But You Didn’t Have to Stoop So Low. True Blood: “Somebody That I Used To Know”

No, True Blood thankfully didn’t play that Gotye song over the ending credits, despite it being as omnipresent as Lilith this summer. But that didn’t stop it from worming its way into my head tonight. Ergo, Gotye is more insidious than a naked vampire goddess.

Lafayette is basically Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost now. The wolf pack in Shreveport gets its leader. Despite being a vampire, Tara hasn’t evolved since high school. And Sam comes weirdly close to kissing himself.

Sometimes I can’t believe the sentences this show makes me type.

SAM and LUNA

I think shifting into your boyfriend’s body qualifies you as a psycho girlfriend. Sam Trammell did an excellent job playing two Sams. Loved the “Free Mustache Rides” sweatshirt Luna had to steal before she fled the hospital. I know she’s upset, but how is her plan any better than Sam’s? Once events led the shifter couple and Andy to the house where Jessica was imprisoned, Luna sniffed out a “large woman who loves Doritos.” Is Hoyt’s mama Maxine the “Dragon” the hate group has been getting orders from? It would make sense— Maxine is a bigot, she really hates Jessica, and those dudes really should’ve killed Hoyt for being a fangbanger. Wouldn’t Sam recognize her scent?

LAFAYETTE

Good on Jesus for being smart enough to include a vial of V in his first aid kit so we didn’t have to see Lala’s tortured lips for long. I can’t say that escaping Jesus’ grandfather and seeing Jesus’ ghost was satisfying closure for this couple. It was a nice, quiet moment, but Lafayette needs more to do than cower and be a plot-servicey medium. Though the face he pulled when Arlene told him about Terry’s fire monster was pretty classic. Still, I’d rather watch him smoke a blunt and dance for his webcam than get dragged into the Terry story.

TERRY

Yeah, yeah. Whatever. Way to stick to your guns, fire monster. That Scott or Terry must kill the other in order to lift the curse doesn’t seem like smart vengeance to me.

HOYT

Am I this jaded by years of watching TV or is True Blood just really slacking on the suspense this season? I didn’t believe Hoyt was going to kill Jessica for even one second. All the whining and slut-shaming he did about his ex really just made me hate him more. Get over it already. Jessica was way nicer to him than I would’ve been.

ALCIDE

Alcide not becoming the pack leader was a surprise to me, but after his first scene of the night, all I could think of was Madeline Kahn saying “Woof.”

TARA

Tara is wisely back to tending bar and looking waaaay more comfortable. And cute. People who dwell on high school are kind of sad. Living well is the best revenge. Tara is hot and immortal, her rival’s sports car can’t really top that. Then again, bitch deserved what was coming for calling Tara uppity in the most unsavory way possible. Pam, too, should watch it with that word. This maker-child relationship has an uncomfortable dynamic. Wonder if Tara will break out of Fangtasia or maybe listen to what Pam’s trying (in her caustic way) to teach her?

And how hot did Pam and Tara look in their PVC geisha outfits?

SOOKIE

I’ve been enjoying Jason getting in touch with his Stackhouse fairy roots. Tonight’s big non-reveal was the flashback to the night Sookie and Jason’s parents were murdered. Sookie can’t normally get into a vampire’s mind, but she was able to this time. If the killer was indeed a vampire. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe the suspect is… Darkman? That Claudine knew him was strange. Was it a set-up? I’m not sure, but that jawline sure looked like Russell’s.

 

BEEHL and ERIC

This episode was directed by Bill Compton himself, Stephen Moyer. Maybe he felt Bill needed another old-timey flashback to his dying daughter to add to the Emmy reel? Because that scene really didn’t add anything else. The vampire flashbacks are handled so badly on this show. What a waste of a costume budget. Anyways, Bill certainly drank the Lilith-flavored Kool-Aid. Or has he? If Bill’s faking it like Eric is, he’s downright diabolical and way more convincing. Now the Authority’s plot is really kicking into gear. The whole mainstream movement is threatened, Tru Blood itself is threatened. This is a huge development.

Next week: Russell and Steve get a spinoff set in the Triad-owned massage parlors of Hong Kong. We wish.

 

True Blood airs Sundays at 9PM E/PT on HBO.


Theresa DeLucci is a regular contributor to Tor.com. She covers True Blood, Game of Thrones, and is also an avid gamer. She has also covered tech and TV for Geektress.com and Action Flick Chick. Follower her on Twitter @tdelucci

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