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True Blood Recap Episode 4 "9 Crimes" Season 3

True Blood Bites: "9 Crimes" Episode

True Blood's welcome return picks up after the last, shocking head-twisting installment with some heartbreak, law enforcement, and gore — it's so nice to have you back, guys!

Though I was unsatisfied with the amount of time some of my favorite characters got this week, I was dying to see the aftermath of Bill's indiscretion — and as always, I was mostly looking forward to having Alexander Skarsgard back in my life. But I don't want to go and reveal too much, so to break down what happened this week with me, just keep reading.

  • Meanest breakup phone call since Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift: After a brief, sexy moment between Sookie and shirtless Alcide, Sookie's phone rings. Bill tells Sookie about his tryst with Lorena, and that he's leaving Bon Temps — and her. "We were doomed from the start," he says as she sobs, disbelieving and devastated. Come on Bill — even Edward told Bella that he was no good for her in person.
  • Worst wooing skills: So far Tara's new relationship with Franklin isn't as hot as their first encounter. He glamours her into giving up more info on Bill and Sookie, sinks his teeth into her neck, then ties her up (it's not as sexy as it sounds) and takes her with him to the King's in Jackson.
  • Most anticipated death: Even though it seems like Bill's gone all dark side, there's still a part of him that's fighting: he tells the King that he wants Lorena gone in return for working with him, and offers his knowledge that Eric is selling V for Queen Sophie-Anne.
  • Hottest daydream: It's so not hard to believe that Eric is everyone's favorite character — there was not nearly enough of him this week, but his few scenes were priceless. First, he flies and fantasizes about Sookie, then gives Lafayette a new nickname ("RuPaul") after being his insta-bodyguard when a drug deal gets him roughed up by some hooligans. Finally, he shows more of that emotion that's continuing to emerge when Fangtasia is raided. Unable to abide Pam's torture at the hands of the Magister, he frames Bill for the V trade to save Pam.
  • Best use of temporary tattoos: Forgive me, but even though I want Sookie to hook up with Eric now that she and Bill are on a break, I'm totally rooting for a rebound with Alcide. It's obvious they're attracted to each other and are in the same sad-sack broken hearts club. But for now, he's just giving her harsh advice to let go of Bill, a result of his recent breakup with Debbie Pelt. The stubborn Southern belle isn't ready to give up, though, and she gets herself a goth makeover from Alcide's sister Janice and convinces Alcide to go to Debbie's engagement party. Her argument? Debbie is getting initiated into the evil pack and is addicted to V, and this could be his last chance to save her.
  • Worst application of recent life experience: Oh, Jason: After heroically giving the town's new hotshot football player a piece of his mind for interrupting Bud's retirement party, he blackmails Andy into making him a cop immediately. It's like he takes one step forward and two steps back whenever he tries to do something with his life.
  • Best application of recent life experience: Jessica is suffering from the not-enough-screen-time disease, but when she gets a new job at Merlotte's, she glamours her first human. Even so, it's not enough, and I miss her. Hopefully this new job opportunity means she'll be more of a presence soon.
  • Best reason to stop thinking your parents are embarrassing: Sam's troubled relationship with his biological family improves a little when Tommy unloads on him about the burden of their parents. To help, Sam offers the Mickens a place to stay until they can get back on their feet, and in doing so, exchanges his first brotherly look with Tommy.
  • Least conventional engagement party: At Debbie's initiation/engagement party, Russell is the guest of honor, supplying Operation Werewolf with his blood before Debbie gets branded, triggering a mass werewolf shift in the bar. The last thing Alcide says to Sookie is to run — and the flash of danger triggers Bill's instinct that Sookie is in peril.

What did you think of this week's episode, and the direction of the third season so far? I'm not loving the evil Bill act, even if he's not really into it, and I'm hoping that Lorena gets the old stake to the heart soon. Let me know your thoughts below, and as always, you can chat about the show anytime and write your own True Blood posts and polls in the True Blood Southern Vampire Series group in the Buzz community!

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pargie pargie 7 years
woodlawngirl, I was thinking the same thing about Eric/Sawyer! Ha! Loved this episode. I actually like these kinds of episodes that are slower and have more dialogue. It was definitely about the ensemble cast on this ep!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 7 years
This was a verrrry good episode. Did Eric remind anyone else of Sawyer (from Lost) the other night? When he called Lafayette 'RuPaul' I also died laughing!!!!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
KismeKate: Agree! Best ep of the season. Also agree I am loving all the new male eye candy this season. Meow!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I want Sookie to hook up with both Eric AND Alcide. They are both way too sexy for words to describe. I was loving Alcide's hot bod when Sookie was dressing his wounds. He should be shirtless for the entire duration of the next episode! Scratch that, duration of the entire season!
BlackKitty BlackKitty 7 years
Loved the line.. "We were doomed from the start..." I am totally rotting for Sookie and Eric, and I agree with Buzz, Jessica definitely needs more onscreen time.
supertramp supertramp 7 years
I really liked the episode, even if i though the Bill/Sookie breakup was hilarious. Obviously Bill hardly has practice breaking up with girls. Also love the Eric daydream. Apparently he likes to be called a cowboy. Cowboy Northman. It's a got a little ring to it. I will die if they ever killed Pam. She has become one of my favorite characters and her witty dialogue would be much to missed. I also thought that when Debbie was being initiated that the her fiance was going to rape her. I was terrified that it was going to happen. The funniest thing though is that when the stripper gave Bill a lapdance, I found it to be one of the most PG things that I ever seen on the show compared most of their sexually explicit scenes.
care0531 care0531 7 years
This was one of my favorite episodes! I don't know if it's the fact that Bill is no longer a softy but I found him very attractive in this episode! Speaking of hot...ALICIDE! SO NICE TO FINALLY SEE YOU! Please keep your shirt off a little more next time :) I have to say one of my favorite parts was Sookie's reaction when Bill called her and told her he no longer wished to see was such a realistic answer as opposed to your typical heart broken script that most writers would have done.
andreakro andreakro 7 years
I love this episode so much!, so diferent from the books, but now is getting good you know?, I think the plot of this season is transform from the book but it has more flavor, Eric and Pam are in deep in trouble because of the queen, I know she is going to die this season for sure. And I hope that when Eric go to Jackson to rescue Sookie, he will discover the business of the Lousiana's King... is gonna be awesome...
gingirl gingirl 7 years
I really loved all the twists and turns this episode! Would have loved to see more Eric, but his few scenes were priceless (I love his interactions with LaFayette!). But Sookie is just grating on my nerves more and more; she got Alcide to go to the "engagement" party for her own purposes and she keeps putting herself in dangerous situations regardless of other people.
allthingspop allthingspop 7 years
I LOVED every second of this episode. I'm totally HOT for Bill. Go Bill!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
I want to see more of Alcide :) Teehee.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I've always loved Alcide in the books. Hot! Also I'm not too sure about the casting of Debbie Pelt.I mean maybe it was her horrible hair and makeup, but I was staring at them thinking there's no way the two of them would get together. He's way hot and she's just trashy looking. I know she's supposed to be addicted to V and all but come on. I was so sad for Pam and Eric. How much it hurts him to see her getting hurt. I'm really curious how it'll pan out with him trying to frame Bill for it.
shalee55 shalee55 7 years
Wanted more.....
kismekate kismekate 7 years
Best episode thus far this season. Maybe it's because Bill's not Sookie's servant and vice versa anymore. I agree on the Alcide and Sookie relationship. I would love love to see that happen. And can we say thank you True Blood for bringing in another wonderful shirtless lad to grace my television every Sunday night? Wowzers.
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