Potter has set Act II into motion: He pressures Roosevelt to lean on Juice, and so Roosevelt does. He bids Juice to get one of the tracking stickers(!) the cartel uses to monitor the progress of its cocaine shipments. Juice, however, is terrified by the task and ends up stealing an entire brick of the stuff. The theft is not unnoticed by the episode's end, but we'll have to wait to the next episode to see how it's explained away.
More Potter-iffic fallout: Big Otto tasks Gemma with getting the club to find out who killed Luann. (Both of them refuse to countenance the “sheriff's” implication that it was very probably Bobby Elvis who did.) Next thing we know, Clay and Jax are bringing the issue into church, but they've changed the story to protect Bobby Elvis: Although there was semen in Luann's pants, it's a mystery as to whose (cut to Bobby Elvis sweating a few bullets), and they like Georgie Caruso (Tom Arnold) for it. Since the club's all paranoid about Sheriff Roosevelt finding anything on them he can, they decide to handle Caruso first. They do, with an assist from David Hasselhoff, and Clay decides to keep Caruso alive because he can hook them up with perverse Asian investors that can flirt with the Charming Heights project, then cruelly dash Mayor McCheese's hopes at the last minute. This will not backfire on SAMCRO at all, I am sure. Then Bobby Elvis goes and lies to Big Otto about killing Georgie.
(Honestly, it's a shrewd move on Clay and/or Jax's part: By protecting Bobby now, they're insulating themselves against suspicion should anything happen to him later. And given Bobby's very obvious disapproval of the cartel move, something's going to happen … and that's when the “Oh, it turns out he was having things to do with Luann” story will come in handy.)
The hunt for Georgie provides an excuse for a Lyla-related subplot. I know – it was hard to curb my elation enough to type steadily, but here we are. While hanging out in her dressing room, Opie discovers Lyla's taking birth control, which would be quite counterproductive to the whole “Let's have a baby” thing they supposedly had going on. Opie reacts as any rational man would: he sleeps with Ima.
Piney has a talk with Clay: He knows that JT was trying to get the club out of the gun business right before he was killed, he's pretty sure Clay engineered JT's death, and he has the letters to prove it. He says, “You kill the drug muling or you let the rest of the club read those letters.” Rather than remembering that the club is made up of men who have been known to throw porno mags across the room if the captions were too wordy, Clay freaks out at the prospect of the letters surfacing. Gemma vows to find the letters for his and her peace of mind. She also knows that if she doesn't spin the situation carefully, both Tara and Piney will end up dead. Her idea is to have Unser find the letters in Tara's office and hand them over to her. Unser finds the letters – or copies of them, anyway – and reads them. Then he and Clay have a vicious argument, during which you can actually see Unser strip away decades of self-deception and justification, and the upshot is that Clay wants to find the original letters and launch into Operation Cover My Arthritic Ass, Collateral Damage Be Damned. When Gemma checks in with Unser, he lies to her about having handled the letters. So Gemma feels free to lie to Clay the next morning about having found the letters in Tara's desk drawer.
Line of the night:
Clay, to Gemma: I had John Teller killed while I was bedding his wife.
The episode begins with Gemma doing old lady outreach for the club: She's visiting Otto in prison and offering sympathy in her own inimitable fashion: "Jesus, Otto. What the hell happened? I'm sorry, sweetheart. What do you need from me?" Otto needs closure for Luann. He explains, "Sheriff paid me a visit. His office took over the homicide. Found semen on Luann. Bobby's." Gemma's shocked by this -- whether by the fact that Bobby violated a club precept or by the fact that Luann was willing to have relations with him. She tries to discredit Roosevelt -- setting up a Potter-sponsored communications misunderstanding I fear will blow back on the good sheriff in a future episode -- but Otto cuts her off by saying he's seen the relevant report and it's legit. He concludes, "Last guy tapping a bitch is usually the one who killed her." Gemma can't believe it, so Otto challenges her: "I want you to ask Clay a question: 'What would it feel like to lose the one he loved the most?' You tell the club, you tell the guy who was bedding my wife, they need to find the scumbag who killed her."
Ominously (or not?), we cut to Bobby Elvis. He's with the rest of SAMCRO. They're meeting with the Mayans but, alas alas, the bagging operation won't be up for another day, so SAMCRO will have to babysit all 30 bricks of fine uncut Colombian marching powder for a day. Jax does not look thrilled by this news, and even less thrilled that a Mayan will be sticking around to keep an eye on things for Alvarez. Jax pulls Miles aside and orders him, "Lock those crates in the gun room. No-one gets in. Put Phil and Rat-boy on the front and back." Clay orders everyone home for some shut-eye, with plans to meet up at the club house by noon. I hope for the guys' sake it's noon the next day. but knowing this show's timeline, probably not. Outlaw bikers: Getting more done before noon than most law-abiding people do all day.
Juice doesn't even get the consolation of a nap, as he has to meet up with Roosevelt. Juice attempts to be hard and loyal, but Roosevelt correctly calls out Juice's worst fear (being drummed out of the club) and says he'll sit on the information about Juice's dad so long as Juice feeds him information about the Galindo cartel involvement.
Meanwhile, Jax heads home. It is worth noting that Tara's effected one heck of a redecorating job in the past 14 months. Either she went insane with nesting or Gemma had a lot of spare energy to burn. Whichever, the effect is nice: the walls are blue, the furniture no longer has that "You can't see the beer stains if I throw this naked-woman-straddling-a-Harley plush afghan over it" look because it's been replaced, and Tara's got lots of canvases with landscapes on the wall. Jax kisses his boys and his fiancée hello, then brings Tara her souvenirs. Souvenir one: a brick of cash that is literally the size of a standard masonry brick. Souvenir two: its twin.