Anyway, Toric is retired and now that Tara realizes the grieving relative has a huge background in legal loopholes and investigations, she is suddenly harder and colder. Toric tells her, "Tomorrow Otto tells his side to ISU. What do you think that's going to sound like? Maybe he tells them he murdered my sister to protect his MC from a pending RICO investigation, and maybe he tells them he got the murder weapon from the wife of the club president." Tara protests, "I had no idea what he was going to do with that crucifix." "I believe you," Lee says, but he's still got the wrath of God burning across his face. He adds, "I also believed my niece and nephew would grow up with a mother." He leaves.
As Toric walks out, it hits me: Otto is basically living out Pope's advice of exacting revenge by removing himself from the process. I wonder if that's hit Jax yet.
In the next scene, Tara's recapping the last scene and freaking out, as she should, over the prospect of having an extremely skilled and motivated investigator digging into Otto's shenanigans. Tara knows she could be charged with conspiracy or murder, and now she's freaked out about who will take care of her kids if she and/or Jax have to go behind bars. (As Lowen seems to think they might, else she would not have suggested Tara figure out guardianship.) Jax is all, "You think that should be Wendy?" "Well, I know I don't want it to be your mother," Tara shoots back. (Yeah, Gemma's not seeing those boys again if Tara can help it.) Before Jax can spout platitudes about how he's got this all handled, Chibs summons him. Galen has called.
We get a great shot of the clubhouse filled with the SAMCRO extended family -- Lyla sassily playing pool -- and then Jax heads into church, where he's not too pleased to see Clay. Clay explains, "Galen reached out to me. He wants the guns or the money, or he's going to kill Wendy." Jax is all, "And this is a problem for me how?" and the adults in the room have to explain that Galen will then go after Abel again, since he obviously thinks that worked out well last time his crew tried it. Irish tactical thinking: It's why Northern Ireland still belongs to the U.K. But the club is taking this seriously and they need to scare up $475,000 in a hurry. Nero and his pool cue wander into church and he says, "Sorry. I couldn't help but overhear. I may have a solution..."
Jax orders everyone out, including Bobby, and makes a deal: The money as a down payment on a partnership between Nero's street crew and the Sons. They also have a little heart-to-heart. Nero admits he really wanted to stay in the game: "I could have bought my uncle's farm over a year ago. [The Best Little Whorehouse] was doing great. I wasn't ready to step away," and his lectures to Jax about getting out of the life were probably all projections of his own issues in re: the inability to step away from making mistakes even as he knows he shouldn't be doing something. Jax looks resigned as he says, "Now it's too late. But you knew that was going to happen." Nero looks rueful as he says, "I guess I did. You can't stay in uniform and not play the game, man."