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True Blood Review: Hot Kisses and Rotting Faces

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We often give credit to the fun writing, strong acting, impeccable bodies and drool-inducing sex scenes on True Blood. But, after watching "Me and the Devil," let's stop for a moment and give props to the make-up department.

It's not easy to make Pamela Swynford De Beaufort into a hideous mess, but mission accomplished, cosmetics people. Unruly, rotting, abhorrent mission accomplished.

Rotting Pam

Of course, this is all just the preamble before getting to the heart of the episode. Or should I say the lips: ERIC AND SOOKIE MADE OUT! And it wasn't some quick peck, or some drunken regret.

It was an all-out, saliva-heavy, I-can't-bear-the-thought-of-you-leaving-me-so-come-here-and-taste-what-you've-been-craving-right-this-very-moment passionate embrace. Celebrate, Team Eric members! But then come back to reality.

Bill doesn't know about this lip lock, but he's been told of Eric's whereabouts. He knows Sookie has been lying. She's covering for his sworn frenemy. Will Bill walk in on these two in the shower? That would definitely ruin the moment many fans have been waiting over three seasons for.

Bill is relishing his power almost as much as I've been enjoying watching him yield it, but will he react in the same punitive, cold, calculated manner with his ex-girlfriend as he did with that rule-breaking vampire from "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" I doubt it.

But that's a moral dilemma for another Sunday. Here, the king and his sheriffs started to tackle a broader, more pressing problem: how do you deal with a partially resurrected 16th century witch who is taking over the body of another wiccan and holds a vendetta against vampires? (Look out, Google and Fox News executives!) I know Nan warned Bill against any human deaths, but surely someone can convince the politician that Marnie is anything but human.

Taking her out, in a subtle manner, of course, would be a move made with the greater vampire good in mind. It's naive to think differently, Nan.

Once again, the witches and the revamped love triangle of Sookie/Bill/Eric dominated the episode, in all the best ways, but other storylines were also furthered:

  • Tommy and Sam bonded over their mutual love of murder. Perhaps they want to continue having that conversation on a remote island someplace, far away from Bon Temps and HBO cameras.
  • Is Jason actually crushing on Jessica? Or is he just under the spell of her blood somehow? Funny, disturbing stuff with Hoyt in that dream, but he and Jessica need to work on their communication issues. Guess that's a challenge when one half of the couple is glamoured.
  • Welcome back, Tara's mother! Typically, I'd assume this Arlene/Terry/Possessed Baby thing isn't going anywhere, but with Marnie also sub-consciously channeling a spirit, maybe this will tie in to the witch storyline somehow. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part because the thought of Michael Raymond-James as Rene makes me think of Terriers. And that makes me happy.
  • An even more excited welcome back to Godric! It was a brief return, and I doubt we'll see him again, but who doesn't adore Eric's maker?!?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (86 Votes)

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The Best scene is, Sookie Vs. Marnie. "Lady, when my gran tells me to run, i run. Keep the change" and I also like Sammy with his cold stone heart. very strong and real

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Great episode! I loved every second of it.
I don't know what everyone's problem is with the Tommy/shifter storyline--it's one of my favorites in the show. There's enough of everything--Sookie, Eric, Bill, Tara, Sam, Lafayette-- I want the writers to keep doing what they're doing because they are at the top of their game.

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loved the episode,when bill told pam to maybe try more lipstick i almost bust a rib laughing.
but eric sookie......O-M-G......it was PERFECT,and beautiful....the slow,sometimes agonizing,build up over the past two seasons (not going to add s1,barely any E/S goodness in that) finally culminated into this one moment where SHE didnt want him to leave.
and all those saying eric is child like....um....he's a little unsure of himself understandably so,any one would be,but u can see him regaining confidence every day,and like he said "im not a child" and sookies reply "no...ur not" the writers get it,the characters get it. most fans get it..
bring on the eric sookie magic!

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Great review! And I thought the writer of this episode did a fantastic job! It's one of my favorite episodes ever. It was awesome getting to see Godric again...I love seeing Godric in whatever way we can. My favorite vampire family has and always will be Godric, Eric, and Pam. I'll be so glad when they fix Pam's pretty face! And I loved, loved, loved, loved the Eric/Sookie moments in this episode. That kiss was explosively hot and I loved the crescendo of the music that went along with it, but I also just loved the little sweet moments between them, like the way they hugged just before the kiss or how they cuddled in the bed and fell asleep holding hands. It was a very good night for us Viking-Lovers!

Pedrov

Get rid of Tommy's storyline. Also, the evil baby thing... *yawn* more screentime for Eric Sookie! Bill... get lost. hahaha

Fortyseven

Gran communicated with Sookie! "When my Gran says run, I run!" Andy should have been out of V and accidentally/purposefully killed Tommy. Sam I don't mind as long as he's with Luna and/or Luna's daughter. Loved Jessica and Jason together, and Hoyt made it funny.

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I want evil Eric back. I'm tired of having to watch this pathetic loser who's been neutered by Sookie.

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The episode was really great! I loved all the E/S scenes, but I wish they had been longer. I found the other storylines very entertaining, as well.

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beverly - you're in for a rude awakeing if/when you get to see the show again. enjoy your season!

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@uncle jackass - Are you kidding? We would all be rather child like if striped of our memories and life experiences. There is nothing left but innocence, wonder and trepidation of what's to come. What does that sound like? Yes, a child. But it's not like Sookie has the hots for some 12 year old boy. She *knows* Eric from before his amnesia. She was attracted to him *before* the amnesia. She is seeing the striped down (in more ways than one ;) ) version of Eric and she's liking the person she's finding at the core. So, to say she's falling for a "childish" personality, IMO, is ridiculous. We would all need reassurance and comfort if we were in the same boat.