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True Blood: It Hurts Me Too

Lorena: "The only way to show your love for a human is to stay away. Forever."

I apologize in advance for the pun, but that final sex scene was really twisted. And it had to be frustrating for Bill, who wanted Lorena to suffer, not get off on it. Maybe she considers a flaming lamp in the face as foreplay.

The King of Mississippi says that Bill's only option is to turn Sookie. I wonder if the point of this episode is that mixed marriages never work? It's true that Bill's relationship with Sookie has kept her in constant danger for the past two seasons, and now Bill has cheated on Sookie in a way that gives rough sex a whole new meaning. Changing monarchs and states was sweet of Bill, as well as smart, but it isn't going to save Sookie from Lorena, is it?

That Bill flashback was intense and moving, and I absolutely felt for him. Lorena was practically gentle with Caroline. I wonder if she let her live, or if she went back later and killed her? No, I don't think so. Bill would never have stayed with Lorena so long if she had killed Caroline. I think Lorena really does love Bill. For whatever it's worth.

You know, I don't usually find sex scenes confusing, but I wasn't really sure what Franklin was doing to Tara. (And I'm not sure I want to know.) Franklin is super creepy in a sexy sort of way, obviously bad trouble, but I just love him. That dueling fangs scene with Jessica and the head in a bag was too funny. This show needs a character like Franklin. Think about it. Lorena is mostly hateful, the king is devious but practical, the queen is downright weird, Pam and Jessica are absolutely marvelous comic relief, and Bill and Eric are our sexy undead leading men. We need a scary vampire, don't we?

I liked Alcide, too. Perfect casting; he's exactly the way I pictured the character in the books, and it's hard not to like him. Imagine what would have happened if Sookie had gone into that bar alone? And you know she would have.

I wish Sookie had stayed in Louisiana, though, because there is finally something going on between Sookie and my guy Eric. She's looking at him with genuine interest, and there's a new gentleness in the way he's treating her. And they just bonded over killing a guy and burying a body together. (Jessica should have been there to take notes.) Hey, Sookie – forget that troublesome vampire Bill and that big, sexy werewolf Alcide. Thousand year old Vikings are the bomb.

Bits and pieces:

-- The HBO screen that showed at the beginning had fangs popping out of the HD logo.

-- How many people have died in Sookie's house now?

-- Sookie paid for Eggs' funeral, for Tara's sake. That was sweet.

-- Sheriff Dearborne quit. Does that mean Andy will be promoted? And Jason will be hired? Loved the hieroglyphics test paper and nudity dream. Who hasn't had those?

-- Arlene's baby daddy must be Rene. What she just did to Terry was stupid and infuriating.

-- Poor Sam. Mom and Dad are dishonest and lack class, as well as rocking the dirty underwear look, but little brother is downright felonious. Sam will never get rid of them now that they know he has a lucrative business. Shapeshifting adoptees, beware.

-- Eric gave Lafayette a car? The best part of that scene was how Lafayette tried to get as far away from Eric as he could while still sitting next to him.

-- Alcide and the bouncer at the bar talked about Alcide's ex, Debbie, announcing her engagement to Coot the following night. As a fan of the books, I've been waiting for Debbie, and I won't get more spoilery than that.

-- Jessica waiting tables at Merlotte's is a comedy skit waiting to happen. Let's cross our fingers.

-- Were there hands in the bag too?

-- Unfortunately, no episode next week. It's a human holiday in the United States.


Eric: "I got your rug all wet."

Russell: "It's like Armageddon in here every time someone chips a dessert glass."

Pam: "Spit it out, cupcake. I'm in the middle of something."
Jessica: "Right. You remember how I was asking how you, you know, what
you would do if you, like... killed somebody by accident?"
Pam: "Did you call the hypothetical hardware store and buy a theoretical chainsaw?"

Pam: "Lie back, sweetheart, and think of Estonia."
Was that the same dancer Eric was having six hours of sex with?

Jason: "There's two kinds of people in this world. People who got no dreams, people who got dreams and don't do nothing about it, and people who go out and fulfill their dreams."

Jason: "I got a lot on my mind lately."
Lafayette: "That must feel new."

Bud: "Every time we clear one murder, two more spring up. It's like crab grass."

Terry: "It's not you, it's me? If I had a nickel for every time... I'd have fifteen cents."

Three out of four werewolf bars,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. I have only read the first book of the series, so I had no mental image of Alcide. Wow. This show shoul be renamed "true eye candy."

    The whole Lorena-Bill thing baffled me. Were words and burning not sufficient to show his anger that he had to have sex with her? It was kind of a rape-y scene, but with her instigating it, which made it even weirder. Bill is such a complex character, with all his gentleman ways, he has a very dark side, much more scary than Eric's (in Eric's case it is not repressed). Bill's flashbacks make the episodes really slow, but they give us a really good sense of what has made him what he is today, and of how hard it must be for relatively young vampires to still remember their humanity. I guess that's what makes Jessica so endearing too.

    Franklin is kind of dark and gross and creepy and ridiculously sexy. I have no idea of what he's up to.
    I'm waiting for Tara's storylines to pick up. She has got potential as a character but has become the recipient of everything bad and evil in Bon Temps. The previews of the next episode suggest she will be in dark waters again. Same thing with Sam. C'mon, he is so sweet, it is just unfair that he always jumps from the pot to the fire.

    This season is completely reversing Eric's personality to a softer side. I kind of miss the old Eric. I know we are supposed to grow to like him in a romantic way (there is no work needed to like him in a sexy way), but I do miss his meaner, more cynical, side.

    I was surprised that Sookie took the time to pay for and attend Egg's funeral, considering how frantic she has been to get to Bill. That was probably one of the sweetests, most tender moments of the series, and it really shows how much Sookie loves Tara.

    Could Arlene's baby have been conceived during the orgies at Maryanne's? I don't have a good sense of timelines in this series.

    And yes, the same dancer has been having fun with Eric and Pam. Both of them mentioned she was from Estonia.

    Thanks again for another great review, Billie!

  2. Not my favourite episode but things certainly do keep a going, don't they?

    Bill and Lorena's last scene will stay with me and not in a good way.

    Hope Alcide faird out better here than in the books. Not looking forward to Debbie but I'll give her a chance though.

  3. Maybe it's because I've only read the first two books, but I found the first two seasons of the show to have very clear main arcs and I'm not really sure where this one is going.
    But they're still great fun, and after all the orgies and weirdness last season I didn't think it could get anymore OTT but they've really gone for gold this season, some of the scenes really made me cringe.

  4. I really enjoyed this episode. I like the interaction with between Eric and Sookie and Eric and Lafayette. Alcide is attractive and all that but I find him very boring so far. Love creepy yet intriguing Franklin. I hope he stays around a while. As always, I enjoy reading your reviews.

  5. This episode was okay but the last scene just grossed me out. I could have lived without that.

  6. So, which is the bigger cheat on Sookie? Drinking from someone else or having sex with someone else (if that is, indeed, what we are calling that last bone chilling scene).

    Either way, feels like trouble in paradise.

    PS -- another extraordinarily hot guy on this show. I think they may have met their quota!


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