True Blood episode review: “It Hurts Me Too”

This week on True Blood, things got messier. Way messier.

Um. That ending. Certainly one of the more memorable True Blood endings in awhile. Maybe not in a good way. I’m not sure what to make of it. Kind of left me speechless at first. Well, no, at first I was hoping Bill was going to pop Lorena’s head off so we can finally get rid of her boring storyline. Then I noticed the cheesy Tom Savini-like effects and laughted my ass off a bit.

That was a bad sex scene, but I still can’t say it was more off-putting than Tara and Franklin’s creepy sex noises. I get that touching “the void” in a vampire’s pants is supposed to be like an exorcism, but I just didn’t want to see Franklin’s O-face. Ever. That shifty bloke is all over Bon Temps, snooping into Bill’s life and hiding Jessica’s body. For a minute I thought maybe Franklin was genuinely interested in Tara and her troubles, but forcing her to invite him inside Sookie’s place convinced me otherwise.

Before having truly Linda Blair-like relations, Bill was busy having flashbacks to the last time he saw his family. I liked it better when I thought Bill had never seen his wife and children again after being turned, so we don’t have to sit through another scene with Lorena telling Bill to obey his thirst and embrace his new nature as a vampire and get rid of Sookie because he’ll only hurt her. We get it! Vampires are evil at heart but Bill is noble because he tries to act against it and it makes him all tragic. Didn’t we see this scene in pretty much every other Lorena and Bill flashback?

Not that Bill’s loyalty will matter much anyway. Countdown until Sookie sleeps with new werewolf Alcide begins… now. I agree that he’s a welcome addition to the cast. But you have to wonder what kind of man gets left for Cooter. For real?

Sookie’s headed right into Bill’s path. I hope. But I imagine Bill will really want to take his engagement ring back now. Not because he’s suddenly evil, but because I bet he’s going to regret his affair instantly. He was pretty much regretting it as he did it. Hence the extreme awkwardness. Sookie better find something to do with anyone soon because watching her ask everyone about Bill is getting a little one-note.

Other points of interest:

  • Arleen sucks. I liked her until she decided to lie to Terry about “his” baby. Which must surely be Renee’s, right? I kind of hope it’s a monster baby with accelerated growth and Terry really is the father, just because he looked so damn happy.
  • Jason has been the philosopher poet of Bon Temps ever since he helped defeat Maryann. Every scene with him contains some little pearl of idiot logic. He’s getting to be almost as funny as Lafayette.
  • Eric patting the passenger seat of the “discreet” new convertible he’s giving Lafayette.
  • Pam gets some of Eric’s Estonian dancer.
  • Talbot asking if he could get Cooter a Zima with about as much disdain as anyone could ever muster. Do you think Russell was buying what he told Bill when he said making Talbot his eternal husband was the best thing ever? They don’t exactly seem like the best match at times; like the honeymoon ended a few decades ago.
  • Sam’s family was probably best kept lost. That rainbow assortment of shots was impressive though. I hate watching lovable Sam get exploited. These guys seem like grifters. Who was snooping around Merlotte’s in animal form? Mama or Tommy?

Share your theories and thoughts below!

Theresa DeLucci is a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers’ Worshop. her short fiction has appeared in Chizine, Morbid Outlook, and Tear magazine. She’s also pretty excited about Johnny Lee Miller being cast in the fifth season of Dexter.


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