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True Blood Recap Episode 5 "Trouble" Season 3

True Blood Bites: "Trouble" Episode

This week's True Blood is less explosive than previous weeks, but the stories that are unfolding for all the characters are getting better and better. The werewolf/vampire history deepens, Sookie and Bill interface again, Tara's situation gets weirder, and Eric wears a new sweater. Then again, maybe it is pretty explosive!

I don't want to ruin anything for those who haven't watched yet, so let's chat about the episode, spoilers and superlatives and all, when you


  • Cutest first date: Jesus, Lafayette's mother's caretaker, comes to Bon Temps to spend time with him, even waiting nine hours until his shift is over. Adorable. The best part of the whole situation is seeing Lafayette lose his swagger in the face of the boy he likes.
  • Most interesting confrontation: Russell talks to Bill about his files on Sookie that Franklin swiped, and his questions are the same as ours: why does he have a dossier on Sookie and her family? His theory is that Bill is trying to trace the telepathy in her family, and that there is a payoff involved. Hmm.
  • Most priceless expression: Eric's face when Bill says that Sookie is no longer his is 100 percent solid gold. Sure, he's still cool and collected, but you could sense his excitement. He so wanted to break into a big goofy grin.
  • Best text read with an English accent: I died when Franklin reads Tara's text messages to her from Lafayette. From "Bitch, where are you?" to observing that Lafayette likes to call Tara "hook-ah" to showing Tara how fast he can text curses, Franklin has become my new favorite character, even if he is certifiably insane.
  • Most disturbing proposal: Speaking of the two lovebirds — besotted Franklin and tied-up Tara — their situation has moved from unromantic to plain freaky: Franklin wants Tara to be his vampire bride. What happened to just giving someone a ring?
  • Best new chemistry: I felt a sting for Jessica when Hoyt brings a date to Merlotte's, but I loved that Tommy steps in to boost her ego by flirting with her. Do I smell a shifter/vampire love connection?
  • Worst family portrait: What the heck is going on with the Mickens family, exactly? Joe Lee has gone from mean but mostly harmless drunk to a menacing figure. The way he claims to "own" Tommy is odd and threatening, and I can't decide if Tommy is trying to escape his crazy parents or is in on a plot with them to do something to Sam.
  • Hottest makeout session: The crying blond girl Jason encountered in the series premiere comes into Jason's neck of the woods and is somehow able to resist his shirtless cop act (how she didn't melt when he says, "I'm Jason Stackhouse. I want to know you," is beyond me). She's Crystal, a character we've been waiting to meet, and she's working the tragic beauty thing hard. Her tearfulness earns her a sexy, smoldering makeout session with Jason in the moonlit woods. Oh, to be in her shoes/sundress.
  • Best reductive description of werewolves: Weres are "teeth and fight and sex." Noted. Also, hot.
  • Most illuminating flashback: A tour of Russell's mansion leads Eric to a familiar-looking crown, prompting a flashback to his prevamp days as a Viking. It was his father's, and we learn more about Eric's past than we ever have: the son of a King, he watched his family get killed by werewolves. He swears vengeance to his dying father and gets a glimpse of a hooded figure leading the wolves — definitely Russell.
  • Most surprising fashion choices: This week, Eric wears a baby blue sweater and Bill wears a track jacket. Consider my world rocked.
  • Biggest reunion tease: When Coot taunts Bill with the lie that Sookie is getting it on with Alcide, Bill rushes to see her, and they have a brief blissful moment until Russell and his minions break it up to kidnap Sookie. The little waitress gets the best of them: with her hand up, she radiates light from her hand into Coot's face, the same way she did to Maryann last season. To quote that departed character about Ms. Sookie: "What are you?!"

This episode leaves so much open-ended — will Franklin turn Tara? Are Bill and Sookie getting back together, or will Eric take his chance now? Will Eric take down Russell for centuries-old revenge? Tell me your theories now and don't forget to show your fandom by joining the True Blood Southern Vampire Series group in the Buzz community!

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jultritz jultritz 7 years
@Peacelove - It would be AWESOME if those twins were to come to the show! Maybe Season 4...
nikkiblue nikkiblue 7 years
I'm loving James Frain so far. He plays creepy and pathetic so well. This season has me hooked, he's by far my favorite addition to the show thus far. As with other posters, I agree that the last three episodes or so of Season 2 weren't so great. Here's to hoping this season gets better! BTW, does anyone else find Jesus so cute? And more Alcide topless, puh-lease!!
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
I demand more Eric and Alcide shirtless.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Franklin is hilariously psycho. "Want to see how fast I can text 'mother fucker'?" Hahaha. I didn't dig his character at first, but now that he's such a nutjob, it's brought a lot of comedy to this episode. I am SO SO SO excited to see what happens with everything in the next episode!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
Agree with everyone that season 3 has been a welcome change from that painful maenad story in season 2. However, season 2 also had a spectacular start with the hilarious and sinister Light of Day church, and then it went downhill. Hopefully that won't be the case here! The new characters like Russel, Franklin, and Alcide are exactly what the series needed to spice things up-Love it! Also, can't believe no one mentioned the adorable scene with Terry and Sam. Terry is just a teddybear in this season, and I'm loving watching his character develop. As everyone else is getting more and more in touch with their inner-freak, Terry is slowly turning normal. I love that! Final thoughts-why can't real men dress as sharp as Vampire Kings? Russel was workin' that suit! Lastly, I hope Tara becomes a vamp because honestly she still bugs me big time!
nimue nimue 7 years
mmmmm eric in the baby blood sweater! eye candy alert also love franklin even though he is a little....crazy =D I agree with peacelove and jultriz, hopefully Sookie is what Charlaine Harris has written her as in the books
peacelove7 peacelove7 7 years
I really do hope they end up sticking with what charlaine harris wrote as to what sookie is. I also hope this revelation will bring a certain set of twins onto the show because i love them in the books! Franklin officially freaks me out but i absolutely love tara's facial expressions when his back is turned. so priceless.
jultritz jultritz 7 years
I wonder if they will say that Sookie is what Charlaine Harris attributes her supernatural edge to in the books (not typing it here so as not to spoil it). I love what a hot mess Franklin Mott is (It's like I'm being staaaaked!!). Are you 100% sure that was Russell in the robe? They are leading us in that direction but Alan Ball is good at making things seem one way only to reveal them as being another later. This season is AWESOME. Makes up for how annoyed I was with the whole Maryanne thing by the end of last season.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
you know, for a few weeks i've had to turn away from the show a bit because i'm just not into the gory stuff but this week i really enjoyed it. i think that they are getting into some of the characters and relationships more than before and that's a good thing. i like the sookie ending - i can't wait to see what happens there since everyone seems surprised (except russell kind of). i'd also like to see if eric or alcide get involved with her now :)
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