Gemma wants to know why Tara’s there and why she needs the crucifix; Tara tells her that she dropped off Otto’s care package and he asked for it. Gemma tells her that the guards won’t let him keep it, and Tara tells her she knows that but he still wants to see it, for sentimental value. Gemma notices the doctor’s coat in Tara’s front seat and asks how long she’s been volunteering at Stockton. Though her jig is up, Tara covers by saying she now has the time to volunteer, gesturing at her injured hand.
There’s something this bitch isn’t telling me, but I’m too busy looking for ethnic mustache rides to care right now.
They say their good-byes, and Gemma’s hoping she got back into Tara’s good graces with this crucifix exchange.
In a seedy neighborhood, Clay of the Tight T-Shirt is meeting with Romeo and Luis, and he tells them he knows they’re playing both sides and he knows that they have RICO leverage over Jax.
He warns them that if Jax gets rid of RICO on his own (for example, gets Otto to recant), then Clay is as good as dead, and so is Luis and Romeo’s steady diet of Galen’s guns. He suggests that they provide protection to Clay so that if and when Otto recants, and SAMCRO leaves the gun/drug running trade, Clay can keep their guns coming because of his rock-solid Galen connection and simply build a new crew. Luis and Romeo don’t like that idea, but admit that Clay’s more important to their operation than Jax is, so they suggest he find a way to regain the MC presidency (i.e., kill Jax) so everyone comes out a winner. Clay says he doesn’t like that deal but Luis and Romeo have nothing else to offer.
Jax is meeting with Pope, refreshingly not at an Oakland railyard or docks this time, but in the parking lot of an abandoned restaurant. Stay classy, Damon!
Nothing says classy like a black man opening his own goddamned door of his Rolls Royce. Recognize, ApplePie!
Jax has brought Pope the promotional book he got from Jacob Hale and invites him to read it and see if he’s interested in backing it. Pope is impressed with Jax’s thinking outside the outlaw box and says he’ll read the book and consider it. He brings up Trager and says he wants him soon. Jax promises that as soon as he’s settled the internal issues, Trager is his. Jax tells Pope that Clay Morrow is behind the MC problems, and Pope, mystified, asks, “Your father?”
Don’t give away plot points, fool!
Jax lets him know that Clay is, in point of fact, his evil stepfather and he still needs Tiggy to help him expose Clay. Once that’s done, Pope can have Trager. Pope warns that if this doesn’t happen soon, he’ll intervene on his own, and that isn’t good for anyone. On his way back to the Rolls, he throws Jax a bone and lets him know that Hightower’s at a local boatyard.