8. Jax Needs Proof — No action can be taken until Jax has proof. This is why he hatches the plan to play Gemma against Clay. But my question is this: WHY THE F**K DO YOU NEED PROOF? Jax knows that Clay killed Opie’s first wife. He knows that Clay killed his father. He knows that Clay killed Piney. He knows that Clay tried to have Tara killed. He knows that Clay is behind the home invasions, which resulted in Gemma and Unser getting beaten to a pulp. Bobby also knows most of these things. It doesn’t matter what Tig knows because Tig is in Jax’s back pocket. Chibs was there when Frankie indicted Clay. WHAT ELSE DOES JAX NEED?
This is not a cop-and-lawyer show. There are no Fourth Amendment protections. There’s no burden of proof to overcome. Jax has taken out a lot of people for a lot less, and most of SAMCRO already knows that Clay is a murdering, thieving asshole. Who the hell does he have left to convince? Happy? Filthy Phil? JUST KILL HIM FOR F**K’S SAKE. I get it that Jax wants to consolidate power, but the lengths he’s willing to go to demonstrate what a sack of sh*t Clay is has become absurd.
9. Clay’s Sole Ally — Poor Juice. The kid unloads one secret, and Clay burdens him with another. “What we shared here makes us even. Honest. We’re connected.” No, not if Clay is dead. I hope Juice escapes, although killing the guy at this point may finally give him some peace.
10. Eli’s Role — So, Eli thinks Frankie Diamond is behind everything, and is willing to sacrifice poor Juice to take his revenge on Frankie. If Jax turns Frankie over to Eli, Eli turns the informant over to Jax. Eli gets the satisfaction of killing Frankie (which he deserves), leaving Jax with the satisfaction of killing Clay. Except that he won’t. Because Jax insists on putting Clay on trial, and Clay will get the case thrown out on a technicality. “You can’t kill me! You didn’t read me my Miranda rights.”
Oy. This week’s episode frustrated me.
Bonus: 11. Nero Pushed to the Sidelines — Nero is kind of hanging out at this point, giving up a wad of cash to Frankie, trying to convince Jax to get out of the drug business, and dealing with Clay, who is threatening Nero if he gets in the way of he and Gemma’s relationship. Meanwhile, Nero is also in the unenviable position of having to defend Gemma. If I were Nero, I’d walk away.
I’m with Lannister. Burn them all, but spare Juice.