True Blood: Hard-Hearted Hannah
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 27th 2009 4:38AM
(S02E06) "In person, she looks like vanilla pudding." - Sookie to Hugo, describing Sarah Newlin
Disturbing. Sexy. Gross. Creepy. Mysterious. Musical. Scary. Funny. How a show can pack so much into one hour is beyond me. We'll start with the amazing Alan Ball and work our way down through the actors, writers, and the rest of the crew. I'm sure even craft services has a spread of delicious food for these folks every day.
I fell in love with season one of True Blood, and each episode of season two keeps raising the bar higher and higher. This was the best one yet, with plenty of new drama, mystery and, yes, disturbing stuff.
Let's start with the disturbing. I've seen some gross stuff on TV, but I can' recall anything quite as gross as the flashback scene where Bill and Lorena lure that unsuspecting couple at the 1920s speakeasy into a creepy partner swap with a twist -- and I'm not just talking about Lorena twisting that guy's head either. The scene where Bill sucks the blood out of that poor girl, then he and Lorena have sex in that bloody bed while blood spurts out of her neck beside them ... ewwww ...
But who knew that Bill had such a lovely voice?! Really, seeing him in a tux and tickling the ivories while crooning a tune was lots of fun.
Also in the fun category was Eric's encounter with the vampire whore. I wanted to laugh when he said it's not as much fun for him if she actually likes it -- but it didn't seem right, so I just chuckled quietly in the darkest part of my heart. But Eric doesn't seem as badass as he was in season one. I just knew that when they cut his lovely hair off, he'd be less menacing.
I could be way off base here, but my first thought when we learned that Eric had invited Lorena to Dallas was to distract Bill so Eric could get closer to Sookie (because Eric said, "Bill has something I want" and "Sookie is something more than human."). But did Eric know that Sookie would get in trouble at the Light of Day, and Bill wouldn't be able to save her? I mean, it seems clear that Steve and Sarah are holding Godric in the basement, because Sookie heard Steve thinking about bringing a 2000-year-old vampire up from the basement.
I was a little confused about whether Steve and Sarah possess thought-reading abilities, too. Because when they were standing in the sanctuary, Sookie was hearing Steve wonder if she could hear him. And then Sarah thought, "Come on, Steve, she's probably scared right now because the vampires made her do it."
That was a pretty sexy scene with naked Sam and Daphne on the pool table at Merlotte's, but my suspicions about her leading him down a dangerous path came true when she led him straight into Maryann's den of sex-horror. So was Daphne lying when she told Sam that she didn't know what gave her the scars? Maybe she was just under Maryann's spell when she led Sam there, told him "It's the end of the road," and put the ram's head on Maryann.
And could Maryann be any more annoying? First she weasels her way into staying at Sookie's, then complains mightily about there being no hot water. I'm with Tara: "I wish I had a fancier crib for you to squat in, but I don't." If Maryann's so all-powerful, why doesn't she use her spells to fix the hot water heater? Just sayin'.
I'm guessing that the place Eggs and Tara found in the woods is another of Maryann's horror-sexcapades. There were clothes scattered everywhere and blood on the rocks. Not sure about the markings on the rocks, though. Any ideas?
That was kind of a touching scene when Terry defended Lafayette and told Andy to leave him alone. Then Terry hugged Lafayette and said, "I want you to imagine a golden, glowing ball, radiating warmth and safety." I guess that's the redneck version of comfort and sympathy. Very sad and creepy, though, when Lafayette freaked out and thought it was Eric, not Andy, yelling at him about locking him up. Loved Lafayette's fishnet top, though.
Ok, so we know that Daphne's go-to shift is a pig, so that was probably her with Maryann when we first encountered them in the road. Right? And now Andy is hot on their trail and something is going to give big-time. I guess it was a fun little tie-in when Tara and Eggs came home to find the place trashed, and one of them said, "People are pigs."
The ending scene with Sookie and Hugo being dragged into the basement -- chilling. Especially when Sarah told Jason that Steve's "not the man I thought he was. You're not being trained to defend us. He wants to use you to start a war. He's vicious and he's cruel, and he uses the C word. And he lies to me, Jason. Our marriage has always been a partnership, and now he's shutting me out."
What do you think is up with Eric sending Pam to instruct Lafayette to start selling V again -- after they locked him in the basement and tortured him for three weeks for doing just that?
Other points of interest:
- Hugo telling Sookie that he and Isabel fight about her refusal to turn him, thus putting the idea into Sookie's head that she'll get old one day while Bill will still be young. "It's ok," she tells Hugo, "because if I die today, I don't have to feel old and unloved and unwanted."
- Before opening the sanctuary doors, Steve telling "Holly and Rufus": "Sometimes when we open these doors, so much love comes flowing out that it'll knock you down if you're not ready for it." And Sookie saying, "We'll be sure to brace ourselves."
- Luke and Jason's conversation about sex, and Luke saying, "But all of them put together ain't half as bad as if you do it to a vampire. Or to a dude. Or to a vampire dude. That's like the creme de la creme of sins. There's no repentance for that. Straight to hell, baby."
- Lafayette telling Andy he'd been on a gay cruise, and Andy saying, no, because if that was the case, Lafayette would have come back with pizazz.
- Hoyt telling his mother to re-activate his phone so he can call Jessica, then showing up at Jessica's hotel room in Dallas. And Jessica saying, "I'm so happy I could cry, but I don't wanna because it's really gross when I do."
- Sam telling Daphne: "If you don't go out back right now and take off all your clothes, I will fire you."
- When they returned home, Tara telling Eggs, "I feel like that kid in E.T., except instead of following Reese's Pieces, we're following clothes."
I'll end with this:
Jason: "Jason Stackhouse, abstinent."
Luke: "Sounds good, doesn't it?"
Jason: "Not really."
I look forward to your thoughts on this episode.