Back at the Coke-K Corral, Jax closes the barn doors for a little tête-à-tête with Luis and Romeo. He says, "Look, I'm sorry. We really thought we could pull this off. The truth is, we're in over our heads. I know Clay thought we could make this work, but we can't. We're not drug mulers, big arms dealers. We're small-time, man. We can't do this anymore." Romeo replies politely, "I'm afraid we're at cross-purposes, Mr. Teller." Then he and Luis flash their badges. Jax takes a moment to be stunned. Don't worry, Jax. A scant five minutes ago, we were where you are.
Luis explains, "Otto Delaney did sell you out. U.S. attorney was going to crush this meet with RICO. We stopped them because we need this relationship to continue." Romeo steps in to explain how the CIA is subsidizing the murderous Galindo cartel, and they need the money from the Irish guns and the coke to do that, or else they're going to have to start using U.S. taxpayer money. His sense of patriotism inflamed, Jax promptly -- I'm sorry. I can't even finish that sentence, I'm laughing too hard at the idea of anyone in SAMCRO regarding "U.S.A." as anything but a collection of letters in reverse-alphabetical order.
Jax tries one more time to get out of this situation by pointing out that they all heard Gaalan say he'll only deal with Clay, and Romeo shrugs, "Then you'd better make sure Clay gets well soon. Because if you don't, we'll give RICO the green light." Jax is either too stunned to be angry or too angry to be irrational. He asks if the Feds have Bobby and Juice, and Luis tells him that they've only got Bobby Elvis, on account of Otto giving him up like chocolate for Lent. Romeo promises, "When things are running smoothly with the Irish, I'll do my best to get Munson clear of all the charges." And thus we have SEASON FOUR PLOT REWINDOMATIC USE #2.
Jax points out that "whoever replaces Clay might not want this. SAMCRO could vote the cartel down." Luis and Romeo exchange amused looks, and Romeo explains how that's not likely since Jax is now in charge of the club. Jax grins all, "Ha, good one. You know I'm planning on leaving with my lady, right?" Luis then adds, "All this stays between us. If anyone else finds out -- the club, your family... we'll crush your MC." Jax has finally reached the point where he has to laugh at what's going on because otherwise he'd explode from rage. And he asks, "Did you know that Clay wanted my old lady dead? Were you the ones he hired?" Luis cuts his eyes to Romeo all, "You take this one," and Romeo explains, "He thought she knew too much about our business. We wouldn't have hurt her --" "You did hurt her," Jax snarls. Luis explains, "We were going to debrief her. Keep her in protective custody," and Romeo apologizes for what happened. Then he asks, "Is she a threat?" Jax stands there, thinking about how if he hadn't grabbed Tara away, she'd have been unhurt and safe with the Feds. Get it? How Jax's inability to let Tara go has permanently harmed her?