Welcome Trubies to another round of my weekly recap of “True Blood.” I must say that I am truly enjoying this season quite a bit, which is mostly due to the talents of Alexandar Skarsgard as the amnesiac Eric. His transformation has been remarkable, a mix of playful, chilling and even heartbreaking. So how did “If You Love Me, Why am I Dying” stack up as a whole? Well, read on to find out!
Sookie and Eric
The episode begins where we left off last week, with a shirtless Eric wandering the streets and being found by Sookie. (His mispronunciation of her name to Snookie had me falling on the floor in hysterics.) Sookie tries to run away, but after seeing the seriousness of his problems, decides to help. She tries to conceal the fact that he owns her house, and even keeps him from stepping on the rug with his muddy feet, but after mistakenly calling Pam for help, the truth comes out and Sookie is pushed further into the situation, especially since Pam believes this was set up by Bill. To make matters worse, Claudine comes for a visit and wants Sookie to go back with her, but a missing Eric suddenly shows up and drains Claudine of all her blood, leaving her to dust.
Not too much happened with our newly crowned king, however it seems that Andy’s sister now has designs on him, which he thoroughly accepts, but with reservations. She feels she can live with that and the two go off to have a small tryst of their own. He also gets a visit from a very guilty Jessica, who has just cheated on Hoyt (or at least in a vamp version of cheating) and isn’t sure what to do. This brings to light Bill’s deceptions to Sookie, and creates a sweet moment between the maker and his protégé.
Jason is still locked up and wounded, with the transformation from human to a panther/hybrid nearly complete. I’m a little confused about this one, although I see great possibilities in Jason having a supernatural element of his own. I wasn’t too keen on Crystal last season, and I do really not like her right now, even if her intentions are to keep her clan alive. If their love is truly supposed to be something special (as many book readers have told me), this really doesn’t seem to be the way. Plus, their last moment together was one of the most awkward in the shows history, and that includes Bill and Lorena’s last fling.
Lafayette, Tara and Jesus
Marnie awakens but is still not sure what happened. Lafayette informs the group that they need to somehow make amends, because Eric is a bad you know what that will stop at nothing to kill them all for what they have done. Basing their arguments on freedom of religion, the coven decides they need to fight back. Tara is naturally upset that only a couple of days in Bon Temps and already is attacked by a vamp. She does urge Lafayette to stay away from Fangtasia, but of course he goes and is attacked by Pam. Luckily Tara and Jesus make it just in time, and Pam gives them 24 hours to make things right or else. In the meantime, Marnie is trying to bring back the spirit that possessed her, of which we get an glimpse of in the mirror. The best part of this section was another glimpse of bad you know what Tara, who continues to show great growth in character.
Sam and Tommy
Tommy is still living with Maxine, and during one of her many calls to the home shopping show, answers the door and finds a prospector willing to buy up the rights to Maxine’s natural gas. Tommy naturally does not tell her, and goes to Sam with a plan to steal the rights from under her nose. Sam is none too happy about it, and forces Tommy to tell her or else. Could last week’s revelation come into play soon? It will be interesting to find that out.
Hoyt and Jessica
Jessica returns home and confesses to Hoyt, who is none too pleased with the situation. That weird doll is also back, and seems to just keep coming and coming, no matter what they do to get rid of it, which adds more fuel to the fire. Out of desperation, Jessica glamours Hoyt to forget that anything ever happened. Poor Hoyt. He really did not deserve that. Later Jessica goes to give the doll to Arlene’s baby, calling it an heirloom, and we get more shots of Arlene looking intensely at her potentially evil baby.
Ginger (I believe that is her name) running up the stairs at Fangtasia when Jesus admits to being a witch. Out of all the weird stuff going on, that is what scares her?
Alcide was back, though briefly, and with Debbie. Not sure about this one.
Best Line: “You just killed my fairy-godmother!” “Sorry.” – Sookie and Eric’s exchange at the end of the show. Classic.
There you have it. Another strong episode for a season that has really peaked my interest. Until next time.
What did you all think?
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