A lot of the story seemed to be laying groundwork for the upcoming finale, but it was still entertaining as usual (not to mention the cliffhanger in the last moments!). Let's break it down into my True Blood superlatives when you read more.
- Most conflicted girlfight: I'm generally always rooting for Pam, but I was still pretty proud of Sookie for getting the better of her with a silver chain after escaping Eric's dungeon. After her big fight with Debbie, girlfriend's now two for two. I wouldn't want to be on her bad side.
- Best argument for not taking drugs: This may be one of the goriest shows on TV ever, but that creepy mask that Lafayette sees on Jesus in his post-V haze freaked me out more than some of the bloodier imagery. Lafayette briefly sends Jesus away, and the hallucinations continue. No one else seems to have had this kind of reaction after drinking V, so my guess is that whoever (or whatever) Jesus is has brought it on.
- Most logical relationship trajectory: Jessica and Hoyt are back together, and they're really back together. Their reunion even survives Jessica's confession that she killed a trucker . . . and refuses to stop drinking human blood. It's not a dealbreaker for Hoyt, though, and he invites Jessica to feed on him to prove his devotion on her. It's really the key to vampire/human romantic relationships, anyway. However, I have a bad feeling about Hoyt's sweet-as-pie but heartbroken ex visiting his mother for advice.
- Most surprising apology: When Tara confronts Andy about covering up Eggs's murder, he's scared by her hostility, but he seems to melt in her presence. Andy shows the most character development he's ever been allowed to, apologizing in a sincere and moving way.
- Most creative parenthood alternative: The new waitress attempts to help Arlene lose her baby in a Wiccan nighttime ritual out in the woods. Arlene has a comforting, spiritual vision, but upon waking, the doctor informs her and Terry that the unborn child with Rene will be fine. He's nice and strong, the doctor says, terrifying Arlene.
- Meanest drunk: Sam goes on a booze-soaked rampage, cruelly deriding everyone in his path (seriously, you better apologize to Terry, Sam) and firing his little brother Tommy in the process. After finding comfort in a roll in the hay with the only person drinking as much as him (Tara), we see the cast-aside Tommy breaking into Sam's safe.
- Loveliest fairy tale: Bill and Sookie fantasize for a moment about what a "normal" life together would be like (which includes Bill and Jason fishing together! If only). Their little happily-ever-after session has a rude interruption by Russell and Eric, who have come to act upon what Eric has promised the king: a taste of Sookie's blood and the chance to daywalk.
- Best acceptance of a new love interest's flaws: Jason is coming to grips with Crystal's otherworldly form (she's a were-panther. I think he's allowed more time than normal) and still tying to track down Sookie. Somehow he ends up on the football field, confronting the Bon Temps high's star football player and his use of V to cheat. Returning back to his place, he makes up with Crystal and resolves to stay with her, but his new-boyfriend sweetness gets him involved in Crystal's plan to stop the raid on her people (though people is a relative term).
- Worst tanning buddies: Sookie Stackhouse goes from waitress to entree when Eric gets to finally feast on her blood, along with Russell. Bill is pained as he watches his beloved be drained, but Eric has a plan. The brilliant plan? Tricking Russell into walking out into the daylight and staying out. Once outside, Eric handcuffs Russell to him outside to burn up together.
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