Archive for July, 2011

Godric urged Eric to feed on Sookie in Eric's nightmare.

July 24 – This is the episode where the percolating passion between Sookie and Eric came to a boil and characters were having crazy dreams all over the place. After Marnie hexed Pam, Jesus and Lafayette fear vampire retribution so much that they decide to go to Mexico to visit Jesus’s weird uncle who introduced Jesus to the ways of witchcraft. Tara agrees that it’s time to return to New Orleans but finds out her girlfriend has discovered mail addressed to Tara’s true name. She’s got some explaining to do! Tommy is in a bigger fix on the wrong end of a chain wrapped around his neck by his no-good father Joe Lee, who’s intent on forcing him to return to dog fighting. Just when Joe Lee thinks Tommy’s out for the count, an enraged Tommy turns the tables on him and starts beating him to death. When his masochistic mom jumps in to save her sorry excuse for a husband, Tommy accidentally kills her, too! Tommy naturally turns to Sam, who tosses the hillbilly corpses into his van and drives out to dispose of the bodies. Sheriff Andy pulls him over and nearly discovers the dead bodies when he opens the back doors of the van but is spooked by Tommy in the form of an alligator. Fittingly, it’s a gator-filled swamp where Sam and Tommy’s good-for-nothing parents find their final resting place. The brothers bond when Sam confesses to Tommy he has also taken life. The question remains how Tommy will deal with the guilt that’s sure to plague him now. Eric has an eerie dream in which his maker Godric appears and tempts him into feeding on Sookie. It’s his nature, Godric commands. Sookie is then startled awake by Eric, fangs bared and hovering over her in bed. Rather than attack her, he crawls into her bed like a little boy and cries over his nightmare about Godric.  Sook consoles him, telling him that Godric was good and would want him to tap into this new, gentler personality he’s revealing. Sookie can’t believe she’s cuddling with big bad Eric Northman, but reassures him that while he’s not Gandhi, he’s not evil either. Tara disagrees vehemently when, after stopping by for advice from Sook on how to deal with her girlfriend back in New Orleans, she discovers that Eric is staying at Sookie’s home. Tara thinks Sookie’s crazier now than when she was dating Bill!  Sookie picks up some of Molly’s thoughts about Eric’s confrontation with the coven and pays Marnie a visit at the Moon Goddess Emporium. During a reading, Marnie taps into Sookie’s grandmother’s spirit and warns her to not get involved with her “new man” since it will be just temporary. Sook also connects with her Gran, hearing her warning to get away from Marnie immediately. It seems that there’s an evil surrounding Marnie that the Wiccan is not aware of. Or is she? Bill’s spy in Marnie’s coven leads a raid on Moon Goddess and arrests her. In captivity, Marnie flashes back to another prison cell where the Spanish witch and her coven are awaiting execution. Pam, whose rotting facial features are falling off as often as she curses, thirsts for revenge against the witch. Bill suggests she try more makeup and glamours Marnie to prove that she’s telling the truth about not knowing how she hexed Pam and Eric. A frustrated Pam may need to stock up on some Estee Lauder after all. In Shreveport, a pack master named Marcus Bozeman pressures Alcide to register with the local pack but Alcide is not intimidated and tells the biker wolf to buzz off. Something tells me Alcide’s tranquil new life is about to be rocked to the core and Debbie won’t be of much help in the matter. 

Jason had an erotic dream about Jessica. Will he betray his friend Hoyt?

Arlene and Terry recruit Tara’s mom Letty Mae and her preacher husband to banish the evil spirit lurking in their house. While Arlene and Terry enjoy a carnal celebration afterward, a matchbook on a night table nearby self-ignites, revealing that their prayers have not been answered just yet. Jessica and Hoyt nurse Jason back to health after his ordeal in Hot Shot. After Jason confides to Hoyt about being sexually abused by the she-panthers in heat, he promptly has an erotic dream that begins with him coupling with Jessica and ends with a writhing Hoyt taking her place on top of Jason! Eric is shocked and distressed to learn from Tara that he had done so many awful things. Afraid to hurt Sookie, he tries to leave, but Sookie asks him to stay, pulling him in for the much delayed, much anticipated real-world, non-dream kiss – and it’s a hot one! Tender yet urgent, just as all the Truebies on Team Eric would have imagined it to be. Bill, meanwhile, assembles four Louisiana vampire sheriffs to alert them about Eric’s predicament and learn more about the history of the witch covens. An angry Pam – never the best at diplomacy or discretion – blurts out that she knows Eric is an amnesiac and Bill forces her to reveal that her maker is shacking up at Sookie’s. Will an angry Bill catch Eric and Sookie in the act?

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One of the things I love most about True Blood is how educational it is. Sure, it entertains us with plenty of sex, violence, romance and cool special effects – did I mention the sex? — but the show is also well written and the writers unearth supernatural themes that send most fans (like me) rushing to the dictionary, or in my case, Wikipedia.  The first time True Blood provoked me to do some research was its amazing Maryann the Maenad storyline. I had so many theories about what Maryann was, plenty of them close to being correct, but I never would have known that she was a maenad since I had no idea what a maenad was.  I experienced deja vu this season when the Wiccan coven story began and the term necromancer was bandied about by Bill &  Co. I recognized that the prefix “necro” related to the dead and Bill filled in the rest when he reminded Eric that the witches could reanimate and control dead things, including undead vamps. This fundamental threat to the vampire community is at the heart of the latest YouTube clip HBO has posted featuring interviews with Alan Ball and the cast members most involved in the Wiccan story arc — Nelson Ellis, Kevin Alejandro and Fiona Shaw. The Wiccans are set to make big trouble for the vamps and from the looks of Sunday’s closing scene, lead witch Marnie is just getting started.

Alcide led the parade of beefcake on the July 17 episode.

July 17 – There were enough shirtless scenes in tonight’s episode to constitute a Men of True Blood calendar. Perhaps that’s a new business idea for the folks at HBO. I’m sure a beefcake calendar would sell well among Truebies. Alex Skarsgard spends plenty of time in the buff as the endearingly amnesiac Eric. After draining Sookie’s fairy godmother Claudine, a drunken Eric craves more fairy blood, but stops himself from biting Sookie yet again. After a playful game of hide-and-seek with the freaked-out fairy, he ignores Sookie’s warnings about the impending sunrise and runs off into the woods where Sook and Alcide later find him skinny-dipping in a lake. The Viking vamp and the hunky wolf trade growls for a brief second until Eric becomes debilitated by the rising sun. Sookie urges him to race home and tucks him into his resting place in the cubby. Alcide is very skeptical about Sookie’s keeping Eric at her house but offers his support nevertheless. When he returns to Shreveport Debbie understands his need to help Sookie in her mission with Eric, for now anyway. When Sam surprises Luna at her home he meets her daughter Emma, who takes an instant liking to him. Emma’s father happens to be a very jealous werewolf, Luna warns Sam but he’s not going anywhere. Tommy, meanwhile, drops in on his mom and updates her on this progress back in Bon Temps. He’s livid when he learns his flea bag father Joe Lee was forcing her to compete in the dog fights and is overcome by the horrible hillbilly, who chains him by the throat like a leash and vows to break him in again to return to the dog fights.

Marnie gave Pam an anti-aging treatment that works in reverse.

In Hot Shot, Jason is being used as a stud service by all the she-panthers until he convinces a teenage one to set him loose. An enraged Fenton shifts to panther form and hunts Jason down but Jason drops in on the big cat from a tree branch and kills him with a makeshift stake. A second panther arrives at the scene and reveals itself to be Crystal, who’s happy to see Fenton go so she can rule over Hot Shot alongside Jason. Mr. Stackhouse tells the perturbed pussy she can keep stick it and leaves her standing naked over Fenton’s corpse. He’ll return to her at the rise of the next full moon, she promises him.  Jason collapses on the side of the road and is rescued by Jessica and Hoyt, who happen to be driving by. Nan Flanagan reads Bill the riot act over sending Eric into a den of Wiccans and warns him not to let any human blood be spilled during the inevitable vampire-witch clashes to come. He cross-examines Pam, who needles him about liking his new authority too much. Next he visits with Porzia Bellefleur’s mom and trades recollections of the Bellefleur family history, bringing the get-together to a screeching halt when he realizes that his daughter married into their clan, making Porzia Bill’s great great great great granddaughter! So much for their friends-with-benefits arrangement. Later, Bill show’s up at Sookie’s place just in time to interrupt Eric’s attempt to get a kiss out of Sookie.  When Bill tries to search the premises for Eric, Sookie ironically convinces him not to proceed by reminding him that she’s never lied to him… until now. It says a lot that Sook crossed that line in order to protect Eric from Bill. I suspect Eric will get his long-awaited kiss very soon. Marnie has a dream in which she witnesses the burning of a young witch during the Spanish Inquisition. The witch is the same one who helped her fight off Eric and begins chanting a spell with Marnie as the flames rise higher. When Marnie searches for a spell to recover Eric’s memory with Lafayette, Jesus and Tara, the Spanish witch’s spirit singles out a book with an incantation. Pam meets the witches to get the cure for Eric from Marnie but instead is afflicted with another hex from the Spanish witch that turns her into a walking, rotting corpse. That witch sure does come in handy for Marnie, doesn’t she?

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Our favorite telepathic waitress/fairy Sookie Stackhouse is one lucky gal. Now that she’s dumped Bill for not being honest about his original intentions when he first met her, she’s a single woman up for grabs… literally. And we all know that she has three very sexy and diverse leading men vying for her attention this season. Bill may be on the sidelines for a while, what with his new duties as vampire king of Louisiana and all, but I’m sure he’ll keep a watchful eye on developments between Sookie and Eric, especially now that Eric has a sweet new personality that will no doubt melt the heart of the delectable Ms. Stackhouse. Complicating things further — in a very good way for viewers, mind you — is the return of the ruggedly handsome werewolf Alcide Herveaux. Alcide’s arrival last season as Sook’s watchdog was a bit overblown if you ask me. He’s hot all right, but he never really stepped up to pursue Sookie the way an aggressive wolf man would. This season I think will be another story. Hopefully we’ll see a fruition of the potential that Joe Manganiello brings to the role as a serious contender for Sook’s love. He’s a big lug who is gallantly shy around her and one would argue that his interest in her is more pure — unless werewolves crave fairy blood, too, that is. This is the premise explored in a fun cover story TV Guide has this week with interviews with Joe, Stephen Moyer and Alex Skarsgard. TV Guide’s website features a Q&A with the hunky stars that shows how Alan Ball‘s cast is as provocative offscreen as they are in character. Let’s just say much is made about private-part-covering socks and the size of Manganiello’s pectorals. It’s not be missed so check it out here and pick up this week’s issue for the full story and hot pics.

Crystal forces herself on an unwilling Jason!

July 10 – It seems like everybody in Bon Temps is looking for Eric in the wake of his eventful run-in with the witches. After a brief chase in the woods, Sookie punches Eric in the nose and makes him swear not to bite her in exchange for helping him figure out who he is. Eric is aware that he’s a vampire but he’s not sure what his true nature is anymore. He shares with Sookie the soul-sucking spell Marnie put on him and Sook begrudgingly agrees to help him. She interrupts Pam having a hot feeding session on a hunky human and summons her. Pam, who we all know hates to be bothered while she’s feeding, threatens Sookie — to Eric’s chagrin — then pleads with her to give Eric safe haven from Bill, whom she suspects of having set Eric up with the coven. Eric’s enemies would surely take advantage of his vulnerable state. The witches, meanwhile, aren’t aware how effective their spell was. Lafayette is set on putting himself at Eric’s mercy to avoid the inevitable retribution. Tara and Jesus team up to protect Lafayette from making a big mistake and interrupt a livid Pam’s attack on the sassy cook when he shows up at Fangtasia.  Pam clues them in on Eric’s predicament and gives them 24 hours to deliver Marnie to her so she can force her to undo the spell. Marnie, however, has other plans and succeeds in conjuring up the spirit of the powerful witch who helped her zap Eric. If Pam wants Marnie, she should be ready to deal with some serious magic! Eric’s new personality has the formerly fierce Viking acting like a big, awkward puppy dog, muddying Sook’s rug. When Sook visits Alcide in Shreveport in the hopes of recruiting him to watch over Eric, she learns the musclebound werewolf has reconciled with a sober and newly religious Debbie. We’ll see how long Deb holds on to her religion when Alcide inevitably returns to Bon Temps to keep Sookie out of trouble. Jason could use some protection very badly. Every time he wakes up in Hot Shot he is faced with an ever-escalating nightmare. Bruised and bloodied, Jason is nursed by Crystal, who is awaiting his transformation into a werepanther so he can mate with her. She even gives him Viagra and mounts him while he’s chained to the bed, in full view of the hillbilly panther kids who gleefully await new additions to their pride. Andy, in the throes of his V addiction, is of no help to Jason and has a run-in with Sam, who is aghast when he learns that Tommy is plotting to cheat Hoyt’s mom out of a windfall she’s getting for owning a house built on land that is a source of natural gas. Sam can’t believe how Tommy can betray a lady who’s teaching him to read. Tommy is sick of Sam acting superior to him. Hoyt, meanwhile, blows up at Jessica when she admits she fed on another guy at Fangtasia. Afraid of losing him, Jess glamours her confession out of his memory. More and more, Jessica is abusing her vampire abilities at Hoyt’s expense. This can’t lead to good things. The two get rid of the freaky doll that came with their new home by giving it to Arlene’s devil baby. Talk about a match made in Hell! I wonder if he’ll rip its head off like the Barbie dolls?

Pam gives Tara, Lafayette and Jesus a deadly ultimatum.

Bill is getting increasingly agitated that Eric has not checked in with him about his mission to investigate the Wiccans. His lady lawyer friend manages to distract him by offering herself sexually to him. He accepts her generous offer but tells her bluntly that he can never love her and refuses to drink from her during their coupling. Time will tell how long she will put up with being treated like a convenient playmate while he nurses a broken heart over our gal Sook. Sookie’s fairy godmother Claudine shows up at the house ordering her to return to Fairyland but Sook refuses. While Claudine tries to reason with her Eric pounces and drains her to the point of evaporation. “You just killed my fairy godmother,” Sookie chastises Eric, who can only meekly apologize like a kid caught breaking a window by his mom.

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We all know Sookie’s werewolf guardian on True Blood – Alcide – is well-built, to say the least. Looking like he does takes a lot of effort so the July 2011 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine quizzed Alcide’s portrayer, Joe Manganiello, about his amazingly effective fitness regimen and put the worked-out werewolf on its cover. What’s better is that they videotaped the shoot and posted it to their site. Check it out here. Whether or not bodybuilding is your thing, there are worse ways to spend your time than watching Joe zip through his fitness moves and show us his chiseled abs again and again. And again.

Will Jason become a werepanther?

July 3 – Tonight’s episode marked transformations for a number of characters in different ways. Sookie rejects Eric’s offer to protect her from all other vampires who might learn that she’s a fairy with irresistibly delicious blood that tastes “like sunshine in a pretty blonde bottle.” He gallantly refuses to take her by force but Sook still says no deal. Eric suggests she listen to her fairy half and give in to the inevitability of their being together. Doing so would ensure her survival as more vampires discover her secret. Sookie turns to Bill for help and arrives just as he’s finishing having sex with Katerina, his spy who’s keeping tabs on Marnie’s witch coven. Bill is unable to force Eric to renounce his claim on Sook’s home despite being the new King of Louisiana. When a dejected Sookie leaves, he flashes back to London in 1982, which gives Stephen Moyer a fun opportunity to use his natural British accent in a scene where he feeds off a bartender at a punk nightclub. Nan Flanagan shows up and notices how he did not kill the guy (even though his blood was pitifully low in vitamins and nutrients!). She recruits him into a secret society that infiltrates and undermines the vampire monarchies to effect positive change in vampire-human relations. Bill fails to convince Eric to give up Sookie’s house, but dispatches him to investigate the coven, warning Eric that the witches are able to revive the dead, which gives them the ability to control the undead.  Eric departs, giving Bill a sarcastic bow, and a pensive Bill recalls how he lured Sophie-Ann to her death by silver-filled wooden bullets shot by S.W.A.T.-style snipers employed by his boss Nan, who swears him in as Louisiana’s new vampire  monarch. Sophie-Ann’s deceptive schemes had sealed her fate and Bill, it turns out, is like an undead version of James Bond. Licensed to kill, so to speak, but it’s a lonely job to have indeed. Sookie, still spooked by visions of the rampaging fairies coming after her, is surprised by Tara at her house. Their happy reunion is dimmed when Sook discovers that Eric has built a cubby with direct access to her home. Time to move, the frazzled fairy decides. At Merlotte’s Arlene is aghast when Sook says her baby has an old soul. Old as the devil, perhaps? Later, Arlene stares into her son’s eyes and the arteries in her eye burst, which she immediately blames on her “evil” offspring. A naked Sam and Luna are getting cozy after their galloping session with their shifter friends but Luna stops short of any physical intimacy. Later she shows up at Merlotte’s in a skintight dress to apologize and promises to let Sam get close to her despite her intimacy issues. It turns out that the sexy teacher once shifted into her dead mother’s form, a feat normal shifters can only accomplish if they kill another shifter according to Native American legend. Luna’s mom, apparently a shifter, died during Luna’s birth. Tommy may wonder if there’s more to Luna’s story after getting caught by Sam spying on the shifters’ latest therapy session. Tommy just wants to be brothers again, he says. Can Sam trust him?  Sookie arrives at Fangtasia to plead with Eric to release his hold on her home. Pam thinks she’s stupid for rejecting her maker’s generous offer. He’s hot, rich and in his own twisted way he truly cares for Sook. And it’s only a matter of time before she is forced to bond to a vampire or perish the wise, though fashion-challenged vampire points out. Pam may be in need of a charm transfusion, but the girl always tells it like it is. When Sookie takes a bathroom break she gets the riot act from Jessica, who’s feeding off a young man in one of the stalls when she should be getting painkillers for Hoyt, who was beaten up by hate-mongering protesters outside Fangtasia. Jessica tells Sookie to stay out of her life. Sook’s brother Jason is having a rough day, too. He wakes up tied to a bed while the Hot Shot panther kids lick his wounds. Just as he convinces them to set him free, Crystal’s crazy mate Fenton shows up to stop Jason’s escape. The werepanthers have big plans for Officer Stackhouse. When Andy shows up in Hot Shot sniffing out some badly needed V, Fenton passes him a stash while Crystal gags Jason so he can’t alert his clueless, V-addicted partner. Later, the pair transform into panthers and bite Jason to turn him into one of them so he can mate with Crystal to make panther babies! When Eric arrives at the Moongoddess coven he’s surprised to learn that Lafayette is dabbling in witchcraft. Marnie refuses to give in to Eric’s demand that the coven disband, but when he bites the seemingly defenseless Wiccan her coven mates join hands and summon a powerful spirit in Marnie who hexes Eric into a state of amnesia. When Sookie comes upon a shirtless Eric wandering aimlessly through the woods, he fails to recognize her, but smells her delicious fairy blood. “Why do you smell so good?,” he innocently asks. Can a memory-deprived Eric control himself from draining her dry?

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What dark secrets does Luna have? Sam's women usually are trouble, after all.

Bill lured Sophie-Ann into an ambush.

I was so excited to see True Blood featured on no less than three collectible covers of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly that I checked out the EW site to see if it might have more True Blood goodies. Sure enough, they did a great slideshow of Season Four pictures with some storyline teasers for ten of the show’s most popular characters . Check it out here and be sure to keep looking through the pictures after the last one because it’s followed by EW’s coverage of the cast’s red carpet arrivals at the season four premiere. Everyone looks super glam. Kristin Bauer van Straten is way softer-looking out of her “Pam drag” and I barely recognized Britt Morgan, who played Alcide’s crazy ex Debbie. I wonder if Deb’s going to show her trashy face again this season.