Episode #27: “It Hurts Me Too” In search of Bill, Sookie heads to Jackson, Miss. in the company of Alcide (Joe Manganiello), a werewolf bodyguard assigned by Eric to protect her. Jason is distracted from his police exams; Bud (William Sanderson) reaches the end of his rope; Arlene (Carrie Preston) copes with unexpected news; Franklin charms Tara, and gets Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) out of a jam; Eric bequeaths a gift to Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). Haunted by visions from his past, Bill (Stephen Moyer) makes a surprising pledge of allegiance. Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Michael Lehmann.What HBO isn’t telling you: * Sookie and Alcide’s last scene takes them to “the oldest werebar in Mississippi.” Is is not a guy who turns into a bar. * Sam returns to Merlotte’s this week. * Few will have difficulty guessing Arlene’s unexpected news. * Franklin helps Tara forget about Eggs. If you know what I mean. * Eric’s “gift” to Lafayette technically costs Lafayette a dollar. * Pam makes a girl from Tallinn very happy. * The episode concludes with another memorable Lorena scene that will remind many of a Bruce Willis movie and many others of a Lee J. Cobb movie. “True Blood” was the top-rated show in primetime last Sunday, earning a fourth season last week as it beat all the series people can get for free:
Episode #28: “9 Crimes” Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 11 Sookie (Anna Paquin) joins Alcide (Joe Manganiello) at a raucous engagement party for Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan), his former fiancée; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) is given a deadline to locate Bill (Stephen Moyer); Andy (Chris Bauer) gets a promotion and draws Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) attention; Franklin (James Frain) takes Tara (Rutina Wesley) on a road trip; Arlene (Carrie Preston) is irked by Jessica’s (Deborah Ann Woll) arrival at Merlotte’s; Sam (Sam Trammell) brokers a deal with Tommy (Marshall Allman) and his parents, Melinda (J. Smith Cameron) and Joe Lee (Cooper Huckabee); Bill “procures” dinner for Russell (Denis O’Hare) and Lorena (Mariana Klaveno). Written by Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch; directed by David Petrarca.
Episode #29: “Trouble” Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 18 Alcide and Sookie turn to an alpha-wolf “packmaster” for advice on dealing with Russell’s minions; Tara considers a proposal from Franklin, who’s completed his mission for Russell; Joe Lee breaks his promise to Sam and Tommy; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) learns the meaning of patience from Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), his mother’s (Alfre Woodard) orderly; Jason meets his match in the mysterious girl Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher); an heirloom reminds Eric of his past and his ongoing thirst for vengeance. Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Scott Winant.
Episode #30: “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues” Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 25 Spurned by Eric, Sookie fears the worst for Bill, whose fate now lies in Lorena’s hands; fueled by a night of bloody passion, Tara executes a desperate plan to stave off Franklin’s advances; in Bon Temps, Tommy finds it difficult to leave the family nest; Jessica puts Pam’s teachings into practice; Jason’s romance with Crystal hits a snag, as does Lafayette’s with Jesus; after revealing his master plan to Eric, Russell visits Louisiana to put it into action. Written by Alan Ball; directed by Michael Lehmann.9 p.m. Sunday. HBO.
June 27, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST
June 27, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST
but only one missed episode.
June 27, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST
but instead just get a big tease. thanks for nothing
June 27, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST
werebars are the toughest lyncanthropes with at least 8HD, also they are usually lawful good.<p> oh, wait. that's werebears.<p>
June 27, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST
Wait, thats a Cliff bar, My bad!
June 27, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST
June 27, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST
So a Werehorse walks into a Werebar and the Werebartender says "Why the long Wereface?"
June 27, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST
It doesn't pretend to be anything else, it's just good southern fun with monsters thrown into it. People asks questions and...WOW, they get answers! Now that LOST is gone and Breaking Bad shooting (or about to, I dunno), True Blood is the best thing you can get on TV now.
June 27, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST
that they're turning Jason into comic relief, and Ryan Kwanten seems to be great at it. In both eps of S3, and several in S2, Jason has provided the laughs in the show.
June 27, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST
Sookie's boobs. Cause they're gorgeous!
June 27, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST
<p>I think "the best thing you can get on TV now" is a bit of exaggeration. The show is a pretty fun romp into melodrama and the absurd--and the hot girl nudity certainly helps--but I'm sure there's many better shows on TV right now.</p> <p>Of course, I can't really think of any examples, so my point really isn't valid now, is it? Although Burn Notice might work as a decent example. . .</p>
June 27, 2010, 1 p.m. CST
I mean, it's no SPARTACUS, but it is a lot of fun. First two episodes have been cool, but mostly foreplay. If TRUE BLOOD has one glaring irritation is that nothing much happens between wrapping up last week's cliffhanger and ending with another one. I'm all for a pleasantly sweaty meander but the first two season did the same and it would be cool if stuff happened. Like SPARTACUS.
June 27, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST
I would love a Deborah Ann Woll/Karen Gillan sandwich.
June 27, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST
I'd give my life savings for one of those. Actually, two of them. For eternity.
June 27, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST
Even for pay tv, that was some seriously grotesque, morbid, fucky shit. Those moments are the best reason to watch True blood. Nobody else is fucking a bloody vampire with her twisted around as she declares her love to her would be rapist/murderer, were she not already dead and loving it. Yikes.
June 27, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST
Variety and The Hollywood Reporter both just came out with rave reviews for Twilight Eclipse. Hell has frozen over.
June 27, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST
I love this show, but that last part was fucked up and revolting. I'm no prude, but that was really pushing the envelope. So far, in my opinion, True Blood has never gone for cheap shock value, but that scene is sure straddling the line.
June 27, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST
That scene was nowhere near "pushing the envelope".
June 27, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST
Please tell me pam and jessica
June 27, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST
That last scene was hysterical.
June 27, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST
June 27, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST
that's some sick and 'twisted' shit. I'm really enjoying all of the stories that DON'T involve Sam or Tara. And the new vamp, Franklin is pretty interesting. The Werewolf brah has potential too. Obvious love affair incoming.
June 28, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST
It's pretty obvious the actress playing Tara has a no nude clause in her contract. Her sex with a vampire scene didn't even show anything below the neck which seemed awfully out of place in a show known for promiscuity like TrueBlook is. That and Tara kept pulling the bedsheet up to her chin every time it slipped (gasp) below her neck.
June 28, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST
I'm actually impressed. Did not expect it. Granted, I don't think it is possible to expect that. Very gross. Thumbs up.
June 28, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST
Pam has a muff-diving scene early in. Nothing shown, lots of sounds.
June 28, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST
That last scene was boring AND completely effed up. Lorena and Bill are so, so tedious together, and this hate sex/rape scene was distasteful at best. I suppose we're supposed to go "Oooh, Bill is DARK and therefore INTERESTING," but no cigar, Alan. The character is boring, whether he's with Sookie or Lorena. Eric OTOH (played by the fabulous Alexander Skarsgard) can just show up in a scene and be compelling as hell without even saying anything. So stop trying to sell us on Bill, Alan - shunt him to the side as Charlaine Harris has done in the books and concentrate on the intrinsically interesting characters: Eric, Godric, Lafayette (although he's dead after the first book), Pam, Sam (without his God-awful family), Jessica (not in the books) and Franklin (who has real potential as played by the wonderful James Frain). Everyone else is a cartoon or has been rendered totally boring.
June 28, 2010, 5:01 a.m. CST
Tara is built like she could be the runt of the Serena & Venus Williams family.<p></p> Dunno if female body builder boobs is something I wanna see on True Blood.<p></p> ... unless they're on Jessica's body: then anything's fair game
June 28, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST
He is a good man in a bad time.
June 28, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST
The werewolves are far more frightening when they're in human form. I realize CGI might've been too time-consuming for a weekly show, but using real wolves was such a bad choice. They are far LESS menacing when they turn into wolf form. And they're a lot smaller, too. I'd have preferred "Man in Suit" to seeing cute little puppies with red eyes after these dudes literally SHRINK when they change. What kind of werewolf SHRINKS when changing into wolf form? Should've been a fang-laden, horrifying creature. Just think how moronic it would've looked to have Eric taking a bite out of the neck of a little wolf while rolling around the floor with it. Now think of how cool it would've been to see him wrestling a V-crazed, 7-foot werewolf. Great show, bad decision. Worst werewolves ever, in fact.
June 28, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST
was pretty awesome.
June 28, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
For the people who didn't like it, was that the first moment in 3 seasons that took you out of the show?
June 28, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...I don't know if the show's working that great for me if Jessica and Tara's bits are holding my interest better than Sookie's, Bill's, Jason's and Sam's. <p> And when my favorite scene in an episode belongs to Sheriff Bud that might not be the best sign. <p> I gotta' give this one about a five out of ten.
June 28, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST
Okay, so Bill has Molotov Cocktailed Lorena and now banged her while twisting her head 180. Any bets on whether next episode involves a buzzsaw?
June 28, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST
So was it hate sex/rape? I guess Lorena could not command Bill to have sex with her since she released him years ago. So I ask, why did Bill do it? Also, it seemed like he was only dry humping her since his pants never came off. But the head turning stuff made for awesome TV. More please.
June 28, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST
I don't care if I see Tara nude either, I'm just pointing out that they seem to be going above and beyond in not showing anything below the neckline for her. Very unlike the show and just looked fake as shit. She seemed to be clinging to that blanket for dear life lol...
June 28, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST
right before the opening credits. It's right after he rips the throat out of the werewolf. He looks a Sookie and says something. I must have played it back 15 times and I still can't figure out what he says.
June 28, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . that he got her carpet wet.
June 28, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST
In the first season she was my favourite character, because the show hadn't fully embraced it's camp and flirted with being harsh and *real*. I found her fucked-up relationship with her mother affecting. In the first season. Since, it's become as cartoony as the rest of it.<p>Tara's lack of nudity, to me, fits the character -- even after fucking the vamp I would not expect her to lay there exposed, because she's not one to be vulnerable. It makes sense that she would cling to the sheet for dear life to me. She'll fuck him out of desperation, but she doesn't want to be seen by him.<p>But I think this new vamp is kind of bullshit and boring. I don't think he brings anything to the show except to distend the cast more so we get less time with the interesting people. He feels like a contrivance and the bit at the end where he visits her made me roll my eyes. I feel like the showrunners don't know what to do with Tara -- 1 and 2 closed her arc.<p>I don't mind Sam's family, but like with everything else they seem to be lingering on stuff far too long before something happens. Lafayette and Jessica are the two most interesting people in the show right now. I really wanted Hoyt to have been the one who moved the body for Jessica. That would have been nicely fucked up.<p>Still a fan, but I can get behind any meh that comes up.
June 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . I can handle the real wolves. Actually really like it. But what's w/ the killing w/out silver? W/out that they're just more shape shifters. Assuming they're not relying on a full moon to morph . . .
June 28, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . WILL eventually bring something to the show. He was only just introduced after all. I'm more intrigued by his detective work and interest in Bill than some of the other stories. The only thing I wouldn't like is if he's the new love interest for Tara.
June 28, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST
That was bugging me all night. Speaking of the werewolfs, are they all from the same family. It seems like everyone of them is a scruffy white guys in there human form. Are there no female or black werewolves?
June 28, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST
What else has the new vampire in the show been on, he looks familiar but I'm having a hard time remembering what I saw him in last.
June 28, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST
The dude following Sookie, his ex is banging the head of the pack in Mississippi. We also saw a female werewolf attack Eric and Godric during WWII. My previous post should read the new vampire sleeping with Tara.
June 28, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I was assuming the black bouncer at the Were Bar was a werewolf, too.
June 28, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST
He has been in many shows. I personally remember him from 24. His name is James Frain, check him out on IMDB to see all he's been in.
June 28, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST
Best scene was Sheriff Budd's. 1) Franklin's ok with what his character has been given. Frain at least is giving his vampire a more animated personality and I can't wait to see him and Jessica interact more, considering both have more quirky personalities for the undead. 2) Sam's family is annoying as fuck. The shifters in the second book would have been far better shifter additions to the show. Some Hispanic lady with a hasty personality (but helped Sookie out), hospital doctor, etc. Way better concepts than trailer trash. 3) Don't get the hate/dislike/meh for em, but I could watch an entire episode with just Edgington and Talbot. For what little they were in the episode, I liked every second of it. Edgington could kill everyone vampire on the show at his age if he wanted to and he is starting to give me that vibe which is awesome. 4) End of the episode was so random I laughed a lot. Lorena getting her ass kicked at the end of episodes by Bill would be an awesome running gag for this season - ala Homer strangling Bart. 5) Alcide from the book is so far better than the one in the show. The scenes with him in book were also just better at fleshing him out. However, I think his actor is doing a great job with what he's been given and he's a welcome addition to show for me. 6) Changing Club Dead/supernatural club to a fucking werewolf-only club by the looks of it was a pretty useless move. In the book it was an upscale club where you had to dress up to go to, now it has been reduced to a biker bar. How fucking original.
June 28, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Corny but great! Is Alcide played by whoever was Flash in Spider-Man?
June 28, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST
Geeez, pretty obvious there are lots of new viewers, eh? Tara showed tons of skin including boobies last season multiple times, I believe. She's great... just wish I would have met her in college - just realized we went to the same small private school in Indiana.
June 28, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST
yeah, that's where I remember him from 24. In regards to Tara getting naked, Yeah, Tara has been nude plenty of times, not sure if people watching this show all of sudden got amnesia or something.
June 28, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . but w/ some strategic camera work we have still NEVER seen the goods.
June 28, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST
Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett), Where the Heart Is, The Tudors, a bunch of turgid british melodrama and a bunch of Law and Orders. I really love him (and his totally lower-class accent in TB) and I hope they do him justice in this stupid series. He's one of the few reasons (him, Eric, the prospect of Godric, Pam, Jessica, Lafayette) I'm still watching this show. Oh, and the guy who played Alcide? God-awful. Totally belongs in DAYTIME TV. What a terrible actor, and totally unlike the book character.
June 28, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST
was Franklin's ventriloquist act. It was the most twisted moment of the episode (that is until we saw Lorna on her back, facing the floor).
June 28, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST
Big Jim - gotta agree with you it was a great part. Was watching with my friends and was surprised no one was complaining (some are squeamish). Everyone was smiling or laughing. Entertaining scene. His interaction with Jessica is some of the most entertaining stuff so far, so I hope he has more scenes with her.
June 28, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST
to make her let him in the house. But dosn't that make the whole "can't enter without an invite" kind of pointless?. Why ask permission if you can just force them to let you enter?
June 28, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST
I think we have all figured you out by now..anything the majority of people find entertaining or interesting you see it as complete crap and an utter bore. Please eat a dick.
June 28, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST
Maybe he could do that to her because she isn't the owner of the house?
June 28, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST
That's a fair point, or maybe it has something to do with them having sex.I dunno, and it's really just nit picking on my part. On a side note, I love how you politely asked AnnoyYou to eat a dick. Pretty funny.
June 28, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST
Well its just I see him in threads like this one and the Dr Who thread and he comes off like the rest of us are fucking retarted for like these shows but he knows better. Then again his user name is Annoyyou so I guess he is just role playing lol. Whatever he is doing,its working on me. I am annoyed.
June 28, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
"The hypnotizing the victim to let him in" bit is in the vampire lore since Dracula. I like that, it makes the whole vampire "mind control" seem like an evolutionary response to the "can't enter without invitation" rule. Makes vampires seem more natural.
June 28, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST
And, of course, it was supposed to be. Right down to the cheepo pillow-person body he was fucking. Classic B-movie fun. Now, the opposite of the that would be the severed head of basement boy. That was an incredibly lifelike head. Great job on the prosthetics. All in all, it was my favorite ep of the season.
June 28, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
I have never seen that before. Head twisting bizzaro fuck! That may be one of the most memorable things in tv history!
June 28, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST
I've been watching the show since the beginning. Never really read the books though as I realized it sucked all kinds of ass the third chapter in. From what I can tell, the show is a BIG improvement over the books.
June 28, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST
The XXX twist mofo! Now put that into one of your films dude!
June 28, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST
I think finding that particular scene a bit disgusting hardly makes me a "prude." Having enjoyed True Blood, not to mention Dead wood, I think that proves something. And yes: I admit "pushing the envelope" was a poor choice of words. And yes I appreciate that Bill didn't want that crazy bitch looking at her while he completely lost it, but he could've just covered her face. I still think that was more shock value than anything else, which is fine if that's what they were going for. Still made me nauseous. Anyway, I'm not calling you out or anything, I'm just saying: cut me a little slack. If I didn't find it compelling, I wouldn't have posted at all.
June 29, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST
I still think he's a spy for Sophie-Anne, although I'm afraid what's going to happen with him and Sookie. Stephen Moyer cuts an awesome figure in both the black and cream jackets! I hope Sophie-Anne can prove worthy of Bill's self-betrayal. Too bad he had to screw Lorena to put the final nail in the persuasion coffin.
June 29, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
i noticed a few comments about a "wtf moment" in this episode so i stopped reading as to not be spoiled. well i finally watched it tonight and the whole time i was wondering and anticipating then the episode ended and i was confused so i came here. apparently its the head twist thing that was so shocking to some. while i was actually expecting him to rip her head off and kill her, that was pretty interesting and freaky but no where close to being shocking. damn you kids. :P