True Blood Round Table: "You Smell Like Dinner"

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One of our favorite episodes of True Blood to date has our staff more excited than usual for this week's edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table.

Sound off below on the topics analyzed by Editor-in-Chief Matt Richenthal, along with senior writers Eric Hochberger, Carissa Pavlica and Jim Garner...


What was your favorite scene?
Matt: Pam acting as the voice of reason in Hoyt and Jessica's confrontation with that mob. Technology might take all the fun out of being a vampire, but everything Pam says increasez the fun quotient by an infinite amount every week.

Eric: I'm a sucker for flashbacks and cheesy accents, so I'll have to give it to Bill rocking out in the punk scene. Plus, revealing more of his history of how he ended up the King of Louisiana? Sold.

Carissa: Seeing shirtless Eric wandering mindlessly down the side of the road. Oh, the possibilities!!!

Jim: I loved Lafayette's reaction to Eric's arrival. He was the only one who had the appropriate "OMG, I am gonna die" response.

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Should Jessica tell Hoyt about her infidelity? 
Matt: Yes, because he should love her for who she is - a ravenous vampire - or else this relationship should be over anyway. Also because she could probably convince Pam to take part in a threeway as a form of apology.

Carissa: NO. They are the best couple on the show, and she's so young and she simply has needs. I couldn't stand it if they parted. She's trying, but part of her doesn't want to drink Hoyt to death, so she has to get fresh meat elsewhere. Or so I am telling myself. Is biting a man's neck and sucking his blood infidelity? Really?!? I don't know the code on that one.

Jim: Does monogamy cover eating? Am I cheating on my wife when I eat dinner with another woman? I'm not sure in her case I would call it "infidelity." Tiger Woods certainly wouldn't.

Eric: Sorry, Jim and Carissa, but have you not been watching the last three seasons!?! There's always something sexual going on with vampire feeding. Jessica was so not checking out that little fang banger because she wanted to get to know his personality over a nice friendly dinner (of his blood). Cheating is cheating. And I say this: tell Hoyt before he finds out via the small town grapevine.

More painful experience: becoming a were-panther? Or sitting through any storyline with Sam?
Matt: Oh, Sam, without a doubt. At least Jason gets to be tied up by a hot woman. But Sam is like every character on Heroes. The guy has this amazing ability and all he does it whine about it. Dog up and take advantage of the naked shape-shifter by your side.

Carissa: Both? The whole white trash meth crowd definitely trumps turning into horses. I just hate Crystal and all of those trashy people. Now he's going to be a panther/faerie? Doesn't he have faerie blood in him, too? They're the worst part of the show. And that licking of the wound? OMG.

Jim: The storyline with Sam was just mildly painful, until they got to the scene where he and Luna were sitting around naked, talking... then it was unbearable! I think Janina Gavankar is incredibly beautiful; but the angle they had her reclined at was so unflattering to her two key assets that it made me want to not look at them! Seriously, it was that bad.

Eric: Ha. Well played, Round Table Questioner. I'm going with were-panther. I don't know how that ends, but any transformation beginning with a couple eating your flesh and organs? That seems way more painful that being sucked dry by a vampire or sitting through the nudist colony known as Sam's storyline.

Eric with his memory erased: Hotter or notter?
Matt: It has to be notter. Are you really so shallow, ladies, that you merely see this vampire as a hunk of undead meat? I assume a chunk of Eric's sex appeal rested in his confidence. Who out there wants to fang bang a confused, whimpering blood sucker?

Carissa: Hotter, only for the possibilities. Is he human? Did the spell bring him back to life? I don't quite get what happened, but he's shirtless, wandering and lost. Me likey.

Jim: Eric looks good blonde and brainless. Don't get me wrong, I would rather find Jessica roaming down the street in a parka than seeing Eric shirtless... but, I have to admit, it was working for him.

Eric: Notter. I so hate memory loss as any plot device on any show. Plus, is it just me, or has that dude been getting weirder and weirder haircuts and wearing sillier and sillier outfits throughout the season(s)? You ladies still even finding him hot at this point? Really?!?

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Something that really made me upset in the episode is that minutes after Erik was bragging to Bill that he knows how dangerous witches are because he was alive during the Inquisition he goes and fucks up. Why did he feel the need to slowly try to scare them and when they started the spell why did he continue to slowly feed try and feed on Tara when he should have bolted out of the place. It just seemed like such a stupid sequence of events.


What was your favorite scene?
The first Bill flashback, when he was in a English pub. It was so awesome to watch. Should Jessica tell Hoyt about her infidelity?
No, she was just eating. More painful experience: becoming a were-panther? Or sitting through any storyline with Sam?
Sitting through the storyline with Sam. Sam is by far the worst character on this show. All his story lines are boring and I want to fast forward every time he's on screen. Please get him off this show. Eric with his memory erased: Hotter or notter?
Eric with his memory erased is fucking stupid. Memory losses always suck and is just an easy way to change a characters personality without any effort or thought.


Plus, is it just me, or has that dude been getting weirder and weirder haircuts and wearing sillier and sillier outfits throughout the season(s)? You ladies still even finding him hot at this point? Really?! So true! Was wondering about that too! (especially the hair...)

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What was your favorite scene? It had to be the scene where Tara and Sookie reunited and then heading towards the house with Eric's homemade touches. A white meshed front door. A deluxe microwave that looks like it could roast a hog. A flower vase with chocolate blood? And an antique closet with stairway access to a dungeon LOL! Should Jessica tell Hoyt about her infidelity? It almost seems like Romeo and Juliet. I.e. not meant to be from two feuding families. Simply understanding one others' problems isn't enough to live in their respective worlds. More painful experience: becoming a were-panther? Or sitting through any storyline with Sam? To each his/her own... Although, some of you think that Sam's got the raw end of the deal (with lovely looking shifters), but Jason is the one that is getting licked by male-saliva. Even I think Jason's intelligence seems to surpass his were-panther people. Eric with his memory erased: Hotter or notter? I'm just imagining how difficult it is going to be for fine actors like Alexander Skarsgard and Ian Somerhalder to act polar opposite to their persona. I mean all boys want to play the villain? Not the one that's always whiny/self-reflective?


"...she's so young and she simply has needs." Young or not, isn't that the classic excuse men use for cheating? Would you be ok if your boyfriend said that to you? Really? It may seem like "dinner," but the whole lead up to the scene where she finally bit the guy, moaning and in a bathroom stall, no less, were all about sex. In most cases with the vampires in this series, there's always, as Eric says, a sexual component to feeding on the blood of a human the vampire is holding. "Simple has needs" is a crap excuse for cheating for anyone.


I think Eric is the "God of HOT" not goddess of hotness. Bill is even hot this season with all that confidence and strength of character. He was ok before, just because he was a vamp...LOL but they gave him a stronger, not so sentimental story line. Alittle more ruthless.


My opinion of jessica telling is yes. Because its a boring plot. There is way more the writers can do with those two characters. As for Sam.... I think he is a great actor in a charactor that has possibilities. Get rid of his little brother. I think that character is a waste of good airtime. But Sams character has possibilities. Im not real impressed with the direction its going. Jason is excellent. He brings humor to the show. The guy playing him is an axcellent funny, ding dong jason. I hope the writers bring him out of this stupid "drama" with the tweekers, get rid of crystal and write him back into a funnier storyline. Eric is my favorite. A DEFINATE NOTTER on losing his memory and turning him into a mamby pamby. I would hate to see that happen and may lose interest in watching the show. Nothing is sexier than a excellent looking actor in a part of a confident fearless ruthless yet charming man. He PLAYS THE PART WELL TOO. Please dont turn him into a whimp!!! He is a big part of the show. Bill, I love the way you brought him up to par with Eric in his confident levels. Strength and confidence I said before Pam is straight up excellent. I love the character and she is played by someone who can never be replaced. In my opinion. She is funny and brings alot of personality to the show. Layfette, is the bomb, in a very good way. He also brings alot of personality to the show and the actor could never be replaced in this part.
I do want to add something about the storyline you have taken with Lafayette. So what he is gay! He plays a great gay guy. But...without offending any gay people..... Im fine with gays and gay story lines but watching the kissing and stuff is ....I dont know how else to say it but....Its alittle too much. Cant you have the story without the kissing and stuff. Not everyone is gay and it is alittle to alot "too much" at times. jus sayin. Next...the character that just had the baby can be alittle funny and that storyline is interesting. I dont remember the character that plays her hubby but he is a good actor too. And Sookie....Awsome! period All the tweekers... get rid of them! Waste of airtime and not a good storyline. If your trying to get tweekers to watch, it probably wont happen. They wont sit still long enough! Werepanthers? kinda stupid. needs a lot of work. I would get rid of it completely. The sheriff, ya need a sheriff! Funny how he is strung out on V. LOL
Tara, another excellent actress. Wild where you led her character. I dont know, we will see. I am amazed how you have found such good actors for all of the parts. Bravo! This is my very mnost favorite thing on tv for me. I disconnected my cable a few months back and got it reconnected just so I wouldnt miss True Blood. I rave about this show all the time to my friends and have them watching it too. Thank you for the enjoyment I get from it!!!


LOL to the comment with the hair, that fits to Bill, his hair is always horrible.
And to fernando: Alcide looks like one of the chippendales and has no personality and the actor who plays him cannot act, Jason is just dumb and his story is so annoying in general and Jesus, LOL.
Everyone who has read the books loves Eric because he is the best written male character in the books.


What was your favorite scene?
I'm not a Bill type of lover, Jason is more my type of guy but damn seeing bill bang the living life out of that red head really made me swtich to team bill. Should Jessica tell Hoyt about her infidelity?
She's really not cheating on Hoyt, she's just sucking someones else blood, now if she let someone else suck her blood then I can understand that as cheating. More painful experience: becoming a were-panther? Or sitting through any storyline with Sam?
Def. sam, everyone this season has a great story, but sam is the only one who story is pointless and he's starting to turn in annie from 90210, where the writers just give her random storys, how about just killing sam and let his brother take over his bussiness, because i like his brother more then sam himself. Eric with his memory erased: Hotter or notter?
Notter, I don't get what ya see in eric, he's not a goddess of hotness, I just don't get why everyone thinks he's so hot, Jason is way hotter, Jesus is hotter, Alcide is hotter, theres many other guys that beat eric in the looks section.

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