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TV Moment of 2009: Gemma Reveals Her Rape on 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 26th 2009 10:00AM
Sons of Anarchy: Balm, Gemma tells Jax and Clay about the RapeFX's wild west motorcycle series 'Sons of Anarchy' had a killer sophomore season, in more ways than one. Shortly after the finale, it was green-lit for season three, and it's easy to see why. Story arcs touched on gun-running cartels, an explosive porn business, and tensions both inside and outside of SAMCRO.

One of the best scenes of the season, perhaps the entire series, occurred in episode ten, 'Balm'; it was the culmination of an arc that actually began in the season premiere, 'Albification.'Sons of Anarchy: Balm, Gemma tells Jax and Clay about the RapeFX's wild west motorcycle series 'Sons of Anarchy' had a killer sophomore season, in more ways than one. Shortly after the finale, it was green-lit for season three, and it's easy to see why. Story arcs touched on gun-running cartels, an explosive porn business, and tensions both inside and outside of SAMCRO.

One of the best scenes of the season, perhaps the entire series, occurred in episode ten, 'Balm'; it was the culmination of an arc that actually began in the season premiere, 'Albification.' While driving home, Gemma (Katey Sagal)was stopped by a woman screaming that her baby had swallowed something, but when Gemma approached the car, she found a fake baby in the back seat and received a rap on the head that knocked her unconscious.

When Gemma came to, her hands were cuffed over her to a cage. Three masked men approached and raped her, one after the other. It was a brutal setup that played out over the entire season, but it also served to bring the club together. Tensions had been mounting between Jax and Clay all season, and by episode 10, Jax was ready to quit the club and join NOMAD. Gemma told him that was a bad idea.

"I don't think your father's death was an accident," she told him. "I think he hated his life, and he let the road take it. I don't want that same fate for you, Jax. The things I do, I do to keep you safe ... NOMAD is a bad idea." It's clear that she'd do anything to protect her son, including divulge the secret she'd been keeping all season.

The rape was intended to enrage and disrupt the club. Instead, it united them. As Gemma gathered Jax, Clay and Tara (who already knew) to tell them about the rape, the only thing that mattered was their united front against Gemma's attackers. In an interview with TV Squad, Sagal said, "Gemma's arc is about loyalty to her family and making sure they are united."

That certainly is true of the final scene of 'Balm,' in which Jax comforts Gemma and Clay after hearing about the rape, then picks up his badges and gun on his way out the door. He was back in the club, with any tensions between him and Clay pushed aside for now.

Here's a recap of the episode, but pay special attention to the end. You don't hear it in the clip, but Patty Griffin's song, 'Mary,' plays during the scene in which Gemma reveals the rape.

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