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REGRETS, I'VE HAD A FEW Clay (Ron Perlman) didn't turn on the club. And yet, he's still alive. For now.
Where was Jax? He was having a meeting with Nero, Colette, and Barosky at Barosky's donut shop while Chibs, Tig, Juice, and Happy sat by. Barosky offered to help move the inspection of Colette's brothel along, and Nero reminded Colette the girls had to be willing to do things by the book. She runs a "very conservative house," she assured him. "We like pussy that slants a little to the right," Jax joked, smiling at her. You had no time to swoon (or feel conflicted about swooning) because bullets rang out from a drive-by. Everyone took cover. "Is this us or you?" Jax later asked Barosky, who was a little touchy because one of his men took three bullets in the back. Everyone else was fine. Thanks to a partial plate, the cops were able to tell Barosky the car belonged to Amir Ghanezi, one of the Iranian porn producers we met in the season premiere. Barosky asked if he needed to know something and Jax said no, they'd done just as he'd told them to do (as far as he knows). Nero pointed out that stealing money and drugs and trashing a studio might be enough to ruffle feathers. Barosky and Jax had a brief pissing match over whose men would protect Colette -- they decided Juice would stay, too, in case Barosky's cops actually had to do their real job. "Don't fight over me, boys, my daddy says I'm not worth it," she cracked. Jax smiled that wicked grin and said he'd check in later. Does Juice suspect he's protecting Jax's mistress?
Toric updated the DA, and by that, I mean he lied and said Clay would sign the papers once he got to Stockton. He said the Byz-Lats were protecting Nero, and the DA said she found nothing outstanding on Nero that she could use. Toric lied again, claiming he hears Nero's brutal with his girls. He told her he'd see if any of them have something they wanted to trade. The DA had Toric sign a document covering her ass if he goes rogue -- he's officially a special investigator.
At the docks to see Amir, Nero spoke the OG equivalent of the buddy cop film's "I'm too old for this s---," and Jax followed Barosky's lead when he suggested they make it a social visit instead of an ambush. I love the way Peter Weller is playing Barosky: Unlike Nero, he doesn't mind the legwork because he knows he's smarter than everyone and is happy to prove it. He told Amir they just wanted to figure out what the beef is, and following Jax's lead now, he did as told and tossed his gun aside (but he did it with much more panache). They were frisked and stepped inside the boat.
The minute I saw that awful white rug, I knew there would be blood on it eventually. Amir is pissed because they found his brother's coat in the water that morning, and they haven't seen him since the club stormed the studio. He thinks the club killed him and dumped his body in the bay. Barosky lied and said he was with the club when they set the brother free. Amir said for now they were even. Not so fast. Barosky didn't say that. He whipped out a knife and SLIT THE THROAT OF ONE OF AMIR'S MEN. "Now that feels like even," Barosky said. To quote Jax when the dust settled: "Jesus Christ." Barosky told Amir to set sail and if he ever sees him or his men again, he'll gut them. Note to Jax: Do not piss off Barosky.
Immediately lighting a cigar, Barosky asked Jax what happened to the brother. Jax said he'd told his guy to set him free. Did he? Jax couldn't answer. "You can't trust your crew, I can't trust you," Barosky warned. "I"ll handle him," Jax answered. "You owe me one, handsome Jack," Barosky said. That should make Jack nervous. It scares me. Jax lied and told the guys the beef was just over them pushing the Iranians out. How much did you read into Jax's "all settled": Was it him realizing Tig is too loose a cannon and deciding he's done maneuvering to save Tig from August Marks? In hindsight, knowing what happened next, he must have.
NEXT: Clay's fate