Bon Temps's full moon during this week's True Blood episode had supernatural beings out in full force — more so than usual, that is. Werewolves, body-snatching spirits, and Jason's werepanther drama helped advance storylines, but I was more excited about the romantic developments that took place during this episode.
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- Best "I See Dead People" moment: Paging Bruce Willis: it seems baby Mikey has a sixth sense. Wee Mikey spots a mysterious woman waving to him outside his family’s burning home, which he conveniently manages to escape with his creepy doll. It seems the woman is only visible to Mikey; she vanishes as soon as Arlene turns around to see what her baby is staring at. Who is this woman? A spirit that is somehow connected to that hideous doll? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say she isn’t trustworthy. I mean, what good can come of a person who spontaneously turns up at crime scenes and tries to befriend babies?
- Best misread signal: Leave it to Andy, Bon Temps’s bumbling, V-addicted cop, to misinterpret Holly’s offer to buy him a cheeseburger as a come-on. As Holly hilariously points out, dating isn’t exactly on her mind hours after losing her house to a fire, but she gives the clueless sheriff a shot anyway, agreeing to a date. I hope Andy doesn’t screw this one up, but with his track record and recent V-fueled bouts of rage, I’m not holding my breath.
- Worst brother ever: Just when it looked like Tommy and Sam were moving past their differences, Tommy screws things up yet again. The troubled shifter spontaneously morphs into Sam, proving Luna’s story that once a shifter kills a parent, he can transform into another human being. (Also, apparently, shifters don’t have to get naked to shift into another person, and their clothes magically transform to fit the other person’s body.) Tommy immediately begins to abuse the powers of his newfound form by sleeping with Luna and firing Sookie. As mean as he is to Sookie, I couldn’t help but laugh when he incredulously points out the ridiculousness of Sookie finding herself in yet another life or death situation. Not so funny is the way he manages to screw things up between Sam and Luna by essentially kicking her out of the house after sleeping with her. Guess that’s how Tommy pays back a brother who helped him get away with murder.
- Least convincing good girl act: I wasn’t buying Debbie’s goodness before, and now that she’s meeting up with her not-so-friendly neighborhood pack leader behind Alcide’s back, I’m even less convinced. I don’t really believe her excuse that she didn’t think Alcide would understand her need to roam with a pack, especially given her speech in last week’s episode about wanting to live in a household of rigorous honesty. Also, while I get that she may feel lonely, she didn’t have to spill Alcide’s history to her new pack leader. Whatever happened to standing by your man? Especially when he looks like Alcide.
- Best sexual tension: Sensing Jason’s fear as he stumbles through the forest terrified he is going to become a werepanther, Jessica runs to his side. Jess manages to calm him down and the two act awkwardly around one another, with Jason stealing not-so-covert looks at her chest, and Jessica telling him, in not so many words, that she thinks he’s hot. Both can obviously sense their attraction to one another and are reluctant to give in to it. Jason makes it a point to bring up Hoyt in the conversation, and both agree that they shouldn’t mention their little moonlit rendezvous to him. With Hoyt and Jessica’s relationship on the rocks, it's pretty clear that Jessica and Jason are in danger of giving into their desires.
- Most awkward family reunion: Jesus and Lafayette head south of the border to enlist the help of Jesus’s scary warlock grandfather, whom Jesus hasn’t seen in 20 years. Lafayette is the poor house guest caught in the middle of the family drama, who has to politely accept his breakfast of goat tongue and look the other way as Jesus’s grandfather blasts Jesus in Spanish for crawling back on his knees for help. Other precious moments during the reunion? Abuelito lunges at his grandson with a rattlesnake and then walks away, leaving Lafayette to freak out over his now poisoned boyfriend.
- Top two possessions: According to Jesus’s crazy grandfather, spirits suffer from a possessive compulsive disorder of sorts, and are always looking for a body to occupy. Unfortunately for Lafayette, this means Jesus’s Tio Luca temporarily occupies his body in order to heal Jesus of his rattlesnake bite. This possession is apparently Jesus’s grandfather’s way of getting the couple to fight Marnie’s witchcraft with equally powerful witchcraft. Marnie is also possessed by a powerful spirit during this episode, that of Spanish witch Antonia. Now the question is, is Lafayette/Luca the only person who will be able to take Marnie/Antonia down? We already know vampires like the memory-challenged Eric and rotting Pam don’t seem to stand a chance against her.
- Most badass witch: Once Antonia’s spirit takes over Marnie’s body, she wastes no time in beginning to exact revenge against those who wronged her — all while still locked away in a prison cell. She seems to lure her former tormentor, Father Luis, to her cell with one creepy look into his surveillance camera, and stops him mid-attack with a talk to the hand move coupled with a few incantations. After that, he’s a puppet in her crafty hands. While it was somewhat satisfying to see her exact revenge on someone who treated her so brutally, I worry about what her extreme powers might mean for Bon Temps's other vamps (like the newly reformed and adorable Eric, who has already felt the effect of her power).
- Hottest hookup: Eric and Sookie get it on — finally! This is definitely the moment I’ve been waiting for all season. After much buildup — the drunken butt-pinching, near kiss in Eric’s cell, spooning, and spoiled hookup thanks to a meddling vampire king — the pair finally has their moment on the forest floor. There’s some gratuitous shots of Eric’s butt during the scenes, which were all the more exciting because he finally ditched that tired workout outfit. I’m dying to find out how this relationship plays out, but given Gran’s warning from beyond the grave to Sookie about her new love, and the fact that Marnie/Antonia can very likely take control of him, I’m worried the fairy and vamp couple are doomed.
What do you think? Would you like to see Eric and Sookie work out in the long run? Let me know in the comments section below!
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