Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)
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Giving Back 

Gemma hosts a fundraiser, bringing back a familiar but not welcome face who has history with SAMCRO.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writers:

Kurt Sutter (created by), Jack LoGiudice
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hunnam ... Jackson 'Jax' Teller
Katey Sagal ... Gemma Teller Morrow
Mark Boone Junior ... Robert 'Bobby Elvis' Munson
Kim Coates ... Alexander 'Tig' Trager
Tommy Flanagan ... Filip 'Chibs' Telford (credit only)
Johnny Lewis ... Kip 'Half Sack' Epps
Maggie Siff ... Dr. Tara Knowles
Ron Perlman ... Clarence 'Clay' Morrow
Brian Van Holt ... Kyle Hobart
Ryan Hurst ... Harry 'Opie' Winston
William Lucking ... Piermont 'Piney' Winston
Sprague Grayden ... Donna Winston
Dayton Callie ... Chief Wayne Unser
Dendrie Taylor ... Luann Delaney
Michael Ornstein ... Chuck 'Chucky' Marstein (as Michael Marisi Ornstein)
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Storyline

Gemma hosts a town fundraiser, which brings the ex club member who was responsible for Opie's arrest back to town and into direct conflict with Jax and Opie. Clay deals with protecting a perverse parolee who can lead to a big payoff. ATF agent Kohn continues to investigate SOA. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As the gang are on their way to get the stashed money from the Chinese restaurant, Half-Sack is seen wearing a Captain America t-shirt. Then later in the same scene, Lin turns up with his men to confront the SOA. Lin is played by Kenneth Choi who was part of Steve Rogers crew in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). See more »

Goofs

This is the only episode in which Opie's son is called 'Harry'. Later on in the show he is called Kenny. See more »

Quotes

Opie: I wanted the guy to be a miserable, broken piece of shit without SAMCRO. Tell you, I'm havin' a hard time though. You know this club means everything to me, the only thing I ever wanted from the time I went here. But everything else, Donna... the kids, work... they're all heading in the opposite direction. Just can't hook shit up. Feel like I'm missin' on every front.
Jackson 'Jax' Teller: I got no answers. My family plan is right out of the Sid and Nancy handbook. I'm so used to shit movin' in the other direction. ...
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Soundtracks

Tall Walkin' Texas Trash
Performed by Jesse Dayton
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The first great episode of SoA
19 January 2013 | by athomedSee all my reviews

The end of season 5 has prompted me to go back and watch all the seasons through again. Episode 5 of season 1, Giving Back, seems to really be where SoA hit its stride. The rest of the season, with the exception of a couple clunkers, was tight, well-written, and compelling from this episode forward.

One things SoA can be really good about is creating laughs. The characters are so great, and so full of dimension that a small touch can end up being really funny. I think this episode in a standout in that regard when it comes to the parolee with "CMD" (Compulsive Masturbation Disorder). The look on Clay's face the first time he sees Chuck stick his hand down the front of his khakis is priceless.

The second storyline in this episode is an Opie one. I really like Opie's character, so that's always going to be all right with me. This episode delves into exactly what happened to Opie and why he got sent away for five years. It's the first explanation we get in the series. As just a side, it shows you how television goes through a blender in your head. I remembered having learned about how Opie got put away in the pilot. Not so. We learn here that an ex SoA brother named Kyle got spooked on getaway driver duty and left Opie behind for the cops. You can imagine how much drama is stirred when Kyle returns to Charming for his son's band performance.

This episode is likely most remembered within the SoA annals for its gruesome scene at the end. What the viewer actually sees isn't too much, but the way the tension is built, it feels like more. That's how good television works. That's how SoA works.


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