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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.
Back in the yard, Clay's reputation for allegedly burying Damon Pope earned him an introduction to the top Aryan. The guy who'd had a shiv on Clay when he first arrived jumped in and started a brawl. That had been planned: Clay stabbed the Aryan repeatedly in the neck during the frenzy. What the hell just happened? We found out when August met Jax under an overpass. "Jackson." "August." The handshake. Damon Pope was a character necessary to alter the course of this series, but I much prefer the chemistry between these two. They're equals. New. Unpredictable. Their successes are a cause for celebration -- we weren't sure you'd figure a way out of this! -- and their failures are massive and devastating. It turns out Jax had, at some point off-camera, asked August to keep Clay alive. Which August made Clay earn. Would Damon Pope have done that without having heard the reason first? Jax told August he's taking Pope's lead and shedding the thing that brings the club heat -- guns. He might need Clay to navigate the messy breakup with the Irish. Ah. I should've remembered that. He told August he wants Clay dead as much as he does, but this is the smart play. August said it might be smart for Jax, but it sends the wrong message for the new head of Pope's empire. Jax offered to make that right by making him a silent partner in Cara Cara, the porn studio Jax is resurrecting. So if Clay's fate is settled, that means there's the business of Tig. Jax handed August a piece of paper. August looked pleased and told Jax to send him the business plan for his "adult entertainment enterprise."
We got a glimpse of Bobby, who told Hopper he wants Montez's and West's charters to sign off on them going nomad so they can be on the road by week's end. Wendy showed up at Gemma's, and Gemma told her she hadn't talked to Jax but gave her a gun with no serial numbers from a hatbox to protect herself. I'm so on edge now, I'm wondering whether Gemma was really doing that to keep Wendy from experiencing the violence she has, or if Gemma is hoping Wendy pulls the gun on this guy and he shoots her first (as Wendy noted is a possibility). Either way, Wendy is gonna need a bigger purse. Bruised and bloodied Clay was escorted into solitary. So he's safe, for the time being, in a shoebox. And the end montage officially began...
As Wendy left Gemma's, Nero pulled in and effing Toric was lurking nearby in his car. Barosky left Colette and she looked fairly miserable. She dialed Jax's cell, he saw the number, and didn't answer. Tig was bored enough waiting at the porn studio to start looking at fetish accessories. A black guard delivered Clay a fresh shiv in case he needed it. Jax drank milk out of the carton, as he always does, and saw Tara's pregnancy results on a sheet of paper on their kitchen table. Nero brought Gemma a cup of tea in bed, where she was sitting knitting. Because people can't be happy on this show, effing Toric broke into Nero's truck and planted the escort's hair and clothing scrap. We've always liked Nero. That is going to hurt us. Eli learned a 911 call had reported seeing a Ford pickup truck leaving the scene of a body dump -- it was the escort. We saw the blood from her head and gut wounds. Cut to Wendy in her bathroom RUBBING OFF THE MAKEUP USED TO MAKE THAT BRUISE ON HER NECK. There was no time to think about her play -- did she want to get a gun from Gemma so she could kill Tara with it and get custody of the kids? We cut back to Tig sitting at the porn studio. He heard someone come in. He got up expecting to see Rat and instead found August and his men. August was holding the piece of paper. Jax had written down the address for him. They stared at each other. "Oh s---," Tig said quietly. I yelled it. No one's there to save Tig this time, right?
Jax wasn't. He walked into the bedroom holding the test results and sat down on the bed with Tara. She moved closer. "I love you," he said. She didn't answer. She just hugged him -- as the cover of "Everyday People" repeated the lyrics "'cause we got to live together." Her face? Painful again.
Your turn. Have a theory on what's going on with Wendy or whether Tig will make it out of next episode alive? Let's hear it.