On Sunday's episode of True Blood, Sookie and Alcide team up to combat the King of Mississippi and his werewolf army after bearing witness to Debbie's hilarious — and horrifying — "engagement party" last week. Tara has her own trouble with the king, now that Franklin has brought her against her will to Edgington Manor. A flashback reminds Eric of the importance of his mission. Sam has new conflicts with his family, while Lafayette makes a new alliance with Jesus.
AT EDGINGTON MANOR
"She wants to be with me," Franklin announces to the assembled vamps, as Tara looks on bound at the wrists. "Hence the restraints," Talbot snarks. He's a little miffed that there are so many guests in the manor. "You're not supposed to bring work home," he says to Russell. "Darling... king," Russell replies. Bill enters, and Tara immediately asks Bill to help her, but he refuses.
TARA and FRANKLIN
So this week it became crystal clear that Franklin is totally nutters. "She's such a f---ing disaster... we could be twins," he tells Russell. "The attraction is electric." So, oddly, he's actually in love. Tara is no dummy, though, so as soon as he leaves her alone, she chews through the stylish braids that bind her (Talbot would clutch his pearls if he saw it), and escapes. She's pursued by a wolf, who we soon discover is Coot, who promptly returns her to captivity.
Tara realizes that she's dealing with a madman, so she decides her only option is to play along. This seems to be her best bet, until Franklin announces that he's taking her out to dinner — to celebrate her last night as a human. "Will you be my vampire bride?" Franklin asks. Uh-oh.
Eric comes to Jackson to ask permission from the king to hunt Bill, who he says is wanted for dealing vampire blood. Talbot is noticeably sweet on Eric. Russell knows that Sophie-Anne is behind the V-dealing, so Eric's plan to frame Bill is shot, and he comes clean. But Russell says he thinks there's a way that he can solve all their problems.
"Boys only," Talbot says to Lorena, who's lurking around, as he whisks Eric off to give him the tour of the manor. Among the spoils that Talbot shows off is a tribal crown of some sort.
Eric recognizes it as being a Viking crown, which prompts a flashback to his youth. A typical argument is under way between Eric and his parents, who are Viking royalty. His parents want him to get married; Eric is a typical petulant son of privilege, who wants only to shtup the redhead servant in the barn. That night, while he's doing just that, a pack of werewolves with the Operation Werewolf brand attack and kill his family. In silhouette, we see their leader, who is clearly Russell.
Eric's father's dying word: Vengeance.
"Sookie is no longer mine," Bill says to Eric in front of Russell. He knows that Bill is lying, of course. Further, he knows that all the Stackhouse genealogy research Franklin found in Bill's study is for Sophie-Anne. Bill denies it, of course.
Coot comes to visit Bill, who Russell has under lock and key, and tells him that he has "sexy good news": Sookie, "his piece of country a--," is having sex with a werewolf. This obviously enrages Bill to the point where he's able to overpower both Coot and the guard and escape.
Jason shows up at the police station, ready to work. Andy puts him in charge of the phones, but he wants a uniform and a chance to see some action. But so far, none is forthcoming. Instead, he busies himself around the office with making giant paper clip chains and playing with the fingerprinting machine.
While washing one of the department's cruisers, he sees Crystal, the girl from the meth bust drive by. He hops into the cruiser, sweaty and shirtless, and pursues her. He tries to play it cool, but she ain't buying it. He asks her to meet him at Merlotte's that night, but she says no.
While Jason is waiting for her at Merlotte's, Andy shows up and says he's pulled some strings to make him a deputy, as long as he can pass a physical and a written exam. Jason is hesitant.
Crystal finally shows up, and Jason meets her in the parking lot. She tried to go in a few times, but she couldn't. And she can't explain. Jason convinces her to take a walk. Under the moonlight, they kiss. Jason surmises that she's happiest in the woods. (Oh boy, is she!) She emphasizes that they only have now, even though Jason is ready to make it forever. Am I the only one that thinks this whole romance is a little rushed?
Sam is helping the Mickenses move into a new place. It's also moving-in day at Arlene's house next door, where Terry is unloading his own boxes. Apparently, Sam owns both houses and suggests that Joe Lee be his handyman for his rental properties. He agrees.
Tommy, who's working at Merlotte's now, wants to stay with Sam for the night, for some "brother time." (They're watching nature shows together -- heh.) Suddenly, a soused Joe Lee shows up, ranting and raving, something about how he owns Tommy from head to tail. It's weird, and clearly laden with meaning, but no explanation follows. Instead, Joe Lee backs off, apologizes, and leaves.
Lafayette is smoking cigars with Tommy outside Merlotte's when Jesus, his mother's nurse, stops by. Lafayette is uncharacteristically flummoxed, which is kind of fun to see. Laf says he has to work until 11, but Jesus decides to stick around. "It's only nine hours," he says. "I got nothing else to do." Once Laf's shift is over, they rack 'em up and play pool. They're flirty as hell, and it's totally cute.
Jessica is enjoying working at Merlotte's — which I guess is better than trying to figure out how to dispose of a dead body — and her new talent for glamoring. Arlene, on the other hand, is still cranky about surrending her "only redheaded waitress" distinction. When Hoyt shows up with a foolish but cute date, this gives Jessica a case of the sads. To entertain herself, she glamors the next customers, telling them not to tip their waitress. Poor Jessica.
After witnessing all the craziness at Lou Pine's the night before, Sookie wants Alcide to take her to meet Russell. Alcide refuses, but their squabbling is interrupted by crazy Debbie, who has shown up to see Alcide. She says she's there to save his life. Sookie asks Debbie where Bill is, but she doesn't know, which Sookie learns when she reads her thoughts.
Alcide explains that the packmaster is their alpha; he makes all their decisions for them. Sookie wants to meet him. The packmaster says there's nothing they can do, that Russell is ancient and has had weres working for him for centuries. "Alcide," he says. "Obey."
Eventually, Bill shows up and tells her to leave Jackson, that she's in danger. He's right, because lickety-split, Coot and Russell show up with one person in their sights: Sookie. When Coot corners her, she shoots that blue light we saw last season with Maryann at him and he's thrown across the room. "Fantastic!" Russell exclaims, and I couldn't agree more.
So what did you think of "Trouble"? What did you think Russell's plan is to solve everyone's problems? And how will it be derailed by Eric's memory? Which couple are you rooting for the most: Jason and Crystal, Sookie and Bill, Sookie and Alcide, Tara and Franklin, Lafayette and Jesus, Jessica and Hoyt or Arlene and Terry?
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