All you Piney fans will be pleased to know that he's just fine. Piney is not too pleased by this development, but he does take the opportunity to apologize to Tara with "I'm sorry I was so hard on you before." Tara accepts, then sits down and asks, "Tell me about John Teller. What was he like?" Piney drops his gruff delivery and speaks in a softer, more matter-of-fact way: "He was a complicated guy. Angry, impulsive, just righteous as hell. Hated being wrong. Not much of an education. Book smart, though. He used to devour three, four at a time. He was loyal. Too loyal." "Sounds familiar," Tara says. "Yeah, they're cut from the same cloth," Piney avers. He continues: "What I want to know? Why my best friend was afraid when he died." After a long moment, Tara says, "I found some of JT's old letters. He was trying to get the club out of the gun business. He knew it was a risk, Clay and the others were invested --" "Trying to get them out how?" Piney asks. "From what I read, he had set up a meeting in Belfast with some IRA members and a priest, Kellan Ashby. John wanted to end the relationship with the Irish, stop the club from selling guns. He was killed before that meeting happened." Piney takes on a hunted, haunted look. It's pretty obvious that to him, the gun deal is the template for the way the cartel deal will go: It never ends and nobody gets out alive. Before either Piney or Tara can continue the conversation, Gemma pops in (sans Chuckie, alas) to see how Piney's doing. After Tara goes, the two club elders have a frank exchange of opinion. Gemma asks, "What you doing, old man? What do you want with Tara?" Piney says, "She's just, ah, helping me grow old gracefully." Gemma says, "I know you're bumping up against Clay. That bullshit you fed me the other day --" Piney says, "That wasn't bullshit. That was the truth. You all just refuse to look at it." Gemma counters, "Whatever truth you think Tara can tell you, it's only going to make things worse... back off it, Piney. Leave it alone before it kills you." Piney replies, "That's half the reason I'm doing it." Forum posters, start the Piney Suicide pool now.
So it looks like neither Huff nor Benny are members of SAMTAZ any longer. They have been permitted to keep their lives What I am curious about is whether or not Reggie might be allowed back in? Or if he's just done thanks to the crank. Anyway, Jax is sorry to see this happen and so is Armando, as he's now down by 33% of the club. Then Clay is shocked -- shocked! -- to discover that SAMTAZ voted in favor of dealing crank. Armando says, "Guys got a taste of the money, Clay. It was unanimous." Why Clay is surprised is God's private mystery, as this whole "get into bed with an unsavory business to make a living" thing is merely history repeating itself. But Bobby Elvis glowers righteously. His face is going to stay that way and it is really going to cut into his Elvis impersonation gigs. Anyway, Armando knows SAMCRO has concerns, so he promises another depot at which to land future truck deliveries. Bobby Elvis gets ready to launch into his I-told-you-so's, but neither Clay nor Jax are in the mood for it.