Old Bones

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"Old Bones"
Sons of Anarchy episode
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Half-Sack at the boxing competition.
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by Dave Erickson
Production code 1WAB06
Original air date October 15, 2008 (2008-10-15)
Running time 45 minutes
Guest actors
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"Old Bones" is the seventh episode of the FX television series Sons of Anarchy. It was written by Dave Erickson, directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton and originally aired on October 15, 2008.


Employees for the Water and Power Board working near Highway 44 dig up three skeletons while laying pipes. When SAMCRO hear the news that three sets of bones have been found, an emergency club meeting is arranged at the clubhouse. Clay tells the crew that the bodies were Mayans killed in the SAMCRO-Mayan War of '91, and they need to stop the bodies from being identified. However, Clay later has a discussion with Gemma and it becomes evident that one of the bodies is that of Lowell Harland, Sr., a mechanic at Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair who was killed for being a "junkie rat". In the discussion it becomes also evident that Gemma also has involvement with the history of those bodies. Lowell seniors son, Lowell, Jr., is now also a mechanic at Teller-Morrow and a former drug addict. Tig is the only other patch holder who knows that Lowell, Sr. was murdered.

After dropping her off at home, Tara reveals the truth about Kohn to Jax. She explains that she dated Kohn in Chicago until he became violent. When she ended the relationship, Kohn began to stalk her, forcing her to take out a restraining order against him. Jax is furious and storms off, stabbing Kohn's radiator with a knife and warning him to stay away from Tara. He reports him to Hale, who in turn informs the ATF.

To raise funds to buy more guns from the True IRA, the club decides to enter Half-Sack into a bare-knuckle boxing competition. Half-Sack, the former Lightweight Champion of the Armed Forces, is told to win his first five fights then take a dive in the sixth. This will allow SAMCRO to bet on his underdog opponent and earn a large pay-off. He is trained by Chibs, who recently returned from his trip with Michael McKeavey. Chibs insists he has "no booze, no weed and no pussy". This means that Cherry must be kept away from him. To test her loyalty to Half-Sack, Bobby tries to have sex with Cherry at his house, but she refuses his advances.

That night, Clay, Tig and Jax go to the local hospital morgue to get the bodies. In order to sneak into the morgue unnoticed, they must make sure no one is around; Tig shows the bite mark on his buttocks (received by a dog in "Patch Over") to the female doctors standing nearby, who flee in disgust. Clay tells Jax to wait outside and keep guard, while he and Tig break into the morgue. Upon finding the first dead man, Tig sets about removing his teeth with pliers – until Jax appears and offers to lend a hand. He discovers that the body has already been identified and that it is Lowell Harland, Sr. Clay claims that Lowell, Sr. was killed by the Mayans and, after exacting revenge on his killers, Clay and Tig buried all three bodies together.

At the police station, Hale and Stahl, having identified the bodies, suspect Clay of the murders and decide to use their suspicions to turn Lowell, Jr. against the club. They bring him to the station and tell him of his father's fate and where he was buried. Later at Teller-Morrow, Clay tries to convince Lowell otherwise, telling him the same story he told Jax earlier. Lowell seems to have believed the police’s story, however, and goes missing. Worried that he may be a liability to the club, Clay heads off to find and kill him. He finds Lowell at a motel and puts a gun to his head, preparing to kill him. However, he has a change of heart and decides to tell Lowell the truth and bring him home.

Kohn fails to heed Jax's warning, however, and instead decides to break into his house, trash his son's room and urinate on the floor. When Jax finds out, he apprehends Kohn at a local barber shop, throws him through a window and beats him up. He also tells him to stay away from him and Tara or be killed.

Kohn is then arrested for breaching his restraining order as the barber's story indicated that Jax only attacked Kohn in self-defense. Stahl tells him that his career as an ATF agent is over, and he is taken to the airport in a police car, with instructions to return to Chicago.

At the boxing competition, Half-Sack reaches the final. He prepares to take a dive but then sees Clay and Cherry hugging at ring-side. Unbeknownst to him, Clay was simply telling Cherry that she was welcome to stay in Charming as Half-Sack's "old lady" if he eventually managed to become a full member. However, seeing them hug reopens old wounds and Half-Sack knocks his opponent out. After the fight, he is told that he now owes the club $35,000.


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