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 #20: “Even Steven” or “Luckiest Kid in Detroit” (season finale) SEPT. 12 Eyeing a possible second chance with Jessica (Anne Heche), Ray (Thomas Jane) contemplates a break from the business – but Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff) may not be willing to give him up without a fight. Emotionally frayed after separate encounters with Damon (Charlie Saxton) and Vera-Joan (Rhea Perlman), Tanya (Jane Adams) visits Frances (Roxanne Hart) and Ray to try to make amends. After getting a lift from Mindy (Amy Farrington), Ronnie (Eddie Jemison) returns home to find that Jessica has made a decision that could impact both their futures. Written by Dmitry Lipkin & Eduardo Machado and Julia Brownell & Brett C. Leonard; 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 #88: “Lose Yourself” (season finale) SEPT. 12 With Mrs. Ari (Perrey Reeves) fuming over Ari’s (Jeremy Piven) angry meltdown the night before, Ari tries desperately to keep a surprise party for her on track. The guys attempt to stage an intervention for Vince (Adrian Grenier), who has gone off the deep end. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) scrambles to find investors to save the tequila business. Eric (Kevin Connolly) receives an unexpected request from Sloan’s (Emmanuelle Chriqui) father, Terrance (Malcolm McDowell), which leads him to consider Scott’s (Scott Caan) business proposal. Written by Doug Ellin; directed by David Nutter.
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.
Episode #36: “Evil Is Going On” (season finale) SEPT. 12 Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) grapples with his conscience while plotting his perfect revenge against Russell (Denis O’Hare). Fed up with being “vampire crack,” Sookie (Anna Paquin) considers a new life without Bill (Stephen Moyer) – or any other vampire. Tara (Rutina Wesley) discovers some surprising news about Sam (Sam Trammell), whose rage resurfaces upon learning of Tommy’s (Marshall Allan) latest transgression. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) finds a new calling after warning Crystal’s (Lindsay Pulsipher) family about an impending drug raid. Plagued by visions, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) turns to Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) for help, and learns his boyfriend has more to offer than companionship. Hoyt (Jim Parrack) hopes for a future with Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), spurning Maxine’s (Dale Raoul) pleas to wed Summer (Melissa Rauch). Written by Alan Ball; directed by Anthony Hemingway."True Blood": 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO "Hung": 10 p.m. Sunday. HBO "Entourage": 10:30 p.m. Sunday. HBO
Aug. 8, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST
by Nemesis Enforcer
With Brittney strangling Rachel with her hair extensions in front of Julie Chen.
Aug. 8, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST
Only expecting one hell of an ending episode. Here's hoping Ball doesn't kill-kill Edgington, the best character to ever grace the show, and just puts him out of duty, so we can expect a cameo or return in a few seasons. Say what you will about the season moving fast and so forth, but most people who watch I speak to think Denis O'Hare is the most entertaining thing in the show now. "People who watch" of course excludes the crowd who just watch for sex scenes and other mundane aspects that don't really make or break a storyline. <br><br>I don't know if I'll bother watching next season, if Russell and Franklin are gone.
Aug. 8, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST
I hate this planet.
Aug. 8, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
...is that it's either a brilliant piece of commentary on the state of modern television wherein the characters are aware of how they're being manipulated by external forces, or they're really just making out-of-character decisions and behaving oddly to move along the plot. Sadly, I think it's the latter. Shame, too, as the first season and a half were pretty good, and even Michelle Forbes' gleeful performance helped salvage the weak end of the second. Still can't stomach the last half of the season 2 finale, though. Talk about structural problems...
Aug. 8, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST
by Goon Bighead
Show needs more pussy eatin!
Aug. 8, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST
You mean you hate the country, I don't think the ratings in the United States can be an indication of the world (though alas, the trends are certainly there)
Aug. 8, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST
its not bad but it aint good, I dont know-- I feel bad for not watching it and when I do, I feel bad for having watched it. is it a waste of my time or not, 3 seasons now and I dont know yet.
Aug. 8, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST
I feel the same way every week. The best way I've found to describe True Blood is thus: I can not decide if it is the absolute best terrible show I've ever seen, or the absolute worst quality show I've ever seen. It straddles some strange lune between being a really entertaining show made for retarded people, or a really really bad sow striving to be so,something actually good. I find it hilariously refreshing most weeks, but S2 overall pissed me off. It doesn't help that I despise Michelle Forbes and the one character she is able to play. I mostly keep watching because it's the only show on tv with the balls to turn a sexy bitches head around while getting raped, and have her enjoy it. That's fun. But now that they've killed everyone I found interesting (godric, Lorena, Franklin, magister) Russell is the only interesting person left, IMO. And I find Jason hilarious.
Aug. 8, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST
I dunno if paquin can't act dumb or if sookie is just that stupid...I really hate sookie and her false bravery...shell talk shit to whatever creature/monster then scream in terror then saved by a creature/monster only to talk shit to them
Aug. 8, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST
Too many characters and too many subplots. I think they could cut out about three or four storylines and the show would be great this season. Not buying Sam and his family storyline. Don't really care for Jason's storyline either. Lafayette's storyline seems to be all over the place. Ditch those and give us more of the main storylines and the show would be so much better this season.
Aug. 8, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST
but i still thinks its time for it to move on. one more short season is perfect.
Aug. 8, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST
this is like the Lost talkbacks, I hate Lost blah blah, in episode 6 of season 3....blah blah, I hate the show so much I can cite specifice episodes from 4 years ago...blah blah.... If you all hate a show so much why is it so emblazoned in your minds? What happened last season on NCIS? Or episode 6 of season 2 of Mad Men? Jesus the basement critics on this site. Go back to being raped by George LUcas and Micheal Bay...boohoo....
Aug. 8, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST
I keep tuning in every week just in hope there will be some Jessica. It's not even just because she's smokin hot (that helps though), she's just the most interesting character and even the few minutes she gets every odd episode justify sitting through the weaker storylines.
Aug. 8, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST
The real problem with modern television is that we can't hit the sweet spot with the number of episodes. 13 is far too little to really dive into proper characterization and plot, and 22 episodes is way too many because Americans get too bored too easily to care about the proper plot and characterization needed to strike that delicate balance. If you create a show with good characters are slowly evolving people will say that nothing happens from week to week, and then you have a situation like Carnivale, where it's too late and you're off the air just as the big picture comes into view. Or there are too many episodes where nothing happens, and the characters don't develop. You truly have to have a clear and written focus as to where everything is going, and how everything is going to fit, or you are going to just go back and forward, and nothing is going to get accomplished. Which, is why honestly the writers, creators, and producers shouldn't listen to a lot of us. Ironic isn't it because we are their fan base, and they have to give us what they want.
Aug. 8, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST
After the way they screwed up 'The L Word' I don't think all the pussy eatin' in the world could save the new show.
Aug. 8, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST
by Sailor Rip
...have posted yet. Odd.
Aug. 8, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST
Out of all the characters you find interesting, one of them isn't dead yet. It was hinted pretty well in the last episode.
Aug. 8, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST
I think 13 episodes is a great length for a cable season. For the most part, it forces the show to be more focused and purposeful. There is a lot -- A LOT -- of 'filler' in scripted broadcast television.<p>This season of TRUE BLOOD left me cold until two weeks ago, when it started to pull everything together and get really interesting. It had started to feel like broadcast drama, lots of wheel spinning, which you can't really afford in 13 episodes. But they were building, and things started to happen, and it seems like it will all pay off. I was happy when the King offed the Magister. I fucking hated that guy.<p>I do agree they've adopted too many characters so it feels sloppy at times -- we need more Jessica, who is lovely, and Lafayette, who is probably the most interesting of the lot. I don't care about Tommy anymore, because just grow the fuck up already, or Jason, sadly, because the same (although he's trying, but the whole thing with the new girl, just, bleh); or Franklin kidnapping Tara, because Tara used to be an interesting character that they failed to do ANYTHING with beyond her arc in the first season. Alcide is terribly boring.<p>Best moment of the season so far (aside from The Twist) -- when Sookie misses when Bill says, "Suh-KEH!" I laughed and laughed.<p>But I guess TRUE BLOOD is just like that -- sloppy, as stupid as it is smart, all over the place but never goes anywhere. If nothing else I think it's the perfect summer series.
Aug. 8, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST
Denis O'Hare really seems to be enjoying himself in the role of Russell and now that some of the storylines are finally converging, Season 3 appears to be building to what will hopefully be a solid season finale. I also want to see more of Jessica and less of Sam's white trash family, but at least it sounds like she and Hoyt will give their relationship another go. <p>Oh, and Crow3711, if you're that upset about TRUE BLOOD kicking the ass of your precious MAD MEN, then maybe you should rub the sleep out of your eyes and realize that most people are going to find vampires and werewolves a hell of a lot more interesting to watch than '60s ad executives. It weird, I know...</p>
Aug. 8, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST
Appreciating the subtle hints at it so far, and I actually think this is a pretty decent storyline. Also, a 6-episode mini final season? Sounds perfect. Now, if True Blood can just regain its focus (last week was better...)
Aug. 8, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST
Sookie buck-naked on all fours with her dripping cunny in the air for the full hour.
Aug. 8, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST
My fave show on HBO right now - so, is it ending as in "series finale" or "season finale?"
Aug. 8, 2010, 9 p.m. CST
Aug. 8, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST
that Anna Paquin flat out knows how to fuck. Good for her.
Aug. 8, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST
The bill-jessica trainin scene, crazy bitches takin bout crazy stuff, and more shifters?
Aug. 8, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST
Anna Paquin was sexy as hell in the fuck scene at the end. We need more Russel though. It looks like his arc is coming to an end, which sucks since he is a great character. One thing though, could Jason just die already? He's the most retarded character on TV, and his schtick is tiresome. I hope Crystal's family blows his ass away or eats him.
Aug. 8, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST
also true blood was pretty decent tonight. hopefully they actually tell us what Sookie is and dont pull a fucking Lost on us. motherfuckers....
Aug. 9, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST
3.0 on Sunday on a premium network is pretty fucking impressive.
Aug. 9, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST
Any other Modest Mouse fans confused? After hearing the remake in this episode I didn't know if I should be happy or pissed off.
Aug. 9, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST
I had almost given up on it, but i love these new episodes.
Aug. 9, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST
You expect Lafayette's character to hook up with a guy ... but ... every character is startng to turn up in a gay scene. <br> ????
Aug. 9, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST
by Mr. Profit
What Sookie is, is actually revealed in the books. They won't dick the audience around because the reveal is a major part of the books. If this season follows Book 3, then expect it to be way better than Season 2. <p>Also while I also find Jason annoying, he doesn't die in the book. So I don't think he's going anywhere. But then again Lafayette died in the books and he is still around.
Aug. 9, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST
by Mr. Profit
The show hasn't turned "Gay". Vampires are always kinda gay as it is. Remember Eric is a Viking. And he has survived for thousands of years on earth and has seen a lot. You don't live that long without being able to do whatever it takes to survive. He is on a mission to recover the crown that belonged to his father. He saw the Kings BF was the weak link. And he went in for the kill. He did what he had to do. But who else has become gay on the show? <p>Jason is still a pussy chaser. Hoyt is still stuck on Jessica. Tara is still straight. And the Werewolves are dirty dogs who aren't at all gay. Only gay stuff has been Lafayette and Jesus and now Eric (temporarily). Also the dream that Sam had doesn't count since it was revealed in season 2 that once u drink any vampires blood you always have a bond with them and you will ocassionally dream about them...
Aug. 9, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST
Talbot wasn't expecting to be penetrated by that kind of wood last night. Ba dum cha~~~~~
Aug. 9, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...anyone. It is bad. <p> It is deliciously, marvelously, ambitiously bad in the way that big sprawling southern gothics should be but so rarely are. <p> Either you can enjoy the histrionic theatrics it provides or you can't.
Aug. 9, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...yeah, and in a perfect world The Wire would have been the highest rated HBO show ever. FX and AMC's shows would dominate the ratings right now after HBO had its decade long run with Deadwood, Rome and the rest. <p> But in a world where Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and a handful of interchangable procedurals are dominating the ratings True Blood being a force seems pretty much like a win.
Aug. 9, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST
God, yeah she does. Moyer's a lucky guy. Last night was ker-azee. Poor Don Swayze's wolf finally got offed---or die he? Devoured by Jessica----damn fine way to go.
Aug. 9, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST
Sorry. Distracted by Deborah Ann Woll.
Aug. 9, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST
he cant see that his girlfriend is not human? are you kidding me?
Aug. 9, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST
by Clockwork Taxi
Really hope he is not dead. Such a great character.
Aug. 9, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST
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Aug. 9, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST
should have famous lesbos on the show like lindsay michelle rodriguez kristanna loken than their ratings would go through the roof
Aug. 10, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST
THe show never mentions it but he was seeing people with bullet holes through their heads at the beginning of the season. He can see who'll die?
Aug. 10, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...Jason didn't have powers in the books, except, as memory serves, that old fairy charisma that made the women land at his feet. Something did happen to him later, but since it looks like the show may be headed that way too I don't want to spoil it.
Aug. 10, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST
but this is a True Blood/Entourage (both have been good this season IMHO) talkback. However even these shows won't hold a candle to A Song of Ice and Fire greatness.
Aug. 10, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...damn I hope you're right.
Aug. 10, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST
...is with a sudden unexpected cancellation by HBO, preventing the show's producers from being able to tie up all loose ends and give a satisfying finale for the fans. That would be justice for us Carnivale fans.
Aug. 11, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST
Cassidy from The Preacher comic series.
Aug. 11, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST
My wife and I never miss an episode of it. It's not a good show. It's not terribly well written. The characters don't act in any sort of logical manner. It's sleazy as hell. But....can't stop watching it. And next sunday there I'll be again...watching...and soaking it all in....Though hopefully there will be less gay romping this week. I dunno Eric....1000 years is a long time to wait for revenge...but even after 1000 years, if the choice is romping with a 700 year old male Argentinian concubine or waiting another 1000 years for a better opportunity for revenge....I've got time....
Aug. 17, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST
because he's so silly, and the way that the aged vamps have been dropping their guards as well as their lives this season, makes them seem so less powerful than they should be. Edgington will probably die at the hands of a werewolf