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True Blood Episode: "Let's Get Out of Here"

Season 4, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: A Festival of Tolerance in Shreveport finds Marnie plotting another strike against the vampires, much to Tara and Holly's dismay. Meanwhile, a recuperating Sookie mulls a world where Bill and Eric can coexist; contrasting agendas create friction between Bill and Nan Flanagan; Hoyt asks Jason for a favor; Marcus recruits an ally to deal with Sam; and Jesus tends to Lafayette's spiritual well-being.
Original Air Date: Aug 21, 2011
Guest Cast Brian Treitler: Camera Operator Dean Chekvala: Roy Aaron Perilo: Blackburn Fiona Dourif: Casey Annie Fitzgerald: Kirsch Chad Todhunter: Trevor Caitlin Carmichael: Little Girl Stephanie Erb: Luellen Galadriel Stineman: Joyce Watney Brit Morgan: Debbie Pelt Niko Nicotera: Dealer
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Season 4, Episode 9
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Length: 53:00
Aired: 8/21/2011
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True Blood Episode Recap: "Let's Get Out of Here" Season 4, Episode 9

Sunday's episode of True Blood was notable in one respect: No Pam! Boo! But other characters were present, so let's talk about them while Pam sobs quietly in her coffin, rotting... While Sookie, Eric and Bill (and to a lesser extent, Alcide) did their familiar, increasingly tiresome tarantella, Antonia made a plan to confront the vampires, at an event called the Festival of Tolerance no less. Lafayette's new party trick of hosting other consciousnesses backfired this week when he became a Creole woman named Mavis. Sam and Luna went camping while Tommy's sib-shifting got him in trouble again. Debbie and Andy dealt with substance abuse. And Jason helped Hoyt and Jessica find closure.

Team Everybody!

So, Sookie got shot, and now she wants to have a threesome -- or something like that. In an extended dream sequence, she explores the possibility that maybe she doesn't have to — nor does she want to — choose between Eric and Bill. Various vaguely feminist rationalizations ("if I were a man ...") are supposed to make this choice seem logical, but really it's just an excuse to show us the threesome that has surely appeared on many a fan-fic website already. As usual, Alcide comes in a distant third in the Sookie Sweepstakes, but he was kind of busy this week, what with screwing up Tommy and Debbie's lives and all (see below).

Pat the bunny

Sam, ever the optimist, decides that he, Luna and Emma need to escape from stalkery Marcus, the head werewolf and Luna's ex, with a little camping trip. It's all very sweet and sun-dappled. Sam even (secretly) shifts into a bunny so Emma can pat one. Later, he and Luna make the beast with two backs in a scene that didn't make me say, "Ooo, hot!" or "Aw, they're in love!" It made me say, "Isn't Emma sleeping just inches away?"

Anyhow, Marcus is the jealous type, so while his ex and daughter are running their fingers through Sam's hair, he's decided it's time to scare off the competition, in hopes that Sam will drop Luna like a hot (really hot) potato. Only problem: Sam is camping, so Marcus gives the message to Tommy that he wants to talk to his big brother. Obviously, since Tommy is a petulant mouthbreather, he decides instead to shift into his brother and go see the were-bully himself. It's kind of sweet actually, especially considering his earlier claim that he was on his way out of town, presumably his penance for derailing Sam and Luna's courtship.

Sam Trammell's Tommy-doing-Sam voice is really terrific, but it doesn't end well for Tommy. He gets the stuffing beat out of him by a pack of werewolves, much to the chagrin of Alcide, who was present because Marcus asked him to tag along and look menacing. (Scared me! Did you see how gargantuan Alcide looked carrying Tommy? That dude is tall.)

"Parrot-phrasing"

Breaking up (with a vampire) is hard to do. Hoyt asks Jason to return a bunch of stuff to Jessica in a box that he has not-so-lovingly labeled "For You, Monster." (Heh.) Jason is hesitant to comply since her blood mojo is still making him all tingly in his bathing suit area and he doesn't want to betray his best friend. In this case, though, the thought doesn't count, because as soon as he lays eyes on his ginger siren, his walnut-sized brain — and other things — are no match for Jessie's fang-tastic pheromones, and by episode's end, the cutest couple in all of Bon Temps is scrumping in the bed of a pickup. But don't quote me on that last part; as Jason would say, I'm just "parrot-phrasing."

A mother's work is (finally) done!

Well, the good news is that Lafayette no longer thinks he is a Creole woman named Mavis who likes to sing lullabies in French to Mikey, who she thinks is her child. The bad news is that with the completion of this exploration of Laf's new gift/power/narrative vamping, one wonders: What the heck are he and Jesus going to do for the rest of the season? There are so many characters on this show!

V for vendetta?

It's interesting that this week's episode pairs Andy and Debbie, two characters with very little in common, other than their respective struggles with V addiction. Andy uses right before the face-off with Lafayette/Mavis at Hoyt's house, leaving him almost completely incapacitated by hallucinations. Fortunately, Jason and Jesus are able to coax Mavis from the house and, then, Mavis from Lafayette.

Debbie, on the other hand, has fallen off the wagon, which is more troubling, considering her murderous past that included one hell of a chip on her shoulder about Sookie, the woman for whom her fiancé abandons her periodically. So far, though, she seems assuaged by Sookie's reassurances of Alcide's love for her, enough at least to help Sookie stop Bill's planned assassination (see below).

Tolerate this!

Planning an event called the Festival of Tolerance is just asking for trouble, don't you think? Hell, if I were there, I would probably crack an off-color joke just to cut through the oogity-boogity of so much earnestness in one place.

So it's a perfect place for Antonia to flex her witchly muscles. She has a devious master plan: Eric, who she has compelled, will kill King Bill at the festival in an orchestrated display of mayhem, co-starring Eric's fellow Louisiana vampire sheriffs. If she is successful, it will play out live on television and will recall Russell Edgington's deboning of a news anchor, the very event that Nan Bouvier Flanagan (that's what I call her when she hauls out the pearls and fluffs up her hair for the TV cameras) is hoping to make people forget with this event.

The sheriffs do their thing, offing in one fell swoop much of King Bill's security detail, and just as Eric heads toward the dais, the screen fades to black.

What did you think of "Let's Get Out of Here"? With only three episodes to go, where could this all be leading? Post your predictions in the comments below...

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Sunday's episode of True Blood was notable in one respect: No Pam! Boo! But other characters were present, so let's talk about them while Pam sobs quietly in her coffin, rotting... While Sookie, Eric and Bill (and to a lesser extent, Alcide) did their familiar, increasingly tiresome tarantella, Antonia made a plan to confront the vampires, at an event called the Festival of Tolerance no less. Lafayette's new party trick of hosting other consciousnesses backfired this week when he became a Creole woman named Mavis. Sam and Luna went camping while Tommy's sib-shifting got him in trouble again. Debbie and Andy dealt with substance abuse. And Jason helped Hoyt and Jessica find closure.

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