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True Blood Recap For "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?"

True Blood Bites: "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" Episode

Tons of Eric, the return of Alcide, and a Jersey Shore reference make the third episode of True Blood's new season my favorite by far — and it'll be hard to top this one. We see what happens to Eric after he got served by Marnie last week, and it's the most charming character development I've ever seen on this show. Meanwhile, the hottest werewolf in Louisiana makes an appearance, the witches brew something up for the future, and we lose someone.

I loved this week's episode, even with its creepy werepanther children scenes. If you watched, let's break it all down into superlatives when you


  • Most amusing personality makeover: Marnie's spell on Eric is a doozy. He has forgotten who he is — though not what; he almost makes a meal of Sookie when she comes upon him, sexily shirtless and disheveled. He's not himself at all, losing all of his arrogance and swagger for a sweetly innocent demeanor. It's totally not him (he's so apologetic and grateful), and though I adore the real Eric, this one is so disarming that I don't mind it one bit. He's also unintentionally funny, calling Sookie "Snookie."
  • Ickiest Big Love allusion: Crystal and the Hotshot denizens go forward with their plan to replenish their population, using Jason like some kind of werepanther Bill Henrickson. The scene of the young girls lining up to take Jason against his will is too disturbing for words. Also, is Jason actually turning into a werepanther, or is this plan going to backfire? Let's hope for the latter.
  • Least comforting child's toy: Jessica confesses to Hoyt that she drank from someone else, but when he hits the roof, she glamours him into forgetting it. That definitely seems wrong, but even more wrong is the presence of that awful baby doll, which Hoyt is chilling with when Jessica gets home. Who wants to bet that that doll is what's making Hoyt and Jessica fight so much? I love that Jessica gets rid of it by giving it to possibly-evil baby Mikey.
  • Most Annoying Viral Sensation: YouTube videos of vampires feeding on humans is bad PR, and Bill tries to control of the situation. He's all business when he sentences a vampire to the true death, and then he's all business again when Portia suggests that they start sleeping together. Bill accepts, but he cautions her that he will never love her. Portia is fine with that, but it's even more telling when Bill isn't super psyched to bite her while they're having sex.
  • Happiest character return: Finally, we see Alcide again! The good news is that he lives in Shreveport, where Sookie visits him at his house. The bad news is that he's not single. He's back with a recovered Debbie, who has found Jesus and wants to make amends with Sookie.
  • Most evil house guest: Marnie has had a taste of power that's not her own, and she wants more. She cuts into her arm as a sacrifice to the older, more powerful witch that possessed her when she put the spell on Eric. It works, and we see an image of the witch in Marnie's home. Smells like trouble.
  • Worst way to win your brother's trust back: Tommy tries to take advantage of Maxine when he finds out that her natural gas rights are worth a lot of money. He proposes to Sam that they buy her house for the money, but of course Sam declines, disgusted by Tommy's lack of morals. I'm irritated — I want Tommy to turn it around already. Stop with the old lady swindling, Tommy, and get it together.
  • Most exciting rescue: Tara is definitely over her damsel-in-distress days, and it's her that saves Lafayette when Pam kidnaps him. Pam's upset about Lafayette's involvement in the spell on Eric, but new and improved Tara is not having it, and she shows Pammy who's boss. Nice work, girl.
  • Most abrupt character exit: Claudine tries to get Sookie to come back to fairyland, but she's definitely not into the idea. (The fact that Claudine once helped her wrap a chain around one dude's neck? Weak sauce.) Then, as if Eric can smell a steak cooking, he darts outside and drains Claudine of her fairy blood — and life (at least he said sorry). Bye bye, fairy godmother.

What did you think of this episode? Were you as enamored of the new Eric as I was? Let's chat about it now in the comments below.

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dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
While I'm loving all the character development (Bill is interesting!! Eric even more swoon-worthy!! Tara is bad-ass!) but there are too many plotlines!!! Alcide is hunky and all, but it was a pretty random scene...Alan Ball doesn't follow the book storylines, so why does he feel compelled to cram every character into the show?!!?
lauren lauren 5 years
I agree with everyone I am also loving the new Eric character, it is an incredibly fun transformation! Glad to have Tara back but I have feeling she will make her exit again soon with the realization why she left this place! It will be interesting to see if the fairies come after sookie now for the death of her fairy godmother and also, interesting to see if they are able to get Marnie to reverse the spell. @peatree I LOVED that Sookie was reading Sookie seems like the whole episode was full of subtle things like that! Can't wait for next sunday!
Asfandancer Asfandancer 5 years
I agree Eric/Alex is simply fabulous, loved every moment he was on screen. I find it very unsettling when all the girls were watching Crystal and Jason, some of them looked like children (rather inappropriate). I must say I like Bill better this season, he is much better as a beady eyes sleaze then a lovesick bore, but for me the scenes where he is with women he just seems clumsy and inept. It was that way even when he was with Sookie. Welcome back strong Tara we missed you. I'm not feeling Lafayette so much this season. As a closer I for one was not at all happy to see the return of Alcide, he is such a one dementional character and his only contribution seems to be to hang around as eye candy for the viewers who love the hollywood clones; the ones whose only talent is a muscular body, are dark and dirty looking, but have no substance. I like a good looking guy as well as the next but for me I also love acting ability.
care0531 care0531 5 years
Portia is related to Bill in the books...isn't she? I know Jason does turn into a panther in the books so part of me thinks that is really going to happen but the show is so different from the books so you never know! I actually really like this side of Eric as well. When everyone was rooting for Eric and Sookie to get together I didn't see it happening but now with him being a littIe more soft I can see it. I am loving this season so far!
kelliechio kelliechio 5 years
I love this episode because it was so smartly written a la Sex and the City with it's references to pop culture. I adore the new Eric and actually like this "pure" version of him much better than the cocky one. I was a little let down by last season of True Blood..I hope this one continues to be amazing! :)
jadenirvana jadenirvana 5 years
Buzz-I said the same thing to my hubby about the Big Love reference! I was just waiting for them to start sifting bollwevils. Yes, Eric was amazing but the Pam/Tara standoff was my favorite of the night. My least favorite, however, was Lafayette. Anyone else get the feeling he's starting to go the caricature route, a la Sawyer on Lost?
ChelMarie ChelMarie 5 years
I am LOVING this amnesia/Eric storyline. Alexander Skarsgard is killing it. That goofy, bloody smile at the end was precious. It's nice to see what Eric must've been like way back when. It's cute how he's become so chivalrous (for a vamp) and keeps apologizing to Sook. Can't wait for Sookie to fall for him.
peatree peatree 5 years
With all the things going on with Eric, his new personality is a side of him that is vulnerable and also nice to see. Plus, Eric was shirtless a lot and that is always great to see. The thing with Crystal trying to turn Jason into a werepanther and having her way with him unwillingly was disturbing. The other thing that was nasty was the other female werepanthers watching Crystal have sex with Jason. Jessica telling Hoyt that she drank someone else was the right thing to do and I kinda understand why she glamoured him, since he said that he only has eyes for her, but it was still wrong to do. I hope that doesn't backfire on her. I want Sookie and Alcide to be together but since Debbie is back in his life maybe that will happen later down the road. Tommy trying to patch up his relationship with Sam isn't working to well, since he keeps trying to take things from unknowing people. Did anyone else realize that Sookie was reading a book by Charlaine Harris when Claudine came by? The irony, Sookie was reading about Sookie.
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