Jax had phoned Tara to tell her he was safe. (I assume Bobby and Happy were there to protect her and the kids, but it was fun to see Happy playing with Abel.) I wonder if Jax broke the news about Opie to her then or will wait until he can tell everyone in-person… Tara had already had a crap day. She’s back at the hospital, where Gemma found out Tara hadn’t put her name down as someone who could visit the two boys at daycare. Gemma confronted Tara, who wouldn’t budge. I’d actually side with Gemma here — assuming Tara could have specified that Gemma can see the boys but not sign them out. So it’d be like supervised visitation. Still, I think Gemma going to see Wendy and telling her that Tara is self-medicating with Oxy because of her hand and Jax’s murder charge was a bit drastic.
Did Gemma really want Wendy to get custody of Abel, or was she just setting Wendy up (Tara would turn to Gemma for help and all would be well between them again)? I’m thinking the latter, since Gemma knew that Tara and Jax are now married, which would make it tougher in court. Also, Tara would, you know, pass a drug test. Wendy saw through Gemma, but still, with Jax inside, it’s a good time to argue that she deserves to see her kid. Wendy went to see Tara. Tara quickly pieced together what Gemma had done, and even though Wendy was playing relatively nice, Tara didn’t. “What truth? That I’m a surgeon, and you’re some ex-junkie biker whore?” Tara said. “You want to come after me and my family. Bring it on, darlin’. I’m not afraid of you or your bulls— custody threat.”
I know some fans hate it when people say that Tara is the new Gemma (she’s her own woman, yes), but can we all agree that the use of “darlin'” at least sounds like Gemma?
Tara found Gemma and told her she loved her. Then, she put her in her place.
Tara: Don’t ever try to hurt me or my family again.
Gemma: Or what, doctor? You gonna kill me?
Tara: No. But my husband might.
Reminding Gemma that Jax would choose her over his mother = knife twisting. Tara is turning steely, too.
Gemma’s day wasn’t any better than Tara’s. It had started with Nero’s “Whore Friday” Carla interrupting her morning pillow talk with Nero. After Tara’s verbal throwdown, Gemma got a call that Clay and Juice had shown up at Nero’s. Clay had guilted Juice into telling him where Gemma was spending her time since she’s all he has left now. (He’s lost half a lung and his seat at the head of the table. He could lose his vote if he doesn’t ride in a month.) Clay promised Juice he wouldn’t cause trouble. Of course Juice shouldn’t have taken him, but then we wouldn’t have gotten our much-needed comic relief. Clay and Nero had a civilized conversation, then Clay saddled up to “freelancer” Emma Jean (guest star Ashley Tisdale), who’s been brought in from Indiana because, in Nero’s words, “depravity craves innocence.” (That’s why you cast a former Disney star.) Nero wasn’t the only one who questioned whether Clay’s heart could take it.
Juice: Come on, Clay.
Clay: Shut up.
An even better Juice moment: Carla took him to a room in the back.
Carla: Come on, baby. It’s time to graduate.
Nero: What are you doin’?
Carla: You think you’re the only one who gets to play with white trash?
Juice: [To Nero] Actually, I’m Puerto Rican.
Carla: Stop talking, honey.
Juice: Okay. [Off-camera] Is he chargin’ me?
When Gemma arrived, Nero tried to tell her Clay and Juice had left. When Juice came out, putting back on his shirt, Carla was happy to tell Gemma which room Clay was in. When Gemma blew through the door, Clay was sitting there alone, calm and clothed. I thought maybe that was his plan all along — not to cheat, but to show Gemma she got jealous, so she must still care about him. All was well until Emma Jean came out adjusting her shirt. “What’s goin’ on?” she asked sweetly. Gemma then attacked her. She slammed her head against the door, tossed her to the floor by way of the couch, and tried to strangle her. I howled. And rewound. It was awesome. Clay chuckled, too. On second viewing, I realized Clay was sitting there barefoot. Do you think Emma Jean gave him a happy ending or just a foot rub while wearing lingerie? (Okay, I don’t think Sutter would take a page from The Client List.)
Nero wondered if Gemma had love for Clay on the other side of that hate. “I got nothin’ good left for Clay,” she assured him. Believe her? I do. Especially if Clay is the one who later called in the cops and had them raid Nero’s brothel and put everyone, including Gemma, in cuffs. Though Carla had another theory. “It had to be Emma Jean,” she said. Emma Jean had left without talking to Nero and went to another escort service. We’ll see her again…
Your turn. Sound off on the episode below. Are you angry that Opie died, or do you understand why he’s the one who had to fall? Sutter has long said this season is about seeing what kind of a leader Jax is, and whether he can be president without becoming Clay or suffering the same fate as his father. Who knows which direction Opie’s death will send Jax careening. Sutter is doing a conference call with reporters at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. If you have questions about what went down, put them in the comments as well. (I’m curious if Tara will still be doing some gratis work at the prison now that Jax is out. That’s one way they can find out the guard’s name and perhaps get to Otto…)
I’ll leave you with this exchange:
Opie: Aren’t you gettin’ tired of this?
Jax: Lockup or being confused by your vague questions?