True Blood didn't air a great episode last Sunday.
But the HBO smash still provided Editor-in-Chief Matt Richenthal with plenty to analyze, as he's joined below by weekly Round Table participants Eric Hochberger, Carissa Pavlica and Jim Garner for their latest take on the happenings in Bon Temps.
As always, reader feedback is encouraged...
What was your favorite scene?
Matt: Hoyt holding up Jessica's Taylor Swift CD. Just when I thought I couldn't crush on the red head any more, I had to find out she's a T Swizzler just like me.
Eric: Oh, without a doubt Jessica crying and pouring her heart out to Nan, thanks to her classic response: "There have been times, I’ll admit, where it’s occurred to me that maybe I should put my career on hold and become a maker. But these last few hours here with you have erased those doubts forever."
Carissa: Watching Tommy get the crap beat out of him after the most awful Sam impersonation I've ever seen. He was like a combination of an ape and a four-year old child. I wanted to stomp him silly myself!
Jim: Jesus helping Mavin move on with Jason, Terry, and Arlene there and being able to see what happened. I had not realized what a powerful pair Jesus and Lafayette would make!
Hotter sex scene: Jason and Jessica, or Sam and Luna?
Matt: Sam and Luna. Can you imagine how badly these two wanted each other at that moment? They didn't care that Luna's daughter was in the tent next door, or that Sam's brother had recently shifted his shaft into... you get the idea.
Eric: Definitely going with the J's. There's nothing hotter than white trash pickup truck sex. Or so I assume. I grew up in a flat state near a city. We stuck mostly to the backseats of Volkswagens for our whoopee.
Carissa: Jason and Jessica. Although Jessica needs to up the ante and find a dude from another town. A smart one. You know, she and Alcide would put a smile on my face. THAT would be a hot sex scene!
Jim: I have to reluctantly pick Jason and Jessica. Unlike Eric, I grew up in a southern state owning a truck and we would take a big empty house with a comfy bed over the back of a truck every time, so I have no idea what they were thinking.
Eric: Can I choose two of the three? There's always an ulterior motive to this stupid, incredibly annoying ass.
Carissa: Incredibly annoying. And, hopefully, dead.
Jim: I am going with All of the Above. I want to believe he was trying to do something noble by going in Sam's place, but he is just stupid to pick a fight with that many werewolves and we have already established how annoying he is.
Sookie's dream sequence: Hot, or ho-hum?
Matt: I mean, if you're gonna just kill 10 minutes of an episode - and, let's face it, that was the only point of this fantasy - you could do a lot worse than the removal of Anna Paquin's clothes. Still, snoooooooze....
Eric: Although I've never been a fan of the devil's threesome, I've never seen Sookie look so hot before! Wow, red is her color. Just please, Mr. Bell, don't try and push your luck and bring in Alcide for a really creepy foursome.
Carissa: Hot and funny, until she disrobed. Seems Eric sucked the life right out of her. She was so hot and toned last year and this year she's skin and bones. I like my faeries with a little more mean on them.
Jim: I was so bored I was noticing technical things about the scene, such as the light shining only on Sookie's eyes. I will agree with Eric that red is her color, though.
Where the heck was Pam this week?
Matt: Just reading at home. Maybe doing her nails. She glanced at the script and didn't want anything to do with such a dud of an episode.
Eric: Good question! I'm going to assume she was spending some time at her much-deserved vampire spa, getting her weekly treatment for her curse. Though at least it was somewhat comforting that without my hilarious Pam, Nan was there to mock young Jessica.
Carissa: I'm guessing she was filming scenes for The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Must be hard to juggle the life of a sex crazed teen and being a hot, sassy vampire.
Jim: Maybe she was still cleaning up wounded witches in the graveyard. But, more likely, off getting injections to help her skin maintain that glowing, non-rotting look.