July 19th, 2010
02:36 PM ET
Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, July 18, episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”
Love was in the air and trouble was on the horizon on “True Blood” last night, leaving us with plenty to discuss.
We started off with Tara bound to a chair in Russell’s dining room with Russell’s fastidious consort Talbot complaining about how she doesn’t match the décor. (As if she didn't already have enough to worry about.) Poor Tara! Things really aren’t going too well for her, are they? I feel like “Poor Tara” is going to be my mantra this season; I might even get a tattoo.
There was a glimmer of hope when Bill, Lorena and Russell returned from their bloody night out, but despite Tara’s pleas, Bill refused to help her.
Franklin presented Russell with the dossier on Sookie he found hidden at Bill’s place with the added bonus that there’s no need for him to return to Bon Temps to find Sookie because she’s currently somewhere in Jackson. (Between you and me, Franklin has quickly become one of my favorite characters. James Frain’s delivery of some of this season’s best lines have very nearly put me in the ground on more than one occasion.)
Cut to Sookie and Alcide speeding away from the scene at Lou Pine’s in a box van (Not exactly what comes to mind when you think of a getaway car, but I’ll take it). Sookie pressed Alcide about Russell, figuring that his presence at Debbie’s Operation Werewolf ceremony might lead her to Bill. Alcide warned against it, saying he was tasked with watching after her and that pursuing Russell will only lead to trouble.
Back at the King’s place, Eric was sticking to his story that Bill is wanted for dealing vampire blood. He was requesting Russell’s permission to look for Bill in Mississippi when – gasp! – Bill appeared and confronted Eric about his arrangement with Queen Sophie-Anne. Eric goes on to confess, adding that he must return with Bill or the Magister will kill Pam as punishment, but things started to look up for him after Russell alluded that he might have a solution to their problem.
Across town, Sookie is awoken by an argument between a shirtless Alcide and an angry Debbie, who warned him to keep quiet about what went down at Lou Pine’s. Upon seeing Sookie, Debbie launched into a tirade featuring an accusation so inspired I wish I could have it cross-stitched on a sampler. I desperately want to repeat it here, but since we like to keep it PG-13, you’ll just have to take my word for it. Much to Sookie’s dismay, a quick scan of Debbie’s thoughts revealed that she knew nothing of Bill’s whereabouts.
Back in Bon Temps, Jason showed up for his first day of work at the sheriff’s department. Bored with desk duty, he ended up washing one of the department’s patrol cars – much to the delight of those of us watching at home.
A pretty girl in a beat-up pickup truck drove past and it’s the mysterious beauty Jason had a brief run-in with earlier this season, Crystal Norris. After pulling her over, Jason was sweet and earnest in his desire to get to know her better, but Crystal, who appeared flattered by his attention, was reluctant to give up much information. A cryptic conversation when they met later that night suggested that Crystal is hiding something. So many secrets!
Lafayette, who we haven’t seen nearly enough of this season, received a surprise visit from Jesus, the hunky nurse who cares for Lafayette’s ailing mother. I was filled with squee upon finding out that Jesus hadn’t made the trip to Bon Temps as the bearer of bad news, but to spend some quality time with Lafayette. The two engaged in a bit of flirting, and you could practically smell the love in the air through the TV.
Tara, meanwhile, took advantage of the daylight and attempted to flee Russell’s compound. She didn’t get far, however, as she was chased down by Coot in four-legged form. Her night didn’t improve as Franklin proposed to make her his vampire bride, and pitched a celebratory last meal at a roadside greasy spoon. Poor Tara!
She wasn’t the only one on the receiving end of bad news that night. Eric made a startling discovery on a tour of Russell’s opulent home when he happened upon a Viking crown that once belonged to his father. We also learned the origin of Eric’s hatred for Operation Werewolf: Led by a shadowy figure we can only assume to be Russell, the pack massacred Eric’s family when he was still human. In his dying words to his son, Eric’s father urged him to seek vengeance, so you know it’s going to get ugly.
Finally, Bill, who managed to escape from Chez Russell, surprised Sookie at Alcide’s. Her happiness was short-lived as Bill told her they can't be together and that she must leave Jackson immediately. Russell and his henchmen then barged in, a melee ensued and Sookie blasted Coot square in the face with her as-yet-to-be-explained laser beam powers. All in a day in Dixie, you know?
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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