston's back. The club is determined to use this scoop to create internal friction within the League, ultimately giving Zobelle a dose of his own medicine.

But that's just the first step of revenge for SAMCRO. They still need guns to strike back in full force and establishing relations with the Irish might just be the solution.  The problem, however, is that Chibs made an impending deal with Stahl to take down Jimmy O and must now make things right with the IRA leader who previously threatened to take advantage of Chibs' teenage daughter. It's a tough scenario for Chibs but it's a somewhat light punishment for being a rat, considering how SAMCRO deals with traitors.

Meanwhile, Gemma is still in a bad place even after coming clean to Jax and Clay about her rape. She may have "fixed" SAMCRO but her own wounds still need healing. She looks at herself as damaged and that's what she thinks Clay sees when he looks at her too. In the midst of despair, she finds comfort in an unlikely fellow, Tig, who consoles Gemma with a hug that leads to more kissing. At least, Tig realizes that cheating with horny Gemma is a horrible horrible mistake so he stops before things escalate any further.

Speaking of Tig, he hasn't been himself lately. Out of all the characters on Sons of Anarchy, he's been struggling with his emotions the hardest ever since he accidentally killed Donna last season. It's ironic to see the club's most violent member suffer with his conscience but guilt has gradually eaten him alive so we've always known that it's only a matter of time before he cracks and spills the beans to Opie. And so he does with a subtle confession, implying that Stahl made it look like Opie was a rat and as a result, Clay had to put a hit on Opie using Tig as the hitman.  Naturally, Opie fires up at Tig but spares his life. Opie then goes to find Stahl, who eventually admits her fault in his wife's death. Watching the fear sink in on Stahl as Opie threatens to kill her is a very gripping scene but Opie becoming the bigger person by sparing her life is even more striking. He leaves with the words, ""The outlaw had mercy. You remember that the next time your try to twist the truth and kill an innocent." It's just classic Opie and I love it!

More comfort comes as Jax and Opie finally resolve their issues. It's not exactly what you'd expect from two friends who have seemingly turned rivals these past several weeks but their little reunion speaks volumes in terms of the club's direction. Opie realizes that leaving SAMCRO is not the answer in spite of how difficult it may be for him to be around people responsible for the death of his wife while Jax shows Opie his father's manifesto. Yay!

The episode ends with Tig giving Clay some advice about Gemma, who's feeling unwanted by Clay, so Clay surprisingly follows Tig and proves to Gemma how much he wants his wife on her office desk.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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