True Blood Review: Sam I Am

at . Comments

Just when you think you know someone...

A war is coming to True Blood and this was the week of choosing sides. "Somebody That I Used to Know" delivered on multiple fronts with riveting developments in several story lines. 

Stackhouse Search Party

I'm going to start with Lafayette because I feel like I haven't given the poor guy his due lately. He has been through so much, what with losing the love of his life and having his mouth sewn shut... and then people still go knocking on his door to do that voodoo that he reluctantly does so well.

His line about being out of the help business to Arlene and Holly was easily one of my favorite True Blood quotes of the week and the scene where Jesus appeared in the car seat next to him tugged at my heart strings. Are you real? Does it really matter? Hookah no, I was just pleased to see him get a moment of happiness before he had to start swallowing spirits again. I sure as hell hope he got to take that small chronic break too. 

We've seen all kinds of relationships on this show, but Sam leaning in to kiss, well, himself was a first. I'm glad a smooch on the forehead was all it took to shift Luna back. How amazing, however, was that whole scene when she walked out her hospital room looking like Sam, sassed Officer Doofy and stole some guy's Free Moustache Rides sweatshirt?

When Sam, Luna and Andy showed up to find Jessica alone in the hate group's home, am I right that they weren't alerted to the place's whereabouts by Hoyt? I think Sam got the location from the guy in custody after he went Cobra Commander on him. The woman Luna smelled in the house where Jess was held had to be the large lady friend of former Sheriff Bud who last week let him know the hot tub was just the way he likes it. This would confirm the theory that the former peace officer is behind the hate mongerers.

While Hoyt did the right thing in the end, I don't think anyone was really worried about him shooting Jessica. I liked her admission to him about how she prayed her love would come back, but it just didn't. Was it mere coincidence that Jason also made a reference to love when he was listing the reasons why Sookie shouldn't give up her powers?

Simple Stackhouse has really been dishing the wisdom lately. All the reason he gave his sister were valid, although having to listen to someone thinking about sucking your toes would get annoying after awhile. 

Pam and Tara

I had hoped this week would lend some more clarity as to who the vampire on the bridge was. The abnormal fact that Sookie could connect with him had me thinking it had to be Eric or Bill since she has tasted their blood, but then we heard the name "Warlo" from Claudine. Could that be some old handle Bill or Eric used to go by or was it short for warlock and we are looking at an entirely new badass vampire on the block? 

Elsewhere, Tara and Pam's relationship continues to get better and better with each scene to which we are treated. Loved Pam's line about her angry and happy face being one in the same.

I didn't have any delusions about Alcide beating J.D. but I had hoped for a little better fight. Shouldn't they have fought as wolves? The love scene between handsome Herveaux and Rikki, though, was all that and then some. I'll wager that hard drives all over the world are working overtime tonight as gif-image after gif-image of that righteous romp are being created. 

I still am on the fence as to if Bill has fully swallowed the Authority's kool-aid or still has some angle he is working. I felt for Eric as he had to ultimately take Nora insulting their Maker like she did. The MVP of the night, though, had to go to Russell who just continues each week to drop memorable line after memorable line.

He didn't seem all that wrapped up in the global purge of the coexistence movement did he? He served his purpose, got what he wanted and tonight seemed more concerned with making Steve his new Talbot.

I started off this week mentioning the idea of choosing sides. When it comes to us the fans, I'm still surprised by those of you who are finding this season to be a disappointment. It is your right of course, but I want to hear why from those of you whose thirst for blood has gone unquenched and of course I hope to hear from those of you who - like myself - thought this was yet another great Sunday night of crazy television.


Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
  • 5.0 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (116 Votes)

PS the other thing I was thinking about was the fact that in the book Sookie's parents were killed by rival fae. So, is the figure an evil fairy? Claudette knew his name, if he was a vamp why didn't she kill him...lots to think about. Someone please get rid of the baby eating vamp!


Of course sanctimonious, pontificating, "here I come to save the day", hero Bill always has a plan. AB and company really never surprises where Bill is concerned. I am probably the only woman in the world who finds Alcide simply annoying. Neanderthal Men are definitely not my type. And why is someone who is so big and buff always losing fights? So glad to have the old Lafayette back this week. Sam I have always liked and he plays himself great. As much as I like Russel, his over the top personality is wearing rather thin, but enjoying him and Steve's little asides. I'm really not loving the fact that supposedly a vampire killed Sookie and Jason's parents, I'm just hoping it turns out that he was at least part fae. Over all it was a fairly decent episode, just wish somewhere in the future they would pull the storylines together into one cohesive show.


first off i would like to say i liked this episode better then last week which was bit of a bore to me. lafayette had some great moments and lines this time and i was like "he's baaack". luna as sam was hilarious and awkard. why does she walk so dainty as sam but not as herself? lol. i thought the wolf combat was going to be a regular beat down but a hunt? through me for a loop. shocked and disappointed that alcide lost, with that old guy being on v or not alcide should have won. i have some theories as to the mysteries of this season. i think bill is playing everyone to save his hide and eric better jump on the bandwagon. i doubt his sister can protect him for long if he keeps showing his distaste of what's going on. i so thought they were going to kill eric when he retired for the evening while everyone continued their celebration. the guys are out gunned and out numbered so until they can escape they need to just play along and bill has figured this out quick. i think the vampire who killed sookie's parents is Russell and have thought so since they introduced that plotline. i think the fat woman that luna and sam smelt was hoyt's mom or some other character we have been introduced to proper. still no idea who this dragon person is as we have no information other then its a he but do they know that its a man or do they just THINK the dragon is a man? this season is still not as good as season 2 or 4. season one was boring to me after the first watch but i have since come to like/love. i'm comic reader so human villains just dont sway well with me and to me true blood is suppose to be sookie's story so she should be the heroine but she keeps running to some man for help despite all this power she has. grow a pair sook.


want more jason and jessica


Alot of people on facebook have been wondering about the Vampire who killed
Sookie/Jason's parents~ could he have been a Fairy who was Turned Vampire.?
Claudine knew the Vampire's name~"Wardlow"
And she told him "Leave the Child alone"~it's like she knew the Vampire.
Some people on the TrueBlood wiki think that it could be the Vampire in the
Authority who's face is messed up~ Nigel???
Nigel or Russell Edgeington make the most sense to be the Vampire who killed
Sookie's parents~ but I'm still not truely beleiving a Vampire killed them. I'm still thinking it's a Fae~ like it was in the books and this is just
Alan Ball's trying to stir up the fans??? As for the rest of last night's episode I totally Loved it!!!
Love Tara telling off her former highschool nemisis that's she nothing more
than a "Miss Goody too shoes~ hey I even slept with your boyfriend!
That had to sting~ then the B*tch ends up as dinner for Tara thanks to Pam!. Knew that Hoyt still loves Jessica!!!


(continued)... that really affected him, his care for Sookie, and he certainly in the past X years hasn't killed humans indiscriminately. Feeding on them & letting them live (a light snack, like the bigot chick) vs draining the life out of a child are two VERY different things. Anyone else want to vomit at "Lillith wants me to eat a baby". A little dig at pedophiles in organized religions, perhaps? Ugh. Hope they don't show that scene!


I definitely felt that as soon as Sookie was able to connect to the Vampire, it wasn't a regular Vampire. Even before this episode, my husband and I wondered if perhaps there could be some common ancestor to Fae and Vampire. The theory that a halfling like Sookie was turned to a Vamp makes a lot more sense. As soon as she connected, I had a pit in my stomach realizing that they probably "knew". And I don't know why... but I don't think it was Sookie's bandaid. I think it was Jason's. All the playing up of how "un-special" he is, to me, is just setting the stage for how dramatically special he actually must be but it hasn't manifested yet. I think I recall a fairy saying something to that effect too but can't recall. Maybe it's not the bandaid... but SOMETHING is off about that. Bill definitely has an end game. A terrorist plot definitely would make a war! I get why Eric would feel differently - remember the scene on the roof with Godric... that really affected him, his care for Sookie, and he certainly in the past X years hasn't killed humans indiscriminately. Feeding on them & letting them live (a light snack, like the bigot chick) vs draining the life out of a child are two VERY different things. Anyone else want to vomit at "Lillith wants me to eat a baby". A little dig at pedophiles in organized religions, perhaps? Ugh. Hope they don't show that scene!


@Nikita: I'm with you on how the Authority seems small. I think we're just seeing the limitations of a TV show's time/budget. Yeah, it wouldn't seem like just the death of Roman would be enough to turn the entire Authority over. You'd think they'd have to purge many of the current kings/queens, magistrates, sheriffs, etc... ...and you'd imagine there would be an internal "civil war" in the Authority (of course maybe Russel is threat enough).


Isn't Anna pregnant? Maybe that's why they've cut back on Sookie's screentime. Maybe she needed/wanted less screentime.

C f ohara

@Doe-Rae-Me great point about the vampire possibly being formerly fae. I think you are onto something.

Tags: ,

True Blood Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

Sookie: Jason are you ok?
Jason: I'm fine you got me in the head.

Bill: We were in the presence of God.
Eric: We were high as fuc-ing kites.