The next shot is of Tara standing alone in the assisted-living parking lot as SAMCRO zooms up. Jax asks what happened and Tara explains, "She just took off. I went inside to check in Nate, and when I came back out, Gemma and the car were gone." Clay asks if Gemma said anything, but ... no. Tara adds that it was a bad, emotional scene, and the whole checking-Nate-in thing broke Gemma's heart. Jax may be slow on some uptakes (cough, cough, Vancouver) but he knows his mama, and he realizes Gemma went back to Charming to see Abel. Everyone prepares to head out again. Jax irritably takes off his helmet and hands it to Tara, and despite his pique, it's very sweet that he puts her safety first. (Of course, when I dated guys who rode, they usually kept a helmet strapped to the back for me, but to each his own.)
Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire," as covered by Katey Sagal, begins playing and we get a montage: Gemma driving through the dark; SAMCRO grimly riding through the dark; Maureen preparing to shut down her shop for the day when McGee comes by to hand her a slip of paper with Gemma's number; Gemma pulling into Charming; SAMCRO nearly to Charming; Gemma entering Jax's house and discovering it empty of Nita and the baby; an adorable shot of Abel trying to get out of a bassinet as he and six other babies wait for a baby broker to finish counting her cash; Nate wandering around his new digs and looking at the slumped figures in wheelchairs with a mixture of pity, horror and resignation.
Gemma pulls up to the clubhouse and runs inside, asking the assorted Crow Eaters and hangers-on if Nita's been by with the baby. Answer: No. Gemma sprints outside, and her phone rings. Maureen says, "It's Maureen Ashby. You know who I am?" Gemma does, and asks how Maureen got the number. Maureen says, "Just listen. Cammy Hayes took your grandson. He was my cousin. He brought the wee one to me to take care of him. Abel's in Belfast." She hangs up. Gemma reels, dropping the phone. As SAMCRO pulls into the parking lot, Gemma drops to the ground, clearly having some sort of cardiac event. Jax shouts for Tara, we hear the lingering lyric, "I have tried, in my own way, to be free," and the screen goes dark.
So! On the bright side, at least there's no more of that awkward lying-to-Gemma about Abel business. But we have to wait to see if Gemma will even be around next week. Here's hoping.
Lisa Schmeiser is a reporter and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She tweets at lschmeiser and hopes Jax gets reunited with his baby before she has hers.