'Sons of Anarchy' recap: One more dawn, one more day, one day more

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Galen had reached out to Clay and said he wants the guns or the money or he’d kill Wendy. They know she’s not his wife, which is why they said Plan B was taking Abel back to Belfast. NO ONE WANTS THAT AFTER SEASON 3! Knowing Romeo’s not giving the guns back, they had to come up with $475,000. Nero managed to eavesdrop while playing pool with Lyla, and he said he might have a solution — his savings to buy his uncle’s farm. If it’s true that Nero could have bought it a year ago but didn’t because deep-down he’s not ready to leave the game, then him getting sucked back into it is tragic but bearable. That would explain why he was so willing to help Jax, as Nero said: “You can’t stay in uniform and not play the game, man.” He told Jax to consider the money a down payment for weapons he’s gonna need to push back against the Triple Twos. Another new partnership. They shook on it. Jax went to see Gemma, but we didn’t get to hear the conversation…

Jax sent Clay with the money to meet Galen at the barn (love the way the light comes through), and Tig to back him up. Wendy was let go, and Clay told Galen that Jax would ultimately end the club running guns and pass off business to Lin. He said he’d start a crew as a free agent to pick up that business instead, and kick SAMCRO a percentage to keep it friendly. Galen said Clay’s the only American he trusts. Lord. Clay also asked for a ride to Belfast, to hide out for a while. He said he’s hoping to bring Gemma. Galen told him he’d give him a ride tomorrow. Clay offered Tig a chance to join his new venture.

Now that the Irish told Wendy about kidnapping Abel, and she herself had been kidnapped, she told Jax and Tara that she’s prepared to report it and seek custody of Abel. Tara was shaken, but Jax still thinks Wendy has no proof, so that will be fine; Gemma and Clay will work itself out, so all good; and Otto and the Marshal won’t add up to anything, so she won’t go to jail. “I’m gonna give you a beautiful life,” he told her. That soft voice of his — you want to believe it. Plus, what a great line. Tara still looked worried. But Jax, the man is such a great multi-tasker. The next second, he’s telling Unser to find out whatever he can about the Marshal and putting some plan(s) in motion…

I love how Jax never dials anyone anymore. He had Chibs dial Tig, then hand him the phone. We didn’t hear what he told Tiggy, but we know he asked Happy if they were set up — that’s scary. Bobby wanted to talk about whatever was going down, but Jax said for Bobby’s health, they shouldn’t be alone together. Gemma went to see Clay, and he gave her their personal documents from the safe. He told her Jax will kill him if he stays right now, so he’s leaving. He asked her to come, too. It would just be for a couple of months, he said. Long enough for things to cool off with Tara, too. He was so appreciative when she said she’d consider it, you almost felt bad for him.

What Happy was set up for was to black out all of Clay’s Reaper tattoos. Now we know why we saw them in the opening of the episode. Doing it publicly like that at the garage — a form of shaming. Clay would break down again if he knew Gemma went off to see Nero. This show still does the best montages on TV. The song is always perfect: “This time is different/ It’s not like the times before/ I cross my heart/ That I won’t kill no more/ Jesus watch over me/ Keep my anger at home/ You better bless these wicked hands/ ‘Cause they got a mind of their own.” “The Whistler” is slow and moody yet aggressive, plus the whistling makes you think of high noon — which is what the season finale is, really. And the action in the montage always moves the plot forward.┬áJax sped off by himself. Gemma and Nero danced. Happy continued his work on Clay. Tara prayed. And the Marshal read a book called “Watchfiends & Rack Screams” while sitting on the floor of his hotel room next to bottles of pills and serious guns.

Jax met up with Tig, who passed Jax something that was “ready to shoot.” Tig asked him why he was doing this, and Jax said he was “keepin’ life beautiful.” He was at Wendy’s. I assumed he was gonna kill her when she let him to talk and said her partner was out-of-town. But instead, Jax said he was going to call the rehab where she works the next day and tell them she showed up at his kids’ daycare high and babbling about Abel having been kidnapped by the IRA and her having been held hostage. He’ll say she’s a danger to his child and demand a drug test. She begged him not to use the needle, but he shot her up with drugs. “You’ll never threaten my family again,” he said. Fairly genius plan by Jax (did he think of it that quickly, or had he been dreaming it up since Wendy first returned?), but shooting up someone who worked that hard to get clean is a dick move. I don’t want to look at him right now.

Your turn. What did you think of the episode? What’s your theory for what goes down in the finale? Who does Juicey use the gun on? Does Tara get arrested? What’s going to happen by Galen’s airplane? (Clay told Gemma when he’s leaving, so I’m thinking sh– will go down there.) And does Tiggy live to see season 6? After last week’s episode, 79 percent of readers thought he would. A bad time to remind you that 81 percent of readers thought Clay would definitely in last year’s finale?

For more on Sons of Anarchy, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. For an exclusive video of Charlie Hunnam shooting his EW cover and talking about his inspiration for Jax Teller, visit EW’s Facebook page. Check out our gallery of nine pics of Hunnam from the shoot. And to learn why Hunnam stopped talking to Ron Perlman this season, click here!

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