Jul 2 2012 1:00pm

Earn Those Fruity Cocktails: True Blood, “We’ll Meet Again”

Break out the champagne and Tru Blood! Finally, an episode of True Blood that didn’t suck.

Things happened. Lots of things happened and they were, by turns, exciting, heartbreaking, funny, and a welcome relief. And all this was without Russell. I was enjoying the regular cast so much, I forgot to wish for him to return and liven things up. It’s good to know that this show can still get my blood pumping when it reigns in the manufactured drama and just lets the characters be themselves.

The night belonged to Pam and Tara, hands-down. Right off the bat we get Pam commanding Tara to never attempt suicide again. Sure, it’s not quite as satisfying as Tara deciding this for herself, but after watching Tara self-destruct season after season, I’m glad Pam said what most viewers were thinking. Tara can still be a bitter, angry mess, but at least we’ll get less scenes of her trembling lower lip as she cries for herself.

Granted, Pam didn’t command her to be a better character, but it’s a start. I like vampire Tara. She’s keeping it real, especially when it comes to calling out Sookie on messing up everyone’s lives and always having some poor (usually preternaturally attractive) fool save her ass.

It really was open season on Sookie at the start of the episode. First Lafayette, then Jason’s look of disbelief at his sister’s confession, then Tara and the crowd at Merlotte’s.

We have seen Sookie get herself out of some sticky situations — tonight she jumped out of a possessed car— but yeah, she does play the damsel in distress more often than not. Watching Sookie throw a pity-party is somehow more enjoyable than watching Tara do the same. Maybe it’s because a part of me totally gets how some people can hate Sookie and the drama that clings to her. Not all of it is her fault, but, yeah, this season... she totally deserves to get hated on a bit.

And then she cries about it a bit, feels a little sorry for herself, then tries to set things right. And then gets adorably drunk on fruity cocktails and gets herself in over her head all over again.

The Debbie Pelt murder case was wrapped up rather neatly. Just like Tara said, not one, but two fools came to Sookie’s rescue on this one. Alcide is a true friend to get Debbie’s grieving parents to skip town. And Joe Manganiello is more than a very nice pair of abs. You could really tell Alcide was wrestling with his lie and his own grief. And lucky for Sookie that her brother is dating a vampire that can glamour the sheriff away.

Sookie really didn’t quite earn those fruity cocktails. How is Sookie going to learn to change her life-wrecking ways if someone else fixes her problems and rewards her with hot and heavy makeout sessions?

The most heartwrenching part of the episode belonged to Pam and Eric. For the past two weeks, we’ve been seeing Pam’s past and wondering where it would lead. Sadly, it wasn’t to a warm reunion with her maker. Quite the opposite. It’s become rare to see a tender moment between Pam and Eric the past two seasons, it’s just ironic that the nicest Eric’s been to her was when he was releasing her.

Roman forcing Eric to wear an iStake wasn’t enough to convince me that Eric is in danger of the true death, but Eric telling Pam to protect herself and carry on his legacy? That seems much more real. I loved the little moment between Bill and Jessica immediately following that. “I did well,” Bill says with pride as he sees the smart, very observant vampire he raised.

And I liked that Pam was all business in her next scene with Tara. I was wondering what she’d do. (Well, I think Pam would’ve fixed her eye makeup before getting down to vampire-training, personally.) Pam isn’t one to sit and cry for long. She’s a survivor. I loved her telling Tara something similar. That and that vampires are at the top of the food chain and humans are there to savor. Will this finally turn Tara into a fun person?

I’m still not quite in love with Andy’s comic relief scenes, but they paid off nicely this week and he even roped Jason into a storyline, too. How fabulous was that fairy-refugee burlesque show? That place gives Fangtasia a run for its money. And we got to see some familiar fey faces, like Andy’s former fling Maurella and Jason and Sookie’s ditzy cousin Hadley. The way she always says the wrong thing, you can kind of see her relation to the Stackhouses. I haven’t read the books, so learning that vampires killed Sookie and Jason’s parents came as a surprise. It’s been a long time since anyone mentioned them. Now this is a juicy mystery for Jason to go chasing after.

Elsewhere in Bon Temps:

  • Someone’s bumping off Sam’s shifter friends. Guess he’ll have to pay Luna a visit to make sure she’s safe.
  • What are we to make of Lafayette’s possession by bad rubber mask? It’s getting stronger.
  • Terry and the dude from Felicity took a roadtrip and MY GOD WHO GIVES A SHIT?
  • How convenient was it that the second traitor on the Council just so happened to be the worst actor? So long, brat. And is the vampire mainstreaming movement powered by Mac?


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

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

1. Iamme`
Liked this episode....mostly. I didn't even mind the fairy scenes. I always wondered what happend to Hadley and her son. But Hadley's not a fairy so am I to assume one can get into fairyland as long as they're a relation to a fairy? I'm so confused!

Didn't like Alcide and Sookie hooking up. I knew it was going to happen, but seriously! She killed your girlfriend, vamp blood sucking lunatic that she was! Have a remorseful period for goodness sake. That said, I must admit I loved the Sookie-lyrics to Escape (Pina Colada song) prior to Alcide's knock on the door. Too funny!

Wouldn't it be a kick in the pants if it turns out Roman is the sanguinista leak inside the Authority??
Theresa DeLucci
2. theresa_delucci
I totally think Roman is the Sanguinista leak! There were promo videos of him chanting in a robe and feeding on a human. You don't hire Christopher Meloni just to do administrative work!

Sookie is an adorable drunk. I think her and Alcide will be very short-lived. They're each other's rebound.

I thought Hadley was part fairy, too. Not a mind-reader, but she had that certain something that Jason has. I haven't watched the early seasons in a long time.
3. Gardner Dozois
I think this was the best episode of the season so far. And yes, it mostly belongs to Pam and Eric, although Bill and Jessica were affecting too. I really liked Drunk Sookie. She makes a cute drunk. We're getting to see some interesting changes in the character this year. With any luck, she'll lose her girl-next-door primness and become a major slut!

I agree that she probably won't last long with Alcide--although she may not get to actually have sex with him, since it's quite possible that Bill and Eric are about to burst in and interrupt them. If she does have a fling with Alcide, she ought to try a human next, just for a change; if she does consummate with Alcide, her life-list of lovers so far will consist of two vampires and a werewolf.

Hadley must be at least part fairy, since she was kept around by the Queen because her blood was so tasty, and her son has telepathic abilities. Jason's blood must be especially tasty too, although so far Jessica has not commented on this. (I'm kind of sorry that we didn't get to see his and Jessica's Serious Just Between Friends talk.) I'm not sure whether Jason's parents being killed by vampires is a devergence from the books or not; somebody said that they thought it was, but they weren't sure.

What are we to make of Lafyette changing into Rubber Mask Monster? I wonder if this has got something to do with the fact that his dead lover's body myteriously disappeared? Has his spirit possessed Lafyette? And, if so, why is it evil? I don't mind Lafyette turning to the Dark Side, particularly if he's shown struggling against it, but they really should resist the urge to show that silly mask as much as possible, as it always reminds me irresistably of a Masked Mexican Wrestler, probably not what they're going for.

Well, Roman DOES seem to be the only one of the Council who takes the whole Vampire Religion thing seriously, so maybe it'll turn out to be him who's the traitor, although it seems an obvious reversal. I too was very glad that he staked the kid, who I was already calling The Annoying One, but I doubt that he was really the traitor.

I'm surprised nobody has commented on the most unrealistic thing in the whole episode--Sookie rolling out of a car that was going 90 miles per hour, and emerging completely unharmed. At that speed, she'd have been a broken bag of bones on the side of the road.
4. Iamme
@Theresa - LOVE the comment about not hiring Chris Meloni for Admin work! I so think he's the leak. He does bad sooooo well.

@Gardner - With regard to Lafayette, last season when Marnie took over LaLa's body, before stabbing Jesus to his death, she took that rubber masked spirit into herself and LaLa. When Marnie got pushed out of LaLa, I assumed the spirit remained hence rearing its ugly (literally) head now.

And yeah...Sookie bailing out the door of an 80-plus mile an hour car, unscathed mind you - Total BS. The pavement alone would've turned that body of hers into pure hamburger meat. Road rash for sure.
5. Iamme
And thanks for the clear up about Hadley. I had forgotten about her relationship with the Queen.
6. Gardner Dozois
A close viewing of the preview for next week's show tends to support the conclusion that Bill and Eric intrude before Sookie and Alcide can actually Do The Deed. At least, you can see them talking to her in her living room, presumeably on the same night, and with the clock on their lives rapidly clicking away, I can't see them politely waiting outside until Sookie and Alcide have finished. So, probably another teaser for fans of the Sookie/Alcide hook-up.

You may be right about why Lafyette is suddenly turning into Rubber Mask Monster; I'd still like to know why Jesus's body has disappered, though. We tend to react to this stuff like the events of last season happened months ago, because of the gap between seasons, but for the CHARACTERS, this all happened only a couple of DAYS ago, so it's not surprising that Lafyette is only starting to manifest symptoms of possession.
7. Sarasota
In the books, Hadley's mother was a Stackhouse, so she is as much faerie as Jason and Sookie. Jason, however, had his faerie traits removed by their great-grandfather Niall Brigant.
Theresa DeLucci
8. theresa_delucci
According to their official Facebook page, True Blood has been renewed for a sixth season.
9. sofrina
i enjoyed the little guy. they handled it right, offing him. but they could have dragged it out a bit longer. evil children that aren't really children is one of my favorites. remember little lilith on "supernatural," the girl in the white room on "angel" (we love trouble but we hate chaos) and there was a kid immortal once on the "highlander" tv series. and of course, claudia from "interview with the vampire."

anyway, the real traitor is mr. spartacus. he's the only one who didn't partake of the council joking behind roman's back. and he was actually tense when roman was walking around with the holy stake. baby authority wasn't even concerned. i mean c'mon. they torture the daylights out of nora and then she gives up a name?

i demand salome's wardrobe.
Shelly wb
10. shellywb
The TV series is now so far removed from the books that absolutely nothing is the same save for about half of the character names. And Debbie is dead. In the books Sookie's parents were not killed by vamps. But I won't reveal the story in case someone might read them --it's the subject of an entire book.
11. Gardner Dozois
Just watched this episode again, and I do think that people are being a LITTLE unfair to Sookie. After all, Debbie broke into her house and tried to kill her with a shotgun, so the fact that she got killed instead is on her; it's not as though Sookie went looking for Debbie and murdered her. And Sookie didn't ask Tara to take a bullet for her. That was TARA'S decision, which she's now blaming Sookie for. And although you could argue the wisdom of the act, as we have here before, Sookie tried to save Tara in turn by having Pam turn her before it was too later. (Judging by this episode, Tara is going to learn to enjoy being a vampire--but that's not going to stop her from being bitter and reproachful to Sookie for making Pam turn her.)

And does everybody in town know that Sookie had Tara turned into a vampire? That would seem to be the implication of Sookie being freaked out by everybody's thoughts. If they know that, though, how come they don't know that Sookie killed Debbie Pelt? After all, that's how Tara got mortally wounded in the first place. If they don't know about that, why do they think Sookie turned her? For the fun of it? Because she could?

I thought that it had been established that Sookie couldn't deal with having sex with humans because she could read their thoughts; that's why she turned to boinking vampires. But wait a minute, it's also been established that she can read ALCIDE'S thoughts, so...huh?
Mordicai Knode
12. mordicai
Wait, why is Eric in the Black Lodge from Twin Peaks?
13. Gardner Dozois
Come to think of it, it's a little self-righteous for all of them to be complaining that Sookie always needs to be rescued by somebody, since Sookie herself, at great personal risk, has personally rescued Bill, Eric, and Lafyette, and helped to rescue Tara and Sam, and by extension, in the maniad episode, the whole town. She directly saved Lafyette from Eric's prison, which he seems to have forgotten about. Lafyette's "Angel of Death" comment is also a bit unfair--LAFYETTE killed Jesus, and although it was Marnie who made him do it, it wasn't Sookie's fault that Marnie got dragged into the action in town. Most of Sookie's friends have come through their various adventures more or less unscathed, in fact (except for Tara, and that wasn't Sookie's fault either), and I don't believe that Sookie herself has killed anybody except for Debbie and a couple of redshirt vampires.
14. ViewerB
Hahaha finally someone else voices the fact that NO ONE CARES about the Terry storyline. I laughed out loud when I read that! It doesn't even feel like it's part of the same show.

I guess I could be part-right about the Faerie hordes invading, they're just being much sneakier about it than the vamps. Pulling all those high-profile people into Club Faerie and doing who-knows-what to them (if faeries can wipe people's minds, what else can they do to them?) is pretty ingenious. The vamps won't realize what's coming until it's too late.
Heather G
15. frekklefayce
In the books, Sookie and Jason's parents were killed by faeries. Their faerie blood comes from "sky faeries", and their parents were killed by rival "water faeries". They died going over a bridge in a flash flood.
I'm thinking that in the show, the faeries told Hadley that to get her to stay with them. Or, they really were killed by vampires.

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