At the meet with the cartel and Lin, Romeo and Luis liked everything they heard except that it would take Lin’s supplier two to three months to buy off enough people to secure a route to bring in the quantity of weapons we’re talking about. The deal will move ahead, but the cartel will need one last shipment from the Irish to get them over that hump because they’ve got problems they’re dealing with at home.
Jax’s meet with the Irish went brilliantly — at first. Galen was fully onboard with phasing Galindo out and returning to business as usual without Clay. But then Galindo showed up. They’d heard about Clay from Pope and didn’t trust Galen to play nicely with Jax. Insults were thrown, and Galen told them not to touch the guns. “We all want the same thing here!” Jax yelled. Galen shot a cartel member who dared to move toward the shipment, and gunfire rang out. Jax had to shoot a cartel member to save Bobby. When the dust settled, Romeo told Jax the MC was paying for that shipment because of the lives lost. Galen told Jax, “This is on you, boy. Sons is gonna feel this in both continents.” Jax just can’t win. And it’s just like Romeo to swoop in and change everything in a second (flashback to the season 4 finale, anyone?).
Jax assumed Galen was gonna try to hurt the club until he got paid for the guns. He wanted T-M on lock down, families notified, and Tacoma to be called in. As soon as he called Juice and said he wanted Gemma to phone him, I thought he also wanted to create an opportunity to have someone (read: Clay) get caught in the crossfire.
Over at escort HQ, Gemma arrived looking for Nero.
Gemma: How’s the ass?
Lyla: How’s it look?
Gemma: Like a snack.
Levity! Gemma interrupted Nero as he was talking to a couple of his crew — which now includes Dave Navarro as the cousin Nero started the Byz-Lats with 25 years ago — about the rival gang Triple Twos. Gemma wanted to see if Nero’s doctor client could look at Clay (Tara wouldn’t want to help, and neither would Chibs now, I suppose). Nero said he’d ask. And then he had a question of his own: Did Gemma mean what she’d said the night before, that she loved him? She did. If Lyla wouldn’t have come in to tell them Tig had called about the lock down, we would’ve seen a hot kiss.
Over at Clay’s, Juicey was helping Clay pack up anything with a Reaper on it, including that gun we saw once before and couldn’t ID. Piney gave it to Clay for his five-year. Clay always thought he’d give it to Ope. Now giving it to Juice is his way of saying thank you. Tig arrived and told them about the lock down. He insisted Clay come to T-M as well because he wasn’t safe alone. Juice took the gun with him. Oh god, did Jax tell proxy Juice to kill Clay and make it look like the Irish did it? But the Irish like Clay, and he wasn’t even at the meet. So what’s that about? Chekhov’s gun: You introduce a gun in Act I, it’s gotta go off in Act III. Does Jax want Juice to kill Clay (with the gun Piney gave him, poetic!) because Jax can make sure he has an alibi and no one would suspect Juice? Or should we have Juicey on suicide watch again?
No time to worry about that. At the hospital, Jax and Chibs walked in on Wendy, who Tara had allowed to see Abel, with Abel at a vending machine. Jax told Wendy to meet him outside. The second you heard the sound of screeching wheels, you knew the Irish guy who’d followed Chibs and Jax into the hospital had abducted Wendy. Jax actually seemed to care. Inside, the mysterious Donal Logue character was waiting for Tara in her office. I started applauding at this point because this is going off the rails, fast. We found out he’s Lee Toric, a former U.S. Marshal who just so happens to be the brother of the nurse that was killed. BAD LUCK. At the clubhouse, Tara told Jax what Lee had said about Otto giving his statement the next day. She explained the fear of being charged is why she called Wendy. Tara’s lawyer had asked her earlier in the episode who’d get the boys if something happened to her and Jax. After Tara had been questioned about Otto, she’d met with Wendy at the hospital and told her she might be going away from Charming (
to Stockton to Portland) and has no family or anyone she trusts to care for her boys. (Not Lyla? Kidding!)
NEXT: Clay cuts another deal