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GO TIME Lowen (Robin Weigert) and Tara (Maggie Siff) put Tara's plan in motion: She faked a miscarriage, which she blamed on Gemma; Jax signed a document denying Gemma access to the boys.
Bobby dropped Gemma back at T-M, where Wendy was waiting. Wendy told Gemma that Tara had picked a new person to be the boys' guardian because she questioned Wendy's level of commitment and responsibility -- Margaret Murphy. She also said she thinks Lowen is helping Tara leave Jax and to box them all out of the boys' lives. Wendy told Gemma she had to stop Tara, who was at the hospital now.
Tara and Margaret were having a very uneasy dinner, just waiting, when Gemma came storming in to loudly demand they talk with her outside. Tara and Margaret got up to leave, just to get away from Gemma, and Gemma pinned Margaret to a vending machine by her throat in front of the entire cafeteria. Unser had to pull her off. Tara ran ahead to a room and shoved the blood bag down her zipfront dress (that's planning!), and seconds later, Gemma came into the room slamming the door. She asked if Tara was planning to leave Jax and stage a custody coup, and Tara said she'd make sure the boys never suffered the same fate as their father and wouldn't know this life or their angry psychotic grandmother. Gemma slapped Tara across the face and Tara slapped her back. Then Tara punched Gemma in the gut and we waited… But Gemma stayed composed enough not to strike her back. "You're lucky you're pregnant," she said. Even if you guessed what was coming, Gemma not taking the bait was a surprise.
Tara screamed, and then she slammed her stomach into the side of the desk. She collapsed to the ground, and Margaret, Unser, and Wendy came in. Tara said Gemma had attacked her. She was bleeding through her dress now. She told Gemma to look at what she'd done. Gemma denied it. But Margaret said they'd all seen her do it. Security took Gemma out and she locked eyes with a guilty-looking Wendy. Tara fake-cried in the fetal position and yelled for everyone to leave her alone. She just wanted Jax. Damn, Tara is smart. When Jax was brought in, she was still sitting there. Bloody dress. Blood on the floor. He sat with her and held her as Gemma was led to a cop car in cuffs. Gemma was numb in defeat. You could tell she was just processing all the lies that had led to that point.
That started the end montage (music: "Crash This Train" by Joshua James, whose song "Coal War" you purchased after the season 4 premiere's opening montage). Unser joined Wendy in the hospital's chapel. Tara finally made it to a hospital bed. Venus hugged Joey, told him she loved him, and put him on a bus to Seattle. Tig put his arm around Venus' shoulders and, under different circumstances, he may have rested his hand on one of her breasts. But he held his hand away from them, and she reached up and took it. She leaned her head against him. Walton Goggins talked about that sweet moment with us. That smile Tig flashed -- he couldn't save his daughter last season, but they saved Venus' son. Jax spoke with Eli at the hospital, and Gemma got her fingerprints taken at the station. She was still silent and processing. Nero tried to sleep in the top bunk of his cell as two men had sex in the bunk below him. Jax came back in to see Tara, who was now wearing a hospital gown and hooked up to an IV.
She said she'd lost their baby girl. Jax already knew. He said he was so sorry, and that's when Tara struck: She told him she couldn't be around Gemma anymore. Fighting back tears, he said he knew that, too. She showed him the giant bruise on her stomach and said Gemma had kicked her there. She told Jax that Gemma still thinks she's trying to take the boys away from him and that he has no idea how violent Gemma is. With a wet face, Tara made him promise that Gemma would never be near the boys again. He did. Lowen came into the room -- perfect timing, as if Tara had buzzed her. What was Lowen thinking? That Tara was playing with fire, or that Tara was gutting Jax now and would gut him again later when she filed for divorce? At least some folks were happy -- Chucky and the three SAMCRO transfers had filled the shop's candy jars and kids were running in and out for freebies. Margaret was playing with Thomas in daycare as Abel slept on the floor. Jax signed Lowen's documents as Joshua James sang "with one court's signature, we all become erased." Eli passed Gemma, who was now back in that holding cell that she'd gotten herself thrown into to be with Nero. The promo for the next episode shows Eli asking Gemma what really happened with Tara. Is that genuine concern, or him trying to pit Gemma against Tara so they can get something to pressure Tara into turning on Jax? They wouldn't think Gemma would turn on Jax now, right? Theories! Go!