Everyone's kind of lost their minds on this week's episode of True Blood. Though there were tiny moments of optimism, as when several former lovers reconnected, Sam, Eric and mostly Russell have gone completely off the reservation. Bill gained new insight into Sookie's specialness. Jason struggled to protect two women in his life. Lafayette and Jessica both enjoyed the rays of love's sun, while Tara had a surprise run-in with a former suitor.
On the run after killing Talbot, Eric attempts to gather up Pam and go into hiding. But they have unexpected visitors at Fangtasia. It's the always ballsy Nan Flanagan, and she's accompanied by the V-Fed police force, which appears to have wandered on to the set from a Lady Gaga music video.
Nan compels Eric to testify, via webcam, to the unseen Vampire Authority. He relates his long personal history with werewolves and their connection to Russell, and that Russell killed the Magister. It's a fantastical tale, to be sure, the implications of which are too damaging to the Vampire Rights Amendment approval process to pursue officially. Thus, the Authority rules to pretend that Eric's testimony never happened. Off the record, though, Nan tells him to kill Russell.
But let's listen to how she put it; it's much more colorful. "Listen, you whiny little b----, the only link between Sophie-Anne, Russell and the Magister is you," she tells Eric. "You brought us this steaming pile of sh--, and you're going to make it go away. Bring me his fangs -- or I will have yours." Seems simple enough, right?
Ruby Jean's arrival has thawed things between Jesus and Lafayette. They're hopeless in lurve. Although Ruby Jean says she's there to protect "La-La" from unnamed threats, Jesus convinces her to return to the hospital. "Come see me, La-La," she chirps on her way out the door. "All right, Miss Lady. Eat your vegetables," he replies.
Also: Jesus has a giant tattoo of a panther on his chest, and in the world of True Blood, any sort of attachment to the animal world usually means something, right?
I know that Jason and Crystal is a love story for the ages in the books, but so far I'm kind of not buying the instantaneity of this relationship. It seems like they just met, and already Jason is formulating a plan to take down Hotshot with rifles and sting operations and fake 911 calls, and in the back of my head, I'm thinking: Dude, she's cute all right, but chill.
SOOKIE and BILL
After a quick healing, bloody shower with Bill that is equal parts aw and ew, Sookie discovers that her nephew Hunter, Hadley's son, also has the Stackhouse gifts, which means he's in danger too.
Meanwhile, Bill has a close encounter with Fairyland (we can say for sure that Sookie descends from fairies now, right?) when he accidentally -- and inexplicably -- gains access to its special healing pool. I couldn't help but think that Bill was the "darkness" that Claudine referred to last week, particularly since she wasn't happy to see him. He pounced; she shot out blue light. But ultimately they agree on one thing: Sookie needs to know what she is.
By episode's end, Bill has the answer to that million-dollar question and is prepared to tell her.
Little brothers are a drag, man. When Tommy gets high and keeps Arlene and Terry awake with a marathon sexin' session, Sam has to lay down the fraternal -- or paternal, according to Tommy's taunts -- law. Tommy is, of course, a sniveling, ungrateful brat, but Sam's frustration mounts to something wholly irrational.
When Crystal's redneck dad barges into Merlotte's to reclaim his wayward daughter, his less-than-genteel behavior raises Sam's ire. I mean, really raises it, as the normally docile Mr. Merlotte taps into some percolating wellspring of rage and unleashes the fury all over this poor guy's face, to the point where it's unclear at the end of the "fight" if he's even still alive. (He is, by the way, but barely.)
We always knew that Sam had it in him, but he might be in real trouble now. I'd classify his actions as "attempted murder," wouldn't you?
Hoyt and Summer come in to Merlotte's for a bite, and their meeting with new employee of the month Jessica is awkward. Jessica even accidentally exposes her fangs. When Summer leaves for the ladies' room, Jess quizzes him about his new love and he admits that he hates her, but that it's better than sitting around thinking about Jess all the time. Aw.
Just when it seemed like Tara might find some positivity in her life from a support group, guess who's still alive? Franklin Mott, and while it was a little dicey there for a minute, Jason -- with an assist from a wooden bullet from his Fellowship of the Sun days -- came to her rescue and shotgun-staked him. So it seems he's really dead now.
Though I'm pretty sure that Jason and Crystal is going to stick, for a second there I thought that maybe Tara and Jason would finally locate that attraction that seems to be their unrequited destiny.
I like that Arlene has a friend in Holly (who also shows up at Tara's support group), but on True Blood, good samaritans should be viewed through extremely gimlet eyes. Fun fact: Lauren Bowles, who plays Holly, is Julia Louis-Dreyfus' half-sister.
Needless to say, Russell's plan -- to overthrow the human race -- was already nefarious. Talbot's death -- and Russell's subsequent profound grief -- has added a degree of unpredictability to the proceedings.
In her drive to get the VRA passed, Nan Flanagan refuses to acknowledge this mounting threat -- that is, until she watches it unfold on television. Russell interrupts a live report about the VRA being just two states shy of passing by ripping the newscaster's spine out. He folds one bloody hand over an unstained one and delivers his message to the American people, making it clear that he is not a supporter of Nan Flanagan's cause.
"Why would we seek equal rights? You are not our equals," he spits at the camera. "We will eat you after we eat your children. [pause] Now time for the weather. Tiffany?" Hilarious. Props to Denis O'Hare for doing smug and terrifying so well... in the same sentence.
What did you think of "Everything Is Broken"? Which couples are you rooting for? Are you excited to learn about Sookie's powers? What secrets are Jesus and Holly hiding? And can we all call Lafayette La-La from now on? Kthxbai.