Welcome back, Fangbangers! After having a week off to enjoy some fireworks, eat burnt barbecued weiners, and get wasted on cheap beer, our favorite Bon Temps residents returned this week to do even more BAD THINGS. As you may have noticed from the title of this post, this True Blood episode was entitled “9 Crimes.” Since, to my knowledge, the title was never explicitly explained in the context of the episode, this forced me to break out my trusty old Criminal Law book . . .
Lo and behold, there were NINE CRIMES committed during this episode. These crimes were (in no particular order): breaking and entering (Tommy Merlotte at Sam’s house); theft (Tommy from Sam again); squatting (Sam’s white trash biological family); falsifying evidence (Andy Bellefleur re: the circumstances surrounding Egg’s death); extortion (Jason to Andy re: same); dealing illegal narcotics (Eric, Pam, Lafayette re: V); kidnapping (Franklin to Tara); assault and battery (Franklin to Tara); murder? (Lorena, Bill, and Russell to that stripper chick – implied). Actually, there were way MORE than nine crimes committed in this episode. But this is True Blood, not Law and Order. And there’s really no need to get technical . . .
So, without further adieu, let’s get criminal. Shall we?
Alcide Gets Shirtless. TV Recapper Wins Twenty Bucks
Clearly Joe Manganiello is basking in the glory of our mutual win. Hence, the cool shades . . .
Not to toot my own horn, but . . .
Last week, I entered into a friendly wager as to when Joe Manangiello’s character Alcide Herveaux, would take off his shirt, and reveal those god-like man pects of his. I bet that THIS would be the week he did it. The VERY FIRST SCENE of the episode proved me right!
Now, even though Alcide is very much the “new suitor in town,” and I am still a Sookie / Eric girl all the way . . .
. . . I must admit that the chemistry between these two was pretty palpable. And the fact that they were both obviously fighting their feelings for one another, made the whole scene even hotter.
When the episode begins, Sookie is in Alcide’s bedroom, “nursing” his wounds, all of which are conveniently located in the oh-so-sexy abdominal and lower back region. (See? Even Evil Drug Addicted Werewolves can appreciate the value of a pretty face. Alcide’s didn’t have a scratch on it.)
As Sookie fondles him treats his wounds, the two discuss Alcide’s ex, Debbie. Feeling obvious sympathy for Alcide’s “man pain,” Sookie allows her hand to linger affectionately on his shoulder. In a highly sexually charged moment, Alcide notices the hand, and looks at Sookie. They share “a moment.” A moment that is interrupted when Cock Block Bill calls . . .
It Takes a “Real Man” to Dump His Lady, Via Telephone (and by “Real Man,” I mean “Spineless Turd”)
“Can you hear me now, A**HOLE?”
Yep, this was the episode where Bill “dumped” Sookie, to save her from a life of boredom and bad sex danger, sadness, and lethal threats from powerful vampires. Oh, and this wasn’t your Garden Variety Dump, either. Bill may be dull beneath the sheets, but when it comes to making a girl feel like crap, this dude is a CHAMP!
In this lovely conversation, Bill tells Sookie that he has VOLUNTARILY left her, and that he is now with Lorena. “Me and Lorena just made love. We f*&ked like only two vampires can,” explains Bill, conversationally, bringing back to my mind that oh-so-passionate “head-turning” scene from the last episode.
Yeah . . . thanks for the memories, Vampire Bill.
I REALLY wanted the typically Spunky Sookie to fight back, after receiving this AWFUL treatment from the guy who had, just a few episodes back PROPOSED to her. But, I guess she was caught off guard. Because, despite all the d-bag things Bill was saying to her, Sookie just kept blubbering on and begging him to reconsider. HELLO! HE CHEATED ON YOU . . . with HER . . .
. . . and told you SHE was better in bed than YOU. What more evidence do you need to BEAT this MO FO?
“Don’t try to find me. I do not wish to be found,” Bill finally concludes, before HANGING UP ON HER!
“Oh no you di-n’t!”
Alcide tries to comfort Sookie, having recently experienced a similar dumping of his own, at the hands of Trashy Debbie. Unfortunately, the wolfman appears to be missing a sensitivity chip. “No matter how well you think you know someone, they always end up kicking you in the nut sack,” Alcide sweetly offers.
“I don’t have a nut sack,” replies Sookie, dumbfounded.
You do now . . .
Alcide then puts his big muscular manly arm around Sookie She inexplicably sniffs his armpit (yum), and nestles her head in his chest. “You feel so warm,” she says flirtatiously (Good ole Sookie, always a STAR at hitting on men, even when in the midst of a crisis).
“It’s a werewolf thing. We always run hot,” replies Alcide.
Truer words have never been spoken . . .
Gentlemanly Alcide, not wanting to take advantage of Sookie during her time of need (damn!), rises from the bed (no pun intended). “You probably want some privacy,” he mutters.
“That’s the last thing I want,” answers Sookie, coyly. (Wow, the girl is RELENTLESS.)
“Well . . . let me at least put a shirt on,” Alcide demands, before leaving the room.
Did he just say what I think he said? A boy in True Blood who WANTS to keep his shirt on? He MUST be new . . .
A Dream is a Wish Your Weiner Makes . . .
You know who has NO problem taking his shirt off, and taking advantage of Sookie during her time of need? THIS GUY . . .
A few scenes later, we see our favorite Viking Vampire standing outside Sookie’s window. The only problem? Sookie’s window is on the third floor. “Can all vampires fly?” Sookie inquires, after inviting the second hunk of the evening into her bedroom. (Girl wastes NO TIME.)
“Can all humans sing?” Eric quips in response, as he moves toward her seductively. “How goes the search?”
“Turns out [Lousy Lay, Phone Dumper Bill] is not what I was looking for,” Sookie replies, grabbing Eric’s open black shirt with her fingers and clawing at its buttons.
She inhales Eric’s scent (apparently, girlfriend REALLY likes to sniff), and is taken aback by the fact that he has one. “You smell like the ocean in winter. Bill doesn’t smell like anything at all. How is that possible?”
“That’s because Bill is BORING and I am AWESOME! It’s not possible,” whispers Eric, who is so turned on by Sookie, that he has been rendered completely incapable of making snarky and very obvious comebacks about Bill’s lack of stamina. His eyes roll back in his head in ecstacy.
“You used to play by the North Sea as a boy,” explains Sookie.
Eric’s eyes widen. He blinks back tears. He has never met anyone who understood him this way, who saw him as more than a cold (but very hot) vampire enforcer. “I can smell your memories,” continues Sookie. “I’ve got skills you can’t even dream about.”
Suddenly, the two are kissing one another ferociously, hands in eachothers’ hair, nails clawing at eachother’s necks. And it’s SO HOT and DIRTY, it makes the previous scene with Alcide look like Sesame Street. Sookie pushes Eric down on the bed, and allows her nightgown to fly away with the breeze from the open window, leaving her in just a bra and panties. She straddles him and says, “Want some more?”
But her voice sounds different . . . because it isn’t her . . . It’s Yvetta. Eric “awakens” in Fangtasia. Yvetta is giving him a lapdance. The sex scene . . . it wasn’t real. Eric looks depressed. So are we . . .
Sam and his Stray Dogs (and Baby Vampires)
“The most exciting thing about my trailer trash family storyline is ME, and how good I look with my shirt off. Too bad you didn’t get to see it this week.”
Sam wakes up in the middle of the night to find a “bird” trying to get into his safe. Of course, the “bird” is none other than his ass hat new brother, Tommy. Sam responds to this breaking and entering / theft by OFFERING TOMMY A JOB AT MERLOTTE’S! Huh?
“What? I don’t look like a model employee to you?”
Santa Sam also offers to get his Ma and Pa a place to live, when he learns that they’ve been kicked out of their home, and have been squatting in his parking lot for days. Bad Move, Santa! I know they are supposed to be his family and all, but I just don’t trust these folks.
In addition to rescuing Ma, Pa, and Tommy, Sam also offers a waitressing job to the now-orphaned Vampire Jessica, a plot development I am actually really excited about.
“Welcome to Merlotte’s can I take your order? Tonight’s specials include a nice big bite on your neck, and a highly painful death.”
The only problem is that, now that she is out in the open, Vampire Jessica is bound to run into people from her previous life. This means she’s going to have to keep “glamouring” cute boys into forgetting her existence, like that adorable little bible thumper, who visited her in the bar during this episode. But, hey, at least that means she can’t meet other men. So, there is still hope for Hoyt . . .
I miss these two together.
Tara Thornton Can’t Catch a Break . . .
“Sookie gets Alcide and Eric in a SINGLE episode, and I get THIS? Are you SERIOUS?”
Things just went from bad to worse for Poor Tara, after she was forced to let Franklin into her home, at the end of last week’s episode. First, Franklin glamoured her into giving up information about Sookie’s relationship with Bill. He then used her as a puppet, putting words into her mouth, when she called Sookie to ascertain the girl’s whereabouts. According to Franklin, his “employer” was interested in finding Sookie. But we don’t know who that is yet. Or do we?
Franklin then threw Tara up against the wall and gave her the nastiest tongue kiss EVER, before tying her up and gagging her in Sookie’s home! The next day, Franklin kidnaps Tara and takes her on a little “road trip” to see none other than the Big Gay Vampire of Mississippi, and Bill’s new boss himself, Russel Edgington.
Is it just me, or does this guy have his nose in EVERY plotline this season. Russel is SO the new maenad!
To add further insult to injury, Russel’s boy toy, Talbot, thinks Franklin brought Tara as food, and he’s NOT INTERESTED. “Ugh, she’s skinny,” he scoffs. Ouch.
“Were”‘s The Beef?
Although initially reluctant to help Sookie continue her search for ass hat Bill (He even called her a “doormat,” lol.), Alcide ultimately changes his mind when he learns from Sookie that his ex Debbie is hooked on V, and getting initiated into the Evil Operation Werewolf pack that night. Sookie found this information out from Alcide’s cool, albeit uber-trashy, hairdresser sister, Janice, who was WAY disappointed when she found out Sookie wasn’t already boning Alcide.
When Janice learns that Sookie is heading back to Lou Pine’s were bar, she eagerly offers to give Sookie a “make under” so that she will fit in better. Apparently, the werewolves in Mississippi left their fashion sense back in the 1980s, and country girl Sookie is just way too wholesome (and modern) to mesh well with the rest of the gang. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of the actual Skanky Sookie, but I CAN tell you, that she ended up looking something like THIS . . .
. . . except with a black wig, instead of a pink one, and . . . you know . . . NOT Natalie Portman. But you get the idea.
At Lou Pine’s, Alcide has a painful run in with Fug Debbie and her Hideously Greasy She Mullet. (Would someone explain to me WHY a guy like Alcide would EVER consider dating a girl like THAT, let alone pine for her? Because to me, it just defies explanation.)
In a conversation that closely paralleled Sookie’s with Bill, Debbie tells Alcide she’s moved on to a better man, or perhaps more accurately, a better wolf — a wolf who’s name is just an “er” ending short of being REALLY unfortunate.
“The fact that you are hot, and have muscles, is the ONLY reason you didn’t get your ass kicked in elementary school . . . COOTER.”
Debbie’s initiation ceremony begins with a familiar face meeting her on stage . . . Bet you can’t guess who . . .
I TOLD you, he gets his nose in everything! So, apparently, Russel has been the V supplier of these werewolves all along. The wolfmen bow down to him, as he bites his own wrist, and allows its blood to leak into a bevy of shot glasses. All of the wolves drink the blood eagerly, except for Alcide, of course, and Debbie, who isn’t aloud to drink or else “her brand will heal.” Debbie screams in pain, as she is fondled by a bunch of ugly weres and marked with a hot cattle brand. I’d actually feel bad for her, if she wasn’t such a raging b&tch.
Then, either because it’s a full moon, or because they simply got excited by the branding ceremony, the entire bar starts to morph into actual werewolves, including Alcide. His eyes yellow, as he literally BARKS at Sookie to run away. Elsewhere, Vampire Bill is alerted to her danger by his internal Sookie Alarm, which apparently is unaware that the two have already broken up.
Mr. Bill has Gone BAD!
This week, Vampire Bill continued his downward spiral into vampiric evil. Last week, I admitted thinking that his recent evil deeds kind of made him seem interesting and hot. This week? Not so much . . .
After breaking Sookie’s heart into a thousand pieces, Vampire Bill had another joyless roll in the hay with Evil Lorena. He then literally threw her out of his room. With Lorena’s nasty sex juices still on his body, he went downstairs to have a little chat with Big Gay Vampire of Mississippi, Russel.
There he is again. Busy little bee, that Russel.
Bill offered Russel information about Queen Sophie’s commandeering of Vampire Eric to illegally deal V in Louisianna. (What? Do ALL Vampire Kings deal their own blood now?) He did this in exchange for the death of Lorena, the lady he just laid. So, basically, Bill screwed Lorena (twice), as well as, Eric, Pam, and Queen Sophie, in just a matter of minutes. And Eric said Bill didn’t have stamina . . .
Later that evening, at Russel’s behest, Bill finds a sad young stripper for Russel and Lorena to eat. He watches her be tortured to death for a little while, before taking a few bites for himself. How’s that for a gentleman?
“At least after I ate, I said thankyou.”
A Kinder, More Sensitive Vampire Eric (who still knows how to kick some ass)
If Vampire Bill was showing his dark side this week, and displaying his truly douchy qualities, Vampire Eric was doing quite the opposite. In addition to sweetly pining over Sookie during the episode’s first half, Eric also came to Lafayette’s rescue when he got into some trouble, while trying to deal V to some uninterested clients. He also ingeniously nicknamed Lafayette, “RuPaul.”
Good one, Eric! Fellow Nickname Champ, Sawyer (from Lost) would be proud!
As the two drove away in Lafayette’s brand new ride, provided to him by Eric himself, Eric attempted to give the adorable gay man advice on “sales techniques” and “catering to different demographics.”
“Hooker, I am SO Team Eric now. You have NO idea!”
Unfortunately, the bromantic buddy session was cut short, when Eric learned that the “Magister” was raiding Fangtasia. Apparently, after his informative conversation with Vampire Bill, the annoyingly omnipresent Russel Edgington tipped off the Magister to Eric’s V dealings. When Eric returns to the bar, he finds his “child” Vampire Pam, being bound and tortured by the Magister’s goons.
The good news is, you get to be a series regular this season, Vampire Pam. The bad news is, it looks like you get to spend a good portion of the season as damsel in distress. . .
When the Magister threatens Vampire Pam’s life, Vampire Eric is visually distressed over the thought of losing his “child.” He will do anything to save her, even if it means throwing Vampire Bill under the bus for being behind the V dealing.
Payback’s a b&tch, isn’t it, Vampire Bill?
In OTHER news. . .
Andy Bellefleur is the new sheriff of Bon Temps!
And while I think Andy will make a FABULOUS sheriff, I couldn’t help but giggle at fellow cop, Kenya, and her sour grapes assessment of the whole thing. “Apparently, all you need to do to become sheriff in this town, is drink like a fish, hallucinate farm animals, and shoot potential murder suspects.”
Special thanks to Kenya for reminding me of one of my FAVORITE running jokes from Season 2.
Also, the typically angelic (and gorgeous) Jason Stackhouse . . .
. . . was uncharacteristically a**hole-esque this week, when he picked on a high school football star out of jealousy, and tried to blackmail Andy into making Jason into a cop, without having to go through the proper protocol. And while I was really MAD at Jason, for treating his loyal pal so shabbily, if his actions pave the way for more “buddy cop” moments between these two in episodes to come, I think can manage to forgive it.
What I CAN’T forgive, however, was that Jason’s SHIRT was ON the entire episode! Fix that next week, Alan Ball! Please?