The third episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” for this season, “Laying Pipe,” begins with Jax, Chibs, Tig, and Opie checking into jail. The Niners gang starts to go after them, but the Sons are protected by a Hispanic gang. Jax is called out by one of the guards, and goes into an office where Damon Pope is waiting on him. He tells Jax he’s just there to talk. Jax says he tried to make it right with him, and wants to know how he can make it right. Pope says with their connections, they’re too ambitious to kill. He asks how much they get for muling drugs.
Jax: A hundred. Per shipment.
Pope: Now fifty of that is mine.
Jax: That’s not going to happen…
Pope: This is not a discussion. This is about you learning to survive.
Pope tells Jax that Tig is going to stay in prison for killing Pope’s daughter, but the rest can go free as soon as Jax tells him which of the Sons has to die to balance the scales of the dead cop. Jax won’t do it, but Pope tells him he will because it’s the cost of doing battle.
Jax: I’m not going to war.
Pope: You’re already in it, son.
Gemma goes to Thomas and Abel’s daycare, but the hospital center won’t let her see them. Gemma goes to Tara to try and get her to let her see them, but she won’t.
Back in the prison yard, Jax walks around with Opie.
Opie: Aren’t you getting tired of this?
Jax: Lockup, or your vague questions?
Jax tells the other imprisoned sons about the deal, but not the murder.
Clay and Bobby meet with Torres to try and get help for Jax on the inside. Clay quizzes Juice about what’s happening with Gemma. Meanwhile, Gemma goes to see Wendy, Abel’s real mother. She tells Wendy she thinks Tara’s using Oxycontin, trying to get Wendy to help her against Tara. Wendy sniffs her out, but Gemma tells her it’s the only way to get him back.
Wendy: “He will never call you mommy.” Your promise to me, remember?
Gemma: Yeah. I remember everything.
In the prison yard, Jax leads the sons in an attack on the Niners to get them all thrown in solitary confinement.
Wendy goes to Tara, and she realizes she’s there because of Gemma. Tara shows her she’s clean, and Wendy says it doesn’t change the truth.
Tara: What truth? That I’m a surgeon and you’re some ex-junkie biker whore? You want to come after me and my family? Bring it on, darlin’. I’m not afraid of you, or your bullshit custody threat.
In their cell, Jax and Opie are visited by a guard who wants to know who the target is. Jax lets Opie stay while they talk. The guard leaves, and Jax admits he has no idea how to keep everyone alive. Jax confesses to Opie about the letters, and John Teller correctly predicting Clay would kill him by rigging his bike. He tells him about Piney finding out, and that’s why Clay killed Piney. Jax tells him about Romeo, too, and how Romeo’s insistence on working with Clay is why he’s still alive.
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