It's just not a season of Sons of Anarchy until someone's going to jail, is it? But before we get to that, let's run down the major plot threads in this episode.
Most awkward meet-the-parents ever: Tig is terrified that Fawn is going to suffer the same fate as Dawn, so he and a few of the SAMCRO boys hunt the girl down. It doesn't look promising at first -- she's in a house guarded by several men, there's screaming behind closed doors -- but it turns out that Fawn is really into a) the type of men at whom her father is likely to hurl racist epithets, and b) loud, role-playing sex. Anyway, once that awkward lesson in not jumping to conclusions is imparted to all, Jax manages to persuade the boyfriend to get Fawn out of town for a while.
Nero, fiddling while Pope burns: Pope is not taking news of Tig's killing mini-spree well, and so he wants information on all of SAMCRO, the better to ultimately break the organization. So it's presumably his guys tailing Jax and Nero when those two are out and about, and Nero manages to do some tricky driving to elude the tail. (At the end of the episode, Pope's brooding over Jax's jail record and expecting that the boys will be killed once they're in county lock-up.)
Nero also manages to lay some of that companionator charm on Jax, who is always yearning for a father figure, and the two men bond over the kids they had by junkie women. Then Nero talks about how he's escaped the gang life and is now a humble purveyor of paid companionship as opposed to some sad aging gang member ("LIKE ALL YOU DERPS ON YOUR BIKES" is the unspoken subtext there). Jax, who cannot let go of the fantasy that he can get out of the less savory aspects of biker gangdom, eats this up with a spoon. It is going to suck hard if/when we find out that Nero's really playing Jax for a sucker.
Going to the brothel/ and we're going to get ma-a-a-ried: But until Nero shows his true colors, he'll just continue to be a hell of a guy, generously offering his business office as the site for Jax and Tara's impromptu wedding. Yes, two kids and countless homicides later, these two lovebirds are finally committing to one another! It's all very sweet.
Gemma is, predictably, not happy about any of it, but she gives Tara the rings that she and JT had, and so another symbolic link is forged between SAMCRO's first founding couple and the next generation. Of note: Jax takes off his "SO" and "NS" rings -- the ones that were such a big deal a few seasons back -- to slide his dad's wedding ring on his finger. It would symbolize him putting his bond with Tara above his club family, but since Tara spends much of the episode playing consigliore to Jax as he decides the latest legal strategy, I'd say the two families are interchangeable.
Also, that hospital daycare has amazing hours, because those two little Teller boys were nowhere to be found from sunup to sundown.
Clay Morrow, playing a long con: This is the second episode in the row where Clay commits at least one act that is not blatantly self-serving, and it's freaking me out. This week: He visits Opie to deliver a monologue about how his time has passed, the club is in Jax & Opie's hands now, and Jax is sure going to need seven feet of hairy muscle by his side at the table.
Clay also prods Unser into calling in his home invasion, saying he needs the police report for insurance purposes. Unser takes this and adds it to the mental dossier he's compiling on the home invasions. (And yes, it looks like the three nomads from last week are behind them. They took Thomas Teller's birth certificate and the Clay/Gemma marriage license. I cannot wait to see how this unfolds.)
Third time's the charm: Jax decides the best bet with these murder charges is to just surrender on the warrant. He, Chibs and Tig prepare to do just that, even though it means they're terribly vulnerable on the inside. But! They are slightly less vulnerable once Opie contrives a way to join them (ringing Roosevelt's bell). Best wedding present ever? Or proof that Jax and Ope is really this show's epic love story? I'll let you all decide in the forums.
Opie is woken up from a dead sleep by the flickering lights of a police car. It's Roosevelt, who's come by with a dozen of his closest friends to ask if Opie might have any idea where Jax is. Opie stares at Roosevelt incredulously, as if to say, There really is no way I'm ever escaping Jax, is there? Probably not, Ope.
Meanwhile, at the Best Little Cathouse In Charming, the SAMCRO boys are eying the normal ebb and flow of business (we see that Carla is the "Bad Pimp" in the Good Pimp/Bad Pimp dynamic she and Nero have going) and wondering how it is that they ended up going into drugs and guns instead of semi-attractive-in-a-strip-mall-kind-of-way ladies. Bobby Elvis grills Gemma as to how long and how well she knows Nero, and Gemma vouches for his character in a way that makes it totally obvious that she knows Nero purely in a Biblical sense and is wildly bluffing on everything else.
Anyway, Nero, ever the good host, shows the bikers to the alleged "aromatherapy" rooms where they can kip and invites Gemma to make herself at home in the studio apartment on the second floor. Gemma is to let Nero know if she needs anything; the "such as another night of my sweet lovin'" is unspoken, yet clearly heard by Bobby Elvis. Jax picks up on it in some corner of his reptile brain and asks, "Why are you helping us? I don't know you, your crew --" "I can vouch for him," Gemma says, hoping to shut this down before Nero answers Jax with, "Well, your mom picked me up, tossed two hookers into the mix like they were the toys in the humpy happy meal we had, then treated me to the kind of night it's taken all day to recover from. I
Jax, however, does not really care if Gemma wants to shut this line of inquiry down. Nero says, "Let's just consider this networking, okay? Maybe at some point, you get to help me." No doubt when it's least convenient for everyone in SAMCRO. Chibs comes in to tell Jax that they've found Tig down at the old Oakland rail yards, but they've got to go get him ASAP. Jax is about to head out when Gemma points out that the fuzz will be looking for their motorcycles, so Nero further networks by offering the use of his blue pickup truck.
Meanwhile, Unser continues to bleed all over the Morrow household kitchen. He is also coming to, quite painfully, and to make matters worse, the only person he can call is Clay. Clay hangs up on him and contemplates his next drink.