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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Belfast brawling

October 27, 2010 |  7:57 am

SoA_ep308_PG-0970The Irish theme in Tuesday night's episode was stronger than a boozer's breath at closing time. Starting with the re-recorded, folk-tinged theme song and carrying through to left-side-of-the-road riding and the barely discernible accents of Sons' island brothers, Belfast is a lush and welcome contrast to the dry and dusty Charming. 

Yes. SAMCRO has finally touched down over the pond, where it immediately got down to business living out a one-percenter fantasy: ramming police cars, beating up cops, threatening their families. And getting away with it.

There's a baby to find, after all. An illegitimate child to meet. A score to settle.

Gemma's eyes could very well have been glowing red under her aviators as she met Maureen and was introduced to Jax's half-sis, Trini. Jax has no idea he and she share the same Da, so there's some  incestuous intrigue to their flirtation.

Meanwhile, back in Charming, we find out what Lila wanted to tell Opie before he sped away on his bike and hopped on the cargo plane for Ireland. She's with child. Just like Tara. Only Lila is less conflicted about what to do. Shamelessly giving her name as Sarah Palin, Lila has secured her appointment with an off-the-books abortion clinic -- an action that won't only terminate her pregnancy but also "Sons' " viewership by social conservatives. At least until next Tuesday.

Tara is inspired to follow suit, but I doubt she'll go through with it. Sure, she was wronged by Jax, but abortion is a pretty extreme form of vengeance and is difficult to do when a woman still desperately loves her man. 

Abel could use a sibling. That is, if Jax is ever able to get him back. It's finally clear what Jax will need to do to accomplish that. He  needs to off Jimmy O, and probably will, but Father Ashby is one nefarious dude. I'm not so sure that murder will result in a returned baby.

-- Susan Carpenter

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