Critic Consensus: While "Smoke 'em if You Got 'em" suffers from trying to do too much in one episode, it answers a number of ongoing questions about this season while serving up a hearty portion of bloodshed.
as Jax Teller
as Gemma Teller
as Wayne Unser
as Nero Padilla
as George "Rat Boy" Skogstram
as Sheriff Althea Jarry
as Venus Van Dam
as Ron Tully
as Tyler Yost
as Henry Lin
as Oscar "El Oso" Ramos
as Marcus Alvarez
as T.O. Cross
as Brooke Putner
as John Teller
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Critic reviews for Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Katey Sagal is terrific again as Gemma finds it increasingly difficult to keep her secret. Or to wear sensible shoes.
[T]here isn't a whole lot to see in this week's episode of Sons of Anarchy.
Smoke em If You Got em had a continued sense of dread throughout its hour that escalated until its final moments. It's also the most interesting and compelling storytelling the show has done in a long time.
After five episodes of tense action and whore-slaughtering, this hour focused on... complicated negotiations that were hampered by biker jargon (six-and-a-half seasons in, my biker vocab is still stuck at a second-grade level).
Perhaps one of the bigger mysteries is that despite the fact that I'm usually completely turned off by so much bloodshed, I keep tuning back in week after week. It's not because reviewing the show is my job.
[It] is the longest episode of the season so far, and all that time adds to hardly anything at all. Sure, I missed some of the texture and a few nice character moments, but for the most part, this was a slog bereft of tension, insight, or entertainment.
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