Sons of Anarchy
Darthy

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"There will be days when you're forced to make decisions that affect the lives of everyone you love -- choices that will change you forever. You reach an age where you realize that being a man isn't about respect or strength. It's about being aware of all the things you touch. Children face inward, wallow in their own selfish needs. Men face out, take action on the needs of others. I'm at that place, boys. I'm staring one of those decisions in the face. It looks back at me with historical eyes and it calls me a coward, a killer, a fraud. It wants me to crack and run from the service of my fate like a broken boy. Today, I will not do that. Today, I will be the man my father tried to be. I will make you proud."

The preceding monologue -- which shows Jax writing as Thomas plays in his crib; Tara staring at the wall and wondering if she should maybe bang her head against it; Gemma helping Clay on with his shirt and cut; the SAMCRO boys riding to the clubhouse -- is delivered by Jax. And you know, given how self-serving and patently deluded it is, it sort of makes one wonder if perhaps Jax should not be taking the sophomoric scribblings of his father as infallible gospel.

Anyway. Jax stops writing and we establish that it's going to be a big day, on account of there being a meeting with Galen in the afternoon. On the way into the church, Bobby Elvis stops Jax and says, "There's something we've got to handle: bringing Clay to the table." Jax: "Buh-wuh?" (I'm paraphrasing.) Bobby continues: Clay will admit what he did with the nomads, then the club can decide what to do with him. Jax: "Buh-wuh?" (Again, paraphrasing.)

Cut to Clay conveniently blaming Frankie Diamonds for masterminding Clay's attempted return to power. Jax is looking at Clay in a manner which suggests he's thinking, "My mutant ability to set people on fire with my mind can kick in at any moment now." Bobby prods Clay along and the deposed president spins a story that can basically be summed up as: Look, nobody takes retirement well. Clay says, "I never wanted anybody to get hurt--" "But they did. You hurt a lot of people," Tig says, and it is painfully obvious he's not limiting the scope of his remarks to Clay's home-invasion scheme. Clay finishes up by saying that he originally wanted to pull off the coup because he didn't think Jax could handle leadership, but he was wrong: Jax is a much better leader than Clay ever was. He then takes his leave and says he'll be waiting in the garage.

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