August 9th, 2010
09:50 AM ET
Editor’s note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, August 8 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”
Was anyone else put through the emotional wringer after “True Blood” ended last night?
Both traditional and non-traditional family ties were at the heart of the episode, and some of my favorite scenes featured Bill and Jessica.
After his tearful breakup with Sookie, Bill returned to the Compton homestead for the first time this season and released Jessica, saying he could no longer care for her. She then poured her heart out, saying she didn’t want to go through eternity alone.
Her plea struck a chord with Bill, who perhaps saw an opportunity to be to Jessica what Lorena could not be to him – a parental figure and an educator rather than a lover and partner in crime. He later went about schooling Jessica in the finer points of vampire combat in a great scene reminiscent of the Morpheus versus Neo kung-fu showdown in “The Matrix.”
Meanwhile, Jason and Eric went looking for trouble this week in the name of love and vengeance for relationships past and present. Jason hightailed it to Hotshot to defend Crystal’s honor when she showed up at his door beaten up and desperate to escape the Norris clan.
I don’t think I’m letting the cat out of the bag when I say that it’s clear the Norris family tree doesn’t fork and that they’re shape-shifters of some kind, but what? Between the Norris boys’ unwelcome appearance at Merlotte’s and Jason’s happening upon Bufort Norris’ primal feasting on venison tartare, there’s every indication that these guys are bad news.
Back in Jackson, Eric, eager to continue on with his plan to avenge the massacre of his family, volunteered to keep the fussbudgety Talbot company when Russell left to hunt Sookie down. It was sexy but short-lived, as Talbot soon met an unexpected end when Eric staked him.
In Sookie news, it was more of the same this week. She screamed, cried, read a few minds, had a brusque conversation with Tara and flirted with Alcide within what, a day of breaking up with Bill? Humph.
Alcide was called back to Jackson to tend to a family emergency engineered by Debbie, leaving Sookie to her own devices. As she thumbed through a sad scrapbook devoted to her relationship with Bill, her cousin Hadley breezed right in, surprising her. (Really? If you were sitting at your kitchen table taking a trip down memory lane with a shotgun at your side, wouldn’t locking your doors be your first measure of security? Sigh.)
Anyhow, Hadley came with a message from Eric: watch yourself and don’t trust Bill. She then fled into the night, her thoughts tearful and apologetic over revealing the truth about Sookie to those who meant her harm.
It wasn’t long after Hadley’s visit that Debbie appeared as part of Russell’s advance team, lumbering up to Sookie’s with two fellow werewolves in tow. Debbie made a beeline for Sookie, and a good old-fashioned girl fight ensued before Debbie slipped out the window when Sookie didn’t take advantage of the opportunity she had to kill her.
I loved, LOVED Bill and Jessica’s appearing out of nowhere to protect Sookie. Their success was short-lived as Russell soon appeared, briefly threatening Jessica’s life before turning her loose to go mano a mano with Bill.
Just as it seemed that Russell had Bill licked, he vanished upon sensing Talbot’s demise. The scene at Casa Stackhouse ended predictably with Bill and Sookie reuniting and having make-up sex on the floor of her demolished bedroom. Snooze.
A few final bits of housekeeping: Sound the new character alarm! Merlotte’s has a new waitress in the form of Holly Cleary, who caught Arlene by surprise when she correctly surmised that she was expecting another baby. There’s definitely something up there. We also said hello again, maybe, to everyone’s favorite befanged wackadoo Franklin. Fingers crossed, you guys!
Can you believe how quickly this season has flown by? We’re sprinting toward the finish with only four episodes remaining. What were some of your favorite moments from this week’s episode?
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