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True Blood Round Table: "Let's Boot and Rally"

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The search for Russell Edgington is over. Now will the real fun begin on True Blood?

Sunday's "Let's Boot and Rally" featured Sookie doing both the former and the latter, leading her three men in pursuit of The Authority's prime target. What were the main takeaways from the episode for Round Table panelists Matt Richenthal, Chris O'Hara, Leigh Raines, Jim Garner and Liz Henderson from True-Blood.net.

Read on. Find out. Chime in...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Sookie rarely received any funny material, so I'll hand it to her for her horror movie speech. It made me laugh and it fit in with the ridiculousness of the moment.

Chris: When Jessica talked to Tara while she tended bar at Fangtasia. I'm really enjoying this season's dedication to giving us a more in-depth look into the lives of these vampires, from the intense relationship between maker and progeny to the period of feeling alone and confused when one is first turned, as discussed by our two fanged femmes this week.

Leigh: I hate to be a copycat, but that scene between Jessica and Tara really was the best. Tara is scared and Jessica is the only other person she knows who can relate to her. I'm glad Jess reached out and told her all the good parts of being this thing that Tara so violently hated for years.

Liz: When Sookie took over the search party at the asylum while Eric and Bill wanted to dismiss her. I love watching Sookie become a strong female character this season.

Jim: Sookie's near hysterical laughing as she realized that THIS is her life, ending with: "A 3,000-year old vampire wants to drink my blood. MUST BE THURSDAY."

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Pick a side in their fight: Tara or Jessica?
Matt: Jessica all the way. For starters, Tara sucks. And, well... can that just be the end of my argument? Seriously, of all the fang bangers at the bar, why choose your new pal's recent ex?!?

Leigh: Jessica obviously. She had just extended an olive branch to Tara and Tara goes and feeds on her ex boyfriend? Not cool.

Chris: I have to go with Jessica. My series long crush aside, she has age and experience as a vampire on her side, and has tangled with other fangers before. Throw in her history with Hoyt and you have a recipe for some serious ferocity. Tara could lean on her brief MMA career... but in the end Big Red will prevail.

Liz: Jessica. She's older and needs to teach Tara the rules: Don't feed off your friends.

Jim: Jessica all the way! While she is wrong to be possessive of Hoyt while boinking Jason, she is the older, more experienced vamp!

So, Sookie and Alcide did NOT complete the deed: Happy or disappointed?
Matt: I gotta feel for Alcide on this one. Guys, who among us has NOT gotten a fairy drunk on 16 types of alcohol, only for her to vomit on our shoes and her previous, undead lovers to arrive at the door simultaneously to mock our efforts? It's embarrassing every time.

Leigh: Would I have liked to see more of Joe Manganiello? Yes. But who wants the first time sex they've been "waiting for" to be when you are dizzyingly drunk? That's the kind of thing for which they should both be present and non-vomitting.

Chris: While Alcide definitely deserved a good roll in the hay with Sookie, the hilarious manner in which their hook up session was brought to a halt gave all new meaning to the term coitus interruptus. Eric's deadpan line which followed, about how Alcide really knew how to treat a lady, was one of my favorites of the episode. 

Liz: I'm good with it either way. I didn't really have an opinion except that if it did happen I think Sookie would have been unhappy with herself in the morning.

Jim: Neutral on the deed, but I have to imagine with his canine nose her puking on his shoes was a major mood killer.

More disturbing scene: the burning of the bodies in Iraq, Jason in He-Man pajamas or Andy's bare backside?
Matt: Disturbing?!? Jason was flat out adorable! I almost walked up to my TV screen and tried to squeeze his cheeks. I had no similar desire to go near Andy's cheeks, however, as those (really) bad boys get this nod even over the scary sight of burned bodies.

Leigh: The Iraq scene was disturbing for sure. I feel like you can't even compare these three. Andy's ass is just an ass. Jason's pajamas were phenomenal and I loved that. The Iraq scene was a little too real for my taste (minus the smoke monster.) True Blood is an escape from reality and the war scenes were definitely not.

Chris: The Iraq scene was very disturbing, but it did produce the newest member of the Supes in the form of the Ilfrit, which was a bonus. I was so happy to see the Smoke Monster got another acting gig after the conclusion of Lost. Jason's He-Man PJ's were amazing. I sort of wished Andy had been wearing some - or anything - for that matter. He needs to start using the long arm of the law to grab some boxers at night before passing out on the couch.

Liz: Burning bodies. That was horrific.

Jim: Seriously? Those are our choices?!? One was a violation of human decency and the other happened in Iraq! Not a fair comparison really.

Is there another traitor within The Authority?
Matt: Yes, her name is Salome.

Leigh: Oh, there is TOTALLY another traitor within the authority. I don't trust Salome as far as I can throw her. I would also bet she's not the only one. Anyone think we might meet the infamous Lilith?

Chris: Bill made a great point when he forcibly asked Eric why Nora was still alive. Roman seems to be hiding something. While I don't think he is a "traitor," I think he knowingly turned a blind eye at some point to the Sanguinistas to perhaps garner support for his platform. Reminds me of the Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory, which contends the government was aware of a possible threat prior to the attack on December 7, 1941, but did nothing so it would have something to rally public support for entering into the war. 

Liz: Yes, and I also name Salome.

Jim: Of course there is. They just the cleaned up the mess and we aren't to the end of the season yet. I'm also betting on Salome.

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@Special-K while I also remember the no turning kids rule from Interview w/ a Vampire, I also think I remember them saying something on TB as well. From the sound of it, Drew was a pretty old and decorated vampire so perhaps he was turned in a time before such rules were made or perhaps his maker was a rogue. Either way he's vampire soup like Talbot now.

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@San and @Citii so glad you liked the smoke monster line. Made my day to read your comments. How about poor Doug? I thought he was a werewolf in the beginning but turned out he's just a 9-5 grunt for Alcide's company. Hope he gets paid some overtime, but I have a feeling he'll never expereicne NYC, pee smell and all. Also how about Jason and Andy going all CSI at the shifter murder scene? How in the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks did Andy know those tire marks left behind were BF Goodrich Radials? That was some Marisa Tomei/Mona Lisa Vito sh-t right there. Straight out of My Cousin Vinny. Loved how Jason told Sam he was sorry about his friends. Two of my favorite lines while rather insignificant were "DREW IS GOO!" and "FATTIES FIRST!"

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"I was so happy to see the Smoke Monster got another acting gig after the conclusion of Lost." - Awesome call Chris! It's also nice of ABC to sign him over to another network!

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But how would they even know about shifters? In the books the existence of shifters is revealed, that's not the case here. Other supernaturals would smell it on the other hand, lots of ground for speculation, I'm curious where this is going.
Weren't the guys who shoot the Vampire feeding of Hoyt (who seems to have a serious death wish) driving the same van that we saw briefly when Sam and Luna got shot? It appeares Hoyt is joining them, disappointed by Jessica putting him off for the second time.

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"Not only that, I don't agree with Jessica getting mad like that." Jessica is not getting mad, she is saving Hoyt. If you listen closely Hoyt says "Tara, please" and the way he slides down to the floor makes it obvious Tara went too far and drained him too much. I think Andy and Jason were both naked because the fairies took their clothes to hide their own scent, any Vampire coming across Jason (who has a Vampire girlfriend, wich was noticed by the blonde fairy) would smell it and become curious. @Special_K : do you remember when that was said? I only recall that being stated in "Interview with a Vampire". And yes, Luna's going to survive, she's in some spoilers for the episodes ahead.
I was wondering about the shootings, it's in the books but as we know the series doesn't necessarily stick to the source material. I especially wondered about the ammunition, it was the same Nan's storm-troopers used to kill Sophie-Ann. That seems to be a too specific detail to be a coincidence, maybe former employees going rogue? But how would they even know about shifters? In the books the existence of shifters is revealed, that's not the case here. Other supernaturals would smell it on the other hand, lots of ground for speculation, I'm curious where this is going.
Weren't the guys who shoot the Vampire feeding of Hoyt (who seems to have a serious death wish) driving the same van that we saw briefly when Sam and Luna got shot? It appeares Hoyt is joining them, disappointed by Jessica putting him off for the second time.

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Does anyone think Luna will survive the shooting? Sam will because he is Sam; he has to!
I just can't see them killing off Luna like that, I think she will survive and her bond with Sam will grow stronger as they and maybe the Shereveport (i spelt it wrong I know! Mental block!) Pack and others hunt the shooters. Any thoughts on the shootings?
Also in the previews they show a vamp getting shot while feeding on Hoyt...they wont kill Jess (too hot to kill off) but any thoughts on that?

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stellar point about Russell's recuperation meal- so gross! Poor Doug, they should've given him a sedative for that trip.

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If we DO meet Lilith, it has to be Monica Belluci. I think she would be perfect.

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OMG I just love True blood,in every episode something interesting is happening not like in other tv shows where nothing is going on.

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Guys, Andy wasn't naked by choice. That's how he ended up after the fairies blasted him with their microwave fingers. And personally, I think Chris Bauer has a very nice butt. Also Hoyt broke up with Jessica and tossed her out of her own home before she slept with Jason, so she doesn't owe him squat. Whoever is calling her a whore needs to check his attitude.