And now, poor dumb Juice is left trying to explain to four angry older men why he's all called them to Clay's place on Jax's say-so, especially when Jax is standing them all up. Fortunately, Bobby's got a phone so he can call in and tell everyone that Jax has been kidnapped, and they all storm out... leaving Clay alone in his house, just as Jax asked that he not be and able to notice the poorly reinstalled air vent in his ceiling. Juice, you poor dumb dummy. Death might well be a release at this point.
Bobby's also called Nero to ask if perhaps any of his former acquaintances have taken it upon themselves to kidnap Jax and make a point about the prudence of giving them what they want on the gun-sales front. Nero then heads over to Gang of Idiots' house and makes some inquiries at the point of a shotgun -- killing three out of the four people present and saying, "You vatos wanted me back? Odele, I'm back."
Meanwhile, Jax has been ziptied to a chair in an empty room. He is fuming when Romeo and Luis come in, but manages to quip, "You know, if you wanted to me, a phone call would have done the trick." Romeo tells him, "We needed to remind you of how easy it is to disappear." Jax smirks, "And yet, here I am. Ohhhh... I see the cartel side of you wants to chop my head off, but the fed side struggles with the felony whacking." Luis says, "Actually, both sides are okay with whacking. One just has paperwork." Hee! Also: Who knew the Galindo cartel was so big into forms filed in triplicate? Ba-da-bump! Jax then tells them, "You don't know shit. You think I'm just going to cut ties with the cartel without lining up something else? I'm an outlaw, carbon, not a suicide bomber." He then lays out the deal: the Mayans will handle the drugs up through northern California, the Niners will push the dope east to Reno and Henry Lin will be pulling in guns from the Middle East. Someone call Thomas Friedman -- the underworld is totally flat! Also, Jax is going to get to leave, upright and under his own power.
Cut to Jax in church, explaining to the club, "They held it over our heads. If me and Bobby told anyone about the CIA hookup, they'd crush us with RICO. Every charter. The Sons of Anarchy would have been dead." As are the "r" noises in the preceding exposition; it's sort of adahahble how, five seasons in, Charlie Hunnam still has problems with American consonants when Jax gets emotional. "So I put all my energy into finding a way out," Jax continues. Bobby says, "Otto killing that nurse was his way of reversing his statement. Wiped out RICO, but pushed the game forward." Jax tags in, "Romeo panicked. That's why he picked me up cartel-style, trying to convince me not to walk away from the deal." Clay would like to know if Jax was convinced. Jax pins Clay with a look and says coolly, "No. He was. You see, that's what I've been working on: Getting the Mayans to take over the coke mule and Lin to cover big guns. Romeo signed up. This means we can walk away from drugs and the cartel!" Filthy Phil is a tad surprised that Jax set this up behind everyone else's back. I don't know why: the previous triple-crossing Jax did with the Russians, the Irish and the ATF (Season 3) has shown the man has a capacity for squeezing a lot of sneaky planning under the radar. Jax says Bobby was in on this too, and Bobby is all conciliatory, "We're not going to do anything unless the club is behind it." Jax warns everyone that leaving the cartel means a short pay cut, but the whorehouse revenue should eventually make it up, as well as future deals. Chibs calls for a vote. It's unanimous -- everyone wants out. Jax smashes the gavel and everyone files out. Clay holds out his hand and shakes Jax's: "Well done." Jax replies, "Not yet." As he leaves church, Gemma flies over to hug him, and Jax uses the opportunity to tell her to get Clay over to his place and keep him there until he can get there. This scene has echoes of the final scenes in The Godfather, where you see how casually Michael Corleone exploits family ties to advance the Family business.