Jax's subsequent heated conversation with Bobby and Chibs lays out the stakes in tonight's episode: the cartel is not going to be too happy that their leverage went bye-bye and the club is not going to be too happy when they find out what Otto did. So Jax has to placate a bloodthirsty bunch of people who can behead people with impunity, then deal with the cartel. (Ba-da-bump!)
Meanwhile in the pen, two guards open Otto's cell door and let in... why, it's Donal Logue! Star of the lamentably brief FX series Terriers and brother to the talented Karina Logue, who played the nurse that Otto murdered last week. Which would probably explain why this mystery man is busy hitting Otto with a pipe, then with his bare hands. The guards... seem to have gotten distracted. This is apparently epidemic among the California penal system, yes?
Jax rolls into T-M, notes that Rat's driving Unser to chemo in the T-M tow truck, and then lightly menaces Juice about the whereabouts of those legal documents Clay is sitting on. Then he barges in on his mom and tells her to start working a new angle on Clay, one in which Gemma beguiles Clay to hand over the "legal shit" that was in the stolen safe. Gemma would like to know why she's expected to drop everything and do this today, and Jax tells her she doesn't need to know. "You are hiding way too much shit under the table, Jax. I'd like to know what I'm walking into," says Gemma with a ghost of her old bossiness. Jax just gives her the stone face. Gemma continues, "I know Tara's up to something at Stockton." This causes Jax to break: "How do you know that?" "I brought her a cross yesterday. From Luann. Why is she working there?" Gemma asks.
Jax decides to level with Mom: "The reason I didn't kill Clay after you gave me the letters? The Feds are holding a RICO case over our heads and Irish guns are the only thing holding them at bay. I needed Clay alive to keep Galen invested." Gemma says, "Jesus Christ! [drink!] How did we make RICO?" and it's telling that she still calls the club "we." Jax tells her about Otto turning and explains that Tara was working the Otto angle at Stockton and then Otto got stabby. And once Clay finds out that his Irish leverage is gone... well, the clock's ticking.
Speaking of Clay, he's hosting Tig at his house. (The coldness in Tig's face is something to see; when he decides you're dead to him, you're dead to him whether or not he's been able to kill you.) The two men sit at Clay's table and Clay asks, "You happy?" Tig gives him an incredulous look, and then asks, "Really? Really? I've got an Elks Lodge full of opening day p***y, and you want to have a quality of life chat?" Clay chuckles, then gets serious: "I miss you, Tiggy." And God bless Ron Perlman, but his delivery totally reminded me of the wonderful Anchorman scene where Champ Kind says, "I'm a mess without you. I miss you so damn much. I miss being with you, I miss being near you. I miss your laugh. I miss your scent; I miss your musk. When this all gets sorted out, I think you and me should get an apartment together."