You guys, this season. I just don't know. Let's starts with the Charming stuff, as Wayne has finally seen the light on Jacob Hale and approaches the Sons about taking him down. Meanwhile, Stahl gets wind of Tara's abduction, and so she and the B-Team stage the world's least competent money drop, which spooks Salazar. Lucky for Tara, she was able to grab a spare shard of broken mirror and slashed Salazar's lady Luisa's throat. Not-so-lucky for Tara, she kind of fucks up the next step, sending Margaret free and letting herself stay hostage so she can try to save Luisa's life. When Luisa proves un-saveable, Salazar slams Tara down on the hood of the car and looks like he's going to kill her. I'm sure that has a chance of happening!
As for Belfast, Jax gets the address for the Scary Catholic Ophanage, and when he and Gemma and Opie get there, Gemma pulls a gun on a nun (inspiring the scariest book Dr. Seuss never wrote) and then holds a gun to an orphan baby in order to get the file on Abel's adoptive parents. Sorry, circling back: HOLDS A GUN ON AN ORPHAN BABY. What have they done to you, Gemma? So Jax tracks down the family and has a 90-minute sad-music pondering session about whether to let his son go and live a life outside the club. Ultimately, he does, and Gemma is seriously so pissed. But when the Club finds out that Jimmy killed Sean Casey not to obtain the location of Fiona and Jewel's Cousin but rather the location of baby Abel, they all race back to the hotel where they find the adoptive parents killed and Abel gone. At which point Jax now has the choice made for him: he's getting Abel back. Quite the cop-out on what seemed to be a pretty powerful choice.
Jimmy wants to trade Abel for safe passage out of Ireland, and Jax needs the IRA to intervene. They do, in exchange for a deal with SAMCRO in which they agree to 1) kill Jimmy back in California, and 2) agree to a partnership that will expand their gun trade in NorCal exponentially. At the hand-off, we see the other stipulation of the deal was that Ashby voluntarily gave himself up to Jimmy in exchange for Abel. Which is nice of him, since Jimmy's going to seriously murder him.
So Jax has Abel back, and SAMCRO packs up to return to Charming. They'll be returning home with more than they bargained for (Maureen snuck a stack of John Teller's old letters (including at least one which alludes to JT's fears that Gemma and Clay were plotting against him) into Jax's things, and returning home to more than they bargained for, thanks to a last-minute phone call telling Jax about Tara's abduction.
Previously: Tara and her boss lady got abducted by Salazar, the SAMCRO B-Team wondered how they'd scrounge up the quarter mil for her ransom, Clay killed traitorous Original 9 club member McGee, and Jax found out that this season-long quest to rescue his son is boiling down to a lesson in good Catholic social work.
Jax has been trying to reach Agent Stahl on the phone, but no dice so far. He spots Trinity re-stocking the shop from afar and decides to bite the bullet and actually talk to this girl who he now knows is his sister. You can't un-ring a bell, so things between these two is never going to be completely un-creepy, but it's nice to see that Jax can share a bond with a sister. Even if she's, as she says, "A sister [he] nearly shagged." (Jax: "You say that like it's a bad thing.") He kisses her on her forehead -- again, it's big brotherly except for how our memories stretch back longer than six days -- and she encourages him to go out and rescue her nephew.
Jax finally gets the call back from Stahl. He tells her that Ashby basically used the club to prove Jimmy O was a traitor, and now they've got him marked for death. Stahl reminds him (and thus us) that their deal was Jimmy O alive, in exchange for Gemma's freedom, as well as the club's. Jax makes sure she knows his first priority is finding Abel. He gets called back inside and tells Stahl he's "handling it." Whatever the holy fuck that even means anymore.
Tara and Margaret are still tied up in the attic at Salazar's. Margaret's losing it, breaking down and talking about her husband and kid. Tara, stone-faced, says that the police must've been notified by now, surely they're on the case. Margaret sniffles that Tara seems to be taking this all in stride. Tara pauses, perhaps wondering what that says about the last couple years of her life.
Officer Eglee gets startled when she comes into work to find Wayne asleep on the couch. It saves them both on time, because Eglee was at the bar talking to a friend who works in the Mayor's office and she learned that city council had an emergency meeting tonight to incorporate the Charming PD into the county sheriff's department. Just like Jacob Hale told Wayne he wouldn't let happen. If I told you this leads Wayne to hunch over looking world-weary and beleaguered, would you believe me?
With the club assembled, Maureen hands Clay a scrap of paper she found in McGee's dresser. It's got an address on it, though she's not sure if it's Jimmy's or Donny's or what. Clay solemnly thanks her, then apologizes for what happened to her old man. He hands her McGee's "FIRST NINE" patch, which she accepts with a "keep it together" look on her face. Like I said last week, this would all be quite powerful if we had any kind of grasp of what McGee really meant to either of these two.