We switch scenes to set up a totally contrived series of events by which Gemma comes to learn of Jax and Tara's impending nuptials.
Back to Jax and Nero: the older man notices that they've been tailed since the care facility (we had seen the SUV parked earlier) and this cues a car chase that culminates in a game of chicken. Jax, we learn, is not so much a fan of this game. Nero laughs and says, "That was fun!" He then checks Jax's starchy complexion and says almost sheepishly, "Sorry, I don't get out much." Hee!
Hey, remember Lyla? She's adding to her considerable filmed oeuvre -- here, she and Ima are candy-stripers making out in between a gynecological patient's spraddled legs -- and when the director calls cut, whom should she notice glowering from the sidelines but her ex? Ima quietly asks Lyla if she's okay, and Lyla indicates that she can handle it. And she does, stomping away from Opie as he trails behind her, asking, "Can I talk to you?"
They enter her dressing room and Lyla goes to freshen up her lip liner as Opie tries for some small talk: "Glad to see the Saffron sisters are still together." Lyla shrugs that it's her most lucrative title. Opie asks, "You still just doing girl?" and Lyla is all, "Did you come here to discuss my resume or do you have an actual point to this visit?" The point is that Ope wants Lyla to take care of Kenny and Ellie: "I got to leave town for a while. I don't know how long I'm going to be gone. There's $20,000 here. That should take care of living expenses... if you can't, I'll just take them to my mom's [but] they love you, miss Piper a lot." Lyla is going to do it, you can tell, but she's going to tear a strip off Ope as a tip on top of that $20,000. Opie promises, "I'll explain it all when I get back. Please, Lyla." She leans forward and asks, "Did you ever love me, Ope? Or was I just a distraction to get you to the next exit." "You weren't a distraction," Opie says promptly. He pauses, and then admits, "I don't know if I love anything." Lyla leans back, sad and relieved and says, "A few weeks." Opie kisses Lyla on the temple as he thanks her and then takes off. (Oh, these two. I'd say that they should work through Opie's issues and get back together, but Opie doesn't have issues -- he has subscriptions. Entire periodical libraries, really. And who can blame him?)
Back at the Best Little Cathouse in Charming, Gemma comes storming into the lobby, radiating anger as only she can and causing Chibs to paw at Jax's sleeve all "Jackie, Jackie, Jackie!" Jax asks his mom what she's doing there and she smacks him in the chest with the envelope, spitting, "Messenger. Marriage license." She asks for Tara and Jax is all, "Don't even --" but then Nero comes up to tell him the judge who's going to perform the ceremony has to split soon, and Gemma uses the distraction to bolt into the "aromatherapy room" where the bride-to-be is finishing her toilette.