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Darthy - Recap

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The episode begins and Jax writes to his sons about the idea of being a man meaning taking care of people you love. The Sons convene at the clubhouse. Around the table, Clay says he wanted to be in charge again and Frankie suggested the attacks. Clay mentions Jax working with Pope and Tig takes note. Still, he tells Clay he hurt a lot of people. He goes to the garage to await his fate. The vote has to be unanimous for him to lose his patch. It is. Jax calls for the vote and starts with a "yay". Chibs, Tig, Happy, Phil, Juice all vote yay. Bobby says no. Clay lives. Chibs goes to get Clay but Jax gets in front of him and tackles Clay.

Out in front of the garage, for Gemma, Chuckie and Unser and the whole club to see, Jax tackles Clay and beats on him until Chibs pulls him off. Back inside, Jax seethes. When Bobby comes in, he accuses him of making a deal with Clay behind his back. Bobby gives Jax, Clay's jacket. Bobby says he was trying to stop Jax from becoming the guy he wanted to kill. Jax says he's been having a hard time feeling any brotherhood since Opie died. Gemma tends to Clay, who asks for a minute alone. He breaks down in tears after she walks out. At the MC, Chibs reports that Pope wants to meet about Charming Heights at noon. Lowen sits in with Tara for her deposition. Tara admits her connection to Jax and the club and Otto but says she didn't know she'd have access to him.

Jax and Chibs meet with August, Pope's guy. He says Charming is "promising". Jax asks how August fits into Pope's organization. He's known Pope since he was 17. "That shows me you're loyal, and patient," Jax says. Pope looks over the plans. Jax tells him he needs 20 more keys from him for Reno to offset the gun costs. Pope is again impressed with his business savvy. Jax asks him for his advice, asking if he ever goes against the advice of everyone else. Pope guesses it's about Clay. "Democracy's over-rated. Revenge is never about the greater good. It's a visceral need that has to be satisfied or the strong lose focus," he says. Pope says it's time for Tig to go. Jax wants to wrap up the deal with Lin first and promises to deliver him tomorrow.

Pope warns him the consequences of not delivering. The Sons meet with Henry Lin and Romeo and Luis for Henry to show off his big guns. Romeo is impressed. Lin says it'll take two or three months to figure out how to get the guns in regularly, contrary to the two weeks he told Jax. Romeo places his order and Luis makes the $250K down payment, but then they tell Jax they need another shipment from Galen in the interim. Tara meets with Wendy. She tells her about Gemma's car accident and her job offer in Portland and the fact that she needs a guardian for the boys if anything happens to her.

She put Wendy on the list to be able to visit him in daycare. The Sons go to meet the Irish at the barn. Galen asks where Clay is and Bobby gives him the news. Jax makes an appeal to Galen for one last shipment for the Mexicans and then they can sever ties and go back to the old Club-Irish relationship. Galen is about to agree when Romeo and Luis come in. Pope told them Clay was out so they came to supervise. When Romeo's guys go to unload the guns, Galen shoots one cold. A gunfight breaks out, but they're soon outmanned. Romeo takes the guns and tells Jax the buy is on the Club. Galen tells Jax it's on him as he leaves. "The Sons are gonna feel this on both continents" he says. After the Irish leaves, Jax orders all the families locked down and Tacoma called in. He needs Gemma to call. Jax calls Juice, who is with Clay. "Listen closely" Jax says.

Nero, back with his gangbangers, gets updates on how they're losing turf. Gemma drops by Diosa and interrupts. Nero walks to talk to the MC. Gemma tells Nero that Clay is out and Jax beats him up. She wants his doctor to take a look at him. He tells her the Biz Lats are under siege and the ghosts of his past are coming back. Lila interrupts; they've been summoned to the club. Clay packs up all his MC stuff. He gives Juice his gun. Tig comes by to notify them of the lockdown. Jax comes to the hospital and is surprised to see Wendy with Abel. He takes him back to daycare and tells Wendy to meet him outside. A tall white man follows her. She's waiting for them when there's a squeal of tires. Jax and Chibs see her purse on the ground. Tara returns to her office and finds Otto's tormentor waiting for her. He introduces himself as Lee, the nurse that Otto murdered was his sister.

He wants details. She tells him Pam was unconscious when he stabbed her. He asks why Otto attacked her. He knows it was the third time Tara had treated him. He asks if her husband was involved. He's a retired US Marshall. He knows she brought Otto the cross. He believes her when she says she didn't know what Otto would do with it, but that's not enough. At the club, Tara tells Jax why Wendy was at the hospital. They're interrupted by Chibs saying Galen called. All of the club and their families are at the club. Galen called Clay, demanding payment for the guns. Nero overhears and says he might have a solution. Jax kicks Clay out. Nero says he can get Jax the $475,000 from the money he's been saving to buy his uncle's ranch. Nero knows he missed his chance to get out of the life.

Nero says he's looking for guns and friends. They shake on it. Jax finds Gemma and tells her to sit down to talk. Tig and Clay meet with Galen and the Irish and hand over the money. They get Wendy back. Clay tells Galen that Jax wants to end the club's relationship with the Irish. Clay tells him his plan to start a separate crew running guns. He says he'll kick back the same amount Lin does to the club to keep it kosher. He also wants a ride to Belfast to lay low. He's hoping to bring Gemma. Galen tells him to meet at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Clay tells Tig about the gun deal and invites him in. Back at TM, Wendy is livid at Jax to learn about Abel being kidnapped to Belfast. She plans to report it and her own kidnapping and come after Abel. Tara knows it wasn't an idle threat.

Jax says there's no record of Abel ever being in Belfast. He assures Tara the Marshal looking into Otto won't be able to send her to jail. Jax gives Unser Lee the Marshal's name and tells him to find out everything. Jax calls Tig on the way to taking Wendy home. He checks with Happy that they're all set up. Bobby wants to talk to Jax. Gemma joins Clay. He gives her the originals of the legal documents Frankie and the guys stole. He tells her he thought he wanted the club back, but she's the only thing he wants. He tells her about his gun deal and leaving for Ireland, knowing that Jax will kill him if he doesn't, and invites her to come. She says she'll think about it. The guys come for Clay to remove his ink. Happy gets to work crossing out Clay's "Mayhem" tattoo as the Club looks on. Jax leaves.

Gemma goes to see Nero at Diosa, falling into his arms. Happy blacks out Clay's tattoos one by one, not pausing to mop up blood or stay within the lines. Jax meets up with Tig on the side of a road in the tow truck. Tig points out the unit Jax is looking for and gives him something. Tig offers to stay, but Jax says no. Jax knocks on the door, it's Wendy's. He checks that she's alone, and then throws her against the wall. He tells her he's going to report her for babbling crazy talk about Abel being kidnapped and demand a drug test. He jams a needle into her arm and she crumples to the floor. "You don't ever threaten my family again" he says. The episode ends at this point.

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