The second episode in True Blood's fourth season is even better than the premiere, due to its liberal use of Eric and some truly amazing Bill flashbacks. The action with the witches is really getting compelling, as they prove themselves to be more than just a harmless little knitting circle. Meanwhile, Sookie frets about what do about Eric owning her house, though all that hand wringing would be put to better use if she fretted about where her brother is instead.
I found myself laughing and squealing at a lot more this week, and if this episode is any indication of what's to come this season, then color me excited. Anyway, let's break down "You Smell Like Dinner" into superlatives when you
- Most Awkward Post-Coital Run-In: Sookie visits Bill to admit that she's scared of belonging to Eric, and she walks in on him putting his clothes back on with Katerina. After Bill's rebound leaves, Sookie asks for help, but Bill doesn't really have a good solution. Then she asks how Bill became king, but decides that she doesn't want to know. But I do, which brings me to my next point . . .
- Best Flashback Ever: Bill in the 1980s Brit punk music scene is the greatest thing ever. Do not try to argue with me about it. Oh, and this is when we find out how Bill and Nan Flanagan meet; she recruits him to be a "vampire spy" to infiltrate the vampire monarchies. Later, we see a more recent flashback: Bill's showdown with Queen Sophie-Anne, in which he has her ambushed by Nan and her soldiers. Once she's dead, Nan swears Bill in.
- Weakest Maternal Instincts: Arlene is still convinced that her adorable baby boy Mikey may be evil — and she freaks out even more when she bursts a blood vessel while staring at him. Who's the crazy one here, Arlene or the baby?
- Best Offer I'd Never Be Able to Refuse: Eric presses Sookie to be his, but she resists. What's the problem here? As Pam says, "Eric is handsome, rich, and in his own way, he cares about you." And I just about died when Sookie asks him, "What do you want from me?" and Eric replies "Everything." From that to Eric's sleeping cubby built into her house, I think it's time for Ms. Stackhouse to start being hospitable.
- Most Troubling Love Interest: The sparks between Sam and Luna continue to fly, and when she stops by Merlotte's to flirt, she alludes to her dark past and tells him she wants to try letting him in. Some of that darkness comes out later when Luna admits to the shape-shifter group that she once shifted into her mother, who died in childbirth. She also tells tales of "skinwalkers," shifters who can change into any animal on earth, including other humans. In order to have the power, you have to kill another shifter. So if Luna can shift into her mother, who else has she tried on for size?
- Most Naked Brother Fight: When Tommy spies on Sam and his new pals, Sam gives chase and they argue about the shooting. It actually turns heartfelt when Tommy admits that he misses having Sam as a brother. It could be sweeter, however, if they weren't buck naked.
- Most Confusing Cheating Incident: After Hoyt gets into a fight with the hateful protesters at Fangtasia, he and Jessica have a spat when Jessica takes something Hoyt says about her blood the wrong way. She takes off to pick him up some run-of-the-mill painkillers, but ends up taking a turn to Fangtasia. She furtively drinks the blood of the clubgoer who'd been eyeballing her, and snaps at Sookie when Sookie catches her mid-meal. True Blood: introducing us to new levels of infidelity!
- Worst End of the Witch Stick to Be On: Once Bill gets wise to the witches raising a dead bird, he enlists Eric to visit the coven and deal with the "necromancers." Though Eric has to obey Bill because he's king now, he must be pretty irate after the last time he and Bill agreed on a course of action and Bill tossed him into concrete. Still, Eric complies, busting up the coven and terrifying Tara, who's back in town to see Sookie and checking out her cousin Lafayette's new friends. When Eric demands that the coven be broken up, Marnie protests, so Eric sinks his teeth into her. It propels the coven into action, and they perform a pretty powerful spell, besting the one and only Eric Northman, who flees.
- Sexiest Identity Loss: The witches have somehow wiped Eric's memory clean, and when Sookie finds him wandering, confused, on the side of the road, she stops. He doesn't recognize her, but he's clearly still a vampire, because he smells Sookie. But the best part of Eric's amnesia? He forgot how to wear a shirt.
What did you think of this week's episode? What do you think is going to happen with Spotless-Mind Eric and Jason's werepanther trap? Let me know your thoughts and if you have any of your own superlatives from this episode too!
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