As Jax rolls into the kitchen, his voice is unnervingly cheery as he asks if Juice would like coffee. Juice would not, probably because his heart rate is already at 200 beats per minute and he's threatening to vibrate through the walls out of sheer anxiety. "So what's going on?" Jax asks, still playing the charismatic idiot, and Juice calls him on it: "I know you know. Eli told me, hoping that I'd split. I got no place to go, Jax. No friends, no family. Things would turn to shit no matter where I went." Jax's I-mean-business voice, which is a full octave lower than his amiable-dolt voice, comes out to play: "I know about the leverage. Chibs. Why didn't you tell me?" Juice explains his entire plotline from last season and his motivations, and long story short, Jax lets him know that Juice can "earn" a "pardon" by doing everything Jax wants him to do. "I'll make sure your betrayal never hits the table. It stays between us." And Chibs. And Bobby Elvis. And Clay, whom Juice has conveniently omitted from this narrative.
Well, Clay doesn't stay omitted for long. Jax makes it clear to Juice that his strategic value rests in Clay via some monologuing about all of Clay's dirty deeds thus far this season, and Juice lets slip that Frankie tried to tell him all about Clay's actions shortly before he was perforated by his Italian associates. Remember how the nomads stole a safe from Clay's house but he kept the legal papers from it? Jax now wants Juice to go get those papers because, the reasoning goes, if he has the papers from the safe, he has "proof" that Clay set up the burglaries, did the murders, etc. And that is when Juice decides to confess to Jax that Clay knows about last season's shenanigans, because like Jax, Clay possesses both rudimentary deductive reasoning skills and a healthy motivation for using them.
Jax grows perceptively colder and quietly says, "It's a simple choice, Juice. You help me bring Clay down, or you lose your patch. And I think you know what killing another member gets you." Juice is in. So! Coffee, anyone?
Here's what I find interesting about Jax this season: He's got three people up against the ropes and doing deals with him for their lives -- Tig, Juice and Gemma. He's apparently fine with killing at least two out of three of those people when they've outlived their usefulness. How does this make him any different from Clay?