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
Kim Coates
as Tig
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
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.

Dec 31, 2014 | 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.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jul 19, 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.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

You'd think these guys would learn never to turn their backs on anyone.

Jan 1, 2015 | Rating: 4.3/5 | 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.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

At the core of Sons of Anarchy, and certainly "Playing With Monsters," is this idea that the players are all monsters of others' creation -- and their own.

Jan 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In a macho series that has always been interested in fathers and sons, Gemma (Katey Sagal) still stands out as a subversive force.

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

The writers are succeeding at selling me on Wendy.

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

None of this is painful to watch, and the episode moves along at a decent clip.

Jan 1, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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