Gemma uses this opportunity to paint Tara as lying for all the right reasons: "Don't be upset with her. She didn't want you to read them [because] she didn't know what you might do." Jax, however, is not having it and demands to know what Gemma's agenda is. She self-righteously says, "I know how dangerous secrets can be, and it's time we all knew the truth. Clay Morrow killed your father, stole that seat away from this family, gunned down your father's best friend. He tried to kill your wife." Jax is listening with a terrible alertness. Gemma presses, "He's a murderous traitor, and there's only one thing to do now, Jackson. For your father. your family, and your club. It's in you. It's who you are. Clay has to die."
Interesting how Clay's mortality wasn't on the table when he and Gemma were on the same page about keeping everything covered up, huh? I don't even think that Gemma would have minded Clay killing Tara -- provided it happened to Tara alone and Gemma had plausible deniability. But when Clay told Gemma that he wasn't signing off on her agenda? DONE. It is stunning how Gemma matter-of-factly sends men to the executioner once they recast their priorities and she's no longer at the top of the list. Tig better watch his back.
Jax just sits and has a think as Gemma says, "Read them. See them in your father's own hand. And then you kill him, Jax. You kill Clay before he's on his feet and strikes first. And when it's done, you take your place at the head of this table." That is when Jax looks up at her, and there is nothing like compliance in his face. Might this be the beginning of Jax Teller deciding he's his own man?
The music kicks in and we see Jax reading, reading, reading. Gemma's outside, flat on her back on the canvas in the boxing ring. (Could that be any more metaphorical? This entire season has been one where she's been KO'd by events.) Unser comes on over and tells her that Clay came through surgery and will be out of ICU in a few days. Gemma flatly says, "Good." Unser asks what happens now and Gemma confidently says, "Things are in motion." "Yeah. I have no doubt," Unser wryly says. That poor man: he is going to spend his final days being lied to by Gemma and dragged into drama he doesn't even need.
Just then, Tara pulls up. Gemma uses this as her cue to say that Tara gave her the letters, and Jax is reading them now. Unser swears, and Gemma reassures him, "Not all of them. We're protected. Clay? Not so much." Tara stalks over and asks Gemma if she's got a minute. Unser gets up and says, "I'll, ah, go give Chucky a hand." He scarpers away.