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True Blood Episode: "Sunset"

Season 5, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Sookie probes an ancient family secret with help from a faerie elder; Jessica is an unwilling participant in Bill's ongoing religious conversion; Alcide reconnects with his father; the military uses a video of Russell and Steve Newlin as ammunition; Sam and Luna hitch a ride into the Authority.
Original Air Date: Aug 19, 2012
Guest Cast Matt Bushell: Gondry Gil Zuniga: Businessman Vamp Rick Cramer: Robert Rollins Brianna Brown: Leda Peter Mensah: Kibwe Robert Patrick: Jackson Herveaux Erica Gimpel: Faerie Elder Giles Matthey: Claude Valentina Cervi: Salome Camilla Luddington: Claudette Kristina Anapau: Maurella Phil Reeves: Gen. Cavanaugh Lucy Griffiths: Nora Aaron Howles: Rocky Cleary Denis O'Hare: Russell Edgington Noah Matthews: Wade Cleary Travis Dixon: Naked Prisoner Carolyn Hennesy: Rosalyn Harris
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Season 5, Episode 11
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Length: 51:00
Aired: 8/19/2012
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True Blood Episode Recap: "Sunset" Season 5, Episode 11

Hey, fangbangers! I've been a bad True Blood recapper of late. Last week I had to take the night off to cover the Olympics closing ceremonies. I hope that my colleague Natalie Abrams' insightful exclusive Q&A with Jim Parrack on his character's surprising exit from Bon Temps — and perhaps the series — tided you over. But meanwhile, we've got a vampire war going on here, people! If only we could separate the good guys from the bad guys...

"Good" vs. "bad" vampires

Er, it's kind of hard to root for any of them these days. Stolid, genteel Civil War Bill appears to have been overserved at Ye Olde Publick House of Lilith's Wacky Juice, and now he thinks he's The Chosen One. One problem: So does everyone else in the Authority. Case in point: He commands Jessica to turn Jason — purportedly to increase the vampire membership roll. With some quick thinking (I know, it was a miracle that Jason caught on in time!), Jessica and Jason evade their vampire minders, so Jason lives to be a dim-witted mortal for another day.

Irony alert! Pam, Jessica and Tara, not unlike Charlie's Angels, have become unwitting soldiers for decency, which in this world is represented by the mainstreaming cause. When Pam learns that Eric is holed up at Authority HQ, she gets herself arrested so she can go look for him. Too bad Eric, after finally knocking some sense into Nora's drug-addled skull, escapes the Authority.

The f---ing faeries

Remember when we thought that the faeries were all gross and manipulative? (Lightfruit, anyone?) This week my opinion of them changes slightly. Now I think they're just capricious and dumb. I know the mythology of the fae is central to Sookie Stackhouse's story, but let's make something clear: I hate the faeries and their stupid sundresses and their odd fetish for dancing like they're extras from Saturday Night Fever and their asinine Cirque du Soleil nightclub.

So it's kind of a bummer that, since they're the ones who told Sookie that she is owed to the mysterious Warlow to repay some ancient debt, she further seeks their assistance when she needs to hide from Russell & Co., who are on the lookout for some delicious faerie blood. (Are we all in agreement at this point that Warlow = Russell? I know they haven't exactly spelled it out, but I can't imagine who else it would be.)

Speaking of Warlow/Russell, he faces off this week with the Faerie Elder, who is — with all due respect to the actress who plays her — kind of ridiculous. The other faeries explain that she may appear strange because she exists outside of time and on many planes and processes so much information and blahblahblah. With that setup — and knowing how well the show has dealt with supernatural oddity in the past (remember when Maryann would "vibrate"?) — I expected something pretty fantastic. No joke: She looks — and acts -- like a backup dancer from a Cleopatra number on The Love Boat. Like, same choreography and everything. Absurd.

What's worse: She is totally no match for Russell, who, after being initially rebuffed by her faerie blaster, makes quick work of draining her. With all that faerie blood in his veins, the location of the faeries' tacky clubhouse is revealed and the screen fades to black.

PLUS!

 -Andy knocked up a faerie! I totally missed that connection last week when Maurella showed up pregs. Because who can really tell any of them apart?

My favorite quotes:

-"I actually met him. He was a boring hippie who stank of patchouli." — Russell, on Jesus

-"Maybe later we can braid each others' hair and talk about boys. F----ing baby vamps." — Pam, on hanging with the girls

-"Ke$ha — for or against? John Cougar Mellenamp — against? Boyz II Men — for or against?" — the lame-ass Faerie Elder's attempts at small talk with Sookie

-"What the f--- are you doing here?" — Pam to Sam, when they hilariously pass each other in a hallway under Authority custody

What did you think of "Sunset"? How do you envision the season ending next week? 

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Hey, fangbangers! I've been a bad True Blood recapper of late. Last week I had to take the night off to cover the Olympics closing ceremonies. I hope that my colleague Natalie Abrams' insightful exclusive Q&A with Jim Parrack on his character's surprising exit from Bon Temps — and perhaps the series — tided you over. But meanwhile, we've got a vampire war going on here, people! If only we could separate the good guys from the bad guys...

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