True Blood: Scratches
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 29th 2009 3:55AM
(S02E03) "He can do it. I'm wearin' my favorite pumps." - Pam to Eric, when he asked her and Chow to go troll the woods for the bull-creature
I could hear Lou Grant in my head during this episode of True Blood, saying "Sookie, you've got spunk." Only instead of hating Sookie's spunk, I'm loving it. I'd like to have just half the spunk Sookie's got. Last season, she not only buried her grandma and cleaned up all that blood in her kitchen, but she has no problem getting out of a car after fighting with Bill and stomping off into the night, knowing there are weird creatures out there. Ok, maybe not the smartest move on her part, but it did lead to good results for Lafayette.
Those were some serious scratches Sookie had after the bull creature attacked her. I hope True Blood gets an Emmy nod for makeup, because they really do a good job with the blood and guts, not to mention mouth-foaming on Sookie's part in this episode.
So we now know that Bill glamoured Jessica's family after the end credits rolled last week. I'm guessing that means they have no recollection of the incident with Jessica, Sookie and Bill, right? Nor do they realize that their daughter is a vampire. Not sure if that means anything at this point; just an observation.
Looks like Daphne and Sam are starting up something, but I did not see that coming when she took off her shirt to jump into the lake with him and revealed those scars on her back. What's it all mean? Well, when Dr. Ludwig was fixing Sookie up, she mentioned something about this creature being similar to a Komodo dragon, and its bite allowing it to track its prey. But could the prey actually turn into the creature? I'm wondering if that's the case with Daphne. Or maybe Sam will have to save her from the creature.
Maybe Tara is starting to wise up about Maryann. Maybe Sam's warnings are getting through to her. I was cheering when Tara walked out of the party after seeing everyone acting so loopy and the girl coming on to Eggs in the pool. By the way, I was trying to remember where I'd seen Mehcad Brooks before, and he played Matthew Applewhite on Desperate Housewives.
Ok, what is up with Maryann's pig? Is it a shapeshifter? A spirit? The secret to Maryann's powers? When Andy Bellefleur looked away and back again, the pig had vanished. Maybe Maryann is able to make things disappear. And what a liar she is, telling Tara she barely knows Sam and if she had to guess, she'd say he's jealous and looking for someone to blame for him losing Tara.
Well, at least we got Lafayette out of the basement! And he's not a vampire, so there's that, good or bad. I think he'd make a really fun vampire, though, so here's hoping they go down that road eventually. And as Mike Rogus mentioned in the comments a couple weeks ago, Eric explained to Bil and Sookie about Lafayette being chained up in the basement: "He traded sexual services with a vampire in order to sell his blood, which you know is a grave offense." And then Sookie slaps him - go girl! Only now she and Bill are headed for Dallas to find a missing vampire in exchange for Lafayette's release. She's got spunk.
As for Jason's situation, Steve and Sarah Newlin are extra- creepy with their yuppie persona and sweaters draped over their shoulders. Really, they're creepier than the vampires and other creatures who roam the bayou. It'll be interesting to see how things develop with Jason and Sarah. And I appreciated seeing more of Stephen Root as Eddie invading Jason's nightmares. He's such a great character, and I'm sorry Amy killed him off last season.
Other points of interest:
- Maryann told her cook that a dish needed more juniper. According to Wikipedia, juniper is best known for flavoring gin, and it's also used in many culinary dishes and as flavoring in Jenever and sahti-style of beers.
- I really love the music in True Blood. The official site carries a listing of songs in each episode, but they haven't posted the songs for this episode yet. Anyone know who did the last song over the end credits?
- Maryann certainly knows her way around a bag of pot and a pack of papers. That was some serious joint she rolled.
- Terry calling Sam a chicken and accusing him of running ... What did I miss here? What, specifically, was he insinuating that Sam was running from?
- Jessica and Hoyt ... you pretty much knew where that was headed, especially after he said he wanted to wait.I'm really loving the character of Jessica. She's a live wire and a loose cannon. And yes, I loved her impersonation of Bill in last week's episode - spot on. Thanks for mentioning that in the comments, guys!
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this episode.