OK. So what’s the deal with Vampires and their Dead People Souvenirs? I mean, think about it. We’ve got Russell and his Talbot-filled urn . . .
“I look like a delicious Blood Gelato!”
Eric and his daddy’s crown . . .
and Lorena and her Rib Cage Hat . . .
You would think that creatures who have been around for hundreds of years would have learned a thing or two about CLOSURE, by now. Apparently not . . .
The Softer Side of Eric Northman
Yes, I know that Eric and Sookie had NO SCENES together AGAIN this week. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have scenes together on my blog, dammit!
After watching Eric behave particularly ruthlessly last week (He both hoodwinked the King, AND killed his lover.), it was interesting to see him vulnerable and very much on the defensive, this week. When the episode begins, Eric Northman is on the run from Russell, with sexy bits of Talbot still hanging off his open-shirted body . . .
In fact, Eric probably could have really used one of THESE, today! (More wishful thinking on my part.)
By the way, even though I was mourning the noticeable absence of Eric’s Blue Panty Dropper Sweater, this week . . .
Clearly, SOOKIE liked it too!
. . . the sight of an Open-Shirted Eric on my television screen went a long way in providing ME with closure. (Not to mention, more dropped panties in the TV Recapper Household.)
But I digress . . . So, Eric rushes into Fangtasia and instructs Vampire Pam that the two of them will need a place to hide, until all of this blows over.
“They’ll never recognize us in THESE!”
Vampire Pam immediately suggests the duo hide out at Sookie’s house.
But Eric nixes the idea immediately, because that would be the first place Russell would look.
So, Vampire Pam suggests Dumb Waitress Ginger’s house, as a backup plan.
“Ooh, golly! I just LOVE slumber parties! I just wish they didn’t always end with me getting an STD . . .”
Unfortunately, before Vampire Pam can glamour Ginger into letting her and Eric stay at her place, the police arrive . . . The VAMPIRE POLICE, a.k.a. The American Vampire League.
“The clothing may seem like a bit much. But we just came from eating the cast of The Matrix. All that tight leather just seemed too good to waste!”
For reasons that escape my understanding, Vampire Nan Flanagan immediately orders one of her crew of extras from Terminator 4 to “silver” Eric, which, I guess, is the vampire equivalent to tasering.
“I’m so friggin constipated! I KNEW I shouldn’t have eaten Taco Bill for dinner, last night.”
“It’s called Compton-zuma’s Revenge, b*tch!”
When the “silvering” happens, Ginger starts randomly screaming her head off . . .
I would have HATED to be on set the day they auditioned people for this character. Can you imagine? Hours and hours, of women screaming at the top of their lungs.
Yes, Vampire Eric (a.k.a. Mr. Stamina), we know YOU can imagine it very well.
As it turns out, Nan and her Robo Cops aren’t interested in Eric’s role in Talbot’s death at all. Instead, they are concerned about the death of the Magister.
It’s OK. I forgot about him too. With all these pretty dead characters, the average-looking ones often get short shrift.
If you recall, it was Russell, not Eric, over whom the Magister . . . um . . . “lost his head” a few weeks back. Eric tells Vampire Nan and her cronies as much, during his “webcam testimony.” With a stoic expression that thinly veils his anguish, Eric (in a performance worthy of an Emmy nomination) completely exposes himself to the American Vampire League. Fighting back bloody tears, Eric tells of his family’s demise by Russell’s army of V- addicted (leaving out, of course, the whole, “I only survived, because I was schtupping the milkmaid” part.)
He also tells the Vampire League of Russell’s current dealings with werewolves, and his desire to overthrow the Vampire League, thus allowing vampires to walk the world freely, eating whoever they want, whenever they want them.”
“Check me out, on my high horse.”
Eric concludes with a request that he be allowed kill Russell, himself.
Nan agrees to take Eric’s testimony back to the American Vampire League for its review. However, during that time, Eric and Pam are kept on lockdown at Fangtasia pending a verdict. Fearing that the League will use Eric as a scapegoat for the Magister’s death, rather then prosecute the powerful King Russell, Eric mentally prepares himself to be put to “final death.”
In yet another emotional scene, Vampire Eric tells Vampire Pam that if he doesn’t make it out of this “trial” alive, Pam should create a new vampire. “It is time for you to be a Maker,” says Eric, tearfully.
“My future Grandpa is SO HOT!”
It’s interesting that, while Vampire Bill considers his vampiric nature a curse, and was anguished over having to make Vampire Jessica, Vampire Eric clearly has pride in his species, and, apparently, feels some obligation to extend his “familial line” within it.
The next day Nan Flanagan returns to give Vampire Eric the good news. Not only will he NOT be put to death for killing the Magister (which he didn’t do) or for killing Talbot (which he did), he will also be given free reign by the Vampire League to kill King Russell, provided he does so without the help or outward approval of the League.
“I know what you are . . . (but I plan to drag out telling you for as many episodes as possible).”
“I know something YOU don’t! I know something YOU don’t! Nah Nah Nah Nah, Nah, Nahhhh!”
OK. They’ve officially strung along this “What is Sookie?” mystery for WAY TOO LONG! With all of this buildup, people are just bound to be disappointed, when they find out the truth. Anyway, most of Sookie’s storyline this week involved her trying to figure out what exactly she is, and why her gifts seem to be, at least, partially, genetic. (Jason has yet to exhibit glow fingers, to our knowledge.)
Perhaps, he reserves his glowing for OTHER parts of his anatomy, if you catch my drift . . .
When we first see Sookie, she is taking a bloody shower with Vampire Bill . . .
Watching this particular “bloody shower” scene reminded me of two things . . . well, images, actually. Wanna see them? Sure you do! Here’s image one . . .
. . . and here’s (the much nicer) image two . . .
Unfortunately, this was NEITHER of those shower scenes. In this one, Bill and Sookie exchange quite a bit of blood. A portion of this is accomplished by Vampire Bill fervently jabbing his bloody finger into Sookie’s gaping wounds. (Ummm . . . Owww?) Believe it or not, this kinky sex act is actually crucial to the plot of this episode . . . And, no, I’m not just saying that sarcastically.
When Sookie emerges from her Shower of Pain, she stumbles upon a dead naked dude in her living room. Now, while the Sookie of previous seasons would likely have reacted to the sight, by doing this . . .
. . . new and improved Sookie just looked kind of bored.
“Dammit! I ORDERED a TALL naked corpse. This one is 5’8”, tops!”
When a contrite Vampire Bill tries to explain to Sookie his whole “dead werewolf sob story,” Sookie cuts him off, completely uninterested in any excuse he may have. “There’s an old tarp outside. We can use it to cover him,” she suggests helpfully.
While the on-again, off-again couple are dragging the dead body outside to be buried, they bicker like an old married couple about love, trust and relationship expectations. I found this scene, in particular, a bit bothersome, as, during it, Sookie is basically reitering to Bill her “dumping” speech from the week prior. Since then, precisely NOTHING has changed, of course. All of the problems that existed in the relationship between Sookie and Bill previously (Sookie’s non-immortality, perpetual danger, a lack of love and trust) are still there. And yet, Sookie took Vampire Bill back in less than an hour’ s time. That vamp must be SUPER in the sack, that’s all I’M saying . . .
But, not as good as Mr. Stamina, I bet!
Once the body has been buried, Sookie begins to interrogate Bill about that dossier he seems to have on her. “I don’t know how things were back in the 1800’s, but today, when your boyfriend keeps a file of personal information on you, that’s just plain creepy!” Sookie gripes.
“It’s not just creepy, Sookie. It’s Rib Cage Hat, creepy!”
Bill claims he collected the dossier to find out why Eric Northman was so interested in Sookie, so that he could “protect her” from Eric.
Why is everyone blaming Eric Northman for their problems, today? We all KNOW from watching previous episodes that BILL and Queen Sophie Anne knew about Sookie’s “special talents,” long before Eric Northman had any clue. And in terms of Eric’s “interest” in Sookie, up until last week, IT has been almost entirely of a sexual nature . . .
Later, Sookie sits alone in her living room examining Vampire Bill’s “file” on her, which, truth be told, makes a WAY better scrapbook than the empty and super lame “Sookie and Bill” one, that Sookie cried over last week.
It figures that Vampire Bill would be good at this sort of thing. Right?
In Sookie’s defense, Vampire Bill has had 100’s of years to practice the art of scrapbooking, while Sookie has had only about 26.
In the “scrapbook,” Sookie comes across an article about her father’s public claim that he possessed a “sixth sense” about certain things. This caused Sookie to wonder whether other members of her family were telepaths too. And THAT was where young Hunter came in . . .
“If my son ends up being anything like YOU, I’ll kill myself. No offense.”
While Sookie is examining Bill’s “pretty” scrapbook, she receives a call from her Counsin Hadley, who has somehow escaped the Vampire King’s mansion and wants to see her cousin before she leaves. Sookie meets Hadley at a bus station. There, Hadley apologizes to Sookie for blabbing the origins of her “super secret powers” to the ENTIRE vampire community.
Apparently, Hadley had become deeply enmeshed in that comunity, lately, due to her having become Queen Sophie Anne’s favorite sex toy . . . .
This is Hadley.
Of course, even though she has already told most of the Vampire World, Hadley NEVER tells Sookie, herself, what she is, because that would just be too easy . . . (She’s saving it for sweeps week, perhaps?) Of course, Hadley has not only come to Sookie to apologize, she has also come to “test” her son. Hadley fears that if Hunter is “like Sookie,” that he will be in danger of being tracked down by the vampires too. So, Sookie sits down next to Hunter and tries to speak to him with her mind. Lo and behold, HUNTER is a telepath too!
When Hadley finds this out, she grabs her child and escapes the bus terminal, faster than you can say, “Beeeeeeeeeaaaaal!”
Ummmm . . . yeah . . . because THAT’S not insulting at all!
“Was it something I mind read?”
Dream a Little Dream . . . of Electroshock Therapy.
That day, due to his ingestion of massive quantities of Sookie’s blood, Vampire Bill finds himself in the same cheeseball dream sequence Sookie inhabited just a few weeks earlier. You know, the one with all the flowers and the spaced out dancers?
When Claudine . . .
. . . notices that Bill’s in her little “Hippy Dippy, Age of Aquarius” forest, she becomes immediately convinced that Bill has killed Sookie. She then zaps his face with her glow fingers, causing him to crumble onto the grass.
Once, he has recovered, Bill tries to glean information about Sookie from Claudine. Truth be told, Bill gets very little direct intel. Rather, for most of the visit, Claudine continually (and annoyingly) babbles about how Vampire Bill is “stealing Sookie’s light” and blah, blah, blah.
Claudine does, however, reveal to Bill that it is her purpose in life to protect Sookie. “Wow, you must be doing a really sh*tty job, then. Because that b*tch gets her ass kicked in almost every episode,” retorts Vampire Bill, echoing the thoughts of the entire True Blood fanbase.
And yet, sh*tty security detail or no, Vampire Bill leaves the dream sequence knowing EXACTLY what Sookie Stackhouse is. “I know what you are,” brags Vampire Bill, when he reunites with her the next evening.
And . . . then the scene ends. You know what that makes YOU, True Blood?
Jason Stackhouse leads the War Against Inbreeding
“Take that procreators of two-headed babies!”
Speaking of cockteases, you know who else is one? THIS GIRL!
Once again, Jason barges into Crystal’s trailer, and once again she is there with her betrothed (and probably brother) Felton. As if that isn’t bad enough, Crystal tells that loony hick Felton that Jason RAPED HER!
Felton, who has always prided himself on being the ONLY one who can rape Crystal, charges at Jason, knocking his gun from his hand. Then, Crystal, undoubtedly realizing that all of this is her fault, knocks Felton unconscious by pistol whipping him from behind.
“Will you stop making me a rapist?” Jason whines, as the two try to determine how to move the unsconscious Felton’s limp body. The pair ultimately decide to tie him to a nearby tree in the forest, using rope (because handcuffs don’t work on him, according to Crystal).
Once that is done, Jason, doing an awesomely bad impersonation of a female for no reason whatsoever, alerts the authorities to Felton’s whereabouts.
“While I have you on the phone, I was wondering . . . can I borrow some tampons?”
In a surprisingly astute, though highly unethical move, Jason also plants a plastic bag filled with vampire blood in Felton’s pocket, before fleeing the scene with Crystal.
The next day, Jason and Crystal head to the police station, and are alarmed to learn that Kevin, the police officer who visited Felton on account of Jason’s call, was beaten to a bloody pulp by all the other inbreds living in the trailer park. Now completely determined to get vengeance upon these Deliverance movie extras, Jason approaches Andy with a surprisingly devious and well- thought out plan as to how the Bon Temps PD can infiltrate and arrest the entire trailer park. The plan is to use the (planted) bag of vampire blood found on Felton as probable cause to search the trailer park’s premises for crystal meth. The fact that JASON came up with this idea, and Andy didn’t leads to only one logical conclusion.
. . . these two have temporarily swapped brains.
But Jason and Andy weren’t the only ones not acting like themselves this week. You know who else wasn’t? THIS GUY . . .
When Calvin Norris, Leader of the Inbreeds, came into Merlotte’s to chew out Crystal for snitching on her own family, Sam surprised everybody, by going totally Incredible Hulk on his ass, tearing up his own bar, and knocking over Crystal in the process.
After Calvin was shipped off to the hospital, Jason triumphantly shared with Crystal his “brilliant” plan to bring down the evil members of her trailer park community. He presumed this Great Ideea would help him get laid . . .
. . . again. Instead, Crystal cried hysterically at the thought of her father/brother, cousin/ grandfather, sister / mother-in-law etc., possibly going to jail. She then stormed out of Merlotte’s, leaving a flustered and highly unsatisfied Jason in her wake.
“So much for an early Christmas present. Maybe there is no such thing as Santa Claus, after all . . .”
Franklin’s BACK! Annnnnnnd . . . now, he’s gone again!
I never realized how much I truly missed using this disturbing picture in my recaps, until I couldn’t use it anymore . . .
If Jason was suffering any ill effects from his recent endeavors with Crystal . . .
. . . he sure wasn’t showing it. In fact, when Jason saved Tara from the clutches of the Evil and Unsquashable, Franklin Mott, he seemed like he had Balls of Steel!
But, perhaps, I should backtrack a bit. When we last saw Franklin, he looked a lot like THIS . . .
. . . because Tara had hit him with THIS . . .
. . . while he was sleeping.
Understandably, this was a highly traumatic experience for Tara, who spends most of the episode coping emotionally with her post-traumatic stress. She even attends a rape support group, alongside, new Merlotte’s waitress, Holly. Then, toward the end of the episode, Tara finds herself face to face with her living nightmare, once again . . .
Giving no explanation whatsoever as to HOW he survived Tara’s head bashing, Looney Franklin accosts Tara outside Merlotte’,s and threatens her life. His threats are surprisingly half-hearted, as the vamp actually appears to be more HURT than angry that the “love of his life” tried to literally bash his head in with a blunt object. In fact, when Tara informs him that she would rather die than spend another second with him, Franklin actually looks like he is about to cry. And it is in that teary moment, that JASON COMES TO THE RESCUE!
In his THIRD smart move of the night (I’m pretty sure this is a record of some sort.), Jason somehow has the foresight to preload his gun with wooden bullets, which are the only kind that can actually KILL vampires. (Apparently, Tara could have saved herself a lot of trouble, by simply doing some internet research at the Big Gay Mississippi Mansion where Franklin was holding her captive.)
So, Jason fires a few rounds at Franklin, and THIS happens . . .
Talk about CLOSURE!
In Other News . . .
Arlene, convinced her new baby will be EVIL . . .
. . . because it’s REAL daddy was a serial killer . . .
. . . talks to new waitress, Holly, about terminating her pregnancy.
Plus . . .
Hoyt and Jessica . . .
. . . FINALLY shared a sweet moment together . . .
. . . after weeks of pining after eachother separately. In fact, Hoyt went as far as to admit that he HATED his lame-ass, biscuit-baking, antique- scouting, doll-hugging, new girlfriend, Summer . . .
. . . but was staying with her anyway, because he was afraid to be alone. This admission caused the Baby Vamp to burst into tears . . .
. . . which, of course . . . Tommy Mickens interpreted as a grand opportunity to get into her Perpetual Virgin panties . . .
Speaking of Tommy . . .
He’s a thief, who enjoys sassing his elders, and slutting about with big boobed floosies . . .
. . . but, for whatever, reason, I sort of like him anyway. Weird.
Also . . .
Lafayette and Jesus seem to be having a lot really hot sex. And Jesus looks adorable in Lafayette’s Queeny Pink Kimono. If that’s not a sign of a long- lasting relationship, I don’t know what is.
(I’m not really sure where they are going with this sweet, but kind of dull, storyline. Are you?)
And finally . . .
Russell Edgington . . .
. . . upon seeing his boyfriend reduced to what looked like the insides of a can of red Silly String . . .
. . . COMPLETELY SNAPPED. So, while Nan Flanagan was busy “eating out” (seriously, are there ANY completely straight vampires on this show?), and eagerly awaiting passage of the Vampire Rights Amendment, Russell was breaking into a local news room, and killing the anchor on live television. “Humans, us vampires are NOT your equals,” The Old Nutbag announced to the World. “We are superior to you in every way. We are going to eat you, after we eat your children. Back to the weather, Tiffany.”
Now, see, THAT is why I don’t watch local news. It’s WAY TOO DEPRESSING!
Well, that’s all I’ve got, folks. See you next week . . . unless Russell Edgington eats me, first!