Episode Guide: Season 5

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Sep 11, 2012 5×01: Sovereign

Jax’s sovereignty has a shaky start after the Niners attack one of SAMCRO’s gun shipments. Gemma makes a new ally during a night of drinking. An irritated Tara has trouble ascending to her role as queen and mother. Clay attempts to get back into the club’s good graces by revealing part of the truth about Piney’s death. Damon Pope and his crew exact appalling revenge on Tig. Opie rebuffs Jax’s offer to sit at the table. A series of home invasions rocks Charming, particularly an unsuspecting Unser.
Sep 18, 2012 5×02: Authority Vested

Jax and Chibs hide out at Nero’s brothel, while planning their next move. Tig and the club scour Oakland for Fawn. Clay makes a move that surprises Bobby and Opie. In the midst of chaos, Jax and Tara have a quick wedding ceremony. Nero begins to develop an alliance with Jax and a relationship with Gemma.
Sep 25, 2012 5×03: Laying Pipe

As Jax, Chibs, Tig, and Opie struggle to stay alive during their jail time in County, Bobby learns from Luis that the cartel is looking to secure a backup plan. Gemma turns to an unlikely source as Tara continues to maneuver Thomas and Abel away from her. Meanwhile, Clay uses Nero’s escort service to get a rise out of Gemma. Damon Pope gives Jax his terms and conditions, which could effectively change the entire dynamic of SAMCRO.
Oct 02, 2012 5×04: Stolen Huffy

The police raid of Nero’s brothel leaves Nero and Carla without an office space. Meanwhile, Jax and Chibs try to protect the escort the Biz Lats believe is responsible. Wendy tries to come to honest terms with Tara, while Gemma makes a move to get Tara back on her side. Jax sees an opportunity to pull the club in a new direction. Opie’s wake is held, with all of SAMCRO in attendance.
Oct 09, 2012 5×05: Orca Shrugged

The club votes on getting into the companion business with Nero. Meanwhile, Jax begins to build bridges by getting Jacob Hale’s Charming Heights development back on track. The Gallindo/Irish Kings meeting finally happens. Gemma confronts her son over her relationship with Nero. Roosevelt’s wife is accidentally shot when she is pushed to the floor during a home invasion. A transsexual hooker does a favour for SAMCRO.
Oct 16, 2012 5×06: Small World

Damon Pope gives Jax an offer to mule more drugs, bringing the Niners, Lin’s Triad, and the Mayans together in an uneasy pact. As Roosevelt waits for the DNA under Rita’s fingernails to be identified, he swears revenge on SAMCRO if they are found guilty. Gemma is forced to ask for Clay’s help after Carla ends her relationship with Nero in a bloody manner. Jax learns the identity of the County Jail officer who led Opie to his death. Unser comes to a realization about his relationship with Gemma. Tara tries to convince Otto to reverse his testimony against the club. Clay endures another setback.
Oct 23, 2012 5×07: Toad’s Wild Ride

As Jax and the club begin to connect the dots on the series of home invasions, the Nomads scramble to get out of Charming before they are found out. Meanwhile, Jax is forced to clean up one of his mother’s messes. Clay uses Juice and Unser to tie up some loose ends. Jax’s trust in Pope is further strained when two black gang members attack him and Chibs. Tara gives Gemma one more chance to be in her children’s lives, which ends in tragedy when Gemma has a car accident while driving with the children.
Oct 30, 2012 5×08: Ablation

In the aftermath of Gemma’s car accident, Clay and Nero have different approaches to helping her out of trouble with Jax and Tara: Clay lies to Jax about the accident, while Nero advises Gemma to tell the truth. The Sons try to find out who was behind the attack on Jax and Chibs. They find Frankie, who confesses Clay was behind it, but he escapes at gunpoint with Nero’s money. Nero gets Jax’s permission to get back together with Gemma. Clay pressures Juice, who finally fills him in on all the secrets he’s been hiding from the club. In return, Clay tells him about his involvement with the Nomad’s attacks. Jax discovers Gemma was under the influence of pot while driving, and Tara banishes her after striking her. Meanwhile, Roosevelt promises to tell Jax the name of the rat who has been informing on them for the RICO case, in exchange for Frankie Diamonds. Jax devises a plan to trap Clay, which includes manipulating Gemma, who’s Clay’s weakness, and Jax tells Gemma if she wants back in the family’s good graces, she has to get close to Clay and learn his dirty secrets.
Nov 06, 2012 5×09: Andare Pescare

Jax and the club go on the hunt for Frankie Diamonds, while Clay and Juice follow up on their own lead in a race to get to him first. Clay and Juice discover Frankie has sought the protection of his old Mafia allies. The club votes on Frankie’s expulsion and execution, but Jax tells Bobby they can’t kill Frankie and explains the deal with Roosevelt. During the trip to find Frankie, Clay manipulates Juice into going after Frankie on their own. Nero takes Gemma to meet his disabled son. Clay and Juice find Frankie first, but Jax arrives before Clay can kill him. However, the Mafia kills Frankie when they see he killed the Mafioso assigned to guard him. Gemma and Nero share a tender moment as he buries his half-sister Carla. Tara gets more than she bargained for when she makes a second attempt to get Otto to recant his RICO statement. After obtaining Tara’s reassurances about Jax’s offer, Gemma takes the first step toward getting close to Clay. Jax shows Roosevelt Frankie’s corpse, and in exchange he gets confirmation about the Son who talked to the police. The episode ends with Jax following Juice.
Nov 13, 2012 5×10: Crucifixed

After confronting Juice about his betrayal of the club, Jax offers him a path to redemption. Avenging Opie’s death proves difficult when one of the perpetrators turns up under the protection of the Grim Bastards, leading to a disagreement between Jax and Bobby. As Gemma attempts to get closer to Clay, Tara performs one last favour for Otto—with bloody results.
Nov 20, 2012 5×11: To Thine Own Self

Jax scrambles to put his affairs in order, while Nero handles business with his old crew.
Nov 27, 2012 5×12: Darthy

Jax makes arrangements to take the club in a different direction. The Irish kidnap Wendy, and Nero gives Jax the $450,000 required to get her back. Jax shoots up Wendy with a speedball, in an attempt to stop her from pursuing custody of Abel.
Dec 04, 2012 5×13: J’ai Obtenu Cette

Clay and Juice are packing Clay’s house, preparatory to Clay’s move to Ireland. Jax strikes a new deal while ridding himself of old problems. Jax and Tig kill Pope and frame Clay for the murder with the help of Juice and Gemma. After killing Pope, Jax keeps his dealings going with Pope’s second in command, August Marks. Bobby figures out what Jax has done and confronts him, then later on leaves his V.P. patch on the table. Tara is arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. Gemma arrives at Jax’s house to console Jax.

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