As the club deals with the aftermath of their illegal arms warehouse attack, the Deputy Chief of Police poses a new threat to SAMCRO's reign over Charming. Jax continues to worry about the fate of his newborn son and begins to question the club's rough way of doing business. Opie's financial struggles leave him with a difficult choice.
Despite the incident happening outside of his jurisdiction, the Deputy Chief of the Charming Police Department David Hale gets a warrant to investigate the warehouse explosion. He claimed that the warehouse's security guard was found dead by his men inside Charming, meaning he was given the investigation.
Tig confesses to Clay that he was sleeping with both the Mexican women found burned alive in the warehouse, and that his semen is inside them. With his DNA in the police database, he says he'll remove the bodies before the police excavate them. However, he is too late and Hale finds them instead. Clay goes to Chief Wayne Unser, who cooperates with SAMCRO, and warns him to keep the dedicated Hale off of their backs. Unser says there is not much he can do because he is being forced into retirement due to him suffering from cancer, but he will try if the Sons protect one of his trucks from hijacking on the way to Mexico.
Hale catches up with Jax on the road and warns him that he will not turn a blind eye to SAMCRO's activities like Unser when he becomes Chief. Jax then visits baby Abel at the hospital, and Tara tells him he'll make a full recovery. She also says that Wendy is being put through sedated detox and will be unconscious for a couple of days.
Opie, who is now working at a local lumber mill, and Donna are struggling to pay the bills, so Opie goes to his father Piney, a club elder, to borrow money. Piney instead tells him to "grow a dick" and suggests he go along on that night's protection run to make some easy cash.
At Chapel, Clay suggests murdering a member of the Nordics to distract Hale and keep him off their case. Jax proposes a less violent alternative instead; they head to Skeeter, a funeral director, and request two bodies. Skeeter offers up the bodies in return for SAMCRO helping him score a date with a woman named Emily Duncan, a biker hanger-on dubbed a "Crow-Eater". However, Emily wants to have sex with Jax before dating Skeeter.
Meanwhile, Ernest Darby, the Nords leader, and Marcus Alvarez, the Mayans boss meet and discuss teaming up to force SAMCRO out of Charming. Alvarez disagrees, but still offers the Nords extra muscle to protect their drug dealing.
Gemma and Tara talk at the hospital, with Tara implying that she knows Gemma gave Wendy the needle which led to her overdose. Gemma tells her that she won't win Jax back through accusations, while Tara warns Gemma that she won't be able to run SAMCRO forever.
That night, Jax, Chibs and Half-Sack set the bodies up in a fake shoot-out. The set-up shooting is made to look like a racist murder involving the Nordics. On the way back to town, they are cut off on the road by a man driving a red muscle car. They catch up with this man at a petrol station and beat him up. The driver then pulls out a pistol and attempts to shoot Jax, but is wrestled to the ground and then killed by the Pakistani shop keeper who hits him with a fire axe. The trio then steal the CCTV tapes and flee the scene. Later, Opie joins the rest of SAMCRO for the protection run. They hijack the truck instead, however, and give the contents to the Jimmy Cacuzza of the Cacuzza Crime Family as a good will gesture as their guns were late to be delivered.
Unser is angered at Clay's betrayal, and Clay tells him that he's only doing it to rebuild SAMCRO before Unser retires in six months. He also threatens him to hold off his retirement or more of his trucks will be hijacked. Unser then tells Hale about his plans to stay on as police chief for the next six months.
Gemma spots Donna struggling with money at the supermarket, and she pays for her groceries instead. Donna rejects her help, but Gemma tells her that SAMCRO is a family, and that she is part of it. She invites her, Opie and their kids over for dinner.
Tig and Bobby finally remove the corpses of the Mexican women from the police site and burn them in a furnace at the morgue. Unexpectedly, Tig says a heartfelt prayer over the bodies. Hale threatens Clay after he discovers the bodies have disappeared, telling him he will make sure SAMCRO become nothing but a distant memory. Gemma discovers an old photograph from her first wedding and burns it. Jax leaves flowers by Wendy's bedside. The members of SAMCRO have dinner at Gemma's home, but Opie and Donna decided to reject their invitation.
- Charlie Hunnam as Jackson 'Jax' Teller
- Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow
- Mark Boone Junior as Robert 'Bobby' Munson
- Kim Coates as Alex 'Tig' Trager
- Tommy Flanagan as Filip 'Chibs' Telford
- Johnny Lewis as Kip 'Half-Sack' Epps
- Maggie Siff as Tara Knowles
- Ron Perlman as Clarence 'Clay' Morrow
Special Guest Star
- Ryan Hurst as Harry 'Opie' Winston
- Theo Rossi as Juan Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz
- William Lucking as Piermont 'Piney' Winston
- Tayler Sheridan as Deputy Chief David Hale
- Sprague Grayden as Donna Winston
- Mitch Pileggi as Ernest Darby
- Dayton Callie as Chief Wayne Unser
- Emilio Rivera as Marcus Alvarez
- Glenn Plummer as Sheriff Vic Trammel
- Dendrie Taylor as Luann Delaney
- Bob Rusch as Skeeter
- Sherrie Rose as Emily Duncan
- Jeff Wincott as Jimmy Cacuzza
- James Carraway as Floyd
- John Whitaker as Truck Driver
- Dakota Mitchell as Lodi Cop
- Adrian LaTourelle as Officer Craft
- Nicholas Guest as John Teller (Voice)
- Ralph Nunez as Latino Teen
- Steve Klein as Manager
- Pablo Espinosa as Officer Fain
- Omid Zader as Bijan
- Tory Kittles as Laroy Wayne
- Cameron Goodman as Louise Hoffman
- Jason Rodriguez as Hot Rod Driver
- Mike Cochrane as Biker
- Kelly Galindo as Widow
- Craig Seitz as Devils Tribe Member
- Robyn Jean Springer as Crow-Eater Biker Chick
- Tony Swift as Biker
- Unknown as Abel Teller
Hot Rod Driver - Axe smashed into skull by store clerk during fight with Jax.
John Teller: Most of us were not violent by nature. We all had our problems with authority, but none of us were sociopaths. We came to realize that when you move your life off the social grid you give up the safety that society provides. On the fringe, blood and bullets are the rule of law and if you're a man with convictions violence is inevitable.
Tig: I got to tell you something, man. I mean it could be bad.
Clay: It already is.
Tig: Those two dead Mexicans in the warehouse hole. I was hitting them.
Clay: Jesus Christ. Both of them?
Tig: Oh yeah. Kind of a taco twofer thing.
Clay: What kinda nasty shit did your momma do to you?
Tig: What do you mean?
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Chibs: What were you thinking, brother?
Tig: I was thinking about getting my dick sucked twice.
Bobby: All anybody can prove is that a couple of brownies swallowed your chum and died hiding from the fire. You didn't kill anybody.
Jax: It's not about the manslaughter rap. CSU team tests those bodies, Tig's DNA puts the gun factory at our doorstep.
Juice: And then ATF takes up permanent residence in our collective rectums.
Clay: That warehouse sits on county property. Hale's gonna have to wait days to get San Joaquin to shake loose a forensic unit.
Juice: It's a local case. County won't get involved. Hale will just wind up borrowing a crime scene unit from Lodi.
Jax: Hey, Big Otto's sister still works for the ADA in Lodi. Call her, see if there's a forensic unit heading this way.
Clay: I gotta have a talk with Unser. Maybe I can convince the chief to put a leash on his hyperactive deputy.
Jax: Unser's just waiting for the clock to run out. That old boy's a lame duck.
Bobby: Jimmy Cacuzza called. The Italians want to place an order. I didn't know what to say.
Clay: How about "The store burned down, they missed the fire sale"?
Juice: Well, I talked to Otto's sister, and Lodi forensic team will be here first thing in the morning.
Clay: And the shit keeps piling on my head. Only one thing is gonna stop that Lodi forensics team from getting to our warehouse. And that's another murder in Lodi.
Jax: I don't know. Hale's on red alert. Mayans, Nords, everyone's twitchy as hell, man. It's not a good time to kill.
Clay: It's never a good time. We're talking about protecting Tig here, and staying out of ATF's crosshairs. We hit the projects, we find ourselves a scumbag, a dealer-
Tig: We should off a couple of Nords, Clay, is what we should do. Alright, we should just do that, and then dump the bodies in Lodi. It buys us some time to get those Mexicans out of the hole. It sends a message to Darby, kill two birds with one Crow.
Chibs: Very clever. With the cops eyeballing around the warehouse?
Tig: Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter.
Clay: I'll handle that. You set it up.
Jax: Hey. What if I could do this without spilling blood? Look, this isn't me tripping some guilt shit because of my kid. It's about one of us thinking straight. "Brains before bullets", right?
Clay: Let's hear it.
Jax: All we need for a murder are bodies and a crime scene.
Chibs: Jackie boy, now you lost me.
Jax: Skeeter. He's always got more gambling debt than he can handle. I'll make it worth his while.
Bobby: The cemetery guy?
Chibs: Cash for cadavers! I like it.
Jax: I give Lodi a front-page murder. We don't stir up another shit storm to bite us in the ass.
Tig: What about educating Darby?
Jax: I'll figure that out. The important thing is to keep your DNA out of the petri dish. Protect the club.
Clay: Path of least resistance always best, right? We'll do it your way, VP. Don't make me regret this.
- This episode was dedicated to the memory of Raymond "Ray-Ray" Carrion.
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