Better Half (Sons of Anarchy)
|Sons of Anarchy episode|
Unser and Stahl confront each other over the office.
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Mario Van Peebles|
|Written by||Pat Charles|
|Original air date||November 5, 2008|
|Running time||45 minutes|
- Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller
- Ron Perlman as Clay Morrow
- Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow
- Maggie Siff as Tara Knowles
- Ryan Hurst as Opie Winston
- William Lucking as Piney Winston
- Kim Coates as Tig Trager
- Mark Boone Junior as Bobby Munson
- Tommy Flanagan as Chibs Telford
- Theo Rossi as Juice Ortiz
- Johnny Lewis as Half-Sack Epps
The ATF raid the CaraCara porn studio, and Luann tells Stahl that they have no reason to be there. They soon find a stash of drugs, however, and Luann is charged with possession with intent to distribute. At Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair, Opie apologizes to Jax about the Brenan Hefner hit, saying that he just was not ready. Jax says that he understands, but the rest of the club may not.
The ATF take over Unser's office at the police station, much to his frustration. Stahl comes in, with Luann in handcuffs, and tells Unser that she will be "borrowing [his] office for a few weeks". They clash, and she mocks the way he deals with SAMCRO. He tells her that she knows nothing about how things work in Charming. He then leaves, and Hale tells Stahl that she was wrong to humiliate him like that. During this conversation, it becomes apparent that Hale was the one who called the ATF in for assistance on bringing down the bikers. They go on to discuss SAMCRO's dealings with the True IRA, importing guns in oil barrels from Dungloe, Ireland and Hefner's recent murder, but the only way to get convictions is to use the RICO Act. Stahl says she believes that they can use Luann being incarcerated to get Otto to give up information about SAMCRO, and possibly do the same with Tara, Donna Winston and Cherry.
SAMCRO take Cameron to a secluded cabin in the woods. Gemma brings him some supplies, and finds him in the middle of prayer. Hayes apologizes, and notes that he's missed a couple of Sundays so he thought he'd do some catching up. He asks if Gemma's a Catholic. She responds by telling him that she is whatever she needs to be, and they she believes in family rather than God. Clay then phones and tells Gemma to make sure Hayes does not leave the cabin as, if he is anything like Michael McKeavy, he will be on a number of federal watch lists. He also says that he will send Happy over to take Cameron out of the country.
Opie arrives home to find Donna packing and ready to leave. He puts an envelope of money (his payment for the Hefner hit) on the table, and says that it should cover their mortgage and some of the bills they have accumulated. He asks her why she has decided to leave now and not when he was sent to prison, and she tells him it was because their children were babies at the time but need a father now. They continue to argue about his involvement with the club. He says that he will not leave SAMCRO, and if she cannot accept this then she can keep packing.
ATF agents come and arrest Cherry when she is at a grocery store with Gemma. Cherry reveals that she is "sorta married" and her husband was abusive, but he wouldn't grant her a divorce so she took everything and left. She also burned down their condo and is wanted for grand theft and arson in Nevada. Stahl proceeds to question Cherry at the police station, and she reveals the Sons patch-over of the Devil's Tribe when threatened with a 25-year prison sentence for attempted murder.
Clay calls a meeting at the clubhouse to discuss Luann and Cherry's arrests. Unser is with them at the table, and informs them that Stahl is trying to use the RICO Act to take SAMCRO down for racketeering. Jax comes up with a plan; Bobby and Tig start a brawl at a local bar to clear the station of police officers, and he and Opie go into the station and free Cherry and Luann using Unser's cell keys.
Stahl visits Otto in prison, and tells him that Luann faces 10 years in prison on drugs charges. If he gives up some info on SAMCRO, she will let Luann go and he will get out on parole in three months' time.
That night, Jax's plan goes into action. Bobby, Tig and Piney go to a local bar and order drinks. After a while, Tig walks up to a group and introduces himself. He tells them that he has a Mexican girlfriend, and informs them that the people at the next table are talking bad about one of the Mexican girls in the group. Piney walks over to the other table, and tells them that he has a daughter about the age of one of the people at their table and that the people at the other table are saying rude things about her. One of the guys asks who said it, and Piney points to Tig. The guy gets up, and Tig slugs him. A fight breaks out in the bar, and Bobby calls the cops and tells them to get out to there.
Jax sees the officers rush out of the police station and jump in their vehicles. Opie stays in the vehicle to keep watch, and Jax and Unser go into the police cells. Jax tells Luann that the ATF are using her to get to Otto and she informs him that they're letting her visit him tomorrow. Jax then tells her to get a message to Otto because the ATF is trying to use the RICO Act against the club. Cherry tells Jax to break her out as she faces prison in Nevada. Initially, he refuses but she then threatens to inform on the club if he doesn't. He eventually frees her, much to Unser's annoyance. Jax then approaches Unser's office to look for information, and sees Stahl inside moaning and sobbing. It turns out that she and Hale are having sex. Jax can't help but chuckle as he sneaks away.
The next morning, Hale and Stahl find Cherry missing. Stahl tells Hale not to worry as she has more evidence to bring down SAMCRO. She tells him that there was a witness to Hefner's murder who identified two men; she shows him two sketches that are pretty clear images of Bobby and Opie.
At the prison, Otto gives Stahl a piece of paper containing information about a 1999 heist that involved SAMCRO and a number of other chapters. Stahl then says she will give Otto and Luann ten minutes alone with each other, but the cameras will be on. Luann whispers in Otto's ear that the ATF are using the RICO Act.
Clay tells Happy at the clubhouse that Unser has supplied him a truck that he can use to smuggle Cameron and Cherry across the border into Canada with. Happy notes that his mother is sick and that she's in a home in Bakersfield. He says that he is thinking about going Nomad so that he can spend more time with her. Clay tells him that there's always a seat for him at the table.
At Stockton, Stahl shows Otto the statement she typed, and gives it to him to make sure they got it all right. Suddenly, Otto jumps out of his chair and starts smashing Stahl's face on the table. He gets in several blows before he is tackled to the ground and beaten by correctional officers. Stahl is helped out, and shoves everyone away that tries to help her. Bleeding profusely from the face, Stahl looks at the camera to see Otto chuckling about what he's done. Stahl vows to bury the club.
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