Yah the former Queen matriarch use to be pretty bad ass. She's really fallen off the wagon on all levels.
Introducing Nero gives the show a breath of fresh air. Even Pope is an interesting character. I liked Opie's girl and even Ima...heck I love all the Cara Cara girls
EDIT: Latest episode was probably one of the most well balanced of any episode. Beautiful dynamic between Nero/Gemma, Bobby vs Clay, and Tara w/ Otto. That was some sad stuff. Otto aka Kurt Sutter really knows how to draw emotions out of people even in the most subtle of scenes. In many ways he's like Opie, a lost soul. The ending set track set the tone for an emotionally driven episode. Lights by Battleme & The Forest Rangers
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.