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'True Blood' - 'It Hurts Me Too' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 28th 2010 5:20AM
True Blood: It Hurts Me Too
(S03E03) "I've got your rug all wet." - Eric to Sookie

They're certainly going after the twisted sex and gore so far this season, aren't they? Not that the Maenad orgies last season weren't twisted, but they're not as twisted as the sex scenes in this episode. Well, at least one of the sex scenes. Oh heck, follow me after the jump and let's talk about 'True Blood.'

I can't wait 'til the end of this review to talk about that last scene with Bill and Lorena. Good grief. That takes "twisted sex" to a whole new level. The scene a couple weeks ago with Eric having sex -- I guess you'd call it that -- with the tied-up waitress was a chaste peck on the cheek compared to Bill twisting Lorena's head around so ... what? ... So he didn't have to look at her face while he was doing it?

And why WAS he doing it anyway? Does she have that much control over him that he's powerless against her desires? Was he so broken up about having to turn away from Sookie in order to protect her that he just lost all sense of anything? Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments below.

OK, let's go back to the beginning of the episode. I guess you could call those things hanging out of Eric's mouth neck entrails after he caught the bullet meant for the wolf, then killed him and told Sookie he got her rug wet. And that was a fun slo-mo bullet shot out of Sookie's gun.

Next sex scene: Tara and Franklin Mott. He just looks sleazy, doesn't he? On the other hand, I had no idea that vampire sex was that intense. Maybe that's just the thing Tara needs right now. Maybe she needs to "lose herself to the void." Or was it in the void? Either way, maybe it would help tame that massive amount of anger she's got boiling inside of her all the time.

Then we had Pam going down on the Fangtasia girl. "Spit it out, cupcake. I'm in the middle of somethin'," she told Jessica when she called seeking more advice on the dead guy.

Oh, that underwear of Joe Lee's is beyond nasty. How about we make up a new word for it? How about "the yellow swamp"? OK, we'll keep working on it. All suggestions appreciated.

I'm trying to remember who Arlene was having sex with nine weeks ago. Again, with all that Maenad sex taking place, it could have been anyone. Or anything, for that matter.

So I guess Sookie and Tara are friends again, since Sookie paid for Eggs' funeral and showed up. Seriously, though, Tara causes more problems than she's worth. Now she's got Franklin Mott all entangled in their lives.

Nice to get a little more back story on Bill, the son he lost, the family he had to sacrifice, and his early beginnings with Lorena. The actress who plays Bill's wife is great. That scene was very intense.

Still not sure what's going on with Jason and the bullet holes, the hieroglyphics on the test, and the no-pants dream sequence. Some of you mentioned that maybe he's manifesting the guilt he feels over killing Eggs. Could be. I still think there's something else going on there. He's got some kind of spell on him or something.

Poor Sookie. Once again, cleaning up the blood at the house.

Alcide = yummy. And fun new location with the were-bar.

Some fun quotes:

"It's like Armageddon in here every time someone chips a dessert glass." - The Vampire King about Talbot being distraught over the burned rug

"Don't ever get married, Sam. Second you do, that's when they start to woman you." - Joe Lee

Hoyt: "The legal blood alcohol limit in the state of Louisiana is ...?
Jason: "Uh ... When they're drunk?"

"Look, man, there are two kinds of people in this world. People who got no dreams, people who got dreams and don't do nothin' about it, and people who go out and fulfill their dreams. I don't know about you, but I'm the third kind, so you gonna help me out or not?" - Jason to Hoyt

"You'll have to pay the insurance, of course. I'm not an idiot. And I'm gonna have to sell you the car for one dollar to avoid that pesky gift tax." - Eric to Lafayette

"Dude, you throw a punch, you are so one of us." - Tommy to Sam, in a confrontation with Joe Lee

"How come nobody tells me any of this?" - Jessica, on Franklin Mott being able to enter her house because the previous human owner died a year ago

"You sure got some pretty lips, girlfriend." - Franklin, making the dead guy's mouth move as he mimics him. That is one sick vamp!

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This review almost sounds like it came from someone who isn't familiar with the show. The bullet holes Jason keeps seeing? Hello?

June 29 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode, great review!
Am I the only one who thinks that maybe Bill had sex with Lorena because he was forced to?
In the books, when a maker asks his vampire, ordains him to do something, he HAS to do it even if he doesn't want to, he is forced.
Don't you think that maybe that's what happened to Bill: he was forced to have sex with her but didn't want to: maybe that's why he was trying to hurt her (twisting her head, lol) in the same time?

June 29 2010 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And as to Jason, there is no spell. Showing up without pants to a test is a common anxiety dream, and having the test turn into hieroglyphics is just a way of showing what was in his head -- he was completely unprepared and probably had no idea what half of the words in the questions meant, let alone how to answer them.

The hallucinations of seeing bullet holes in heads is obviously his guilt manifesting.

June 28 2010 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

> I'm trying to remember who Arlene was having sex with nine weeks ago. Again, with all that Maenad sex taking place, it could have been anyone.

It must have been Rene Lenier from s1. Time is very compressed on this show because each episode picks up where the last left off and no time elapses between seasons. The entire first two seasons took place over the course of about two months -- in that Ausiello special where they interviewed the whole cast they joked about it being the worst two months in their characters lives. There's no way that the whole Maenad crazy sex thing went on for 9 weeks, because s3 picks up like the day after Maryann was killed.

June 28 2010 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Key Rick

One of the biggest surprises to me in last night's episode is the Sheriff quitting. Also, regarding Bill's twisty sex scene, I think he was fully dressed when he twisted Lorena's neck 180.

June 28 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Rene is the father of Arlene's baby.

June 28 2010 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to v's comment

That's what imkinda inferred too, but we'll see. Time has been less that clear on this show. Season 2 definitely happened immediately after Season 1, it's entirely conceivable that Season 3 takes place 9-10 weeks after Season 1.

June 28 2010 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They really need to do something more worthwhile with Tara. Her character is just an annoyance now.

June 28 2010 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to GL's comment

That's one of the problems with what Alan Ball has done to the source material. In the books Tara is esentially a recurring character that doesn't even show up in some books. Alan Ball has taken Charlaine Harris' novels and made something of his own out of them, and for the most part that works. Tara, Sophie Anne, and sometime Eric are examples of where his changes don't work.

June 28 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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