Sons of Anarchy - Season 7, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes

Playing With Monsters



Critic Consensus: "Playing with Monsters" keeps the season rolling at a steady clip with some necessary narrative table-setting and reminders of Katey Sagal's subversive value to the series.

Episode Info

An important alliance is secured for the club.


Charlie Hunnam
as Jax Teller
Katey Sagal
as Gemma Teller
Dayton Callie
as Wayne Unser
Jimmy Smits
as Nero Padilla
Niko Nicotera
as George "Rat Boy" Skogstram
Annabeth Gish
as Sheriff Althea Jarry
Walton Goggins
as Venus Van Dam
Marilyn Manson
as Ron Tully
Mo McRae
as Tyler Yost
Kenneth Choi
as Henry Lin
Ivo Nandi
as Oscar "El Oso" Ramos
Emilio Rivera
as Marcus Alvarez
Michael Beach
as T.O. Cross
Hayley McFarland
as Brooke Putner
Nicholas Guest
as John Teller
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Critic reviews for Playing With Monsters

Forget the Mayans and the Chinese and August Marks and Juice. I want Gemma's recipe for pineapple upside-down cake.

December 30, 2014 | Full Review…

[A]nother massive misstep that continues the show's devolution from intriguing, Shakespearian biker drama into a self-indulgent, tone-deaf show about guys with guns who really need a shower.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Playing with Monsters seemed only to kill an over-stuffed hour from the final ride with a false sense of closure all around.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Not to be outdone by his mother, Jax is dealing with his usual high tide of drama.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Playing with Monsters was a building block episode that had a few ok character moments, but they mostly revolved around people we don't really know or care about.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Playing With Monsters was certainly one of those necessary marches forward, but to my delight and surprise, it was actually an effective episode that I found enjoying more so than the final season's first two offerings.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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