Tara is watching a surgery on the monitor, looking beautiful and transfixed as she peers at the screen. Then she looks at the surgeon using both hands to prep a tool and the rapt gaze gives way to something a lot less certain.
So! The New Best Little Whorehouse In Charming is open for business, and not that I've ever patronized one of these joints or talked to anyone about their visits to one, but I'm thinking that the clientele may not be so keen on mingling with one another? Eh, whatever. Anything to generate an excuse to show lots of women wearing WhoreMart's Fall 2012 line. Lyla is working an adorable Valley of the Dolls look as she dominates the room in her wheelchair. Jax beams to see his BFF's widow as the queen prostitute in his new business venture, then learns from Lyla that Nero's out back having a vigorous exchange of ideas with his former crew.
Long story short: Nero's old crew is not too happy that he's got a whole new business line outside the old 'hood and they're shaking him down in the hopes that he'll hook them up with SAMCRO for guns. Since this does not fit in with Nero's plan to stay free of the life while making that farm-in-Mexico grubstake, he's resistant to the idea. There's some shouting and then it's Mexicans vs. bikers in a shoving match, and Bobby fires his gun to get everyone's attention. "Do you think this is the way to get the town to embrace our legitimate business?" he asks. "Dude, you just fired a gun," Happy points out. Ha! I love me some of that weirdly non-lethal, neat freak assassin.
Jax asks Nero if there's any good reason why he shouldn't sell Reynaldo and the rest of his pals the hardware, and Nero protests that if this two-bit crew gets guns, then they'll get pushy and ambitious and next thing you know, it's... well, any episode of the Sons of Anarchy with the gang violence. Jax and Bobby are like, "Look, we sell them guns once, this is all over." Nero reluctantly agrees and sets up a sale to take place in an hour.
Clay pulls up to TM and sees Chucky hustling file boxes for Gemma; she's got a bee in her bonnet over paperwork as pertaining to Thomas or so Chucky says. As Clay heads over to Gemma's work area, Juice discreetly heads off to Clay's.
As Chuckie drops some boxes, Gemma directs him to put more in the shed. "Indeed, indeed, I do the deed/he said, she said/ with buoyant speed," Chuckie replies. Hooray! This show needed a character who added a touch of Seussian whimsy to the dialogue. I look forward to Chuckie giving Hop on Pop a spin sometime. Anyway, the point to this scene: Gemma is trying her feminine wiles on Clay to get him to help her "find" the paperwork for Thomas, on account of how it's his birthday in two weeks, and perhaps there's a copy in the T-M files? Clay says gently, "Hey, we can call the county. We can get copies." Gemma hams it up as she says, "It's not the same as the original." Clay gives Gemma a piercing look, one that lasts just long enough for the audience to wonder if he's twigged to her ruse, then takes a call that requires him to leave. As he rolls out the door, he calls to Gemma, "I hope you find it." Gemma is left stewing in irritation over how poorly that went. I do think it's kind of hilarious in light of the whole "Baby, let's never lie to one another again!" scene that Gemma and Clay immediately went back to lying to one another. I expected it from Gemma -- she's with Clay on false pretenses, after all -- but that Clay reflexively covers his ass with Gemma suggests that Jax's plan to use his mom was either a bonehead move or an extraordinarily subtle and cruel punishment for her driving his kids while stoned.