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True Blood Episode: "You Smell Like Dinner"

Season 4, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Sookie reunites with Tara and seeks a solution to a vexing real-estate problem. Meanwhile, Bill flashes back to his past and informs Eric of a local coven whose recent experiments could become a problem for the vampire community; Jason receives some unorthodox medical attention; Sam learns more about Luna's demons; and Jessica struggles with her cravings for human blood.
Original Air Date: Jul 3, 2011
Guest Cast Randy Wayne: Matt Poncho Hodges: Off. Trap Blaine Saunders: Becky Christina Moore: Suzanne Fiona Dourif: Casey Dean Chekvala: Roy Lindsay Pulsipher: Crystal E.J. Callahan: Luther Vedette Lim: Naomi James Harvey Ward: Felton Jake Martin: Fangtasia Protestor #2 Chris Butler: Emory Dendrie Taylor: Beverleen Evan Rachel Wood: Queen Sophie Anne Brandon Molale: Off. Featherstone Alexandra Breckenridge: Katerina Marcus McGee: James Dane DeHaan: Timbo
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Season 4, Episode 2
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Length: 55:00
Aired: 7/3/2011
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True Blood Episode Recap: "You Smell Like Dinner" Season 4, Episode 2

This week's episode of True Blood, "You Smell Like Dinner," launches two story lines that will seem familiar to readers of the Charlaine Harris novels on which this show is based. But while one story will hew closely to the text, another will move along much more swiftly, helped along by a topical addition. The title is apt. The scent of two characters will be specifically noted in dialogue, and at least three other characters will be made someone's figurative dinner — but not all in the way you'd expect.

JASON

We finally get some insight into Jason's plight in Hotshot. The V-addicted Crystal and Felton are having some fertility issues, and since they need to propagate their werepanther race, they're going to use Jason as their hapless sperm donor. The catch: It won't work unless he too is a were, so they go about the disgusting work of biting and mauling him to begin the transition. Interestingly, Felton doesn't seem to mind that Crystal still claims to be in love with Jason. In her mind, this is a way that they can be together forever. Messed up.

SOOKIE and ERIC

It's kind of cute how Eric thinks that buying Sookie's house will get her to like him, like pulling your crush's pigtails in kindergarten, but Faerie Sookie is not amused. She's not angry exactly. In fact, she doesn't seem entirely opposed to Eric's proximity. Nevertheless, real estate is involved, and in her mind, it's her rightful property.

"Did I miss something? Are we girls now?" Pam asks, when Sookie seeks her counsel in extricating herself from her living arrangement. "Did we join a book club and read some queer chick-lit memoir so now we're bonded together by estrogen or sisterhood or some other feminist drivel?" Ha! Nevertheless, Pam advises Sookie to accept Eric's gift — and his protection, since our "faerie princess" is now most definitely a wanted commodity.

Meanwhile, Bill's mole has told him that the witches are also necromancers (they can control the dead), which is bad news for the no-longer-livings known as vampires. He dispatches Eric to Marnie's shop to bust up the dead-raising party. Lafayette, Jesus and Tara get caught in the crossfire when Eric lunges at Marnie's throat. But Marnie's shrinking violet act suddenly disappears to reveal a formidable witch, who is able with a simple curse to erase Eric's memory.

Cut to Sookie coming across Eric as he walks aimlessly, shirtlessly down the road. He doesn't recognize her, of course, but he sure loves the way she smells. Friends who have read the novels tell me that Amnesia Eric is a hoot, and they are correct.

IN OTHER NEWS...

-Arlene is so convinced that Baby Mikey is evil that she stares him down so intently that she bursts a blood vessel in her eye... or did she?

-There's an awesome flashback to London's 1980s punk scene, in which we learn that it was then that Nan Flanagan first recruited Bill in her efforts to "mainstream" vampires. She also orchestrated the assassination of Queen Sophie-Anne and the coronation of Bill as King of Louisiana. So, she apparently occupies a much more powerful position than TV talking head for the AVN. Fine with me! I loves me some Nan Flanagan and her droll, hilarious pragmatism. "Now go clean yourself up," she tells Bill after Sophie-Anne's offing. "You're covered in queen."

-Andy stops by Hotshot long enough to score some V — for evidence, he says — but not long enough to notice that his partner is tied to a bed just a few hundred yards away. Oh, Andy!

-Sam flirts more with Luna, who "smells pretty" to Tommy. Little Brother may be a degenerate pain in the butt, but ultimately he just misses Sam and is jealous of his shapeshifter support group. So they agree to work on hating each other less... or something.

-"Let these good people practice their Constitutional right to be f---ing idiots," says Pam of the protesters outside Fangtasia, which is where Jessica flees after a tiff with Hoyt. She feeds on that same fangbanger from last week, getting caught by busybody Sookie in the process. I'm sad for the apparent disintegration of this adorable couple, but I have to admit the flashes of Sexy Vampire Jessica are very entertaining. Does anyone think Jessica will ever "turn" Hoyt?

So how did "You Smell Like Dinner" (outro of the same name by the charmingly named Jinx Titanic & Super 8 C-- Shot) smell to you? Personally, I am encouraged by the vampire-witch war that is now most certainly brewing in Alan Ball's narrative cauldron. And I love the prospect of many Amnesia Eric episodes to come. What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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This week's episode of True Blood, "You Smell Like Dinner," launches two story lines that will seem familiar to readers of the Charlaine Harris novels on which this show is based. But while one story will hew closely to the text, another will move along much more swiftly, helped along by a topical addition. The title is apt. The scent of two characters will be specifically noted in dialogue, and at least three other characters will be made someone's figurative dinner — but not all in the way you'd expect.

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