The Ties That Bind

August 18, 2011 in 4.08 Spellbound, Episodes, Guest Posts, Recaps

In this week’s episode of True Blood, we learn that break-ups are a nightmare, Barbies hold a grudge, really nice bitches make second chances possible, and miracles can happen when you’re boning in a Winter Wonderland…

Sink your teeth into some spoilery commentary after the jump…

Umm… what did we just watch this week? I’ll tell you what: A WHOLE LOT OF CRAZY SHIT. So let’s have a look at the highlights, shall we?

Did I Do That???

As many expected, Jessica’s spellbound stroll in the sun meets with some firm opposition in the form of Jason Stackhouse, who soars out of the blinding light to supply his finest Bon Temps football tackle and kick the double doors shut with his feet. He wraps Jessica up in the foyer rug, but seeing as how the spell’s not quite finished yet, she flips him over with what appears to be every intention of ripping his head off for ruining her fun.

Luckily for Jason, the craziness comes to an end before Jess has a chance to finish him off—at which time they share a brief moment of shocked relief at the fact that Jessica isn’t a pile of charcoal briquettes, thanks to Officer Stackhouse’s heroics. And as with most scenarios involving Jason, this realization gives way to a makeout session. Despite Jessica’s temporary Krueger face… and the fact that she’s been Hoyt’s girlfriend for a year.

CLIMB ABOARD, MATEYS—because this ship is most definitely setting sail.

Jason brings her back down to the basement in order to strap her in for what’s left of the day, while comforting her with a few appropriately inappropriate Jason-isms about barbecues and never getting cold. Bill expresses his deepest gratitude and asks him to let them rest—but not before they both agree to keep quiet about Bucky’s unfortunate demise at Jessica’s hands, not to mention the shoulder shot Jason unloaded outside, lest everyone end up in a jail without fancy crystal chandeliers.

Despite the silver chains, it seems that Jessica’s still able to squeeze in a little shut eye before sunset—which brings us to the first of what I consider two of the strongest scenes in this episode by far, both of which are made infinitely better by the other’s presence.

On the one hand, we have Jessica imagining how her breakup with Hoyt would unfold: with him having a nervous breakdown in a smelly shirt, dropping to his knees and begging to be loved or he’ll die, while she informs him that IT’S NOT YOU IT’S ME and that they’re over because playing house just isn’t enough for her. Naturally, this culminates with her SMASHING HIS HEAD ON THE ENTRYWAY PARTITION before climbing into Jason’s impatiently waiting lap.

And I’ll tell you, the scene actually had me fooled—you know, up until the whole murder part. In fact, the entire sad exchange left me feeling surprisingly bad for Hoyt, because while his panicked desperation was eerily identical to what we all probably thought when we had our hearts broken for the first time, you’re never, EVER supposed to come out and admit to it.

But apparently, Hoyt is more familiar with this universal rule than I thought, because when Jessica returns home to face the music for real, he spares her feelings no expense and whips out the big guns—her perpetual virginity, her inability to have children, and his mother’s bigoted hatred of the entire vampire species—like a downright NASTY BITCH. And as a result, the idealized images of perfection that both characters had created in their minds come crashing down with brutal force in a matter of minutes.

Needless to say, there’s no coming back from a throwdown like that. So when Jason kicked Jessica out of his house, too, it was hard not to feel a little bad for her… even if she should have seen it coming.

Jesus, Tits, and God America

Meanwhile, Bon Temps is busy cleaning up the remains of Beulah Carter, which Andy considers eating the way a junkie would go ashtray hopping outside the local methadone clinic. Fortunately, Jason talks him down before he can start licking the sidewalk, just in time for Bill to show up in his Escalade, prepared to glamour the local news camera away from Maxine Fortenberry.

After explaining that no, all vampires don’t know each other, and yes, suicide is sadly common among their ranks, Bill proceeds to rail on the hate being perpetuated against his people by quoting Jesus, presumably in the hopes that Antonia is watching. And indeed she is, which only leads to another tirade about vampires’ shameless lust and flagrant disregard for the miracle of life and the power of creation… making her the supernatural equivalent of a gay-bashing abortion clinic bomber.

Not only that, but Tara—now a fully aware and willing accomplice in Antonia’s unstoppable plans to orchestrate vampire genocide—remains her loyal sidekick nevertheless. As if we needed another reason to despise her.

Even so, Bill is hellbent on forging a truce, and calls up Moon Goddess Emporium to arrange a time to meet. Antonia isn’t buying what he’s selling, but Bill begs her to “trust in the possibility of peace” long enough to talk with him, unarmed and in person at the Bon Temps Cemetery. She replies only by announcing the meeting time as midnight, after which Bill indebts himself to her boundless diplomacy, for some ridiculous reason I will never understand.

I mean, I know you’re all about ending this vicious cycle of hatred and whatnot… but they call it the fucking WITCHING HOUR for a reason, King Dumbass.

Anger Management

Meanwhile, back in Shreveport, the greasy packmaster gives all his werewolves executive orders to butt out of any and all vampire business unless they want their asses handed to them. And though she assures Alcide that it wasn’t her, it seems more than a little likely that Debbie is indeed the “source” who tipped Marcus off to all the supernatural drama that’s going down.

Later, everyone enjoys themselves at a kegger in Marcus’ backyard, where Alcide gets the golden opportunity to growl some ridiculous camp counselor bullshit about “letting go of your anger” to a younger member of the pack, when he really should have just choked the kid out and shotgunned a beer.

To which I say ET TU, ALCIDE? I liked you a lot better back when you were a grumpy bitch—why don’t you run along home and watch some more Oprah reruns or whatever it is you do now.

Marcus, however, is impressed with Alcide’s moves and tells him he’s got an alpha in him, which sounds kind of dirty. And this, in turn, pleases Debbie, who is still over the moon about the really nice bitches she met that night—all of which leads to the evening’s requisite appeal to stay away from Sookie, which is now quite conveniently PACKMASTER’S ORDERS.

I think it’s fair to guess that Marcus is going to be very disappointed when Debbie tells him all about how Alcide showed up at Sookie’s doorstep later that night. Assuming, of course, that he isn’t too busy plotting Sam’s violent and painful death to care.

Piss On Boots

So that evening, Sam shows up at Luna’s to tell her that he booted his brother out of his life for good this time—and after a brief heart-to-heart, Emma emerges to ensnare her Mom’s new boyfriend in another play session with her shifter Barbies, which is no doubt made all the more excruciating by the obnoxiously sassy child acting.

And also the fact that Cat Barbie hates him… but no one cares what that bitch thinks anyway.

Back in Bon Temps, newly homeless Tommy’s not exactly out crying in the streets, because he’s too busy busting into Maxine’s house to pilfer some granny panties and a couple of Chico’s ensembles—not to mention picking out JUST the right pair of shoes—so that he can swindle her right out of everything she owns. I’d suggest that next time, however, he steal Sam’s Make-Me-Pretty Barbie and squeeze in a little practice beforehand, because his hair and makeup skills are sorely lacking.

Even so, it’s enough to convince the prospector to fork over a check—and to get Arlene to bring him two tallboys, a shot of tequila, and a giant plate of secret succotash, all of which only ends up in a pile of puke in the woods.

Meanwhile, Marcus shows up at his ex-wife’s house to bust up their dinner party, until Luna tells him to back off before she decides to call his parole officer. Sam’s not trying to start any fights, but he offers to take things outside if that’s what needs to happen—and I can’t help but wonder why they’re even having this pissing contest, when Sam could just shift into a grizzly bear and eat the packmaster with a side of picnic basket.

Surely, Marcus knows this. Then again, he strikes me as the type who’s not above sneak attacks, despite his hopelessly big mouth. So Sam should probably watch his Barbie-loving back.

Invasion of the Baby Snatchers

Back in Merlotte’s kitchen, Lafayette—still refreshed from his educational vacation south of the border—walks in on the old-timey ghost lady singing to Mikey and swiftly walks out. But not before Miss Mavis had enough time to size him up as a suitable host for her babynapping schemes.

In short order, we learn about her real reasons for being attached to Mikey, which trace back to an illegitimate son she had with the local Mean White Guy, who actually murdered their love child to keep his secret affair under wraps. And you have to wonder if he didn’t kill her, too… seeing as how she doesn’t seem at all aware of the fact that Mikey isn’t her dead baby.

Anyway, she leaps into Lafayette’s body—who then proceeds to adjust his cleavage and casually walk over to the Bellefleur home, where he steals Andy’s gun and takes little Mikey while Terry and Arlene sleep.

I just don’t see how this could possibly end well—much less how it’s going to end at all. And that’s unfortunate, because I can’t say I’m the least bit interested in this completely tangential storyline. Why isn’t Lafayette trying to take on Crazy Marnie, again? And where the fuck was Jesus while all hell was breaking loose? That was why they went to visit Abuelo in the first place, right?

I’ll just stop now so that we can move on to more interesting topics. Like, you know… snow showers.

Winter’s Bone

By all accounts, “Spellbound” was one hysterical jump out the window short of a Very Special Episode of True Blood. But considering how events actually did go down, I’m more inclined to call it the most convincing argument in favor of recreational drug use EVER.

Seriously, you guys.

First, we have Sookie tearing off Eric’s neck chains while he screams what I can only guess is Swedish for KELLY CLARKSON! When he doesn’t heal as quickly as he claimed he would, they both realize it’s because he needs to eat—and that no, TruBlood will not suffice.

Without much hesitation, Sookie does what we’ve all been waiting for and offers her own delicious fairy goddess blood… but not before Eric warns her that her mouth shouldn’t write checks that her ass can’t cash, and that she better make sure she really means it. Sookie insists that she’s sure, at which time Eric advises her to arm herself with silver for peace of mind before giving her a good long sniff and digging in.


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He pulls back after an uneventful suck session… but the fun doesn’t end there! Ever the selfless partner, Eric bites into his palm and offers Sookie his own blood—despite her obvious lack of mortal injuries—so that they will be one.

Before I can even yell DO IT twice, Sookie’s confusion gives way to greedy enthusiasm, and she sucks on Eric’s hand while he jizzes in his pants. (Not that they showed that part… BUT YOU TOTALLY KNOW IT HAPPENED.)

And so it is that what began as innocent touchy-feely shower time leads to Eric and Sookie getting freaky in some X-rated Christmas Village—you know, where the air smells of candy canes and Toblerone, and the sun shines even when it snows. And also, where you don’t need blankets—because Ikea sheepskins lay like fondant on rustic beds, which have been expertly crafted by magic elves and conveniently placed for all visitors to enjoy spontaneous naked time in the soft glow of moonlit fresh powder.


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The only thing missing was a hot cocoa Jacuzzi, complete with mini-marshmallows and a peppermint swizzle stick. But just because we didn’t see it, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.

So does this mean Eric and Sookie are permanently bonded now? I suppose we’ll find out—and if so, I can’t imagine Eric will be too pleased with this development once he gets his memory back. What I do know is that, if this is what tripping on Eric Northman’s blood is like, well… PUT MY ASS ON THE POLAR EXPRESS.

Especially since “all is possible” in this wondrous place—which means I might actually be able to procure that bartending butler monkey I’ve always wanted.

Midnight Mass Destruction

After an unsuccessful attempt to convince Sookie to run away with him, both she and Eric show up in Bill’s parlor ready to join him in the fight against the witches, for which he at least had the good sense to prepare—if not to re-schedule for the more benign hour of, say, 9:30.

After some royal protest, Eric insists that Sookie’s participation isn’t up to them, and she interjects that she’s willing to put her life on the line if it that’s what it takes to put an end to Antonia’s death march.

So when Bill and Antonia meet in the cemetery and expose the first half of their respective hidden hands, we get to witness that awkward little moment where Sookie realizes that she and Tara are playing for opposite teams. Antonia humors Bill long enough to listen to the terms of his peace offering—but in case you were wondering whether she actually had any intention of accepting said terms, Sookie’s telepathy decides to kick in for a change, and she warns Bill that Antonia is already in the process of casting a kamikaze spell.

This doesn’t sit well with Antonia, and she summons the remainder of her forces—who evidently spent the afternoon trawling estate sales in search of artillery—prompting Bill to warn her one last time to surrender. But before he can count to three, Eric seizes the moment and rips the heart out of the nice lady in front of him Godric-style… amounting to what was probably the smartest move made on the vampires’ side all night, and leaving me to squeal with delight.

Because let’s be real: If all the vampires had followed Eric’s lead instead of waiting for Bill to put Antonia in the time-out chair, Tara the Insufferable Vampire Slayer would be headless and Sookie might not have ended up with a bullet in her gut. In fact, since Sookie conspicuously didn’t have a laser trained on her back, I’m inclined to assume that it was actually Tara’s gun that shot her… setting up yet another instance in which Bill’s guilt-fueled “mercy” ruins the day, and introducing the most harrowing whodunit since that poor singing telegram lady bit the big one.

Would Tara actually put a bullet in her frenemy? Or is it possible that Debbie came across the gun on the ground and decided to make the most of the fog and chaos? Maybe neither… maybe it was a stray bullet that ricocheted off of a nearby grave. Less credible things have happened on this show (like, say, Debbie tailing Alcide the whole time without him sniffing her out).

Whatever the case, this is one little mystery that has the potential to crack open a whole mess of juicy drama over the next few weeks—which, of course, means that the incident will never be revisited again. Just letting you know, in case you thought you were watching Dallas.

Though if the HBO store comes out with WHO SHOT SOOKIE? t-shirts next week, I suppose I’ll have to eat my words.

In Summary…

I enjoyed this episode—not quite as much as last week, but even so, there was still a lot to like, with memorable moments ranging from the all-too-real to the delightfully campy and bizarre.

But while so much of this week’s installment felt like a dream within a dream, it wasn’t without its deeper messages. And in this episode, it seems that the focus was on war and peace—whether interpersonal or global—and how, among our many earthly attachments, the rigid beliefs to which we cling make a life of true unity all but impossible.

When Sookie insists that she and Eric are obligated to fight beside Bill, Eric—who before now was always ready for a fight—echoes the lessons that Godric taught him centuries ago by replying that there is no right or wrong, and that these concepts are human inventions. But while conventional wisdom might dismiss this statement as a carte blanche permission slip for chaos, experience shows that nothing could be further from the truth.

As Eric himself later says, war isn’t about whether you think you can win—it’s about being willing to die for something you think is worth dying for. And few will put their life on the line for anything less than what they think is “right”—even if that “right” involves slaughtering an entire race of people. The enduring split concepts of right, wrong, good, and evil are the very ideas upon which war is built—both for better and for worse—and it’s the feverish enthusiasm with which we cling to these concepts that makes the prospect of lasting peace so elusive.

And yet, in a place where you can feel the heat of the sun on your skin while it snows—where the human mind is able to both embrace and transcend the paradoxes with which it constantly struggles, and where we can accept that maybe what we thought we knew about the “real world” isn’t really reality at all—all is possible.

In that one blissful moment, Eric and Sookie existed alone in just this kind of perfect world, where time doesn’t exist and peace between vampires and witches is as possible as love between two people who were the picture of antithesis before now. In this world, arbitrary notions like good, bad, black, white, right, wrong—and more importantly, these concepts’ continual struggle for dominance over human consciousness—cease to mean anything anymore. And it leaves one to wonder if maybe “reality” is the dream… and this world is the truth.

In this respect, what starts as a hilariously campy V-trip reveals itself as a transcendental experience at its core… one that has the potential to inform everything that follows. That is, if it wasn’t the human world to which everyone on this show—including the vampires and the disembodied witches—is necessarily bound.

In the human world, the closest thing we have to true transcendence is trust—trust that it’s possible to respect and tolerate one another despite our many differences, and that opposing forces can live at peace in the name of mutual survival, even if they can’t become one.

But unfortunately, by the time we learn that our trust has been misplaced, it’s almost always too late to take it back. So as Sookie herself has learned on more than one occasion now, you best be careful where you put it.

Next week, it looks like Sookie gets another lovin’ spoonful of Compton blood, while Eric raises some hell as Antonia’s automatonic lapdog. It’s not an ideal situation, but at least it brings us one step closer to having the old Sheriff back—and as fun as this avalanche of fornication has been, I have to say, that’s the part I’m looking forward to the most.

Until then… what did you think of this week’s episode? Sound off below!

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The Ties That Bind

194 Comments

    1. Emily says:

      Great re-cap Mas! I look forward to reading your hilarious and spot on thoughts every week. I literally Lol-ed at the jizz comment!I
      At first was a bit bummed out about the shower scene but then let it sink in a bit… I actually prefer it from the book! Gasp! Yes, the books scene was all about Sookie saying “oh what the hell why not!” . If it would have played out as just another slam bam… Thank you sexy assed Viking! This scene was great. Definitely a nod to Mr.January
      I would love to see AB throw in a scene of Sookie getting herself an ice pack post sexy time. Lol
      Is it me or does anyone get creeped out more with the whole nice Debbie? I don’t think normal looks right on her giant lantern jawed face! Same with Tara… These bitches be crazy. Time to embrace the madness.
      About time we see Hoyts true colors! Not such a nice fella after all huh? Apple doesn’t fall far from the tater tot casserole baking tree…

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      • SVB says:

        I was thinking the exact same thing about Hoyt watching that new preview clip where he’s throwing Jessica’s stuff in a box, then scrawls “MONSTER” on the front of it.

        It’s sad to see that after the way Hoyt has defended vampires, he is unable to distinguish between a vampire doing a crappy thing because they’re a vampire…or because they’re simply unhappy. Many human girls have made the same decision to end a relationship that Jessica did. Yet Hoyt reverts to the bigotry he was raised with as his very first response :(

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        • C.K. says:

          It’s a shame if they do go that route with Hoyt because he was so open to vampires and he was sweet. I was shocked by the things he said to Jess but I get that he was lashing out because he was hurt. It’s still uncalled for. Jess shouldn’t have glammered Hoyt earlier this season either. The Jason/Jess hookup will send Hoyt over the edge though so I can see him despising Jess and wishing that he ever met her after she sleeps with his best friend since the first grade. However, it’s not fair to hate all vampires because his girlfriend broke up with him. I feel bad for Jess/Hoyt and Jason in this situation.

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      • Gigi says:

        I don’t think those are Hoyt’s true colors. I firmly believed Jessica fucked up his mind (when she raped it…yeah, it’s like a mind rape to enter other person’s mind to mess it and erase his/her memory without consent) the moment she decided to glamour him without thinking about the consecuences. Tina, if he is unable to distinguish between a vampire doing a crappy thing because they’re a vampire…or because they’re simply unhappy, is exactly because now he has a big hole in the middle of his memories regarding his relationship with her (and in the middle of his memory as a whole, too) as a consecuence of her glamour. And it isn’t like saying that she didn’t knew what she was doing because she actually asked in tears for his forgiveness for what she was doing to him when glamoured him. Lack of knowledge of the extent of the damage on her part, maybe. But she knew without a doubt that she was messing his mind.

        All that, including that is a fact that most couples can sense when something isn’t right in their relationship and when the other is cheating (even in thoughts…) added to the other fact that she kept rejecting him without telling him why. So, I couldn’t blame him for acting so odd and lost his trust in her because she failed to be honest with him, and he isn’t the same Hoyt from the moment she glamoured him and mess his mind. So, who knows… perhaps that’s why Jason also has been calling him “Bubba”.

        And actually, if you think more about it, if Jessica herself make a hole in the middle of his memories with her, the only memories that were kept intact regarding her are the ones he had with his mother, so… :rolleyes:

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        • LLE says:

          There is very mean streak in Hoyt and he becoming so much like his mother. Hoyt resented Jessica being a vampire and Jessica try to be human.

          Jessica glamour Hoyt because she did not want to hurt him when he found out that she fed with someone else.

          Hoyt never had any respect and try to controlled Jessica. Hoyt order Jessica to cook his meals and he knew that she can’t stand be around food. If Hoyt want someone to cook his meals, Hoyt should go back to his mother or marry Summer.

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          • Gigi says:

            [Jessica glamour Hoyt because she did not want to hurt him when he found out that she fed with someone else.]

            An old saying says: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

            So she didn’t want to hurt him, and insted of being honest, she fucked his mind and their memories as a couple when she glammered him, and kept rejecting him without him knowing what happened between them. Meanwhile, his memories with Maxine regarding her remains intact. She knew that glamouring him will make a mess in his mind, she didn’t ignore that fact. Beel himself talked about the danger of glamouring to mental sanity when had to glamour HER familiy. But IMHO, like father, like daughter. It’s easier for them to avoid problem and take advantage of the situations glamouring people instead of being honest. Inmature or not, her role model is Beel and she is proud to be his offspring, so is easy to understand why she is learning all his behaviors. Hoyt behavior is the consecuence of her action.

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            • LLE says:

              Jessica is a vampire and all vampires glamour people. Look at Ginger, she been glamour so many times by Eric and Pam.

              It’s part of being a vampire.

              Hoyt true colors is show by being mean and he deep down he hates vampire and did not want Jessica to act like a vampire. They are both at fault and best to breakup.

              They were doom character from the start

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            • Gigi says:

              To be a vampire doesn’t means that you ALWAYS take advantage of everyone in order to avoid honesty. And yes, Ginger was glammered by Pam and Eric and that’s why the girl also has his mind messed. And if you don’t believe so, it’s enough to watch her screaming and scare everytime she appears on a scene. Having the ability to glamour isn’t necessary the only way a vampire resolves his problems or take advantage of situation. If so, then Eric could have glammerd Hadley to know why SA had such interest in Sookie. But glamour is the preffered technique chosen by Bill to manipulate everyone since the beginning when he tried to do it with Sookie. We have seen him constantly glamouring everyone and taking advantage of everyone to resolve his issues, from Sookie to Antonia. TB even dedicated a minisode to honor Bill’s glamour technique. And Jeasica learned from him. If Hoyt actually were been a vampire hater, he would never had offered his own blood to her, nor even less he would visit Fangtasia with her, nor would had engaged in a physical fight against the people who were attacking the vampires outside Fangtansia.
              The key point here is honesty. Contrary to Eric and Pam, that can be brutally honest when they have to deal with their issues with people, Bill and Jessica prefer to hide the truth and manipulate people through the glamour.

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            • SVB says:

              Exactly Gigi. I think the show has gone to absolute PAINS to show a huge distinction here. I think we’ve seen Eric glamour a human only once – in S2 – and only when Plan A didn’t work (because a 6″4 vampire with metrosexual hair and clad head to toe in black leather could NEVER pass for a red neck human :lol: ). It is not, and has never been his go-to with humans, yet we’ve seen Bill use it multiple times and often for the most trivial of reasons (the cop in S1 comes to mind….and he pushed it to the point where he made him piss himself, no less). Ugh. And let’s not forget Mrs Smallwood – glamoured out of an engagement ring and most likely a job. For WHAT, exactly? Just because he COULD.

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    2. Nikka says:

      It just occurred to me yesterday, that if Eric went straight for martonia, there goes the chances of breaking the spell on Pam. Maybe that’s why he went for some other random witch. Great recap as usual…and thanks for pointing out that midnight is the witching hour!

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    3. martinipie says:

      Aaaah, hilarious as always! I was anxiously checking SVB more often than I’d like to admit for this. Hot cocoa Jacuzzi? Yes please, with Viking blood on top! And I’m surprised the Heinous LL Bean Jacket of Fail on Mr. Northman didn’t merit a mention–I fully expect his second question upon regaining his memories, after “What the fuck happened to me?”, will be “WHAT am I WEARING?”

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      • martinipie says:

        Also that cap of Marcus made me laugh out loud for a long time.

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      • EricObsessed says:

        Regarding both the jackets, I was distracted during that scene thinking to myself, “Gosh Sookie, what a hideous jacket you are wearing. What you need is a high quality,warm, nice, RED coat.” What are the chances of Eric sending her a new one now he’s Antonia’s bitch? Is he going to wake up from his amnesia in Sookie’s house? Not holding my breath!

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        • MissAubrey says:

          I would be BEYOND thrilled if Eric eventually sends her a red coat to replace the one that just got shot up. And it’s not like they haven’t already set a precedent for gift-giving right? ;)

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        • C.K. says:

          Also, where did Sookie find a pair of pants to fit Eric? She didn’t have time to go out and buy them and Jason is a lot shorter than Eric. I guess it will remain a mystery like Eric’s missing shirt,jacket,and shoes.

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    4. Adele says:

      lol, he TOTALLY was jizzing in his pants!

      I liked this episode too, but one more “possible” from those two and I would have gone to do an eye roll, you can eat too much cheese.

      I have to ask, why do you say, “So does this mean Eric and Sookie are permanently bonded now? I suppose we’ll find out—and if so, I can’t imagine Eric will be too pleased with this development once he gets his memory back.”

      Wouldnt this be ideal for Eric, to be bonded to her?

      Eitherway, ill come on the Polar Express with you, even if I have to buy a ticket of that creepy Tom Hanks conductor.

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      • C.K. says:

        I know Adele I keep thinking How many time are they going to say “possible”? I just kept going and going. It really started to annoy me and I wish AB would have worded some of that differently. I get the pint he was trying to make.

        I agree with MasSpencer that Eric wouldn’t be to thrilled if this turns out to be a significant blood bond. It would make him uncomfortable to be that exposed to Sookie because we all know that he doesn’t like to feel “Weak”. He will be confused and a little scared of his feelings. I guess apart of him would like it too. I don’t know if this is a one time thing or if more effects of this mutual blood exchange will manifest later. Is it permanent or temporary? Eric did say “We will be one.” It sounds like that is more than a one time thing and that it was important. Blood bonds are rare in the books. I know AB said it was a V-trip but ut had to be more than a regular V trip. Also, Eric and Sookie’s dreams were different than everyone elses to begin with. I hope that Sookie and Eric address/talk about the dreams at some point.

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        • C.K. says:

          ***typos*** meant “point” not pint. “It kept going” not I

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        • Adele says:

          Yeah, I see what it means now, for Eric to feel like he’d be in a vunarable position and not in control of his own choices and connections/feelings…even if it was him that did it, it wasnt “normal” Eric. But when old Eric wanted to claim Sookie back in the kitchen, and said it was for her protection and he cared for her, is that as far as he would go emotionally? He wouldnt want to do a blood bond with her at all where they are one, just that she is plain old his for some sex and blood? I guess old Eric did show he didnt like to feel human emotions.
          I totally cant wait to see what comes of all this season into next season. I just hope any angst from Eric isnt sappy angst. No Twilight depressing storylines thanks AB. I like my Vikings smart arsey and manly!

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          • C.K. says:

            I agree Adele I don’t want Eric moping around completely depressed next season and I am sure there will be humor from Eric so it will balance out I hope. I want BAMF Eric. I hope Eric/Sookie get to a point where they can have some playful banter and joke around a bit. One of the aspects of the books that I love and miss is Eric/Sookies shared sense of humor. Show Sookie never so much as cracked a slight smile at Eric until the beginning of season 3. Normal Eric and Sookie never once laughed together. Even this season they really didn’t laugh together (except when he was drunk but even then I don’t think Sookie laughed). Actually, Sookie pretty much lacked a sense of humor the longe rshe was with Bill. I just want one scene where Eric says something and Sookie is amused by it and laughs(I’ll settle for a smile even).

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            • C.K. says:

              I meant I want one scene with where normal Eric says something and Sookie laughs.

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    5. white.lily says:

      Fantastic recap! It had me laughing but also considering some new facts, esp. your idea of Tara having shot Sookie. I thought Pam took her gun but maybe after the Queen lamely ordered her to not harm Tara, she left it on the ground.
      As this one was written by AB himself, Ishy’s observation of Sookie’s shooting being a Rattray parallel (mentioned on the episode thread) makes it even more intriguing but also the fact that Eric states TruBlood won’t help him heal. This is the second time that we are told in such a random statement that TruBlood is not sufficient for the vamps to live of or at least it does not sustain the vamp’s strength.
      Despite the rather cheesy dialogue during the snower scene, I enjoyed the deeper meaning of it and I think this episode is clearly made to have a closer look. Maybe there’s even more to find… back to searching.

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    6. Zarwyn says:

      Just a pointless random thought .. does her obvious dislike of Cat Barbie mean the shifter-werewolf kid will turn werewolf when she gets older? Are werewolves genetically dominant? I told you it was a pointless random thought …

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    7. ConcreteGirl says:

      Maspenser you write the best recaps! They’re hilarious and insightful at the same time. And they make me wanna watch the episode again. :D I’m just wondering, is it true that Eric only attacked that random witch because he was under Marnie/Antonia’s spell?

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    8. celia says:

      Loved your recap as always… And I liked the episode very much. Except… yeah, except that so-called “shower scene”! WTF?? WTF?? WTF?? WTF?? WTF?? I mean, I’ve been waiting for it for four damn years. I watched a Bill and Sookie’s shower scene, which made me scream in frustation. And then, I watched many dream-scenes between Eric and Sookie, which I loved. But they were… you know, dream scenes. And now, when (again, 4 yrs later), I get to see Eric and Sookie together FOR REAL, the only real part of it were a couple of pairs of feet getting into a bathtub before it “started snowing”. Again: wtf?
      Well, don’t get me wrong: the scene was beautifull, we got to see Eric’s butt at least twice, and I’d give my right arm to trip that way. BUT it was not real!! And I’ve seen enough dream-scenes with them! I didn’t need another, at least not now when they’re finally together. And besides, with Sookie hurt, I doubt if there’s gonna be any more “real” sookie and eric scene… I fear that this was it for my favorite couple. And even more: I fear that Bill will give Sookie his blood to save her and then she’ll start changing her mind about Eric all over again…!
      Anyway, your review was awesome, as always! And… can you apply as a writer to True Blood? Maybe in a consultant capacity? I’m sure I’d like the show much more…! :) Célia

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    9. Vamped78 says:

      Great Recap Mas, had me cracking up. Iam guilty of rewatching the jizzing of the pants scene over and over. And while you get your ticket MAS for the Polar Express, buy me one as well, cause Im SO up for that trip! With Eric ripping the girls throat out, she was holding a drink tray and I guessed that maybe Eric thought she was offering some drinks and went to grab one and accidently grabbed her larynx. :P
      In the forums, we have been discussing the who done it, that shot Sookie. It is a good question, and Ishy pointed out that Alcide picking up Sookie and Debbie watching was the likeness of Bill picking up Sookie and Sam watching from season 1. There is something there, and Im sure we will find out who did shoot her, if not soon, then in an upcoming season.

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    10. LKC says:

      “Who shot Sookie?” LOL! I have to admit that the question never crossed my mind because I don’t care! But now that it’s out there I have to say if it was Tara that would be an awesome twist. It’s also intriguing that it does parallel the Rattray beating.So much to ponder.

      I have to say that I really hate Bill for so many reasons but after this episode the greatest reason is that he stopped Pam from killing Tara. “So fucking lame!”

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    11. trarecar says:

      First off: too busy busting into Maxine’s house to pilfer some granny panties and a couple of Chico’s ensembles – my first LOL of the day.

      Second: In regards to Sam and Marcus – my thought was, he must not know what kind of shifter Sam is, because he will turn into a lion and EAT your ass.

      As for the shower scene: Sure, I would have loved to have some insanely hot nasty sex scene for them, but they already gave us that. I loved what he did with the shower scene instead – gave us something more meaningful and really (I hope) foreshadowed their future on the show.

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    12. hime says:

      Great recap, MAS. Better than the episode. I didn’t dislike it, overall, but it left me with an annoying bittersweet feeling. I think they have overdone the cheesy aspects of AE and Sookie relationship almost to the point of making everyone except the ELs want to puke. Everyone is hating AE and this episode left me thinking how much this amnesia storyline had been negative for Eric’s character. I can’t help it. Up until episode 7, I thought they were great together, though I was more and more missing the Sheriff. But after I saw AE doing puppy eyes and saying “But I want to be with you, forever!”, I facepalmed. This is not the Eric I love. Why was it necessary to turn Eric into a giant teddy bear for Sookie? The amnesia storyline could have been okay for 3/4 episodes, but now it got sickening. IMHO.
      Still, while I hated the pillow talk, I absolutely loved the blood exchange and I wasn’t impressed by the blood trip at first, but now it’s growing on me. It’s significant, and foreshadowing.
      The cemetery scene was confused. And Eric’s attack initially left me WTF, but now, assuming that he was NOT already being controlled by Antonia, I can quite understand why he aimed to a harmless witch instead of Antonia herself. Pam’s rotting spell would have never be broken if he had. Not to mention his amnesia.

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      • Paloma says:

        TOTALLY agree with you Hime. At first I was loving Alan Ball for giving is AE and giving us the bond, tearing up in fact…several times! But each week I begin to think that he is just sticking it to us even more. I was not overjoyed with this episode however, any scene where I can see the Viking, nude, making out, is good to me :-)

        But thanks MAS, I am taking in your points about the true meaning for the winter wonderland scene…especially this.

        “In that one blissful moment, Eric and Sookie existed alone in just this kind of perfect world, where time doesn’t exist and peace between vampires and witches is as possible as love between two people who were the picture of antithesis before now. In this world, arbitrary notions like good, bad, black, white, right, wrong—and more importantly, these concepts’ continual struggle for dominance over human consciousness—cease to mean anything anymore.”

        Yes….^THAT^ is good and made the episode worthwhile.

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      • C.K. says:

        When I saw the fireside chat scene I was ready for BAMF Eric to return. I’m tired of AE praising Bill (when he doesn’t know that Bill tried to kill him and his kid on a previous occasion or he does know and just brushes it off like it’s nothing). Normal Eric is going to be po’d when he does get his memory back remembers some of the things AE said about Bill. Then, Sookie was going on about how “good” Bill is. I’m fine with Sookie forgiving Bill(at some point) for the Rats incident but I have a problem with Sookie acting as though it never happened. I think Bill was just sorry that he got caught, he wasn’t sorry about the actual incident (his response was “I didn’t love you then.”)Sookie made it seem like Eric owed Bill for setting him free when she knows and admitted that Bill arresting Eric was wrong in the first place. Sorry but I don’t perceive it as a good Samaritan act that Bill released Eric(when he lied to the AVL in the first place so that he could kill him out of jealousy). I guess it’s all about how the individual perceives it though. I won’t forget that he tried to kill Eric twice out of pure hatred and jealously when he was defenseless. (After watching the episode a couple time the scene annoys me less).

        However, I did like the call back to “I Will Rise Up”. Eric says to Sookie, “There is no right or wrong….those are just human notions.” I don’t mind him wanting to run away because he wanted to go back to Sookie in the book too. I just think some of the dialgue could have been better in that scene.

        The scene at Bill’s house between Eric/Sookie/Sookie kind of made up for the earlier fireside chat for me.

        I did like the blood exchange in the cubby. The snow scene is growing on me but the dialgue is a little annoying. Apparently it took them several weeks to create that Scandinavian forest scene too. I think Alex mentioned that this was one of his favorite scenes this season. I t looked like they were in a snow globe. I think one of the positions they were in in the Viking bed was a call back to Sookie’s first dream of Eric in “I Will Rise Up”. At keast Sookie got a few moments of pure bliss before the chaos at the end of the episode.

        Overall I was happy with the AE storyline even though some of the dialgue was really sappy. I enjoyed alot of the dialgue between AE/Sookie this season (although it did seem like they kept repeating some oof the same things). Show Eric is darker and more serious than book Eric (is at this stage). I think it makes sense that show AE would be more meloncholy than book AE.

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        • Adele says:

          “He’s good this King.”

          ERIC!!!! No he isnt! BARGH!

          I wish the writers would stop slipping in Bill praise into Sookie’s mouth and also she keeps making snippy remarks at Eric…its like she is Bill now and Eric is Sookie. URGH, just enjoy your nude Viking and be glad you had him for this long already. Cos soon enough, all she will have is a bullet wound, a new microwave and old Bill sniffing back at her (Eric’s) door.

          I loved his voice when Eric/Alex said “there is no right or wrong, these are human notions”…oh man. But yeah, Im still angry Sookie is so forgiving of Bill just one week after returning from Fairyland!

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          • C.K. says:

            The Bill praise really ruined that fireside chat scene for me. Especially, since normal Eric would rather die than ever say something like that about Bill. Eric will be po’d that he gave Bill the satisfaction of seeing him bow down to him. I think Pam even filled AE in on Bill. I know AE doesn’t have his memories to put things into perspective but still those lines were unnecessary. I don’t know why they even did the Ratts reveal if they are just going to sleep it under the rug like it never happened.

            I was upset in episode three to and I think that one was written by AB too. When Pam said that it wouldn’t be the first time that Bill tried to kill them. Sookie’s repsonse was sommething like “Yah because Eric tasted me.” No, Bill tried to kill Eric to bury his secret(which Eric explained to Sookie when he showed up covered in cement). I still think Sookie makes light of Bill attempting to murder Eric by throwing him in cement. I hope she thinks about that incident a little more.

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            • C.K. says:

              Correction I wasn’t upset with all of episode three I actually liked it but I was annoyed with that one line from Sookie “Yah because Eric tasted me.”

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    13. NorthernSoul says:

      Great recap as aleays, MAS! I agree about LaLa…where is his story going!? He would have been more useful in the vamp/witch conflict, so what’s the deal with the ghost? I’m hoping this storyline ties in somehow with the main one by the end of the season, because it drives me nuts when the plotlines break off and meander. This was the biggest problem last season, and you’d think the writers would have learned a lesson from that mess.

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    14. Leila says:

      Love your recap, I myself was disappointed with this episode due the the fact that E/S are high on V wtf! Don’t get me wrong the snowing and Alexander ass is great but I feel like they are using same material/concept as Jason and Amy in S1. That said the moment Sookie/Eric nake raning in snow with the bed in middle of no where,I just had to giggle and turn the other way, it’s just too silly to watch, oh and the cheesy dialogue as well;( But I had to keep watching Alexander nude. Hehehe anyway I was expecting to see good vampire kick ass some witches, ops no, they just stand there watching/ did nothing while Antonia cast a spell of foggy air? What happen to vamp speedy and length? Sookie getting shoot and in a coma remind me of S3in hospital after Bill/Sookie drain her in the trunk. seem to me they need new writers for the show, dammit. I love the show but I think they should cut down on plot line, there is no focus on the main character ie Sookie. I don’t like that they add too many story line with Alene/Terry /baby, Tommy, Sam/and shifters, Lay/Jesus, Jason/Jessica/Hoyt, Marcus. The story line just jump everywhere, I am fine with a few, but I think AB is going over board with plots that seem to go nowhere or not related to main character. I hope they kill a few people off, or how are they going to fit all in show slot time if AB is going to introduce more in future.

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    15. AlcideGirl says:

      Fantastic recap as always MAS.

      And sadly, even I can find very little defense for Alcide in this episode. But, I do think it was totally Debbie that squealed to Grungy McPackmaster.

      I’d love it to be Tara that shot Sookie, even if by accident. Maybe that’s why she takes the bullet from Debbie we all think is coming. To make up for shooting her. Although that would probably lead to more of Rutina’s patented lip quivering…..hmmm, maybe I don’t wish it was Tara.

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      • hime says:

        Well, I can defend Alcide this time: if it hadn’t been for him, Sookie would have been left there to die. :) But, he has been utterly stupid in not realizing that Debbie was following him.

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    16. eviehellosweetheart says:

      I have so been looking forward to this review all week and it certainly didn’t disappoint me. One of the best and funniest you’ve done.Especially loved the winters bone section unsurprisingly enough. I too am so ready for the return of the sheriff but also just a little bit concerned about what the writers will do with him. I too squealed with delight when Eric went in for the rip and I’m pretty sure that was real Eric with Sookie in the Ikea fur bed. Who shot Sookie? Probably no one of consequence but if I could vote I would love it to be Alcide.

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    17. VikingFever says:

      Thanks MAS! Great insight. I agree with everything you said regarding right/wrong, black/white and good/bad.

      While I had to take a few shots to wash down all of that cheese in the snow scene, I do appreciate the deeper meaning that I think AB and writers were going for. Most of the time, whether something is possible or not depends on our actions. It will be interesting to see how all of the different characters either consciously act to make their desires/hopes into reality, or if they continue to wish for things to be one way and not act in a way to make it happen. I think when Eric gets his memories back and there is this wall between them again (mainly Eric’s wall), Eric will know that it is “possible” for him to love, care for and be open with Sookie, but that he won’t be able to take the same approach with her he did in the past if he wants their possible connection to become a reality.

      TOT: Something that has always bothered me about the books and TB and a few people mentioned it here earlier: Why do shifters get so little respect from the weres that can only change into one animal? You would think they wouldn’t want to piss off a “species” that could transform into anything and kill them. You KNOW Tommy would have shifted right there into a tiger, bear, or any other animal bigger than a wolf and KILLED HIS ASS. (Rant done now.)

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    18. TrueVampLove says:

      Ugh, I hate the thought of sookie drinking bill’s blood. She’s going to have lust feeling for him all over again. I did like the episode, but it was another let down for eric. he’s already cast under a spell, now he’s gotten into another one, and bill gets home without a scratch. *Sigh* This is another one of AB’s crappy “Bill’s the hero” episode.

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      • legalease says:

        Well, Bill was getting silvered by some of the witches at the end of the episode so I wouldn’t say that he got off without a scratch. Also, on first viewing I was overcome with annoyance at the “good” Bill dialogue; however, when you look at his actions in this episode I don’t think he comes off as a hero. I agree with MAS that his meeting Martonia at midnight in the graveyard plan was kind of stupid. What was the point? Did he really think his grand speech would convince her to a truce? If not, then he had to know there would be a conflict. And, why in the world would you bring old and strong vampires to a fight against a necromancer who has already demonstrated her ability to exert control over and turn powerful vampires into dangerous weapons? Had he already forgotten Luis? Hell, two of the vamps he brought with him were already under her spells. Why not just have his human guards/snipers there as back-up? Bill will have some culpability in whatever destruction Martonia causes via spelled Eric thanks to his dumb ass plan.

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        • hime says:

          Bill should have asked help to other witches because it’s the only way to defeat Antonia. Just sayin’.
          BTW, did anyone else find STUPID that Bill met Antonia – who can control the dead – in a CEMETERY? lol

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          • MASpencer says:

            SERIOUSLY. I really don’t think that “peace talk” could have been more poorly planned– especially since it couldn’t have been more obvious that Antonia WASN’T there to negotiate.

            I don’t imagine genocidal crazy people tend to give up their plans too easily. Which is why I don’t think Eric’s preemptive strike was out of line– or out of character– at all.

            I mean, Sookie outright TOLD them that Antonia was trying to pull a fast one. And Eric Northman doesn’t bring knives to gun fights… which is why he’s actually effectual as a leader. :lol:

            It’s possible that Antonia spelled him to start the fight that way– and I totally see that as something she would do. But if that were the case, it would make her spell at the end rather redundant. So I think it’s just as likely that Eric’s stunt was all ERIC.

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            • Lantana says:

              Could be that Martonia petting AE at the end like that was to thank him for being a good soldier under her spell, including forming the blood bond with Sookie so that Martonia could have some control over Sookie through Eric. Then again, this is AB who starts storylines only to abruptly drop them three episodes later so … NAH!

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            • SVB says:

              I absolutely agree it was all Eric and I’m scratching my head as to why so many of us feel this almost obsessive need to find a way to absolve him of responsibility for it.

              One of Eric’s defining traits is that he is a FUCKING BAMF. Even though Ball has done his level best to emasculate him and feed him his balls this entire season, AE still knows how to start – and finish – a fight. He is a warrior with every fibre of his being.

              Bill’s plan was ill thought out and stupid, regardless of his good intentions. Bill’s “good intentions” are the reason he will not survive long as Queen if he doesn’t start getting half a clue, and pronto.

              Eric sized up the situation, he saw they were about to get fucked over, and he made a decisive and deadly premptive strike because IT WAS THE SMART THING TO DO.

              I would expect nothing less of him in dealing with an enemy bent on killing them all, and I feel no need to try to whitewash it at all.

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            • Ohiogurl says:

              Have to respectfully disagree with you here. Not because I want to whitewash Eric, but because his actions LOOKED badass, but were actually idiotic. There’s a difference between LOOKING badass and BEING badass. Setting up Russell last season and being willing to die to take him out–that’s being badass. Smart, effective, hard-core.

              Killing a random witch instead of Marnie/Antonia, then stopping to show everyone his gory trophy instead of continuing the fight–that was LOOKING badass and BEING stupid. That’s the reason I believe Eric was bespelled to do this–because it’s not a smart move.

              After all, killing Marnie/Antonia might break the spells on him and Pam. Or another witch could undo them. Killing Marantonia is risky–but a risk worth taking for someone “willing to die for something you believe is worth dying for.” Sparing her life to kill the cowering victim 15 feet behind her is just nonsensical.

              If Eric had even attempted to kill Marnie/Antonia, I would completely agree that this was his own decision. But he did not. He went out of his way not to kill her. I’ve read a lot of reviews chortling that badass Eric is back because of this scene. These reviewers are all people who are totally over the amnesiac and want the sheriff back. But I think they want him back so much they’re confusing mindless blood-thirst with badassery. I hoped people here would be more perceptive. Just because we miss strong Eric, doesn’t mean this is him!

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            • SVB says:

              I disagree.

              Even in the books, they were all very careful not to kill Hallow during the witch war, with Pam not doing the honors until AFTER she spent the night torturing her to force her to break the spell. They let her live until she broke the spell, because to kill her and hope there was another way was a risk they simply were not prepared to take.

              And the witches in the book all knew what they were doing and were halfway competent. The other members of the coven on TB were all complete novices – they would have had no idea how to break that spell, even if their lives depended on doing so. Killing Marnie would have left Pam and Eric up the creek without a paddle.

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            • Ohiogurl says:

              I think we’re inferring too much similarity between the books and the TV show here. At first I thought they should spare Marnie/Antonia, too, so they could break the spell. But then I thought–why? It seems much less clear on True Blood that killing the witch who cast the spell would be bad. After all, they have no way of knowing the spell won’t break as soon as the witch dies. That’s a risk I might be willing to take.

              Even if not, how can they torture Antonia to get her to break it (or tell how to do so)? She’s a passenger in this body. She can leave. Her spirit is immortal. Marnie knows nothing about how to break the spells cast by her passenger. Antonia helped her find the spell to remove Eric’s amnesia earlier by throwing the correct book on the floor. Without Antonia, Marnie isn’t much more competent than the other coven members. It appears their best hope is to persuade Marnie/Antonia to lift the curses she cast. Which is what Bill was trying to do.

              Sookie warned that the witch was up to something. At that point, the human snipers trained their sights on Marnie/Antonia’s chest. Bill pointed out that they are immune to control by necromancy. The witches appeared to be outclassed, and ripe for surrendering to save their own lives. But Marnie/Antonia laughed, and then Eric attacked. If he had attacked Marnie, the only threat, then I could understand. He would have been sacrificing a chance they could undo the spells on Pam and himself (although he wasn’t that interested in undoing his own spell) to prevail. She was the unpredictable threat.

              But his action did NOTHING to help them. He didn’t get a hostage, he didn’t take out multiple witches and keep killing, he did the most showy, distracting thing he could do to HELP Marnie/Antonia. If his action showed any foresight, any strategy, any remote chance of improving the situation, I would go “Yes, of course, that was Eric.” But it didn’t. THIS IDIOCY from the man who beat Talbot at chess only half-trying. The man who played Russell Edgington. He’s not infallible, but Eric, even memoryless, is a much better strategist than THIS.

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            • Serena says:

              What is a “smart move” in this situation? As others have mentioned, Bill was a bit dim to bring vampires to a fight with a necromancer, but that being said, what could Eric have done differently that would have been “smart?” There was not going to be a peace treaty signed.

              I think it comes down to survival and the “smart” move is living. In this set of circumstances living meant killing witches. Should Eric have kept on killing witches? Yeah, most def! lol. IMO that does not make his first move “dumb” after the fact.

              Should he have attacked Marnie? … No, I don’t think so. Adding to what SVB said I don’t think Marnie was a killable target, (for the sake of undoing the spell), but also the witches on TB and Marnie in particular are more powerful in numbers. Taking out more witches before cornering Marntonia in order for her capture would have been the way to go I have to think. :?

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            • Ohiogurl says:

              A smart move would have been to let the human snipers at least try to subdue the witches. While Marnie/Antonia obviously knows spells other than those that control the dead (since she made her followers invisible), it is unclear how many other spells she has and how much power. With at least three rifles trained on her heart, Marnie/Antonia was apparently at a disadvantage.

              If he was willing to risk not breaking the spells on him and Pam, killing Marnie would be the obvious smart move. Her followers appear to have no power without her. She’s like the keystone in an arch–without it, the entire structure falls apart.

              I’d agree with your gloss on survival, except that it directly contradicts what Eric said before the battle. He was willing to risk death for this cause.

              I have no beef at all with killing witches. It’s not the killing I object to. It’s the totally useless, uncharacteristically ineffective killing. Eric has always had good instincts before about which person it was vital to kill (Talbot, Russell). Now he suddenly becomes a brainless killing machine?

              If he’d kept killing witches I might buy the argument that he was destroying her power base. But he didn’t do that. He killed one extremely wimpy witch and then stopped, held up the organ he had removed, and gloated. This from the man who warned Pam to “Taunt later,” last season. If his plan was really to kill all Marnie/Antonia’s followers then he should have been doing that.

              He takes advantage of surprise (good!) but then throws that advantage away by killing one witch and then stopping to SHOW EVERYONE WHAT HE HAS DONE?! How does that represent any kind of strategy, rational plan, or even simply good tactics? The behavior is out of character because it is dumb and ineffective, not because it is violent.

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            • MASpencer says:

              By laughing at the snipers trained on her, Marnie was calling Bill’s bluff– and that’s exactly what it appeared to be (and probably was). A bluff. For some reason, Bill thought that he could get through this encounter without killing any humans. THAT was stupid.

              In a situation like this one, there’s no time for it. And while I agree that what Eric did WAS distracting and showy, there is certainly a point to it. Namely, to get all the witches to look in his direction while the remainder of the vampires finished them off. Before, presumably, they could join Marnie/Antonia is casting ANOTHER spell to set all the vampires on fire.

              And if they had followed Eric’s lead with their vampire speed instead of just standing there– I can only imagine this spectacle wasn’t half as shocking to them as it was to the humans– the chaos that ensued would have been completely avoided.

              But then, that wouldn’t have been too convenient to the plot, would it? :lol:

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            • SVB says:

              Shock and Awe, MAS.

              Shock and awe.

              It worked for Dubya, and GODAMMIT it can work for vampires backed into a corner by a bunch of necromancing upstart witches :lol:

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            • Ohiogurl says:

              MASpencer, actually, Bill did make a few good decisions among the many bad ones. Bringing the human snipers was a good move. Not using them more quickly and effectively was foolish. Taking any vampires (even himself) to a meeting with necromancers was dumb.

              I would buy the distraction argument if the snipers didn’t have their scopes focused on Marnie/Antonia (and appear to have her at somewhat of a standoff). Yes, her laugh indicated that she wasn’t completely flummoxed. But that could have been HER bluff. Or, perhaps, her sign that she was unleashing Eric.

              This is an Alan Ball-penned episode, so there will be multiple sacrifices of character, good sense, and logic in the name of increasing ambiguity and making us all argue. He will probably never address this again, except so obliquely that it merely fuels more argument.

              I’m just trying to show that there are multiple reasons to believe, as I do, that this is actually Eric controlled by Marnie/Antonia. Reasons that have nothing to do with trying to defend Eric’s character against accusations of unprovoked violence.
              I certainly agree that Eric, and all the vampires, WERE provoked. And they have good reason to be wary of Antonia.

              But Eric’s behavior is uncharacteristically ineffective and poorly planned. It may be simply Ball sacrificing his character for the sake of inspiring argument. He loves drama. But Ball has certainly sprinkled the episode and the season with enough clues to suggest a completely opposite interpretation–Eric was used as Marnie/Antonia’s tool to distract the snipers. She may have more trouble controlling humans than the undead.

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            • MASpencer says:

              I see your point, and for the most part, I totally agree with it. Again, I can totally understand how someone would conclude that Eric was compelled to make that move– I just don’t find it to be enough of a sacrifice of character to raise any red flags.

              It was, however, a refreshing counterpoint to the puppy dog eyes we’ve been getting up until now– and a reminder, like Claudine’s death, that Eric is anything but innocuous even (and maybe especially) with amnesia.

              I guess we’ll all find out eventually. Or not. LOL.

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            • LLE says:

              Eric was using his head and he knew that he if kill Marnie/Antonia they would not find the spell to cure Pam or himself. The only witch has the powers is Antonia and non of her members has any powers. The only one who has the powers is Laffy. Bill is no leader but a puppet and he was in charged and he really thought he could scare them with his humans was a big joke.

              Eric knew that Antonia was putting spell on all the vampires and he knew that she want war not peace.

              All Marnie/Antonia followers are all idiots and probably will all get killed except Tara.

              In the book Hollow’s members did not survived because the vampires and were-wolves made sure of it. Hollow was capture by Pam and torture by Pam.

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            • Ohiogurl says:

              I just can’t agree this was using his head. Even if Eric, Bill, and Pam assume Marnie/Antonia is the key to removing the spells, and that is why they are avoiding killing her, it still doesn’t explain how they are going to get Antonia to remove the curses. In the books, torture does the trick. But in the books, their adversary was mortal. Antonia is an immortal spirit. She inhabits Marnie’s body, she may even want to protect that body as it gives her a vessel to enact her revenge, but she can easily leave Marnie high and dry if the going gets tough. It’s hard to torture information out of a possessing spirit.
              That’s why they were negotiating with her.

              If the coven members are powerless, why kill them? Why not attempt to use one as a hostage to persuade Marnie/Antonia to negotiate?

              Perhaps scaring her with humans was a joke to Antonia, since she laughed at the snipers. But vampires are even less effectual against her than snipers.

              Yes, Antonia wants war and was putting a spell on all vampires. All the more reason to kill her. If negotiation is impossible, then the curses won’t be removed by Antonia, so kill her and search for other solutions (there obviously are other solutions, as the episode synopses describe Sookie as breaking at least one of Antonia’s spells). Even if they don’t know about other solutions, Antonia, hell-bent on vampire genocide and absolutely unwilling to negotiate, logically should be killed. She offers no real hope of saving Pam in the current circumstances. What leverage do the vampires have against a disembodied, ancient spirit? And the risk of letting her continue killing and enslaving vampires is too great.

              Yes, you are certainly right about Marnie/Antonia’s followers and their fate in the books.

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            • hime says:

              I think Eric aimed to the nameless wiccan because he somewhat realized that Antonia takes power from the coven. I don’t think Antonia would be able to compel more than a single vampire at a time, without the power that comes from the other witches. Who, taken singularly, are powerless, but they are the basis of Antonia’s power.
              So he zoomed to kill a witch, maybe expecting that the other vampires would do the same. The more witch they’d kill, the less powerful Antonia would be.
              Now. Do I think that it was stupid, on Eric’s part, to stop and show his trophy to Antonia grinning? YES. I call bad writing here. Because I think that in this case AB went for the shocking value rather than being respectful of Eric’s personality. But, I don’t see Eric’s attack as completely idiot, or OOC.
              NormalEric would have been more careful, and smart. But this is AmnesiaEric and we can’t expect him to be EXACTLY as cunning and clever as he is WITH 1000 years of experience. This is nuts. 1000 years make you grow, increase your fighting skills and your ability to make smart plans. We can’t expect that AE is the same as NE when it comes to fight. If ever, this gesture coming from AE is in direct contrast with the sweet, remorseful vampire we saw in the previous episodes, the one who refused to be the vampire Pam told him he was. Only my 2 cents.

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            • MASpencer says:

              I agree, Hime. But I’ll also add that this is the same vampire that bowled with heads in the books. Taunting BEFORE you kill someone is just asking for it. Playing with body parts AFTER is a different story. :lol:

              Anyway, I stand by my opinion that the failure wasn’t Eric’s in that scenario. The ball was dropped on the entire mission, whatever that “mission” was. And for that, you can only really blame the organizer.

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            • Serena says:

              Seriously how hard would it have been for Bill to have sent a sniper over to Marnie’s before he rang her up? ‘Oh good, she’s home.’ BANG.

              The whole battle reeked of plot contrivances, but .. as you say, “this show.” :lol:

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            • Cheryl says:

              Killing the random wiccan by Eric was shock value to Sookie. She does not like the killing of humans by vampires.(The camera looked at her shocked face). I’m sure AB did it on purpose. Bill did not kill a single human. So naturally Sookie will hold it against Eric, and she will have a reason to go back to Bill.

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            • SVB says:

              I sincerely hope that by this point, Sookie does not see the situation in terms that are so black and white.

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            • hime says:

              And I think that Sookie kinda needed to see this. I’m sorry, but the girl must open her eyes because it seems that during the Amnesia she fell under the impression that Eric CAN AND MUST be human in terms of being all puppy-like and sweet and caring (humanity in my opinion is much more than this idealized concept, and is partly brutal, too). I’m sorry Sook, but you are deluding yourself.
              To be with Eric at his core, the girl needs to wake up and accept that violence and brutality are part of Eric’s nature as well as his loyal, caring, tender side. She needs to reconcile the opposites in Eric’s nature and start accepting that these 2 sides can coexist in him, rather than demanding that he “changes”. A little change of behaviour will be needed in Eric’s part, too, of course. They need to meet halfway.

              And I also think that this scene was necessary to AE to understand something about him, too. Because he, too, was deluding himself, negating his bloodthirsty side, and going all lalalalalala with hands on his ears when Pam tried to remember him what kind of vampire he used to be.

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            • legalease says:

              @Hime, I completely agree with you and I’m hoping that Sookie will come to accept Eric’s darker side at least in part through coming to terms with and accepting her own darker, fairy-influenced nature. Like Eric said at the beginning of the season, there are two Sookies and she needs to understand this and reconcile both sides. Some of the things she said and did in this episode indicated to me that she is beginning to open herself to her own dual nature. I’m really looking forward to seeing Sookie grow more powerful. Pretty soon she may be protecting the vampires instead of the other way around. :)

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            • C.K. says:

              It’s the same in the books to and Sookie’s judgement of Eric was really evident in Dead Reckoning. She always fantasizes about Eric acting a certain way and then is dissapointed when he doesn’t react in that manner. I think in DR Eric told Sookie a story of some vampires mother getting murdered and she wanted him to be upset about it but he wasn’t. In Dead and Gone Sookie fantasized about Eric being kind to some fangbanger and when she came back to reality she was disappointed. This is a major thing Sookie nneds to deal with in the books and in the show. Book Sookie’s expectations are so high sometimes that it seems like Eric can never live up to this idealized image that Sookie wants Eric to act like. There was the infamous “bite” scene at the end of DR that was the culmination of all the tension between E/S. One of Sookie’s vices is that she is a hypocrite.

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            • MASpencer says:

              All that said, I totally agree with you, Ohiogurl, about the possession aspect of all this throwing a serious wrench into things. I imagine the end of the season will find her defeated– I just haven’t the slightest clue how exactly that’s going to happen. I can only guess that maybe Lafayette will head up some kind of permanent exorcism.

              According to spoilers, at least, it sounds like Sookie’s going to do something to break the spells. RANDOM. But again… this show. :lol:

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            • sheldon says:

              “One of Eric’s defining traits is that he is a FUCKING BAMF. Even though Ball has done his level best to emasculate him and feed him his balls this entire season, AE still knows how to start – and finish – a fight. He is a warrior with every fibre of his being.”

              Yeah SVB I hear ya. I don’t hate TB AE, but he’s sorely bereft of BAMF and joire de vie. It seems like such a missed opportunity. All AB had to do was stick to the spirit of the story, especially this season, and we would have got AE from DTTW in all his glory

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            • heart's desire says:

              I’m so relieved to see other people (who’s opinions I’ve come to value) see it this way too. I’ve been wondering how I could be one of the few to not see Eric being spelled as the logical conclusion here. It’s not that I don’t think it’s possible – I just didn’t get that impression.

              “It’s possible that Antonia spelled him to start the fight that way– and I totally see that as something she would do. But if that were the case, it would make her spell at the end rather redundant.”

              ITA! What would be the point of the second spell that matched exactly what she did to Luis if she was already controlling him?

              Eric is a warrior & this is WAR. The witches ARE out to destroy every last vampire. He will fight to the death & he will rip out throats because he believes this war is worth fighting.

              Bill is wasting his time counting to 3 w/ someone who has proven over & over she is not interested in peace or surrendering & just how well she can control the dead. And for all his talk of peace – he brought an army of the dead & is willing to execute every last one of them FOR Marnie is they defend themselves. *facepalm*

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            • heart's desire says:

              Oops – that “It’s possible” should be in quotes – I was quoting MAS there.

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            • Serena says:

              Fixed. :)

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            • heart's desire says:

              You’re the best! :D

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            • Krtmd says:

              So late to the party here (I’m on vacation). But it didn’t escape me that Eric acts after Martonia calls Sookie a demoness. I see Eric being proactive here because he sees the situation as threatening to Sookie, who he will protect at all costs. I’m not sure he’s acting to protect himself or Pam here at all. JMO.

              And of course, he can’t attack Martonia in this situation. Only because we can’t, plot wise, have the witch dead with the spells intact – we still have 4 more episodes! :-)

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            • MASpencer says:

              You know, that’s a really good point, Krtmd. AS USUAL.

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            • Krtmd says:

              <3 you too, MAS.

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        • TrueVampLove says:

          By leaving without a scratch I meant by not being under a spell. It should have been AE trying to give sookie his blood, but nooo AB decided to give eric another dose of misfortune.I totally agree with all of you on the cemetery meeting, it was truly a stupid idea. I hope bill receives some type of punishment.

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        • C.K. says:

          I hope when Eric gets his memory back that he takes the leadership for the rest of the witch war but Bill’s king so who knows. Eric underestimated Marnie once I’m sure he won’t do it again with Martonia. Eric is the strategist.

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          • TrueVampLove says:

            Why couldn’t AB just stick to the strategy they used in the book. It would have saved a lot of time and lives. I agree that he only made things worse for everyone.

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        • ATW says:

          This is an excellent point, legalease. Bill has never come across on TB as an idiot. If anything, he is an ultra-plotter and planner and manipulator. In my mind, this suggests cunning and an understanding of what the people he deals with will predictably do. If there is not some secondary explanation for this meeting with a fucking necromancer witch in a graveyard at midnight, I am going to start doubting AB’s writing skills and how much thought really goes into these episodes. I’ll still enjoy them, don’t get me wrong!

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          • legalease says:

            I don’t think that was the point I was trying to make, but thanks anyway, ATW. To be honest, I’m often at a loss for how AB is trying to portray Bill. Yes, we get him acting like a master manipulator in episode 312 by tricking Eric into the silver and concrete grave and revealing a surprise talent at mimicking voices by ordering the hit on Pam. Yet his inability to follow through results in Pam overcoming her assassin and freeing Eric from the concrete.

            In the same vein, we also get a Bill who monkey jumps a 3,000 year-old vampire last season for no other reason than keeping his secrets from Sookie resulting in his death sentence via Lorena torture. And now we get a Bill who plans to meet a powerful necromancer in a graveyard at midnight and brings several vampire potential weapons with him as back up.

            The point I’m trying to make here is that I believe that the show has consistently portrayed Bill as a competent manipulator who chooses to lie even when lying is not the easiest or most obvious option. However, these qualities do not equate with an effective leader and strategist. So, I do not believe that AB writing Queen Bill as hatching a monumentally stupid plan is OOC or just generally bad writing. So, I can’t agree that he is an “ultra-plotter and planner” nor can I agree that there is some master plan of Queen Bill’s that has yet to be revealed. I can easily see this whole debacle as yet another Bill convincing himself he is acting in the best interests but ultimately fucking it all up scenario.

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        • MissAubrey says:

          I just want to say thank-you to Hime, SVB and others for clarifying the instigation of the cemetary battle. I admit that when Eric ripped out that witch’s throat instead of Martonia’s, I was a bit puzzled at first over why exactly he did it. You all make a really good point that if he had killed Martonia, he probably could’ve kissed his and Pam’s chances of getting their spells broken goodbye. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that at the time! *facepalm* It seems so obvious now. The dialogue right before this even points it out; Bill had just promised in front of everyone that vampires would never harm her again or else they would face the true death and that “In return, I only ask that you remove the spells from my two subjects”. This was a big fat hint/reminder to everyone that Martonia needed to be kept alive so she could de-spell Eric & Pam later. So Eric’s actions in attacking that witch make complete sense to me. Martonia started the fight by casting a spell- Eric immediately went into action against it. They were ALL prepared to kill or be killed. Ripping out a witch’s heart might be brutal; but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a viking vampire warrior in battle.

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    19. DutchGirl says:

      Great recap MAS…

      I liked this ep sort of, I was a bit huh with the shower scene, but then again we had naked Eric which was wonderful !!

      I so knew that ghost woman was going to take over Laffy, I also think she will have something to do with taking Antonia down !!

      Who shot Sookie lol, I do wonder if it was Tara, I think Debbie will take a pop later. Wtf the will happen to Eric as we left him on his knees in a daze being petted by Antonia :-(

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      • C.K. says:

        I found that scene at the end really disturbing when Antonia was petting Eric’s head. I think Normal Eric is going to have alot of issues with knowing that he was used as a puppet by Martonia because he hates feeling weak. In this he loses his free will.

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    20. Im2xshy says:

      The Polar Express bit made me laugh out loud and the Clue nod made me spit my coffee at my computer screen. Well done! Insightful and hilarious as always!

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    21. Duckbutt says:

      A couple of things –I think they were tripping in Gran’s bed. Look at the design on the pillow cases in the trippy sequence and when they are in the big bed afterward talking about “forever”….same pillowcase design.

      Also, TB/AB is making Debbie Pelt out to be a sympathetic characer. In TB-Land we don’t have a Debbie Pelt who made an ass of herself in front of Sookie/Alcide in Club Dead; we don’t have her burning Sookie’s wrap; we don’t have her pushing Sookie into the car trunk with Bill; and we don’t have her being a willing participant in Bill’s torture, which earned her being abjured by Alicde. No….we see a character that has one year of “sobrietary” that is under her belt until Sookie shows up on Alcide’s porch. Alcide is now preoccupied with Sookie’s safety and while he hasn’t been physically unfaithful, you can bet Debbie knows he has fantasies about her. Anyway, if Sookie shoots her, Debbie won’t be near the bitch she was in the books –
      Pat

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      • VikingFever says:

        Totally Duckbutt! I love how TB makes us silently (or not so silently) like the people that we are supposed to hate (Debbie, Franklin, Russell).

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      • legalease says:

        Duckbutt, I completely agree about Debbie. Yes, she did bad things last season while she was strung out on V including attacking Sookie. Although I was suspicious at first, I am now convinced that she has been making a real effort to rehabilitate herself. Sadly, it will end in tragedy. Also, I think TB has made Alcide a lot more culpable than in the books. Yes, he was a dumb ass for taking Debbie back in the books, but Book Debbie never wanted to or tried to change for the better. In TB, Alcide has continued to lie to her culminating in his lying to her and the packmaster and deliberately going behind their backs in this episode. Since Alcide agreed to rigorous honesty with her he should have been strong and told her the truth. He and Bill definitely have some things in common and I hope Alcide will realize that he will deserve some blame for whatever horrible end that Debbie meets. I could see Sookie’s guilt and Alcide’s guilt over Debbie as an obstacle to any future relationship between them. Also, like Bill, would Alcide lie to Sookie if he thinks telling the truth would hurt her? We all know that Sookie doesn’t appreciate this.

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    22. ishy says:

      great recap MAS! :) this was my favorite part:
      “In the human world, the closest thing we have to true transcendence is trust—trust that it’s possible to respect and tolerate one another despite our many differences, and that opposing forces can live at peace in the name of mutual survival, even if they can’t become one.

      But unfortunately, by the time we learn that our trust has been misplaced, it’s almost always too late to take it back. So as Sookie herself as learned on more than one occasion now, you best be careful where you put it.”

      i think that’s one of the hard lessons that sookie is destined to learn, as she is quite naive (but maybe now less so) when it comes to interpersonal relationships. and when you throw in a couple of “people” that she can’t listen in on to find their true motives? who does she trust then? well, i guess she has to decide if she’s going to rely on what comes out of their mouths or what their actions say.
      the viewer should know by now that eric and bill’s actions are in deep contrast. there’s a reason (that seemingly gets glossed over) that bill was a procurer and was known as “mendacious” and that bit of his character hasn’t gone away–far from it. i think it’s important to remember that each time the show tries to feed us bill’s “nobility”. even alcide (who sookie can hear, so it’s a non-issue) is wishy-washy at best. i think it would be an interesting study to break down the words that are used to describe these three by third parties. i think we already know what we’ll find. ;)

      but back to the details of the “war”, i am dumbfounded that bill was able to outfit his human bodyguards with full combat gear, but somehow failed to give a bit of kevlar to sookie the human-fairy hybrid.

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      • MissAubrey says:

        I am dumbfounded that bill was able to outfit his human bodyguards with full combat gear, but somehow failed to give a bit of kevlar to sookie the human-fairy hybrid

        Yeah, so much for “not being willing to gamble with Sookie’s life”. As usual, Bill’s talking out of his ass. *rolls eyes*

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    23. meg says:

      You say the shower scene wasn’t real because they were tripping? I don’t know if you’ve ever taken any drugs like acid or mushrooms or MDMA, but every thing they said and did was all too real. The actions that one takes and what is said during a trip actually happens the perception of what is going on around you is what changes what we saw was what they experiened with each other, in reality they were probably in sookies bed banging and expressing romantic sentiments. Also sookie will remember that whole experience and its gonna go through her head everytime she sees eric after he gets his memories back. Shared trips are an extreamly profound experience this is something I’m saying from personal knowladge.
      I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about with this shower scene. Its just two people screwing in a shower. The book version wasn’t about romance it was about sookie saying “what the hell” and succuming to temptation that happened to sneak in the shower with her, and I’m sorry but refrences to “quivering puppies” is a ladyboner killer. When eric said “we will be one” in the show I felt that right down in my lady parts. We got to see eric and sookie share something that is way more meanigful than shampoo. The “all is possible” back and forth reminded me of wedding vows. Did we ever see anything like that happen between bill and sookie? No. Eric and sookies relationship is deeper than the physical and the trippy shower scene experessed that better than a full out sex scene would have.

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      • MASpencer says:

        If by “real” you mean that Eric and Sookie were ACTUALLY fucking in an elf-made bed in Christmas Town, then no– I don’t think the shower scene was “real.”

        But if you’re suggesting that the experience itself has potentially lasting and deeply truthful value, then yes, I think the trip was actually MORE real than “real”– as I explained in detail in my summary.

        And yes, I am well versed in the nuances of recreational drug use. Clearly, so is Alan Ball. :lol:

        Personally, I liked the scene, mostly BECAUSE it was so incredibly campy– and also, as I mentioned above, because of the “impossible” resolution of paradox that it ultimately represents. But I can just as easily see how it might rub the audience the wrong way.

        Two people fucking on E (or V, in this case) an epic romance does not make– and the tiresome tryst between Jason and Amy in season one pretty clearly demonstrates that. Moreover, if you REALLY married everyone you rolled with, we’d have a whole shit-ton of domesticated club kids on our hands.

        Sookie and Eric can glean a lot of deeper meaning from this experience if they choose to. But it could just as easily turn out to be a drug-induced one-off. Time will tell.

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      • BellaKarma says:

        I hear ya, Meg! I despised the shower scene in Dead to the World. Last season I wrote a blog post, expressing how I would hate to see it on True Blood as their first intimate act. If they had the book shower scene in this episode, it would’ve been nothing more than *just another sex scene.” I loved the snow scene because it gave viewers a hell of a lot more to contemplate.

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      • Dora says:

        Meg, you hit the nail on the head. Thank YOU! I feel the same way about the book shower scene. Sure, its kind of sexy in the way most fanfiction/harlequinn scenes are sexy. Its a guilty pleasure. In fact, the entire amnesia storyline in the book has a more “what the hell- I ll have crazy delicious sexathons with the gorgeous vampire now that he’s less complicated”. The way they re setting this up is ten times deeper the connection than in the books. Mainly because, they wont have 13 seasons, or are willing to wait 3 seasons to reunite them (not saying AB will do that for sure- he might screw E/S anyway). Eric’s inner struggle is been set up since season 3, and we even saw it been forshadowed by Eric’s outburst towards Godric’s ghost “this is who I am – this is what YOU made”. Personally, I dont give a damn about the shower scene. That belongs in the book, along with the book’s version of E/S which had always been written lighter and less angsty than TB’s version. Sue me, but I like the second version better. Its darker, and deeper, no matter which ship AB favours (if he does at all). Just hope that they follow through in season 5 (judging by all that foreshadowing they probably will).

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      • AlexN1fan says:

        Thanks Meg, for now I can really understand Allan Ball’s take on Eric/Sookie’s shower scene I’ve been reading tons of different opinions over the week and this one, yours, is the one that has really help me understand, also your opinion about the book shower scene is spot on, it was just sex, hot and sexy, fun to read shower sex but just meaningless sex, the “snower” scene in spellbound on the other hand was deep and beautiful and romantic, I could have done with a tad less of cheese though, as I could have totally done without the line “but I just want to be with you forever” I think the went over the top there, I loved the “we will be one” and had the same reaction you had. Thanks

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    24. Kelley says:

      Hi, first time poster, long time lurker! Great recap, as always! But I had a few points I wanted to make. I thought that when Sookie overheard Antonia casting a spell, that was what made Eric rip out that girl’s throat. She has her own agenda and isn’t above sacrificing one of Marnie’s coven members to get the war started. That’s why she did it under her breath so that the other coven members didn’t know that she was the one to start it. I just assumed the spell was to activate Eric, not that he did it of his own accord.
      Also, while I thought the V scene was a little cheesy, I think it definitely foreshadowed their relationship in the future. I haven’t read the books b/c I don’t want to ruin the s/l for each season but here’s how I think it’ll go down the rest of this season into next. Eric will get his memory back but won’t remember what went down between he and Sookie but his subconscious will give him little hints. Sookie will let him go b/c she doesn’t think she can accept the old Eric yet. They’ve started amping up the sexiness between Alcide and Sookie this season so she probably gives up on vamps and they get together next season. Which means Debbie’s out of the picture so either she confronts Sookie and they fight and Alcide breaks up with her or Sookie kills her. Then, at the end of next season, Alcide and Sookie eventually realize they are better as friends and Eric finally recalls his time with Sookie and tells her he loves her and wants to be with her and she finally realizes she wants him as well. At least, that’s the way I want it to go down. Unfortunately, the scenario described above it not new in the storytelling world but I def want it to happen that way. Who’s with me!!? :)

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      • IATM says:

        i think your on to something Kelley .. besides if AB plans to leave Quinn out then Alcide should be next in line to hook up with the Sook.. besides if AB’s plan is to make Alcide a packmaster in s5 then his priorites to the pack will destroy his relationship with Sookie anyway… or at least be one of the many factor’s that destroy the relationship w/ the Sook..

        Sook doesnt like “Baggage” afterall.. & she really is the only person in the story that can envision a life with 2 partner’s… anyone else doing that is looked at as cheating, or too much baggage..

        i’m curious though how Debbie dies out.. i mean they fought in s3 & she still lives.. i wonder unless it was already spoiled IDK, if Debbie unseals Russell ?? i mean Debbie is pretty pissed off right now that Alcide lied to her to her face.. & she is already jealous.. so her demise is comming..

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        • Kelley says:

          OK, here’s a random thought. I def think the blood bond between E/S has occurred and will be with them for the rest of the show. Even though she drinks Bill’s blood next ep(I’m assuming) she has only ever drank his blood to “fix” her. They’ve never just drank each other’s blood during their sexy time, only Bill has. So, I don’t think she’s ever created a blood bond between them. I think his blood was so busy fixing whatever was wrong(rattray beating, maenad scratch, etc) that she only had some side effects from it, ie. increased libido, but not an actual bond. I def think she will be able to sense Eric’s emotions, not just Eric sensing hers. Does that make sense?

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          • IATM says:

            yea, i think the blood bond is totaly active ( between E/S) & will remain at least untill AB decides to have TB Sook break it…

            i’m only speculating right now that a photo i saw for epi 9 in Sookie’s 3some dream involves Regular Eric & Not AE & of course our typical cockblocker ( Billy)..**snort** & this dream occur’s after Sook ingests Billy’s blood agian.. Billy & Sookie have a connection, but it isnt as strong as E/S .. besides i think TB Sook is Billy’s Renfiled already & i think in the books it’s highly likely as well… considering Sookie in the later books like DAG & her Billy fan club…

            there has been so much Cat talk in s4 that i really think or wont be suprised if Quinn makes an apperance on TB in s5.. mostly in regards to Sam & i think he might gain Tommy’s skinwalking ability.. so AB’s plan might be to have Sam become Quinn.. besides Marcus thinks Sam plays with Baribes & Therefore, Marcus is calling Sam a pussy… the cat refference with the Sam storyline… so Sam is either turning into a Lion ( FDTW BOOK 8 STUFF) to fight Marcus & kill him out or he will be turning into the Tiger ( a.k.a. Quinn/ DAAD book 5 stuff)…

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            • Kelley says:

              I don’t really know that much about the books but I just figured instead of bringing in a brand new love interest for us that they would just use Alcide to be her next man. Werewolf, weretiger, what’s the difference? I just think they’ve put so much emphasis on the 3 guys in her life(Eric, Bill and Alcide) that to introduce someone completely different yet still a supe would be just too much for the audience to believe.

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            • IATM says:

              yea, the thing is though is that Alcide & Sookie in the books never had a real fling.. & due to the Debbie situation Sookie & Alcide never moved forward into the sack.. so enter’s Quinn the weretiger…

              it really depends on how Debbie dies out & how much the writer’s include Alcide into Sookie’s life by the end of s4.. but the Cat foreshadowing is still there & we cant ignore it nevertheless.. & it is always with the Sam storyline this season.. so Maybe Sam kill’s out Marcus in s4 as a Lion / or Tiger & that leaves the door open for Alcide untill Debbie resurfaces as the jealous scorn girlfriend… ??

              But a Cat is comming either way & he wont be just a Panther..

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            • legalease says:

              I agree with you. I think we’ll be getting Alcide as the suitor next season and he’ll get more involved with his pack and pack politics and Sookie will be drawn in like she was in the books. What will be interesting to see is whether or not the show oh so conveniently drops the obstacle it in Season 3 when we learned that Sookie could hear Alcide’s thoughts — loudly and clearly. I also see whatever ends up happening with Debbie as a potential obstacle.

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            • legalease says:

              that should say “drops the obstacle it created in Season 3″ — grrr!

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            • IATM says:

              it will be sort of cool if TB Alcide get’s some of Quinn’s traits from the books.. working with a Royal Vampire for whatever reason TB comes up with .. besides, Alcide worked with Eric in the past & now Billy is King.. plus Alcide took Sookie to Billy.. in his behalf he already knows that Eric is spellbound anyway from an earlier epi.. but Alcides first choice wasent to take Sookie to Pam.. so does he know Pam is cursed as well?? in s3 Alcide knew Russell was King of the state so he might know Billy is king as well in s4.. Col. Flood didnt want to get involved with Vamps stuff either & Alcide was like “Oh Hell Naw” in s3.. so in s4 he is thinking the same.. if Sammy ends up killing Marcus for Alcide then Alcide’s only challenge is to become packmaster in s5 ( & therefore, Sookie will be involved because she fights for the ppl she loves).. Marcus in s4/epi 8 already gave Alcide the title of Alpha …**snicker**

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            • C.K. says:

              If Alcide and Sookie do get together Pam and Eric will probably have some humorous things to say about it. Last season Eric made the comment to Sookie “What is Bill’s stamina not up to snuff?” I’m sure Eric would have worse things to say about Alcide. I don’t know that Eric would take Alcide serious as a romantic rival either. Obviously, Eric would still be upset if Sookie was sleeping with some other guy though.

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            • AlexN1fan says:

              That reminds me what Alexander said when asked his opinion about Alcide’s interest in Sookie, his answer was: “I don’t think Sookie is interested in dogs” LOL

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            • IATM says:

              But Sookie is interested in Cats.. Tina the Cat from s1 that Rene killed.. & Quinn from the books & Bob the Cat that Amelia turned..

              so AB could go anywhere with the cat reference in s4.. s5 might be the Big Cats out of the bag season for the Sook..

              Sookie doesnt like Dogs , but she is a animal lover since she is kind to Dean the Collie… **snicker**

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            • AlexN1fan says:

              I’d rather have Alcide as Sookie’s next lover than Quinn, I hated his guts in the books and we don’t need yet another character, in fact it’s high time they snuff up some existing ones

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            • IATM says:

              yea Pammy & Eric should have alot of stuff that is comical about Sookie dating a were animal/ Tiger / or wolf in s5..HAHA, especially if he is feeling a connection to himself & Sookie by this point… so he is going to think that Sookie is pretending her affection torwards the were animal…

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            • Cheryl says:

              Quinn’s betrayal of Sookie is what gets Eric to remember their time (Eric and Sookie)together.

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        • C.K. says:

          I still think Terry’s army buddy could be a potential suitor for Sookie if she turns out to be a shifter. Maybe if he is a shifter, he will be a low broadcaster so Sookie can’t hear his thoughts to clearly unlike Alcide. I just don’t see how Sookie and Alcide could get together after she kills Debbie. Didn’t Alcide and Debie grow up together too so even if she does try to kill Sookie(which she most likely will)Alcide still loved her at one point and she tried to pull her life together. I just think that makes Alcide look a little bad too he is part of the reason that Debbie goes of the rails. Plus, I don’t want to be subjected to an Alcide/Sookie sex scene. When Sookie does get another suitor I hope the intimate scene is short and that she only sleeps with the suitor once or that they don’t actually show it(probably to much to hope for). However, I’d rather have a Sookie/Alcide rebound than ever have to see her back with Bill(that would be regression in my opinion).

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      • AlexN1fan says:

        I’m with you, I hated Quinn in the books, really really hated him, so I’d rather have Alcide as runner up to Sookie’s bed than yet another annoying new character. And I would love to see Eric claiming back Sookie after she splits with alcide of course as I’m team Eric obviously.

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    25. MollyS says:

      Fabulous as always, MAS. I especially like your thoughts about transcendance with the snowy v-trip, which gives some reasoning for an otherwise oddball scene. I agree that the Laf storyline is totally random, and they.haven’t done a good job linking it to the rest of the season. If Laf is so powerful, he should totally be helping Pam et al take down Martonia. Hope they get Laf (and even Jesus, although I don’t like him) back in the game soon.

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    26. mogacoth says:

      Hi MAS,

      I always read your recaps and enjoy them, although I rarely (if ever) write in.

      Just wanted to know if someone else had a similar perception as me, watching Sookie and Eric in bed, with the furs… remember the poster that Eric made with himself for the Fangtasia calendar? It is described as him wearing nothing but a fur well-placed and low enough, with all white and grey background.
      When I saw the shot in this episode, it seemed a TB nod to that particular picture of the poster that Sookie gets sent :)

      thanks for all your work, it is great!

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      • fiendish says:

        YES! It was a total ode to Mr January… I believe people were squeeing about it over in the forum on this episode!

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    27. Jelly says:

      Great recap, as always!

      2 little thoughts buzzing around my head:

      1. Am so pleased someone mentioned Eric’s coat when they were sat on Bill’s sofa. And also Sookie’s. Having never seen Sookie in a coat I thought it was hilarious that they appeared to be in matching attire, or if not matching, then certainly similar (to my mind)

      2. Was the reason Bill requested a meeting with Marnie/Antonia rather than going all vampy on the witches because he’s still under orders from Nan not to kill any humans?

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    28. Serena says:

      GOT ANY CHEESE? Oh man, MAS. I love the Urkel shot. And it’s so fitting for an episode that was filled with cheese. .. Highly enjoyable cheese, however. LOL. Take for example, the exchange in Wonderland upon first seeing the Viking Sex Bed, – I cringe every time I hear Sookie say “Like, never stop.” – I’m a blushing Dorito on her behalf, yet Sookie smiled and for that, all is forgiven. I pity the foo’ who think Sookie Stackhouse ever smiles, she just doesn’t, therefore, I’ll roll with the cheese as it is given. All is possible. :lol:

      ["Especially since “all is possible” in this wondrous place—which means I might actually be able to procure that bartending butler monkey I’ve always wanted."]

      I could always lend you mine. :) He’s so magical. He’s amazing. He’s a miracle. He will be one. But loving him… is possible.

      K, better stop now while I’m ahead. :lol:

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    29. Obladee says:

      Nice recap as usual, MAS! I felt as most did, about his ep… not my favorite, but enjoyed the…. um…. scenery! :D I’m really really hoping the blood exchange was not just a trip and turns out to be a bond. Eric’s “We will be one.” leads me to believe it was meant to be more than just a monentary v trip. Although, I’d also climb aboard that train any day of the week.

      I think having it be a bond will be very interesting, once Eric gets his memory back. As I’m sure Sookie will not be too happy being tied to RE and RE won’t be happy being tied in that manner to anyone. And I can NOT wait for this. I loved AE, but I am totally ready for our RE.

      I have to say I’m not really looking forward to seeing Eric turn into a one-man destructo unit. I just hope it’s done in such a way that does not allow all of the ignoramuses to jump on the “see how bad Eric is” train. Also not looking forward to seeing Sookie down the “Beehl cocktail” once again. :p

      I did enjoy the Jason/Jess interaction and was only fooled by Jess’s dream until she smashed Hoyt’s head.

      LOVED Tommy in a Maxine suit! Great job on Dale Raoul’s part and the hair and makeup department, lol.

      Serena, you a right. Theeeerrreeee’s soooomethiiing about that packmaster.

      Oh, and I just assumed that Sookie was struck by a stray bullet bouncing around in that fog…. Tara wouldn’t actually shoot her, would she? Like you said, MAS, we don’t really need something else to make us hate her, it’s already a done deal.

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      • MASpencer says:

        Ha. I was thinking the same thing about the Tara situation– but at this point, she’d be such a tough character to retrieve that it almost makes sense to go there.

        For one, she’s clearly crossed over the line to fundamentalist fanaticism– which makes me wonder if they’re giving her a bit of Arlene’s storyline from the books, including the lack of compunction over KILLING Sookie.

        And then there’s the jealousy that’s been bubbling under the surface since season two– Tara may be Sookie’s friend, but she also appears to be terribly envious of her in so many ways. It adds an additional twisted dimension to the idea that Tara may have turned on her this way.

        Of course, it’s not any MORE likely than any other scenario at this point. But I’m definitely not ruling it out yet.

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    30. Diviner says:

      MAS, you are a genius as usual. “I’m inclined to assume that it was actually Tara’s gun that shot her… setting up yet another instance in which Bill’s guilt-fueled “mercy” ruins the day, and introducing the most harrowing whodunit since that poor singing telegram lady bit the big one.” LOL……i like to say I read your recaps for no other reason than the random references to movies I thought only me and my family watch! “Clue”??? I love it. If only Beehl would delivery the singing telegram. He’d be number one with a bullet (hopefully wooden).

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    31. KB says:

      Great recap, MAS, as always. At first, I was disappointed in the shower scene – what the hell is THIS!?! – but upon another watching, I see something deeper (albeit in a cheesy coating) going on than just sex. Okay, fine, Alan Ball. FINE.

      Tommy-as-Maxine was hilarious.

      Random thought: The larynx that Eric ripped out of Silver Tea Service Witch looked suspiciously like the one Khal Drogo ripped out of the tribesman who defied him on Game of Thrones. Maybe HBO is re-using replicas of bloddy body parts. How green of them. ;)

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      • MASpencer says:

        LOL… good eye, KB. HBO spent an awful lot of money on GoT– maybe they’re trying to get a little extra bang for their buck. And yeah, I guess it was a larynx Eric ripped out– not a heart.

        But alas, I only have an overpriced Liberal Arts degree. Despite being a card-carrying gore fan, identifying the origin of aforementioned gored anatomical parts still isn’t my strong point. :lol:

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      • C.K. says:

        I thought Eric ripped out her heart?

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      • MissAubrey says:

        Hmm, having re-watched and paused in strategic places; I have to agree it was her throat/larynx Eric ripped out, not the heart after all. I remember thinking at the time it didn’t look big/fat enough for a heart and the blood spray came from higher up. Also, as the witch falls you can see her throat all bloodied. Plus it makes sense that Eric would go for her throat, to stop her chanting any spells. Heh. Even in battlelust, Eric makes expedient and smart choices ;)

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    32. TB Lover says:

      I have mixed feelings on this week’s TB. I loved the second half better then the first half. I was a little disappointed in the famous shower scene. It was a little to sugary for me but I will just go with it. Let Sookie and Eric have one more sugary time together because Antonia/Marine is going to use Eric to create some havoc. Earlier in the season Nan told Bill she would see him at at Tolerance conference. I have a feeling something bad is going to take place involving Eric and Antonia at this conference.

      I hope Tara is the one the shot Sookie, so Tara can finally realize what all her hate and angry has done to her. Then maybe she will feel so bad she leaves Bon Temps forever. I like the actress that plays Tara, I just don’t like the character of Tara. Again it goes back to her being a minor player in the book series that the writers are trying to create a bigger story for her and it is not working. Again give Tara a good story line or just get rid of the character all together. In four seasons of TB Tara has not worked out well. Time to let her go. I also have the same feelings about Layfette. I love the character of Lala more then Tara
      but again the writers put Lala in bad story lines. What is the whole point of the Mikey, Lala, Mavis and Terry and Alerne. It takes away from vampires. A show about vampires should be more about vampires. I really wanted Lala to play a bigger role in the whole witch/vamp war by being on the vamps side to help defeat Antonia, but the writers have him stealing babies. WHY??

      Please can they just kill of Tommy. He is useless. I am really excited to see how the whole Jason/Jessica/Hoyt love triangle plays out. I think Jason and Jess would be a cute couple. Hoyt needs a human girl.

      I am start to like Bill again. He is a good king and I do like him better without Sookie. He is stronger and sexier without her. If he is back with Sookie he will be emo and wimpy again. I would like Sookie and Eric to be a couple but for that to happen Sookie has to love the real Eric and not just AE and Eric needs to be the sexy Vampire Viking God that he truly is not a sappy loved sick school boy. I am ready for the spell to be broken. Time for sexy Eric to come back. It should be soon with only four more TB’s left.

      I want more Pam on Sunday. Not enough of her last week.

      That is my rant.

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      • Serena says:

        I don’t why the writers thought it necessary to have Lafayette come back from Mexico like he wasn’t there on a life or death mission or something, *roll*… where’d the desperation go? It’s a shame because I thought that story line was picking up momentum. Partially I think Lala was needed to connect this baby/ghost storyline because the writers couldn’t figure out a way to connect it with the other story lines, the other part of me thinks this was needed to delay Lafayette from joining in the witch war because he will be the key to Marnie’s defeat.

        However, I think something must be said for Lafayette’s work ethic, lol! At least someone knows they can’t be skipping out of town all the time. :lol:

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      • C.K. says:

        They need to put Lala with Pam and Eric more the dynamic works really well between the 3 of them.The best part of Lala’s season two storyline was the dungeon stuff with Pam/Eric but after that he was kind of put on the backburner (I liked his toga dress too). They can make Lala Eric’s day man (he could replace book Bobby except not die a horrific death like the book char.). I still hold out hope for a Lala/Eric bromance because that is made of Win. It’s a shame that they waste some good opportunities with some of these char. I think Rutina does a wonderful job as Tara but I am tired of her having the same storyline over and over just with a different villian.

        Book Tara was abused by Franklin and Micky but knew that not all vampires were like that. Book Tara even supports Eric/Sookie’s relationship. She even spoke in Eric’s favor when Sookie came to Tara upset about the marriage(I think). However, Eric did torture her cousin in the show so I won’t hold my breath that she would ever like Eric.

        There’s never enough Pam.

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        • LLE says:

          Franklin in the books never abuse Tara and she use him. Tara in the books was Franklin mistress and he bought her expensive stuff and a car for her. Franklin own Mickey a favor and he wanted Tara. Franklin talk to Tara but she was not interest in Mickey at all and Mickey gave her a gift and she accept it. Tara had gotten herself in trouble by being greedy. Eric told Tara off.

          Tara on the show is very self loathing that does not like herself and plays the victim. I can see Tara shooting Sookie because she think Sookie as a trader that sleeps with vampires.

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      • C.K. says:

        It’s October on True Blood so I am okay with them doing the ghost storyline even though it doesn’t seem to tie into the other storylines and it’s kind of choppy. Maybe they just wanted to throw a ghost story in for Halloween IDK.

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    33. Kelley says:

      OK, I don’t know why that comment submitted 3 times. Sorry!

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    34. SkarredHeart says:

      Awesome recap! You’re so fricking talented. Your take on the shower/forest scenes had me giggling like a moron. So on point!

      Excited for the next recap, er, I mean episode!

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    35. Serena says:

      MAS, I’m in total agreement about Eric’s display of violence at the cemetery battle. I actually really like that Eric didn’t sit there and wait like a bitch, (or shall I say a Queen).

      To me, this is in line with Eric’s character because I think it is in line with his archetype, (I made this point rather vaguely in the forum, lol), -Han Solo did shoot first. There was no reason for Eric not to make the first move and I’d rather not chuck it up to the witches curse, out of character actions or shoddy writing, as I think those options are easy escapism in order to negate Eric’s “bad side”. But again, “there is no right or wrong” .. just survival. While Eric tearing apart a witch might look “bad,” or like a “non-sensical unprovoked attack,” or perhaps unacceptable to some viewers, this is war! Indeed, there was even malice in Amnesia Eric’s grimace, but why shouldn’t there be? These witches were there to exterminate vampires, not to parlay.

      I think it just goes down to the overarching theme in True Blood about the subjectivity of morality. -Eric plays aggressive as evidence with his white chess pieces last season, why should we root for him any less or be disappointed in him just because he tore a witch apart before anyone else did? Or staked Talbot? Unless you’re in love with Talbot that is.

      I really think it was stupid for Bill, Pam and co to just stand watching him even if it was only a few seconds when -speed- is their advantage. Oi.

      The only problem I have with Eric’s act is that he didn’t go for Tara. Her plot armor strikes again! :lol: :x

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      • MASpencer says:

        You realize we share a brain, don’t you?

        Now fork over that butler monkey already. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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      • legalease says:

        I’m coming around on this and you both make excellent points. My problem with it initially was not that Eric killed a human and that made him look “bad” or “evil” (I had absolutely no problem with his staking Talbot or tearing Royce apart), but I thought it made him look rash and stupid. Just like AB wrote Bill in episode 306 when he monkey jumped Russell. Eric can be aggressive but he can also be strategic and controlled when he needs to be. The one thing I don’t like is a stupid Eric. But I can see him thinking that the others would follow his lead and attack as well. I’ve also seen the point made elsewhere that Eric didn’t go for the kill with Martonia because they still needed her around to break the spells. Even if AE doesn’t want his memories back he could have been looking out for Pam. I do believe AB wrote this as deliberately ambiguous (hence the title of the episode) but I think I’ve reached the point where I’m okay with it either way. At least he waited until Sookie disclosed that Martonia was chanting a spell to attack so whether or not she compelled Eric to attack the witch she still fired the first shot, so to speak.

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        • MASpencer says:

          I’ll be honest and say that my main problem with the idea that Eric was compelled to attack would be that it means that Bill was actually JUSTIFIED in requesting his execution. And I really don’t think he was– I think it was a petty, opportunistic move on his part, over which he fortunately came to his senses.

          Thing is, Bill’s bad judgment has landed EVERYONE in hot water now– AGAIN– and the vampire he requested permission to kill IS under Antonia’s control at this point. And Bill’s going to have to answer for that… not to mention a whole lot more.

          But ultimately, it was more than obvious from Sookie’s observation that a peace treaty WASN’T going to be signed that night, under any circumstances, and any small talk Antonia had with Bill was to buy her some time to get the upper hand. I can see how compelling Eric would have accomplished that– but again, I hate the implications.

          There’s also the fact that Eric was cognizant of Sookie’s gunshot wound and ran to help her, just like Bill tried to do. Not that it rules anything out, but it doesn’t seem like he would respond to something like that if he was under Antonia’s control.

          But ultimately, it’s probably not that important. Eric’s pretty much screwed now, one way or the other. :lol:

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          • legalease says:

            Unless I’m reading it wrong, Martonia does not need a vampire to already be under one of her spells in order to control them. Luis wasn’t under any spell when she turned him into her puppet. So, I don’t think that makes Bill justified in requesting Eric’s execution because she could have grabbed any old vamp off the street and turned them into her weapon of mass destruction. Both AE and whole Eric would have been susceptible. So even if Bill staked Eric two episodes ago Martonia could have used another vampire for her purposes. For Bill to have prevented this he would have had to have executed ALL vampires, including himself, in order to rid Martonia of any potential weapons. Of course, he also would have done her work for her. ;)

            To me it’s ironic that Bill’s trumped up reason for killing his romantic rival will end up coming true and will likely get him into trouble. Of course, once again, he could have prevented this by NOT BRINGING VAMPIRES TO A STAND OFF WITH A NECROMANCER. But that’s Queen Bill for you.

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            • MASpencer says:

              SO TRUE.

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            • Ohiogurl says:

              Completely agree. In fact, that was what I was about to write, when I read your comment. If she can control Luis through the damn monitor, then no vampire is safe near her.

              My pet theory is that there are levels of control. She compelled/encouraged Luis to come to her merely by staring at him through the monitor. But he was not fully controlled until she cast that finger spell and the flames came into her eyes. At that point, he did anything she said, even when no longer in her presence. The amnesia spell damaged Eric, but doesn’t appear to have left him under her control. But an empty vessel is easier to fill and manipulate than a full one, so mind-wiped Eric would be more susceptible to her control later (but again, some form of contact is needed, whether eye contact or being in her physical presence). So Bill’s argument that Eric is the danger is false. All vampires are a danger near Marantonia. That’s the whole point of being a necromancer, you control the dead.

              I think Eric was compelled to kill the witch and touch off the battle, just because his actions were uncharacteristically stupid. If Marantonia did not have him under full control until later (like Luis), he would still feel Sookie being shot and respond to that.

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            • LLE says:

              Antonia needs the witches to give her more power over the vampires. Tara was trying get more members to join the cult.

              Antonia was giving a curse and Eric did a smart move by doing what he did. Eric is a cold blood killer and he enjoys fight and killing. Eric kill the woman very fast and she did not suffer nothing like Bill. Bill enjoys seeing his victims suffer before they die.

              Pam straight out told Eric that he did a lot of killing, funking, and having fun

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            • hime says:

              I still don’t buy the theory that Eric was compelled by Marntonia to kill the witch. I don’t rule it out completely, because it makes sense that she compelled him but not to the point of making him her puppet (which we see her do later, with the whole “hands” ritual).
              But, if you look close, when Eric is showing the ripped larynx to Antonia, she is looking back to him and she has a very surprised/shocked/angry expression. It isn’t easy to distinguish because she is far away but I think she doesn’t look pleased or satisfied at all. Which she should do, if she had compelled Eric to do her biddings.

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            • VampirePamsGirl says:

              “Unless I’m reading it wrong, Martonia does not need a vampire to already be under one of her spells in order to control them. Luis wasn’t under any spell when she turned him into her puppet. So, I don’t think that makes Bill justified in requesting Eric’s execution because she could have grabbed any old vamp off the street and turned them into her weapon of mass destruction. Both AE and whole Eric would have been susceptible. So even if Bill staked Eric two episodes ago Martonia could have used another vampire for her purposes. For Bill to have prevented this he would have had to have executed ALL vampires, including himself, in order to rid Martonia of any potential weapons. Of course, he also would have done her work for her.”

              Legalease, that is exactly what I thought about that entire situation too!

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          • LLE says:

            Bill is not going to put Eric to death because he wants Sookie back and he knows that Sookie will never forgive him.

            Bill more in trouble than Eric is because he is the King.

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        • LLE says:

          The witches were there for one thing to kill vampires and Antonio was putting a spell on the vampires until Sookie mention it. The woman hated vampires and she wanted them all dead and they did not come in peace. Bill was idiot for calling the meeting and really was not going to do anything until Eric made the move. Eric did save the rest of the vampires being under a spell.

          It was good move on Eric’s part and Bill was noting acting like a leader in war thing. At least Eric was getting more food from the victims.

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    36. Luciane says:

      I think the showe scene was very lame not sexy, it was a childish it looked like Eric/Sookie Swedish Narnia Chronicles. I DIDN’T LIKE IT AT ALL! is Tommy is becomming a pain in the arse.
      Eric’s viking intincts seems to of being a warrior ands stand up for what he believes it starting to show. Unfortunally, Sookie seems to like “the human Eric” something that he is not. But at the same time she feels attracted by all that mighty powerful viking – well, who doesn’t? – and she fights against a feeling that is contantly disturbing her.
      What about Hoyt? I felt no pitty of Jessica, maybe I should, but i didn’t Hoyt is a wonderful man and he deserves to feel love, not to be constantly glamoured. Who’s the girl? not a clue…
      And I rthink Antonia has casted a spell on Eric to Kill Bill .

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    37. Devon says:

      As always, another perfect recap! You have made me want to go back and rewatch this episode more so than I already did. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of this episode. There were parts I liked but it was a disappointment after last week. There was too much…frou frou and I hate the winter wonderland. I’m down with them tripping on each other and I loved their connection but ugh. Perhaps it’s because I’m a crusty bitch, but I don’t like fluffy romantic stuff. I want my Viking sex to be hot and dirty, with a connection. Make sense? I did like their post-V cuddling however, and I am in LOVE with the Sookie that is starting to smarten up. Bitch is finally getting out of the dong haze Bill had on her and is making up her own mind about everything. Please, can we have more of this Sookie? Her combined with sassy Sookie would be my dream.

      I thought the title was apt, “Spellbound,” since the spells have all been broken. Not the big ones, but the spells that Jessica and Hoyt were living under, Bill’s spell over Sookie, Sookie’s spell over herself, Alcide’s spell over Debbie, etc… Relationships were falling down left, right and centre, and everyone is taking off their rose tinted glasses. We are starting to get characters (aside from REric and Pam) who are seeing themselves for who they are and what they want in their lives. Jessica’s scenes were heartbreaking. Hoyt…you mother fucker…WHAT THE FUCK!?! That was a god damn train wreck that they will never recover from. I get his frustration and hurt but what was said was really uncalled for and I’m really hoping he dies quickly. Or more quickly then I thought he was going to. I like Hoyt but fuck that shit. When Jessica had her dream, I too thought it was real up until she smashed his head in. It shocked the hell out of me and I was like, “wait, no. That can’t be right. He’s not going to die like that.” He should have though. I think I would have preferred to have been wrong and see him die like that. It would have shocked the hell out of everyone. I didn’t like that Jess dreamt that Jason would have been turned on by the blood but it was her dream. She should have seen it coming that J would have thrown her out because of his friendship with Hoyt but that was still rough. Poor J. Since she wasn’t with Bill, I’m guessing she was getting her vamp on somewhere with some fangbanger.

      I am over the Laffy/ghost thing but I think it is leading up to him being inhabited by a spirit that will help from Martonia down. I did feel really horrible for Mavis in her scenes. I think that the Bellefleurs are part of the back story to this somehow. Maybe it was the vodka that made me think that but everyone and everything in True Blood is connected to someone or something so it’s possible…or I could be on crack. The skinwalking thing is kinda fun but I’m over Tommy. Please, go away. Sam and Marcus, meh. It’s just getting up a showdown between these two where Marcus dies (and possibly Luna) and Alcide will become packmaster.

      Speaking of Alcide…CHOO CHOO! Now boarding, the Debbie Pelt Crazy Train Express heading to Psychoville. Please have your tickets ready, V will be available inside. Any blonde telepaths are requested to remain in the feeding car. A Were bitch will be along to deal with you shortly. It is requested that the telepaths leave all Benelli shotguns in the terminal. Viking companions are not welcome nor are stupid witchy friends. Good lord, we are amping up for some crazy shit to go down with Debbie. I don’t think it’s going to happen at first, but by episode 10 I think we are going to get ol’ Deb back. Debbie shows up at Sookie’s house, we know that, but I don’t think it’s to hurt her. I think that she’s going to talk to Sookie and plead her case for Sook to stay away from Alcide. Sookie will inevitably do something to set her off, fuck Alcide might even still be there and it will set her off. There was a casting call for a V dealer who is disturbed by the appetite of his customer and warns HER against taking too much. The only female V addict we know of is Debbie. Alcide probably didn’t smell her because he was so focused on saving Sookie. Oh Alcide, you’re need to be the hero is going to unleash some crazy. The lesson here boys is to never stick your dick in crazy. Again.

      A lot of people I’ve talked to have said that Bill is growing on them. I am not one of them. He’s still the manipulative bastard (trying to glamour the TV audience), putting Sookie down and dismissing her (NO ONE PUTS SOOKIE IN A CORNER) and just being a douche lord. I do see that he’s trying to fix the situation but he’s still an idiot. I need to watch the episode again because I’ve blocked a lot of QB out. In the graveyard, I totally think that it was Tara that shot Sookie. Bitch. It’s going to bite Bill in the azz that he made Tara off limits. I don’t get why he wants to save her since this whole thing is HER FUCKING FAULT! Had she not tried to stake Eric, Marnie would have not gotten free and been able to curse Eric. I know Eric wasn’t going to kill her but she would have been unconscious or too weak to do anything. Tara and her stake happy hands put all this shit in motion. Fuck Tara. I want her to die so badly and I really hope she does in episode 12 or is turned. Man, that would make my day.

      I’m looking forward to Sunday and seeing what craziness comes our way. I love this show!

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    38. C.K. says:

      I hope we get a really good Pam/Eric reunion scene thats sweet to partly make up for Pam’s butchered book storyline. It seems like Pam has been put on the back burner this season. Sometimes I think they really underutilize KBVS on this show. When I heard that Pam would have her own storylline, I thought she would at least be a temporary sherriff. Instead they have her threaning to kill Tara in half the episodes. Book for was really Pam’s chance to shine and show why Eric chose her as his child. I’m somewhat disapointed with what they have done with her storyline this season.

      One thing I really wanted to see this season was Sookie saving Pam’s life in the witch war but doesn’t look like that will happen either. At this rate Pam and Sookie will never become friends.

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      • IATM says:

        Honestly, TB has killed Pam’s character & it will be the death of me.. Pam’s curse is totaly so ridiculous IMO.. i mean Antonia cast a rotting spell on Pam because she likes the way she looks.. Hell everyone on the show likes something vain about themselves.. Pam’s role in s4 is so cut short that it totaly pisses me off.. i was really thinking that Pam would shine this season as well.. but on TB Pam & Eric have been portrayed as impulsive idiots & got themselves cursed & Eric almost staked by Sookie’s ex.. yet Sookie still puts so much faith in this ex of her’s.. **shake head**

        i dont feel like going on a rant about s4 as a whole & Sookie rant…

        Sookie actually stated in this epi “My Bill”.. **GAG** & Shake head** & she didnt need Billy’s blood to say that & Eric’s look at her was one i would have gave..

        **end of rant** because i could rant about so much shit really ..**sigh**

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        • VikingFever says:

          @ IATM: I didn’t take any offense in the phrase “My…Bill”. I think Sookie honestly didn’t know what to call him right then. Eric had just called him ” my liege” and she was just at a loss for words. I thought it was funny.

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          • IATM says:

            Sookie has a Huge Vocabulary when she wants to use it.. in this scene she choose to use the words “My.. Bill”.. **GAG**

            Sookie’s selective vocabulary is just as selective as she uses her Telepathy IMO..

            i found serious issues with Sookie’s choices of words “My Bill” since all season long she hasent acknowledged any wrong from Billy whatsoever…

            it’s like Sookie is in an orchestrated, redundant, Mirage of Shenanigans…

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            • LKC says:

              I didn’t have any problem with the my—Bill because I also thought it was because she didn’t know what to call him. I do think it’s funny that the BL’s think she is calling him My bill as in an endearment or the possessive, which it sooo wasn’t. But they need whatever crumbs they think AB and Sookie is throwing them!

              I did have a problem with Sook’s speech to Bill about joining the fight because of hatred towards a group of people she loves! Really? If this was the books yes but TB Sookie does not have the same relationship with the Vamps that book Sook did. Bill kept her pretty well isolated from the other vamps as much as possible. SHe has no relationship with Pam or real Eric, Nan? She’s only been screwing Ae for a couple of days. She is suppossedly on the outs with Bill who betrayed and lied to her. The whole speech just rang so false to me. There is where AB and co. have done an injustice to TB Sookie.

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            • Cheryl says:

              She could have said “My neighbor”. Ha Ha!

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      • VikingFever says:

        @ CK: I thought that before the season started KVB had an interview where she said Pam really steps up and takes control this season. Maybe we will see this side of Pam in the last few episodes now that she has her face back and Eric is under Antonia’s control. (Crosses and uncrosses her fingers obsessively)

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        • hime says:

          I hope so. I’m disappointed about the way Pam was treated in this season too. Of course it was necessary to make her a useless rotting corpse to let Bill “My liege” Compton shine like he deserves! *rant*

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          • IATM says:

            Oh Billy the “Mendacious Mr. Compton” that Sookie doesnt see him as truly…

            Hell yea Pam being only 100 yrs. old had to be portrayed as lesser of the wiser then Billy who is 175 yrs. old.. & Eric the 1,000 yr. old vampire did silly & stupid things as well as Luis another older Vamp.. i mean they lived this long because of ???? ooooohhhh Billy ruler’s giving us the theme of younger older mixed wise one.. ooh Hail Merlins of TB the young Vamps that escape all curses of the witches that are part of the season.. & not only that , he plans he stupid meeting with the witch that cursed 3 of his vamps already & he only has 5 Sheriff’s in his Terittory.. i mean he was the one who said he would take area’s 3 & 5 ( Eric & Luis) territory.. now King Billy is down 2 Sheriff’s & whatever Sheriff’s got injured or killed during this midnight fight with the witches.. he put 2 cursed Vamps on the first line up ( oh that was real smart King Billy).. **snort**

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        • C.K. says:

          I just want Sookie to acknowledge out loud to Bill that that she will never forget everything he did to her and all the lies he told. I’m okay with Sookie forgiving Bill at some point (even though it kind of seems like she has forgiven him). Sookie’s speech was great start in episode 6. I like what Sookie said to Bill outside Hadley’s apartment in Defintely Dead. At the end of book 6 Sookie got the closure she needed with Bill. This is just paraphrasing (I can’t remember the exact quote) Book Sookie mentioned that saying “I love you” aren’t magical words that would make her open her heart to Bill again(I know this will probably never happen on the show though).

          In this episode Jess said that she still love Hoyt but that she is not in love with Hoyt anymore. I hope Sookie gets to this point with Bill. I thought Jess’s speech about her and Hoyt in “Cold Gery Light og Dawn” paralled Bll/Sookie.

          It’s not even that I had a problem with Bill in this episode other than the “I guess I’m just less inclined to GAMBLE with Sookie’s life than you.” I won’t even go into that. I like the scene with Jess/Bill/Jason. Heck I didn’t even mind the glimmering. It’s that AE and Sookie were praising him so much and Sookie was acting like he never did anything wrong.

          VikingLover, I hope your right about Pam’s character.

          Sorry for the rant.

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          • C.K. says:

            **typo** meant “glammering” not “glimmering” lol.

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          • VampirePamsGirl says:

            “It’s not even that I had a problem with Bill in this episode other than the “I guess I’m just less inclined to GAMBLE with Sookie’s life than you.” I won’t even go into that.”

            That particular part also made me think of the part in the book (can’t remember which one right now) where Bill was trying to beat Eric in the “I love Sookie” more game. And just like in the book, it didn’t endear Bill to me at all.

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            • C.K. says:

              VampirePamGirl, I didn’t think of the that book scene but yes it does. Book Bill annoted me so much in that scene. I loved book Eric in that scene though.

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            • SVB says:

              When Bill said that line about gambling with Sookie’s life in this episode I seriously nearly died laughing.

              Because you know, allowing someone to be almost killed isn’t REALLY gambling with their life as long as you fall in love with them afterwards. *eyeroll*

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            • MissAubrey says:

              Ha! I had almost this exact same reaction (somewhere upthread), complete with (massive) eyeroll. I’d also like to add in a *frustrated groan*. But then, this is pretty much my reaction to whatever Bill says or does, period.

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    39. Crzy4Eric says:

      I absolutely LOVED the Hoyt/Jessica scenes. Even though we were dealing with a supernatural relationship with supernatural problems, I think most of us can relate to this whole situation. It is an awful feeling when you know you are in a dead-end relationship and have to hurt someone that you care about. That being said, you often completely resent them by the time you work up the courage to end things so the first break up scene was great in showing how Jessica anticipated their exchange. AND I gasped outloud when she killed him. I thought that THIS scene was awesome and was even more blown away by the real breakup scene.

      I loved how Hoyt was not the baby that Jessica saw in her mind and I found his anger to be awfully realistic. Maybe I’ve just dated sadistic men (and have anger issue myself) because I did not find Hoyt’s words all that shocking. Sure, they were cruel. But when your heart is breaking because of the choices of someone else, I understand the desire to make the other person hurt as much as he was hurting.

      Because of this, I am a bit disturbed when I hear that his behavior during the break up scene is setting him up to be an anti-vampire fanatic and I will be extremely disappointed in TB if they go there. Just because he says hurtful things he doesn’t mean when his long time girlfriend walks out on him does not make him a hate monger!

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    40. KristaADoyle says:

      Let me say first that I just loved your description of the “snow shower”!!! & “PUT MY ASS ON THE POLAR EXPRESS” was priceless!!! I think the next time I hear the words “Polar Express” I will no longer think of jolly good times with Santa and hobos, but dirty thoughts of blood, drugs and sex. Thanks ;P

      About Eric’s puppy-dog look for Marnie, I was thinking that maybe that explains the picture we all saw earlier with Eric about to choke Bill, maybe Marnie will make him choke his “liege” (not that I needed a reason, frankly I can’t wait to see it despite the reason!!!)

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      • IATM says:

        Billy cant die out this early in the game no more then Eric can.. so if Nan is pissed off she ends up in silver anyway ( sort of like the Magister in s3 ended up dead )..

        there is a clip of Nan in silver in s4 if she dies or stayes alive IDK?? but she might end up meeting the fate as the Old Magister.. especially since Russell is comming back in s5.. or maybe Russell shot Sookie & silvered Nan?? HAHA that would be a hoot IMO..

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    41. AlexN1fan says:

      Great and hilarious recap as usual MAS thanks! I was waiting to read your recap anxiously this time, as this was an episode of mixed feelings, and having read almost every recap that is out there, yours is by far the more satisfying one. I just hope all the viewers that are bashing the Eric and Sookie scenes in this episode could read you, what’s more,as one suggested above, you should apply for a job as a writer or consultant, we’d all be much happier if someone like you was at least asked for opinions on the show. Well, why not? “all is possible” after all. Once again, thank you MAS

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    42. VampirePamsGirl says:

      Terrific recap MAS!

      This episode was not nearly as strong as the past three episodes were imho. There were parts that I liked and parts that I didn’t, but it definitely didn’t leave me as happy as I’ve been being with True Blood. So, trying to focus on the positives…

      Conscience on…dick off. I was very proud of Jason for doing this in this episode especially since we all know how difficult doing this is for him. I doubt it will last, but I’m proud of him for being a good friend to Hoyt in what is an all-around difficult situation.

      Like a lot of others, I didn’t enjoy the shower scene. But mostly thanks to reading the thoughts of those much more intelligent than myself, like MASpencer, I’ve been able to make peace with it by seeing the deeper levels of it. Plus, it did lead to a lot of nice “spank-bank” material. If True Blood has accomplished nothing else this season, it has at least given me a lot of good scenes and images to perv over.

      One thing that did tickle my funny bone with that scene though was when Sookie told Eric that him and his blood was a miracle. All I could think was well, well, Sookeh might be Beehl’s miracle, but it looks like Eric is Sookie’s miracle!

      I also enjoyed the blood exchange. Whether it leads to a bond between them or not is not what was important about that scene for me. It was important to me that Sookie trusted Eric and willingly gave her blood to him. It was important that Eric did not abuse her trust, in fact he took very little of her blood at all. And it was important to me that he told her “We will be one” and they both made the conscious decision to take that step. It might not lead to anything, it might lead to even more heartache, but I’m still glad that it happened.

      Tonight more than ever affirmed to me that Eric and Sookie are more than just lovers, they are partners. Eric making it clear that Sookie makes her own decisions, not him or Queenie just made me love Eric that much more.

      “This is so fucking lame.” I love my Pam. She cuts the bullshit and states it like it is. This statement holds true to a lot of stuff in this episode for me, most especially Queenie not letting Pam kill Tara. As if I needed another reason to hate Beehl. :)

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    43. jayetea says:

      I was pretty shocked at how brutal Hoyt was with Jessica and how quickly he reverted to his mother’s teachings also. Especially after his big speech about all the luuuuv in his heart outside of Fangtasia…although, that should have been a big red flag right there. Big speeches in public places with cameras rolling tend to results in broken promises and broken hearts. I said this already, but if Hoyt isn’t killed off, I think he is absolutely going to become one of Steve Newlin’s newest and most enthusiastic recruits.

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      • C.K. says:

        jayetta, maybe something will happen so that Hoyt is near death and Jess feels guilty so she tries to turn him. It goes wrong and he becomes Bubba/Jake(can’t remember his last name). He could be the one to try to bomb the hotel and take on the Jake role.

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      • LLE says:

        Hoyt brag to haters of vampires that he was having sex with Jessica every night. That was clue that he had no respect for Jessica and he demanded Jessica cook him dinner before the date.

        The relationship was doom from the start.

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      • scratch says:

        i agree. however, hoyt was always trying to get jessica to come out and talk to him about her vampire issues, and she wouldn’t. and when she deviated, she lied/glamoured him instead of taking responsibility for her actions. they are both young and immature.

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    44. C.K. says:

      I hated book Quinn too for many reason the “Babe” is a big one. I hated they way he spoke to Sookie and it seemed like he treated her like a dumb blonde sometimes. He was just disgusting. I don’t feel that Quinn was respectful towards Sookie either. Thats the short list though.

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    45. legalease says:

      “Winter’s Bone” *Snorts loudly* Thank you for yet another sparkling review.

      “Even so, Bill is hellbent on forging a truce, and calls up Moon Goddess Emporium to arrange a time to meet. Antonia isn’t buying what he’s selling, but Bill begs her to “trust in the possibility of peace” long enough to talk with him, unarmed and in person at the Bon Temps Cemetery. She replies only by announcing the meeting time as midnight, after which Bill indebts himself to her boundless diplomacy, for some ridiculous reason I will never understand.”

      I do not understand the point that AB is trying to make here with Bill. Is the Queen really naive enough to think that Martonia will listen to his peace treaty or does he have other motives? If he does, what are they? Because his plan for meeting her at midnight, with vampire back up, in a location full of dead people, seems awfully stupid. Was that what AB was going for?

      Whatever the case, this is one little mystery that has the potential to crack open a whole mess of juicy drama over the next few weeks—which, of course, means that the incident will never be revisited again. Just letting you know, in case you thought you were watching Dallas.”

      Yeah, I’d bet good money that this won’t be revisited, although I’d do cartwheels if this ends up being one of AB’s bombs in the garden. Who knows with this show. I could easily see it being dropped until the last season when we finally get an answer.

      “Before I can even yell DO IT twice, Sookie’s confusion gives way to greedy enthusiasm, and she sucks on Eric’s hand while he jizzes in his pants. (Not that they showed that part… BUT YOU TOTALLY KNOW IT HAPPENED.)”

      Oh, it so happened, but the show artfully cut away from it just in time. I had no doubt with the way AS was growling and grunting away with gusto that Eric was about to come. The only thing that would have made that scene more perfect (for me at least) was if Eric’s toes would have curled at the end.

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      • sheldon says:

        Well there was definitely some leg and feet movement from AE at the end of that scene Legalease (not that I’ve watched that scene like 20 times or anything)….so I like to think his toes definitely curled :)

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      • MissAubrey says:

        The blood exchange scene was SO hot, it totally reminded me of BookEric’s reaction in Club Dead. Phew. *fans face*. And dammnit, why’d they have to cut it short? They always do that when they get to the best bits in Eric/Sookie scenes!! In fact, that was the perfect opportunity for them to make up for not giving us the original Blue Boxers scene.

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    46. SusanMy says:

      MAS, do my eyes deceive me, or did you just give a shout out to “Angel Dusted”? I speak, of course, of the classic cautionary after-school special in which high-as-a-kite Helen Hunt takes a swan dive out a window. If this is, in fact, the case, you are awesome. And old. Like me.

      As always, loved the recap. And thanks for the food for thought that’s the possibility of Tara shooting Sookie. I imagine if she did, it was an accident, but in any event I really hope that’s what happened. Please Lord, there has to be *some* reason to keep her whiny ass around–this idea works for me.

      The larynx-ectomy didn’t bother me, either. I’m feeling no sympathy whatsoever for these coven a-holes. If they’re stupid enough to get into a “religious” war with vampires…well, the Darwin Awards were invented for people like these.

      Oh, and I’m worried about the apple that is Hoyt rolling right back under mama Maxine’s tree. I mean, yes, a broken heart can make you mean, but dang–he did a complete 180.

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      • legalease says:

        Call me old as well, because I also thought of that particular after-school special. I don’t think I ever watched that particular episode and I’m not even sure if I was born when it came out, but it is totes famous for that scene when HH jumps out the window high on angel dust. I always think of it when I’m confronted with “Drugs are bad, mmmkay!?” Nothing can top that in terms of hysterical messages. So, an extra special thanks for the walk down memory lane and the title information for future reference.

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    47. sheldon says:

      “who shot Sookie”……it was Cliff Barnes for sure. He’s still bitter about that perm and moustache

      MAS, this is your best recap so far…

      I loved Viking snowland – I didn’t feel the dialogue was cheesy – I was totally enthralled by the whole thing. I think one side of my brain stopped working pretty much at the moment when Sookie did what every girl with a pulse wanted to do – touch that gorgeous swedish butt. sigh. I hope we get reference back to the words from that scene going into the next season(s) – I love all the possibilites (LOL) for Eric and Sookie’s future arc.

      One of my biggest gripes is that Pam and lala seem to be suffering the Jason Stackhouse treatment from season3 – used as poorly constructed plot devices, their talents criminally underused

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      • MissAubrey says:

        I think one side of my brain stopped working pretty much at the moment when Sookie did what every girl with a pulse wanted to do – touch that gorgeous swedish butt.

        THIS. I might have squealed a little when she did that. I thought to myself, “But that’s totally what I would do if I were in that shower with AE!” It was if Sookie was reading my mind.

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    48. MissAubrey says:

      Oh MAS. I simply love that you titled the Eric/Sookie portion of the recap “Winter’s Bone”. Too funny! :D

      As for the big “Who Shot Sookie?” question…don’t get me wrong, I would love it if it turned out to be some intriguing mystery that only gets solved later on in S5, but I think I’m gonna have to go with the simplest and most obvious explanation on this one- it was just a stray bullet. It’s easy to believe, due to the chaos of the scene- it was dark AND foggy, making it incredibly hard to see and there were plenty of headstones around for bullets to riccochet off.

      Regarding Bill’s actions this episode; I don’t think his plan was really to negotiate with Martonia at all. He was still being a politician- talking out both sides of his mouth. He probably wanted to be SEEN to be trying to negotiate and avoid conflict at first- very characteristic of Bill to be protecting his self-image and rep should Nan get wind of all this- but was planning all along to fight the witches. Otherwise he would have stayed true to his word, and NOT brought along other vampires when human guards would’ve sufficed for back-up. By bringing vampires into the mix, he must’ve counted on being able to end the fight before it really began, with the vampires’ speed and strength this time overcoming the witches before they were able to cast/complete any more spells. But like all Bill’s plans, it wasn’t fully thought through. And it very much re-emphasised that Bill thinks like a politician, not a warrior, especially when contrasted with Eric’s actions the cemetary.

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      • SVB says:

        Yah, call me cynical but I have to agree – I strongly suspect that shooting Sookie was yet ANOTHER instance of Bill’s plot riding in to hijack all good sense and reason.

        Sookie being shot is nothing more than an excuse for Bill to force feed her his poison next episode – and force feed the audience yet another blood induced Bill assault that will make us want to claw our fucking eyes out.

        I will be very surprised if it turns out to have any more relevance than that.

        Sigh.

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        • LKC says:

          Tina but MAYBE and I think I am really stretching here, LOL, the audience will REALLY begin to understand that S/B’s relationship is all blood induced. So far this season she hasn’t shown any inkling of reconnecting with Bill or sexual desire. For it to start up again as soon as she has his blood again( another life and death situation) and after all the sexy times she just spent with Eric, w/o having his blood other than the bullet sucking( a drop). Not counting the blood swapping they just did. AM I making any sense? Of course the BL’s will think it’s so sexy again! ( oh wait they don’t think!)

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          • MASpencer says:

            I think it’s DEFINITELY relevant that Bill’s reappearance on Sookie’s sexytime radar is a manufactured one. And the audience has been down this road with both vampires enough times to recognize that it’s a perfunctory side effect, and little more– especially since Sookie’s been there, done that, and gotten the t-shirt with Bill already.

            Her first dream of Eric could just as easily be dismissed in the exact same way– though personally, I think the uniquely intimate quality of that scene hinted at more. But either way, the dream still served partially to open Sookie (and the audience) up to a new way of thinking about Eric, perfunctory or not.

            I can’t say until I see it, obviously, but this upcoming dream doesn’t appear to be serving the same purpose. That’s not to say that Sookie is entirely over Bill yet, but this seems more like a convenient plot development to give him an artificial and temporary ticket out of Sookie’s dog house, so that fans who miss seeing Bill and Sookie together can get a little thrill.

            And that’s cool. Although sometimes, attempts to please everyone end up pleasing NO ONE. I doubt Team Bill wants Eric in the mix any more than we want Bill there. So this could all go over like a loud, smelly fart in church. :lol:

            But maybe it’ll be awesome. I’m pretty excited that the screencap we saw of it featured what looked like good old black leather-wearing Eric… which is SUPER promising on so many levels. Most particularly, it suggests that the Eric about whom Sookie is dreaming isn’t JUST the idealized amnesiac from this season, but the vampire she’s come to know over the course of the entire series.

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            • SVB says:

              Oh it’s definitely the sheriff in the dream, not AE. And I agree that is definitely relevant. Sookie does see all of Eric and I like that she’s not fantasising about AE.

              And that’s cool. Although sometimes, attempts to please everyone end up pleasing NO ONE. I doubt Team Bill wants Eric in the mix any more than we want Bill there. So this could all go over like a loud, smelly fart in church.

              Definitely. Again, I agree that is probably designed as a bone for Team Bill, being that they had to go ONE WHOLE SEASON without getting their rocks off (try going THREE, bitches…but I digress). It certainly does make you question what exactly they’re trying to achieve if not simply pissing off everyone.

              Quite frankly, I’ve had a fucking gutful of Bill being all up in EVERY.SINGLE.SCENE we got between E/S this season, whether in body or in spirit. I think that’s been the biggest FU to Eric fans, who have waited patiently through SO MUCH CRAP for this season only to have Bill’s stink pervade nearly everything.

              And on that note, I’ll shut up because I’m in the mood to rant today and I may regret it.

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            • Lyta says:

              I am disappointed! I love your rants. I understand, and although pleased with some things this season, I can not forget the fuckery that happened in between. And I prefer, after three seasons of FUCKERY, coming with eyes wide open to ALL possibilities.

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          • hime says:

            I think I am really stretching here, LOL, the audience will REALLY begin to understand that S/B’s relationship is all blood induced.
            Unfortunately I don’t think they will. Casual viewers are still getting the vibe that Sookie cares for Beel, not to mention the BLs who are all “look at the tension between Bill and Sookie! The way they argued at Bill’s mansion! The way her eyes are always full of tears when she speaks to him! She lurves him!” . BLs are hopeless, but I don’t think the casual audience will be clever enough to get the connection between Sookie having another fix of Beel’s blood and Sookie suddenly starting dreaming about Bill in a sexual way after 8 episodes in which she hardly gave him a thought (and NO, I’m not saying that Sookie has no feelings for Bill anymore, I just think that NOW those lingering feelings for him are in the back burner, and they are mostly overwhelmed by disappointment and distrust).
            But maybe I’m underestimating casual viewers, I’ll be happy to be proven wrong.

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    49. Skarskvinna says:

      I must say I´m a little bit disappointed with this season so far. Just a little, but still. I mean I thought this was going to be all about Eric and Sookie like the book but no… we get Bill as a cool king in black leather jacket and all the best lines… And goofy Eric, dressed as a lumberjack, being a slave to an evil witches will. Blah blah blah, please send king Bill to Peru and give us back our smart, arrogant and sexy Sheriff!
      In the end of the season hopefully?

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