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?!?
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True Blood Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

Alcide, stop making that noise. Eric, put up those fangs and do what I say.

Sookie

I would never harm you.

Eric [to Sookie]