True Blood Review: Sam I Am

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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.

Somebody That I Used to Know Review

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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.