Episode #13: “Mind Bullets” or “Bang Bang Bang Bang Motherfucker” 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” 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 #15: “A Man, A Plan” or “Thank You, Jimmy Carter” AUG. 1 Tanya (Jane Adams) lands Ray (Thomas Jane) the “white whale” of clients, but an emergency involving Damon (Charlie Saxton), which began with his debut at a poetry slam, threatens to derail the date. With Mike (Gregg Henry) at the end of his teaching rope, Ray decides to promote him to co-manager of the baseball team. Jessica (Anne Heche) is peeved with Ronnie (Eddie Jemison) for being overly suspicious. Written by Eileen Myers; directed by Adam Davidson.
Episode #16: “Beaverland” AUG. 8 Jessica turns to Ray for help with a rodent problem that may be imaginary. Rebuffed by Ray in her attempts to add Mike to her stable, Tanya gets guilt-management advice from Charlie (Lennie James), then goes to extremes to prove her success. Ray has difficulty thawing a client who is cold as ice. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Lisa Cholodenko.
Episode #17: “The Middle East Is Complicated” AUG. 15 A container of hummus puts Ray in the unenviable position of choosing cultural sides between Yael (Alanna Ubach) and new client Samara (Mozhan Marno). Already upset after squandering her recent windfall, Tanya catches Ray in a cover-up – and turns to Charlie for stress relief. Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff) seethes after learning of Tanya’s duplicity. Liz (Merrin Dungey) surprises Ray with a revelation about her personal life. Written by Brett C. Leonard & Kyle Peck; directed by Gloria Muzio.
Episode #18: “Third Base” or “The Rash” AUG. 22 With his team’s future wracked by vandals, Ray agrees to participate in a student-alumni baseball game, but an unexpected warm-up session with Claire (Kathryn Hahn) threatens to put him on the disabled list. Fed up with Tanya’s greed and confused by Mike’s request for a donation, Frances (Roxanne Hart) doubts their affair. Jessica’s old itch resurfaces, prompting Ronnie to deliver a sideline ultimatum to her ex. Written by Julia Brownell & Eileen Myers; directed by Bronwen Hughes.
Episode #19: “Fat Off My Love” or “I’m the Allergen” AUG. 29 A bad day at school gets worse when Mike accuses Ray of betrayal. Ronnie vents his frustrations with Jessica at a dermatology banquet, sending his wife running for the exit. Empowered by confession, Tanya lashes out at Ray, Lenore and Horny Patty (Lauren Weedman). Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Colette Burson.
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 #83: “Bottoms Up” AUG. 1 Vince (Adrian Grenier) is impressed by porn star Sasha Grey and her literary knowledge, and ends up bringing her along to a meeting with Stan Lee. Suspecting that Lizzie (Autumn Reeser) is trying to steal his clients, Ari (Jeremy Piven) woos Jessica Simpson, Aaron Sorkin and Mike Tyson, but not before taking out his ire on Mrs. Ari (Perrey Reeves). Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) pitches Eric (Kevin Connolly) about Vince becoming the face of his new venture. Drama (Kevin Dillon) is anxious about his new series with John Stamos, especially after learning Bob Saget is eyeing his role. Written by Ally Musika; directed by Dan Attias.
Episode #84: “Hair” AUG. 8 Facing a possible lawsuit, Ari readies himself to do battle with Lizzie and her new boss, old foe Amanda Daniels (Carla Gugino). Vince puts his next big-budget movie in jeopardy with his antics, including a risqué online video. Turtle’s romancing of Alex (Dania Ramirez) does not go as well as he’d envisioned. A cleaned-up Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro) returns to ask Eric about directing jobs – and comes up with new show idea for Drama, who’s been wallowing in self-pity. Written by Doug Ellin; directed by Doug Ellin.
Episode #85: “Tequila and Coke” AUG. 15 Seeking assurance that Vince’s life is under control, director Randall Wallace calls a meeting, but Vince parties a bit too hard the night before. Ari agrees to help Lizzie find a new job in exchange for some potentially damaging audiotapes. Turtle winds up in damage control after promising an L.A. retailer more product than he can deliver. Billy Walsh’s latest pitch leaves Drama indignant and Eric intrigued. Written by Doug Ellin & Ally Musika; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #86: “Sniff Sniff Gang Bang” AUG. 22 Eric is informed by Phil Yagoda (William Fichtner) that the network is interested in Drama’s show, though the star is not enthused about its content. In the wake of recent bad press, Ari attempts to fashion a kinder, gentler persona at work and home. When demand for Turtle’s tequila line outpaces production, he sets out to find new sources of funding. Vince tries to convince Sasha to turn down a high-paying offer to do another porn movie. Written by Doug Ellin & Ally Musika; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #87: “Porn Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” AUG. 29 To keep her out of a porn film, Vince tries to land Sasha a part on his new movie. During a chance run-in with Queen Latifah, Ari finds out that Amanda Daniels may have landed a deal he’d coveted. Eric tries to get Drama on board for Billy Walsh’s series, and Eric’s assistant Jennie (Janet Montgomery) pitches in to help persuade him. Turtle’s efforts to find financial backing from Mark Cuban gets him in hot water with his Mexican boss. Written by Ally Musika; directed by Kevin Connolly.
Episode #29: “Trouble” 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” 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.
Episode #31: “Hitting the Ground” AUG. 1 Imperiled by Lorena (Mariana Klaveno), Sookie (Anna Paquin) goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill (Stephen Moyer) – with unforeseen consequences. Sam (Sam Trammell) infiltrates a dogfighting ring to extricate Tommy (Marshall Allman) from his parents’ (J. Smith Cameron, Cooper Huckabee) greedy influence. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) heads to jail to uncover the truth about Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher); Summer (Melissa Rauch) makes a home-cooked play for Hoyt’s (Jim Parrack) affections; Debbie (Brit Morgan) vows revenge on Alcide (Joe Manganiello); Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) uses Hadley (Lindsey Haun) as bait to get information from Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood); Russell (Denis O’Hare) turns his back on the Authority, and on the Magister (Zeljko Ivanek). Written by Brian Buckner; directed by John Dahl.
Episode #32: “Night on the Sun” AUG. 8 Shaken and disillusioned, Sookie rethinks her relationship with Bill. Sophie-Anne takes up a new residence as Russell plots his next move. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Bill reconcile; Jason throws down the gauntlet in hopes of saving Crystal; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) gets a surprise visit from his mom, Ruby Jean (Alfre Woodard); Sam tries to keep Tommy in check; Merlotte’s gets a new waitress; Eric proves the depth of his allegiance to Russell. Sookie finds herself in a vulnerable position when Alcide needs to deal with a family emergency. Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
Episode #33: “Everything Is Broken” AUG. 15 With the ratification of the Vampire Rights Amendment at hand, Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) detours to Fangtasia to confront Eric about the Magister’s disappearance. A grief-stricken Russell vows revenge against his foes, vampire and human. Awaking from a slumber, Bill uncovers the truth about Sookie’s true identity. Jason gets unexpected help as he goes up against Felton (James Harvey Ward) and Calvin (Gregory Sporleder). Sam is distressed by Tommy’s attitude; Tara (Rutina Wesley) encounters a new ally and an old tormentor; Hadley introduces Sookie to a new family member; Arlene (Carrie Preston) despairs about her future; Hoyt confronts his true feelings. Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Scott Winant.
Episode #34: “I Smell a Rat” AUG. 22 A reluctant Bill warns Sookie about the dangers she will face. Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) is intrigued by the mysterious qualities of V. Sam’s recent fit of rage triggers dark memories. Eric takes precautions and fulfills a wish; Arlene turns to Holly (Lauren Bowles) for help with a pressing problem; Jason deals with the unexpected, both with Tara and Crystal; Jessica is torn between Tommy and Hoyt. After communing with Talbot (Theo Alexander), Russell promises to extract vengeance on his enemies. Written by Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch; directed by Michael Lehmann.
Episode #35: “Fresh Blood” AUG. 29 Bill tries to earn back Sookie’s trust, but ends up bringing her face-to-face with fresh dangers. Knowing he’s no physical match for the King, Eric tempts Russell with the “ultimate vampire dream.” Jason tries to wrap his head around Crystal’s revelation. Sam embraces his dark side, alienating everyone except Tara. Hoyt and Jessica take their romance to the next level; with Holly’s help, Arlene puts her future in the hands of a goddess; post V-trip, Lafayette struggles with new demons. Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Daniel Minahan."True Blood": 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO "Hung": 10 p.m. Sunday. HBO "Entourage": 10:30 p.m. Sunday. HBO
July 18, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST
Fuck, Entourage, you've sucked for the past year and a half, but you've got me interested again. (or interested when August 8th comes around)
July 18, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST
I love it.
July 18, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST
I love it.
July 18, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST
Sasha Grey might change that though.
July 18, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST
I mean, yay, dirty silly nonsense, but I', getting a bit bored. Maybe in a post-SPARTACUS world I want juicy pulp not cheesy camp.<p>And the whole Tara v. Franklin - blech. All of Franklin is blech. I want more Lafayette, more Eric, more Jessica, more Hoyt. More lesbian weirdness from Pam. Another gay dream moment between Bill and Sam. I need TRUE BLOOD to keep throwing weird shit at me. I have a hard time caring about Alcide and all this vampire politics bullshit. Best moment of the season aside from "The Twist" was when Sookie said she missed Bill saying "Suukhee!"<p>Boo, I woke up grumpy about asinine things.
July 18, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST
Sorry if you're not a fan of vampire politics bullshit, because if the show follows the books at all... it's going to be about a lot of vampire politics bullshit.
July 18, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
Well, not entirely boo. I hope they can build some tension around it.
July 18, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST
I saw the first season and the first episode this year but don't have any urge to go back. Just doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
July 18, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST
From your mouth to gods ears. Spartacus proves you can go from one of WORST pilots to one of the BEST season finales. True Blood proves if you stay mediocre you tend not to piss of your core fan base and still keep the people who watch it for the "train wreck" value.
July 18, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST
...gets naked in this season's fourth episode apparently. You know, the cute Russian girl next door to Peter Parker? That's reason enough to watch Hung. Also, Jane Adams is hilarious.
July 18, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST
True Blood hasn't really caught my 100% attention either. There's a few random storylines that catch my interest. But as a whole, there hasn't been an engrossing episode yet.
July 18, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST
from spiderman was cute. She was horrid. A stickfigure. If she turned sideways on you she'd dissapear. She looked like a praying mantis. Every time I see that movie I want to get her some food, stat!!
July 18, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST
being stabbed by the MIB, long enough to replace the plug at the core. Planned 3 years in advance.
July 18, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST
It has lost me too...or is starting to. I still haven't watched last week's and I have no intention to watch it today, either. Then again my interest in the program is a bit odd. I could probably just watch characters like Mary Ann and Russell give long monologues about power. The rest of it is becoming old hat and some of the regular characters are rather stale to me by now. True Blood lacks scary/evil Vampires, really, and that is that.
July 18, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST
...but from all the reviews and articles about them they seem like the exact same basic story only True Blood has more gay sex and naked boobies. Am I wrong?
July 18, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST
Looks like its getting more fun and even Tara isn't as annoying. Just hope that the side storyline don't drag out if they aren't any good (Maenad thing last season.)
July 18, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST
The vampires don't sparkle or go out during the middle of the day on True Blood.
July 18, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST
The chicks are hotter and show more skin in TB. the vampires are't pussies and they fuck a lot... and kill a lot. The books are actually from a girls (Sookie's) POV and a bit girly, but nothing like the Twilight crap.
July 18, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST
It's really that simple... both are good for audience.
July 18, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST
Eric's family being killed by Russel is interesting.
July 19, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST
Is this the telekinesis we saw in the pilot?
July 19, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST
Fucking flirt of a show.<p>Is it telekinesis, or like blue fairy magic? I'm pretty sure Sookie isn't wholly human.
July 19, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST
both True Blood and Twilight are basically Mary Sue novels that were grabbed by variously aged demographics of female readers.<br /><br />The Twilight movies took that and ran with it. Whereas True Blood under Alan Ball, took the main idea and went in its own weird fucked up (and very adult oriented) direction.<br /><br />Does that about sum it up?
July 19, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST
to me she'll never be "the russian girl". I'd seen her in a couple of things, such as playing the hooker that got under Vic's skin in The Shield. But I'll always know her as the geeky girl in Joan Of Arcadia. She was still rake thin in that, but she wasn't as skanky. So will I tune in to see her in her birthday suit? Probably.
July 19, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Different. Well- Ball seems to be taking basic plotines from the books and injecting them into the t.v. show. Makes sense... because the books really just center around Sookie. I don't know why Ball chose not to have the Goblin bouncer. I think people would have thought that is really cool to see! Very dissapointing. I wonder how they will introduce the warlocks?
July 19, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST
To be honest they can't inject too many supernatural things into the show all at once. You slowly work the audience towards it. Vamps, Shifters (weres), Maenids, and Sookie so far. I have a feeling that they will do the reveal for Sookie's powers, which will segway into the 4th category. Honestly one-offs like a goblin bouncer, while cool in the book, don't do much for the core plotline yet and would just make the audience at large scratch it's head because it would seem pretty random.
July 19, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
I don't miss the inclusion of the goblin bouncer fromt the books; but I can't understand why they didn't include Bubba! Love that character. Elvis as a fucked-up, mildly retarded, cat-eating vamp is pure gold.
July 19, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST
Sookie didn't have telekinesis in the pilot. See this for reference - http://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=dQ zdS6RnWnU
July 19, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST
Spoiler... Well maybe spoiler because Mr. Ball loves to fuck with the storyline, but Sookie has fairy blood in her. Funny though that this is only the 3rd season of TrueBlood whereas that revelation is much much farther down in the books. I also agree on Bubba - I mean how do you put such wierd crap on this series and leave OUT the wierdest and funniest character in the novels. Oh and the 'text' via Lafayette to Tara as read by Franklin was classic... "Bitch where are you?"
July 20, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
Is that Sookie deep down is a little racist against Vampires. She's having fun with and even loves some of them, but she does believe they should be registered (opposed to werefolk) and doesn't view their deaths as "real" or that big of a deal.
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July 27, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST
This episode absolutely floored me. The horrific scene with Bill chained on the floor while Lorena both takes pleasure from cutting him into a bloody mess and grieves pitifully because Bill won't love her and she must kill him for King Russell was amazing. I'm mourning in my own way for Bill, because the previews indicate like every other episode has, that Bill is going the way of the books and leaving Sookie's life. I hope that's a rotten tease on Alan Ball's part. The tiny shot of Bill saying to Sookie, "You are my miracle" touches me everytime I see it. I was glad to hear at comicon that Alcide will be back next year, but I'm fervently hoping Bill won't be relegated to the minor character he was in the books. I'm looking forward to hearing why Queen Sophie Ann has such interest in Sookie (I'm starting to fly past the spoilers because it's getting so fun). And I have to believe Eric's callousness is coming from deception like Bill's callousness. Oh Lordy, I doubt Franklin's dead, That's going to be some scary come uppance, LOL! The beautiful music that now follows Jason and Crystal is reminiscent of the music that followed tender scenes with Bill and Sookie. Tara is finally showing some of the courageousness I've wanted to see in her now that Sookie needs her help, and she needs to escape Franklin. With the tease of a major character dying soon I fear it's going to be Sam. His family spells nothing but worse and worse problems and Sam's going to a dogfight. I haven't been hooked too much into the Jason/Crystal subplot, but the Crystal character is lovely. Jessica is finally learning to enjoy her new existance, and her interplay with Arlene is terrific. Best show yet this season.
Aug. 23, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST
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