5. The Dead Black Guy in the Back of the Car — My favorite line of the episode came courtesy on Damon Pope, who was once again relegated to scant screen time. Confronted by Jax about the identity of the guy they shot, Jax says, “He was black. What the hell was I supposed to think?” Pope’s cool rejoinder: “That someone wanted you dead and hired a black guy to do it. Unemployment’s crushing the hood. Brothers need work.” Pope also suggested, as Unser did earlier, that there are better ways to identify a dead guy than cutting off his hands with an axe.
6. The Trail Takes Us To Frankie Diamond — One dead guy led us to another soon-to-be dead guy, as Jax tracked down the survivor, forced him to confess that Frankie Diamond was behind the hit, and then shot him in the gut. My favorite part about Jax’s over-the-top power trip temper tantrums is the look on Bobby and Chib’s faces every time Jax gets out of hand. That bewildered look that says, “Man, what have we gotten ourselves in to?”
7. Frankie Diamond Leads Us Back to Clay — Frankie takes Lyla hostage, steals Nero’s money and his truck, shoots Lyla in the leg, and after forcing Chibs to escape with him at gunpoint, knocks him out cold and leaves just enough blood to leave us wondering if Chibs survived.
But before Frankie makes his escape, he confesses to Bobby, to Tig, to Nero, and to Jax that Clay was behind the home invasions the whole time. No one is surprised by this, and yet …