True Blood: Back to Doing Bad Things to You
|Written by April Yorke|
|Monday, 14 June 2010 10:02|
Thank goodness for last night's season three True Blood premiere, "Bad Blood." Not too much happened in the "Holy Shit" department, but plenty of wheels were set in motion for a season's worth of conflict. Also, loads of naked people. Ah, show, how we've missed you.
Bill and the Mississippi Werewovles
The show picks up right where we left off. Sookie tears out of that washroom ready to accept Bill's proposal (how long she know him?), but he's gone. She checks with the waitress, who can only lament the trouble vampires bring to her restaurant, before she calls Kenya (this fancy French restaurant is within the Bon Temps Police Department's jurisdiction? Maybe they're a parish police force). Kenya, however, is not so inclined to look into missing persons who've been gone for less than 48 hours and aren't persons anyway.
Sookie takes her search to Eric, who's vamp-speed banging Fangtasia's newest dancer down in the basement (does this mean no more Ginger?). She thinks Eric's behind Bill's disappearance, but Eric honestly informs her that a) he's not, and b) he's duty bound as Sheriff to figure out what happened to Bill. He sadly notes that this will be difficult for him as he covets that which is Bill's. Eric, are you feeling okay? Since when you are so naked (literally (and thank you for that) and metaphorically) and obvious about your feelings for Sookie? Sookie's skeptical, suggests Lorena as a possible suspect, and takes her leave. Soon after Eric's on the phone to whomever he did hire to kidnap Bill (Chow?), screaming about how they failed so spectacularly. Pam thinks all of this is hilarious and stupid, for Pam is too wonderful for words. She also, however, thinks that Eric should inform the Queen before she has both their heads. Eric isn't so interest in Pam's advice at this moment in time.
Sookie takes her search to Bud, who is also less than inclined to search for those neither missing nor persons. Sookie nearly blows her stack, but Bud makes the excellent point that there's still a lot of clean up from the disaster that was Maryann to attend to. Sookie gets teary-eyed and makes a big speech about her love for Bill, but it's all for naught.
Later still, dearest Pam shows up to deliver Sookie a cheque from Eric (what's to be made of the blasé way she invites Pam inside?), for significantly more than the $10,000 he owes her. Pam shivers when Eric mentally calls her back home, which gives Sookie an idea. She heads over to the Compton house to see if Bill's tried to call Jessica that same way. Turns out he did, the night before. Jessica and Sookie take off to find the place that Jessica sensed from Bill.
Bill, you see, has been kidnapped for various and sundry reasons by a group of Mississippi werewolves and transported across state lines (remember what a big deal state lines were to Bill when Eric wanted Sookie to go to Texas? I wonder if this is related). They're all getting high on his blood but stop when Bill wonders if they aren't supposed to deliver him alive. Somehow, Bill manages to subdue the two in the back (shotgun's taken to riding ship's mast) and attacks the driver, causing a crash. He alone crawls his way out of the wreckage and mentally calls Jessica. The next night, he emerges from the dirt he spent the night in and finds a small cabin in the woods. He asks the sickly, elderly woman inside for assistance/refuge (shades of his conversion) but ends up snacking on her when he finds out she's all alone without a phone. Later, a much cleaner, be-shirted Bill (and trust Bill to find a tailored, military-inspired shirt in a cabin in the woods in Mississippi) glamours the old lady into forgetting that he was ever there, instead remembering that her ne'er do well son visited and gave her the wad of cash Bill's turning over (classic aw/ew Bill territory). He also learns that he's in Mississippi, and the howling wolves closing in on the place are enough to send him running. At episode's end, the wolves catch up with Bill (actual wolves with glowing eyes, which is a good call) and get ready to fight. What's with Bill's ability to communicate with animals? He always knew when he was dealing with Sam in dog form, and now he's chatting up werewolves in wolf form? I wonder if this is a Bill thing or a vampire thing.
Anyway, Sookie and Jessica find the crash site but only the driver's body. He doesn't have a wallet or a phone, but he does have a neat little marking/tat on his neck. Jessica looks it up on her Blackberry sigil search app (fucking hell, that was dumb) and finds out it stands for "Operation Werewolf."
The Queen and the IRS
The uptick in the V trade has caught the Magister's attention, so he takes it to the Queen and Eric to figure out. Eric wants to get out of the V business now, but the Queen's behind the blood scheme not for any nefarious reasons but because she's massively in debt to the IRS. She wants all the stock to move tonight. Pam relays this message to Lafayette, who says it can't be done. Pam threatens him into it. She also reveals that she once was a hooker (no doubt in her human days), but I don't really care unless this leads to a Pam origin story (Eric and Godric in period costume!). Also, hope the Queen's attitude/ineptitude mean a bloody coup by Eric by season's end.
Jason/Jessica and the Tell Tale Trucker
Andy climbs in Jason's window to warn him that their story has massive holes and is likely to land them both in jail. Nonetheless, he thinks sticking to it is their best bet. Jason, therefore, cannot go around acting guilty and shifty but instead must drink and chase tail much as he did before. Jason wants to be "New Jason" but agrees to "Conscience off, Dick on" for the time being. It kind of blows up in his face when he and new-roomie Hoyt pick up two Californian-bound NY college students, but Jason can't get it up or up stop picturing the girls with bullet holes in their foreheads. The girls peace with Hoyt adorkably calling out to thank them for stopping by.
In the meantime, Jessica drags the nearly dead trucker from the end of the last season home with her, where she finds Hoyt's roses. She feels so guilty that she tries to revive/turn the trucker with her own blood, but it's too late. Jessica wakes up in Bill's crawlspace with a stinky dead trucker. Hoyt tries to reach out to Jess, but she's too busy freaking to work things out. Because Jessica is either too stupid for words or massively guilt ridden, she fails to dispose of the body, instead letting it stink up Bill's place. For now, she's off on Operation Werewolf with Sookie.
Tara vs. the world, as always
Poor Tara's ranting and raving in Merlotte's about Eggs' murder while Arlene gives a no more out of touch than usual statement to Bud and Andy. Tara takes offense at Arlene's ability to sweep Eggs under the rug, to which Arlene counters that Tara shouldn't feel bad: who among them has not dated a serial killer? Lafayette takes Tara back to Sookie's for tequila and drugs to take the edge off, so naturally Sookie shows up to put that edge right back on. Tara tearfully tells her about Eggs' confession and murder, so Sookie opens her big mouth to explain that she helped Eggs remember. Perhaps Sookie and Arlene can sign up together for a "learning to read the room" seminar at Bon Temps Tech. Tara attacks Sookie for signing Eggs' death warrant. Lafayette drags her off and back to his place, but he's forced to leave Tara in Lettie Mae's care when he has to go to work. Naturally, this plan is about as dumb as you can imagine. Lettie Mae calls in her Reverend, for whom she is hilariously and kind of grossly hot, to preach poor Tara into not grieving. The Reverend leaves, and Tara goes "for a shower," which everyone but Lettie Mae knows means that she's going to start downing whatever she can find in Lafayette's bathroom (and that's a lot, remember) in order to kill herself. Last we see, Lafayette's trying to break the door down. I doubt that Tara won't survive this attempt on her life. She's still got to shag James Frain this season!
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