“Every time I found out something new about you, I wound up wishing I didn’t know it.” - Sookie
S4E2: I’ve never read the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries before, but I’ve been on the internet enough times to hear some choice spoilers about the events in the book. And the one I’ve been most apprehensive about is “The Amnesia Thing”, which in my head is always accompanied by the ominous sounds of thunder and horses whinnying. As adorable as watching Alexander Skarsgard wander around like a lost puppy is going to be, the amnesia plot is one of the oldest and most abused cliches. It brings to mind soap operas and the fourth season of Angel. My friends who’ve read the series assure me that this storyline turns out for the best, so I’m going to withhold judgement until we get to see more of it. And True Blood certainly isn’t afraid to embrace cliches and have fun with them. But if we have to suffer through two angst vamps now instead of one, I am going to be an unhappy camper.
Despite my apprehension, I found “You Smell Like Dinner” mostly enjoyable. The episode capitalizes on all of last week’s exposition, and gets the plot into motion. Plus, it focused on my favorite aspect of the show (no, not Eric’s abs), the vampire world-building. We get a flashback to Bill’s punk-rock days , where he feeds off of punks and hypnotizes them into taking iron supplements. Which was actually kind of adorable, I have to admit. He’s approached by Nan Flannigan, who introduces the idea of "mainstreaming”, and talks Bill into going undercover at the courts. With Nan’s help, Bill killed Queen Sophie Ann at the end of last season, and became the king of Louisiana. While the gig does come with an enthusiastic new security force, it doesn’t necessarily give Bill more power- while he can order Eric to investigate Jesus and Lafayette’s coven, he can’t force him to give up the deed to Sookie’s house.
“I will never be Eric Northman’s puppet.” - Sookie
“Shame for you, then. He pulls good string.” - Pam
So far, Eric is shaping up to be a very attentive landlord. And by attentive, I mean “Sookie’s gotta get herself a vampire restraining order” kind of attentive. The “psychopathic frat boy”, as Sookie calls him, continues his effort to “own” Sookie by leaving his blood in her fridge, building himself a secret bedroom in Sookie’s cabinet, and buying her a new microwave. Actually, that last one isn’t so bad, I could use a new microwave. Sookie goes to Bill for advice, but finds him shtupping his undercover witch associate, and unable to help. Fortunately for her, her rent issues are probably resolved when Eric goes to threaten the coven, and gets himself mind-wiped for his troubles.
That mind-wiping comes courtesy of Lafayette, Jesus, and the creepy head witch Marnie. Lafayette had been hesitant to get involved in the coven, but when Eric threatens Tara he makes an exception. Oh that’s right, Tara’s back this week, and she’s doing a good job with her newly badass persona- she even tries to stake Eric when he has his back turned. The strangest part of her reappearance happened when she met Sookie again. As Tara runs towards her, Sookie sees fairies heading her way instead. It seems that just because Sookie got out of fairyland doesn’t mean that the fairies are done with her.
“I’ve come to love you, and I know that you’ve come to love me too. You wouldn’t be licking my head if you didn’t.” - Jason
None of the Stackhouses have normal love interests, it seems, as the crazy meth jaguars decide to turn Jason into a were-jaguar as well so that he can make kittens with Crystal. It’s probably good to get some fresh, not-inbred, genes into that community, but since it’s Jason I don’t know if that’s going to help raise the average IQ.
Jason’s not enthusiastic about joining the shapeshifter community, but Sam’s finally starting to bond with his new shifter friends. He gets close with Luna, the young public-school teacher who has the hots for Sam and also drops some convenient shapeshifter-related exposition. According to Luna, shifters can gain the ability to transform into different humans, as well as animals, by killing a relative, which Luna happened to do when her mother died in childbirth. Huh, if only Sam had an annoying relative living nearby who he didn’t really like and no one would miss. I suppose nothing will come of that bit of foreshadowing.
Jessica and Hoyt, who I unfortunately neglected last week, continue their marital troubles. Hoyt gets beaten up fighting one of the protesters outside of Fangtasia, and Jessica slips back there after hours in order to get herself a snack before getting interrupted by Sookie. In fact, a lot of characters drop by Fangtasia this week, which I appreciate because it means more Pam. I wonder how she’ll deal with an amnesiac Eric. Other than with witty one-liners.
“Steve Newlin was right! You’re devils of the night!” The protesters were trying real hard to squeeze both syllables of “Newlin” into that chant. And after Sookie yells at them to get a new chant, they start trying to make up new ones.
“And if I had known how hard this chair was to seduce you from, I would’ve stayed standing.”
“Your mama just gets a little bit crazy sometimes, which means we just gotta love her that much harder.”
I love the way that Jessica superfluously flushes the toilet after she gets caught eating a guy by Sookie.
“Did I miss something? Are we girls now? Did we join a bookclub?”