Archive for June, 2010

Will Alcide fall for Sookie's irresistible charm just like all the other True Blood hunks?

Enter Alcide

June 27: Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) jumps in front of Sookie’s bullet so that he can keep the biker wolf alive long enough to find out who he works for. The biker gorges on Eric’s blood and won’t identify his master, so Eric kills him in a very messy way. He buries the body and warns Sookie that he won’t be able to protect her when she decides to travel to Jackson, Missisippi to search for Bill after reading the wolf’s thoughts. Eric does the next best thing and sends a hunky werewolf named Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) to look after Sook. Alcide spooks Sookie (Anna Paquin) when he shows up at her place but later proves very helpful at a werewolf biker bar in Jackson where Sookie picks up on the memories of one of the pack members who kidnapped Bill. When the werewolf gets rough with Sookie, Alcide springs into action and a brawl erupts. The bar’s bouncer breaks it up and tells Alcide that his ex-gal pal Debbie is engaged to Coot (Grant Bowler). Alcide still has a thing for his former flame. Maybe Sook will help him get over her as their search for Bill continues. Sam (Sam Trammell) gets his own surprise when the Mickens family shows up at Merlotte’s and dips too deep into the sauce, making a scene. An episode of Family Ties this ain’t. Later, Sam’s office is ransacked by a bird. The question is whether it was baby brother Tommy or mama Melinda. Tara (Rutina Wesley) gets up close and personal with Bon Temps’ newest vamp, Franklin (James Frain), who gives her an eye-rolling romp in the sack. When he starts getting too personal the next morning, her intimacy wall goes up and she scrams. Sookie pays for a funeral for Eggs, so Tara agrees to move back home, where she later gets a visit from Franklin, who glamours her into inviting him in. Franklin is pumping everyone for information on Bill (Stephen Moyer), even Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), whom he helps with her little victim problem by hacking up the body in return for the scoop on Mr. Compton.

Why is Franklin (James Frain) investigating Bill's history?

Twisted Sister

In other Bon Temps news, Sheriff Dearborne abruptly quits upon discovering the hacked up corpse of Jessica’s mistake. Arlene (Carrie Preston) learns her pregnancy is too far along for the baby to be Terry’s but she stays mum when he joyously assumes it is. Who did Arlene screw at Maryann’s many orgies last season? Eric gives Lafayette (Nathan Ellis) a hot new convertible. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) decides to become a cop, but his guilt about killing Eggs continues to manifest itself in visions of people with bullet holes in their head, which proves awfully distracting.  Back in Jackson, Bill experiences painful flashbacks to 1868 when his little boy died of smallpox and his heartbroken wife Caroline recoils in terror upon learning of Bill’s vampirization. Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) allows him to wipe Caroline’s memory clean of the tragedy and tells him that loving humans only brings pain and destruction to them. In the present, Lorena unfortunately survives Bill’s firebomb and is rather miffed when His Royal Toupee (Denis O’Hare) spares Sookie’s life after Bill decides to sever ties with his life in Bon Temps and remain as sheriff of Mississippi. At least she gets screwed in a better way when Bill later attempts to literally bang her to death, biting her and twisting her head around like a pretzel, which only enhances her pleasure. Bill can only scream in frustration upon realizing that he only proved that Lorena is truly a twisted bitch.

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Is the Vampire King of Mississippi wearing a toupee?

New Folks in Town

June 20: It seemed like everyone was meeting newcomers with secret agendas in this episode while a few faces from the past made surprising appearances. Bill (Stephen Moyer) proves more than a match for the wolf pack, leaving nearly all of them dead and naked before the Vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) shows up on horseback to reign in his lupine henchmen, just in time to save the very buff hide of lead wolf Coot (Grant Bowler of Ugly Betty). The King takes Bill back to his lavish mansion where he and his flamboyant husband Talbot (Theo Alexander) explain to Bill at dinner that he was kidnapped so that the King could offer him a job as sheriff of Mississippi. His Royal Toupee also wants Bill’s assistance in forcing Queen Sophie-Anne to marry him to unite their two vampire kingdoms. Bill refuses, telling the King that he doesn’t know Queenie’s dirty little secrets. Things get heated and fangs are bared when the King hints at hurting Sookie. They deteriorate further when that annoying Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) shows up in time for dessert. Bill welcomes his maker-tormentor by throwing an oil lamp at her, instantly setting her on fire. Cherries jubilee, anyone?

Back in Bon Temps, Sookie (Anna Paquin) tries to distract herself while waiting for word on Bill’s whereabouts. Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), who is in no rush to get Bill back in Sook’s life, clams up about the Nazi werewolf cult when Sook and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) show up at Fangtasia with the news of their discovery at the crash site, but has a bloody flashback to his werewolf-hunting days with his maker Godric (Allan Hyde) in the 1940s. Clearly there’s more to these wolves than meets the eye.  While Eric and Sookie talk, Jessica takes advantage of some girl time in the ladies room with Pam (Kristin Bauer) to grill her elder vamp on how to avoid killing humans when feeding on them and, hypothetically speaking of course, how one would go about disposing of a dead body. After tearfully rejecting Hoyt’s latest attempt at reconciliation, Jess manages to share her crypt with the rotting corpse of her victim by spraying it liberally with Lysol. Later, she rents a chainsaw to chop it up, but discovers that it’s gone! Is there a new vampire in town? 

Now that Eric has convinced Sookie to invite him into her home, will he take advantage?

Family Issues

Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) saves Tara (Rutina Wesley) yet again and takes her to a long-term care facility for mental patients to meet his rambling mom Ruby (Alfre Woodard). The meeting has the desired effect and Tara promises to make an effort to get her act together and try to overcome the endless string of disasters that befall her. Lafayette and Ruby’s caretaker, a handsome orderly named Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), take note of each other. Something tells me Lafayette will be visiting his mamma more frequently in the near future. It doesn’t take Tara long to find new trouble at Merlotte’s. Hanging out on her day off so she doesn’t get tempted to kill herself again, she meets a mysterious stranger (are there any other kind?) who orders a bottle of Tru Blood and quizzes her about Bill. Unbeknownst to her, the cowboy-booted dude was rifling through some old photos and documents tracing Sookie’s family history. In another twist, he turns out to be a vampire who comes to Tara’s aid against two racist drunks outside Merlotte’s. Is he befriending Tara to get closer to Sookie? And if so, could he be working for someone who has a grudge against Sook?  Jason (Ryan Kwanten), accompanying Andy on a drug bust, also meets a stranger, a beautiful young woman who disappears into the woods when he turns to help his cop friend collar a drug dealer. Is Sookie’s brother about to get involved with a she-wolf?  In Arkansas, Sam (Sam Trammell) finally meets his family, the Pickens (at rifle-point), and may regret ever having tracked them down. It turns out mom and baby brother Tommy are both shifters while dad is just plain shifty. Taking a dog run with his sibling as a first attempt at bonding, Sam, in collie form, is nearly run over by a truck and he suspects his bitter little bro may have set him up. Tommy bears some serious scars that he attributes to fighting, but it seems his emotional scars may run far deeper. Back in Bon Temps, Terry (Todd Lowe) tries to convince a pregnant Arlene (Carrie Preston) of his fitness to be a caregiver for her kids even though she’s distracted by morning sickness. Ever the nice guy, Terry also gives Sookie a gun for protection. Sook handles the firearm like a pro, which comes in handy when a protective Eric shows up at her home and convinces her to invite him in. The two come upon a werewolf waiting in the dark for Sookie. As the snarling animal pounces, Eric springs into action and Sookie shoots her gun. Stay tuned, Truebies!

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I just became a Snoop Dogg fan. The rapper did a crazy funny video tribute to our favorite telepathic fangbanger Sookie Stackhouse with a whole posse of backup gals grinding in Sook’s trademark waitress uniform. Scenes from Sookie and Bill’s romance are included and Snoop invites Sook to check him out and bring her best bud Tara. Reportedly it’s going to air during the June 20 episode, but I’m bringing it to you here direct from YouTube. Oh Sookie? I say “Oh, baby!”

Our favorite sassy Bon Temps cook Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is going to finally get his chance at some romance this season when sexy actor Kevin Alejandro joins the cast as Jesus, a hospital worker charged with caring for Lafayette’s mom, who will be played by Alfre Woodard. Alejandro graces the cover of the June/July issue of the New York-based gay publication Metrosource NY and dishes about how his storyline peels away some layers from Lafayette’s tough-talking exterior. The question remains whether Jesus will be peeling some of Lafayette’s clothes as well. Alejandro may be familiar to fans of Ugly Betty, where he played Santos, the ill-fated boyfriend of Betty’s sister Hilda. He also starred on the acclaimed cop show Southland and played a gay fashion designer on the CW Network’s recently canceled Melrose Place. No word yet on whether Jesus will be human or yet another supernatural creature on the Bon Temps scene. With a face like his, does it really matter?

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Can Sookie and Jessica rescue Bill from the werewolves?

Naked Boys on Parade

June 13: Serving up an extra dose of naked, shirtless and randy hunks, True Blood returned for its third season, picking up where it left off last fall. In the wake of Bill’s disappearance, Sookie (Anna Paquin) is having a hell of a time trying to drum up sympathy for her plight from the folks of Bon Temps. The deputy taking her statement thinks Bill (Stephen Moyer) skipped out on her. Sheriff Dearborne (William Sanderson) brushes off her suspicions that Lorena kidnapped Bill and would rather solve missing persons cases involving humans and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is busy trying to figure out a way to do away with the body of the jerk she accidentally killed in last season’s finale. It turns out that Sook’s lover boy was swiped by a gang of scruffy V-Juice junkies who are draining a shirtless Bill in a scene looking suspiciously like a leatherman orgy, pinched nipples and all. Those True Blood writers do love their gay innuendo, don’t they? Bill manages to escape them by causing them to crash and buries himself to recover from his injuries. A frustrated Sook barges in on a gloriously naked Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) banging his hot new Estonian pole dancer at Fangtasia and, after offering Sookie the alibi that he’d been “indisposed” with the dancer for the past six hours (Energizer Bunny, anyone?), he admits that as sheriff of Louisiana it’s his responsibility to look into Bill’s disappearance even though he “wants what’s his.” Eric’s next visit at the club is from Queen Sophie-Ann (Evan Rachel Wood) accompanied by the vampire magister (Zeljko Ivanek), who is investigating rumors that vamps are dealing V. Eric and Queenie feign shock and disbelief at the mere thought that their own kind would deal in the stuff and have a nasty hissing contest when the magister leaves. Queenie is broke and needs Eric to move the merchandise faster, even if he has to have a fire sale to do it.

 
 
 

Never call Pam a hooker.

In the Company of Wolves

Eric sends Pam (Kristin Bauer) out to first pay Sookie the ten grand Eric owed her, plus interest (another sign of Eric’s affection, perhaps?), then to apply pressure to Lafayette to unload the V pronto. Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) learns two things from the encounter: never call Pam a hooker (she hates being reminded of her past), and don’t take her for a softy just because she wears a lot of pink. Lafayette also has his hands full helping Tara (Rutina Wesley) pick up the pieces after Jason (Ryan Kwanten) killed Eggs. Tara is understandably devastated and livid at everyone within spitting distance of her. She practically rips off Arlene’s head for her insensitive remarks about Eggs murdering all those women and cutting out their hearts under maenad Maryann’s influence. When she finds out that Sook used her telepathic power to help unlock Eggs’ murderous memories, she jumps her. Things are so bad Tara asks for her useless bible-thumping mother Lettie Mae, whom Lafayette will never forgive for shooting at him. After momma Thornton brings a reverend to minister to Tara, she does the obvious thing and tries to swallow every pill in the medicine cabinet just as Lafayette arrives to kick in the bathroom door. Jason is also traumatized from killing Eggs. Even after Andy convinces him that the best way to return things to normal in Bon Temps is to resume his horndog ways, a guilt-ridden –but buff– Jason can’t rise to the occasion when he strips down for a three-way with two vacationing New York girls. In Arkansas, Sam (Sam Trammell) is recovering from his deadly encounter with Maryann by tracking down his white-trash family. He gets his own naked moment when he has an eerily homoerotic dream about Bill showing up at his motel (shirtless, of course) and nearly luring Sam into a manly encounter in the shower just before he wakes up. What could the dream mean? Perhaps there’s a canine – or lupine—connection. Back in Bon Temps, Bill comes upon a little old lady’s home and feeds on her to recover his strength after his draining at the hands of the V junkies. Just as we get over our shock at his attacking a defenseless senior (hooked to an oxygen tank, no less), he glamours her and leaves her some money in thanks. Good thing he fed since he winds up surrounded by a pack of hungry wolves. As Sookie and Jessica discover when they come upon the dead body of one of Bill’s abductors, it turns out that the V junkies are werewolves!

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