Episode #12: “Tucson Is the Gateway to Dick” or “This Is Not Sexy” JULY 11 Ray (Thomas Jane) irritates Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff) and risks losing a client by giving Claire (Kathryn Hahn) marriage advice. Tanya (Jane Adams) tries to prove she can land a big fish for Ray after being humiliated by Lenore during a meeting with a 60-year-old widow. Ray uses his sex earnings to pay for the school baseball team’s transportation to away games, raising Mike’s (Gregg Henry) suspicions. Jessica (Anne Heche) embarrasses Darby (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) by crashing an eat-in protest outside a fitness gym. At the end of a long day, Ray reconsiders accepting a gift delivered by his neighbor’s wife, Yael (Alanna Ubach). Written by Dimitry Lipkin & Colette Burson and Julia Brownell; directed by David Petrarca.
Episode #13: “Mind Bullets” or “Bang Bang Bang Bang Motherfucker” SUNDAY, JULY 18 Spurred by criticism from Damon (Charlie Saxton) and Darby, Ray tries to prove he’s not an insensitive ex-jock. Seething from the demands of her new boss at work, Tanya turns to Charlie (Lennie James) for advice on how to deal with an even more irritating problem: Lenore. Meanwhile, Jessica feels the pinch of the economic downturn, but can’t stomach Ronnie’s (Eddie Jemison) remedy. Written by Colette Burson & Dimitry Lipkin; directed by Jennifer Getzinger.
Episode #14: “Sing It Again, Ray” or “Home Plate” SUNDAY, JULY 25 Ray gives Lenore an ultimatum, and probes Tanya about the possibility of cutting ties with her fellow pimp. Disturbed that Damon has defiled the school baseball diamond, Ray considers Tanya’s suggestion that his son find a new hobby to shake him out of his recent doldrums. Ignoring Ray’s warning, Lenore offers Jessica advice in dealing with Ronnie. On his way to meet a new client, Ray has to think on his feet when he runs into Mike in a hotel lobby. Written by Brett C. Leonard; directed by Uta Briesewitz.
Episode #80: “Buzzed” JULY 11 In the midst of a public relations crisis over Vince’s (Adrian Grenier) movie, Ari (Jeremy Piven) has a face-to-face with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and other top NFL figures, and gets unexpected help from black-sheep agent Lizzie Grant (Autumn Reeser). At Vince’s behest, Eric (Kevin Connolly) agrees to help Drama (Kevin Dillon) find the perfect script. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) ends up with egg on his face when he accuses Alex (Dania Ramirez) of maxing out his corporate credit card. Sporting a bold new look, Vince takes his risk-taking proclivities to new heights. Written by Ally Musika; directed by Tucker Gates.
Episode #81: “Dramedy” JULY 18 Envisioning the possibilities in a partial script written by an old-school scribe, Eric and Phil (William Fichtner) try to convince Drama that he has talent on the sitcom front. In part not to anger his wife, Ari resists when Babs (Beverly D’Angelo) urges that Lizzie be promoted. With his car-service business in shambles, Turtle is intrigued by a business proposal from a suddenly sympathetic Alex. Scott Lavin (Scott Caan) continues to ingratiate himself with Vince following a wine-auction road trip, in the process rankling Eric. Written by Doug Ellin; directed by Ken Whittingham.
Episode 82: “Tequila Sunrise” JULY 25 Turtle gets a south-of-the-border business pitch from Alex, but has a hard time believing he isn’t being used. Drama enlists Bob Saget to help him smooth out a rough first impression with John Stamos, a potential sitcom co-star. Ari’s euphoria after making an NFL pitch to a group of Hollywood high rollers is tempered when he learns that Lizzie may be siphoning off some of his prized clients. Eric and Scott patch up their differences with an eye on Vince’s future – and the shared success of their company. Written by Doug Ellin; directed by Adam Davidson.
Episode #28: “9 Crimes” 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” 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” 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.
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July 11, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST
ain't that the truth.this town doesn't have much to offer unless you have money.cheap weed and other substances.all looks good but cable is off til next week.any suggestions where to watch?
July 11, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST
Now I won't have to watch any of them. Nah. Hung is turning out better than I thought it would. True Blood is getting great now and Entourage isn't as bad as all that. I don't care if he's an ass in real life, Piven is awesome.
July 11, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST
by Black Jesus
It's painful enough watching an hour-long week to week, but these half-hour shows are torture.
July 11, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST
I swear, by all means they should technically be too stupid to still be able to breathe, but their idiotic little bodies keep on working.
July 11, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST
I knew Ball would screw it up, especially as he seems to think his overheated, over-the-top storylines are better than the source material. This thing has veered off course in a major way.
July 11, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST
No accoutning for sense and taste, apparently. Ball's take on Harris' Souther Mysteries is damn brilliant TV. Nope, it's not a clone of the books because frankly that would make for lesser show that would be hard to produce. There is a reason it's the hottest show on TV. People always complain that TV is timid and dull; well, thye've apparently never seen True Blood.
July 11, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST
Whether or not it's true, we're here to talk about TRUE BLOOD. 9/11 conspiracy theories have fuck-all to do with TRUE BLOOD. So fuck off.
July 11, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST
Mrs Spud-To-Be loves the show, and has recently started on the books. She's on Book 4, and thinks they're a good enough read - but preferred the TV series, until she realised the books are going one way and the series another. Now, she enjoys both equally - two different stories, both featuring characters she loves. Good stuff.<P> Though the Tara in the TV series is way more interesting than the Tara in the books, apparently...
July 11, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST
AnnoyYou Tru Blood rocks, really love that show.
July 11, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST
by Stunt Vocalist 709
Would you know, or please ask the Mrs. Spud-To-Be what a newbie should do first. Read the books or see the show? Thanks! <p>Here's some timely fun for you. Enjoy!<p> http://tinyurl.com/26fc96a
July 11, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST
Start with the series and the read the books. BTW the series is an ensemble, while the books are written in Sookies POV. Still very enjoyable (10 in the series and counting)
July 11, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST
Go back to your 12th season of Entourage
July 11, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST
by Stunt Vocalist 709
July 11, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST
I watch it every week for the same reason I would watch a train wreck. The tits!
July 11, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST
Yep, Mrs Spud-To-Be concurs with Yeti - watch the series, then enjoy the books. Both a worthwhile way to enjoy your downtime!
July 11, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST
They got that guy from The Office to play Harry it could have been worse just look at Kevin Smith.
July 11, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST
Here's hoping. Drama as a sitcom star? Yeah, I can see that.
July 11, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST
Great cast, great story. And, to be honest, I'm hoping to see the neighbor's wife every week!
July 11, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST
It just gets better and better , it seems to slowly build up from season one and constantly progress . I know its a bit stupid , but I'd love to see Maryann come back ....
July 11, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST
We run "hot". LOL. Easily the best bad show ever on TV.
July 12, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST
NOW she can play Rogue.
July 12, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST
i dont know why HBO doesnt wanna air stargate universe, syfy channel doesnt get much attention and most of them time isnt taken seriously. its like its the nerds table in lunch room.
July 12, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST
The discount bin at Walmart.
July 12, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST
...and fast-forward through the boring Bill/Sookie/Jason/Mickens, etc. scenes. The argument that TB is great because is popular is the stupidest yet - it's grown progressive more moronic and cluttered as its progressed, because Alan Ball can't leave well enough alone. He ruined last season by not ending it with the sublime Godric storyline, instead preferring to beat it into submission with the protracted and idiotic maenad arc. Now he's trying to make Bill interesting by inexplicably making him dark and tortured, which is probably the worst deviation from the books (making Tara a screechy victim is another). And Anna Paquin's Sookie is just a tiresome whiner. The sex and violence aren't the problem; the bad writing and awful casting (Denis O'Hare in a thankless, broad role with awful dyed hair; the guy who plays Alcide is beyond dull) are. James Frain's Franklin is the only clever new character. The Mickens and biker werewolves are horrible cliches. Eric, Pam, Lafayette and Jessica are still lovely, but that's much more due to the talent of the actors than how their characters are being written. I'll wait for the Viking flashback episode; after that, I'll leave this show to you McDonald's/Pizza Hut-loving droolers.
July 12, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST
hopefully cancellation. Although I should exclude Hung from that recommendation since I've never seen it.
July 12, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST
Vince Chase – Thrill seeker? So we are left with more of thrill seeker Vinny for the bulk of this episode. He shaves off his mane in favor of a really shitty Christian bale in the prestige Ellen degeneres style cut. It goes from bad to worse. But lets start at the beginning. Still weirdly skinny Turtle has a 10k bill on his amex but we don’t really give a fuck. Who cares? We don’t! Boooooooooooring conflict. And Ari is still neutered as all fuck. I guess it makes sense when ALLY MUSIKA is writing the fucking episode again. This bitch has made the guys into freaking out bitches…..presumably just like her. So anyway Ari is meeting with Jerry Jones and some other old fucks from the NFL for some MORE BORING SHIT. Why the fuck do we care if he gets the NFL rights? We don’t! More booooring conflict. The shining moment of the episode was seeing Dania Ramirez’s nipples poking thru that shirt when talking to Turtle. Then we don’t have to watch her act, we can just stare at her tits. Great casting btw. So this new vince has decided to stop “playing it safe” and say what the fuck he wants – but its alluded that he may be hopped up on pain pills. He even acts like a dick at a press junket . wooooh. This is greaaaaat tv. Sigh. More stupid fucking conflict. Is there anything good about this ep other than Dania’s latin nipples? Not Drama – he is resigned to being a whiny bitter fuck. Not E – he spends the entire episode confused. Not Ari – him obviously losing touch with the agency within his own star power is the boring arc for the season. Nah. Nothing good here.
July 12, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST
Your old Lady to be has it backwards the book Tara is 100% more interesting then the whiny victim Tara of the first two season of TB.
July 12, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST
here's proof, he's pimping Alex Jones website, and that fucking mutt is like St Patrick he has a magic flute only paste eating mongoloids can hear.
July 12, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
makes me thankful I only have basic cable. Yaaaaawn.
July 12, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Why the hell would you sit through something you hate so much every week just to see Skarsgard? Oh yeah, so you can try to push buttons at AICN. Lame . . .
July 12, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST
We aren't going to fall for you R-rated Buffy love.
July 12, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST
ANd a poor addition to Entourage. THis guy cant act his way out of a paper bag. If his old man wasnt James Caan he would be selling used cars. Hung is getting better. True Blood rocks, although I want to see an Eric Viking battle. that would rock
July 12, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST
...and I don't mean this in a vampire connotation of the work. The show is slow, has little plot, and it seems like the writers are just searching for a reason to say "fuck" and push the limits on sexuality on television. <p>I suppose that the creativity died with MaryAnn?</p>
July 12, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST
The shame of Austin, Texas. Him and his "truthers" have to be the stupidest fucktards to ever breathe a mouthful of air! I watch the videos of "real" controlled demolitions; then I watch the videos of the WTC collapses. THE ONLY SIMILARITY IS THAT THE END RESULT IS A PILE OF RUBBLE! Anyone who argues differently should be shot in the head immediately before they hurt themselves with their own idiocy.
July 12, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST
A meandering plotline that is seemingly going nowhere except into the boring and contrived. I think they're suffering from all the quick praise the show got and now they think they can do anything and pass it off as acceptable. I really do not care about any of the characters and, in fact, some of them downright annoy me (Jason Stackhouse, anyone). The others seem to be stripped down versions of their previous selves, at the mercy of the plot instead of being individually driven and motivated characters.
July 12, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST
by Chadley BeBay
You are correct. "Truthers" are among the most despicably deluded morons on the planet right now... Just because people watch the same idiotic youtube videos, and dont come to the same hairbrained conclusion they are 'asleep' or 'drinking the kool-aid' or 'sheep'... no, we just dont believe your stupid fucking bullshit!
July 12, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST
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July 12, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST
There. Something to instill some hope, right? I'm liking this Season of True Blood, even though all the vampire politics and V controversy is starting to get outta hand. My wife can't get over how werewolf Don Swayze could be related to Patrick. It's the whole Dennis/Randy Quaid thing, I told her.
July 12, 2010, 5 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
I thought this season will be a departure, but it's almost an exact adaptation of the third book so far. (The scenes where Sookie is not present are new but fit into the story easily). This is not a really good thing. The books have an interesting world, some cool characters and a fascinating narrator but are not edge on your seat exciting.
July 12, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
I hope Eric has another vampire nazis vs. werewolves flashback soon.
July 13, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
I was VERY DISSAPOINTED not to see the goblin bouncer at the werewolf bar! WTF, Ball? Anyway- they should stick closer to the books- the books getting fucking crazier by each novel. SPOILER SPOILER: I wonder how they will do Jason's conversion? Or how about the warlocks? Either way- I am enjoying this season. It's very dark and I don't think it's slowed down. I DID WANT TO SEE THE GOBLIN BOUNCER THOUGH!
July 13, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST
The show winks at it's own soap opera side stories. I don't see why some critics are trying to make it into Masterpiece Theatre. I've Loved the scenes at Longwood with the King of Mississippi. Although I'm not sure why the Queen of Louisiana is so bat-crazy and deserves Bill's allegiance, the cast of actors make even the most implausible scenarios interesting. It would all sink and die without the perfect casting of Anna Paquin, the center of this universe. Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammel, Nelsen Ellis, Jim Parrack, and this season's Joe Manganiello all offer up versions of male sexuality who are each irresistable. Ryan Kwanten's Jason is also very sexy if you can ignore his spectacular foolishness. Terrific character actors like Denis O'Hare, Zeljko Ivanek, Chris Bauer, Todd Lowe, John Billingsley and James Frain add depth to this fantasy that's very unusual for television. And that's mostly the men! I wasn't a big fan of the orgies and mindless puppeteering in the second season, but now that character choices are propelling the story arcs in wildly different interactions, I can't wait for the next episode.
July 13, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST
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July 13, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST
by Tired Eagle
I'm a big Entourage fan, but this season has been a letdown so far. The Scott going after Vince thing is just contrived conflict -- I'm not buying into it at all. I have no idea where Turtle's car business came from -- wasn't he in school at the end of last season, or did I totally miss something? If the school plot wasn't working, a smoother transition would have been good. And lastly, hot girls used to be half the damn story -- now they're just thrown in on occasion as window-dressing. No swagger yet this season. Still watching, of course, but hoping it gets better.
July 14, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST
It jumped the shark long ago and is just a boring frathouse comedy now. Piven is pitiful as Ari Gold. Id rather see Cruise as Les Grossman! LOL