Clay then orders everyone in the gun room. Everyone goes tromping in except for Juice, who has to stop and compose himself first. I don't know if it's that the other guys think that Juice is an especially tender flower, or if they really are genuinely stupid enough to think that patched members don't betray the club despite last year's SAMBEL follies and this season's SAMTAZ adventure, or what, but ... it's just so strange that Juice's emo behavior is going totally unnoticed.
Back at the clubhouse, Gemma tromps over to Dawn to tell her that Tig's on the way, and should she need anything -- an extra "x" for her name, perhaps -- Chuckie is her man. Dawn comes in for another hug, and Gemma is all, "Yeah, that's enough of that." She then walks past Piney, who is knocking one back at the bar, and scolds, "It's nine o'clock." "Yes. It is," Piney replies. Tara charges on by with an "I'm late", and Gemma kisses her good-bye with genuine warmth. Just then, Ima walks out and Tara stops dead in her tracks. Ima says, "Good morning," and that's when Gemma stands up. We get a beautiful shot of Gemma in the foreground, Tara in the background, and both women in the same challenging posture. I don't want to go making sweeping generalizations about the season at the almost-halfway point, but it really seems like one of the themes that's being embroidered is how Gemma and Tara are becoming closer, and Tara is becoming the Gemma Teller of 30 years ago.
In any event, as sweet baby Thomas hangs out in his bucket car seat on a clubhouse table, Tara and Gemma double-team Ima as to exactly who invited her into the clubhouse and why, and then they team up to tell Ima that she's no longer welcome. Tara has stopped speaking, and is moving toward Ima with murder in her eye; Gemma interposes and tells Ima, "Bitch, she will rip your little tits off." Ima saunters off, and a livid Tara goes stalking toward the door. Gemma braces herself for whatever's coming next, and heads out the door; her last act is to tell Piney to stop drinking because he's now on babysitting duty.
Outside, Gemma helpfully pours kerosene on the flames by asking Tara if Jax came home. "That's not the point! I hate this shit. She shouldn't even be here," Tara protests. "I know, baby," Gemma replies consolingly. Another car pulls up, Lyla gets out, and Tara mutters, "Great. Here comes another one." "Be nice," Gemma chides. Lyla comes over to ask if anyone's see Opie, and my hat is OFF to Kelli Jones and the rest of the costuming crew. Here, Lyla looks like an angel -- soft sweater, jeans, loose natural hair and barely any makeup. She comes off like a sweet, gentle young wife and mother. It's a great contrast to Gemma and Tara (both with their long, sideswept bangs, dark clothing and aggressive accessories), and it makes the rest of the scene that much more heartwrenching.