Last week, we learned a bit more about the werewolves of Mississippi and were introduced to the vampire for whom they did their dirty work – the Vampire King of Mississippi himself, Russell. Russell had offered Bill a job as sheriff, but his offer wasn’t without ulterior motives. Lorena made her return, and Eric made it perfectly clear that he wants to be more than friends with Sookie. This week, we learn more about Bill, get to know the mysterious Franklin a bit better, and find out what happened to Jessica’s missing trucker corpse.
Keep reading for the full review. As always, spoilers ahead.
When last week’s episode ended, Eric was about to square off with a werewolf just as Sookie fired a gun in the wolf’s direction. We’re treated to some Matrix-y bullet time effects and Eric jumps in the path of the bullet, taking the shot right to his chest so that the werewolf will remain alive and thus be open to interrogation. The werewolf, like Jason in Season 1, has got a real hard-on for V and, losing control, morphs back into human form before drinking as much of Eric’s blood as possible. Sookie is able to hear “Jackson” in the wolf’s thoughts – as in, Jackson Mississippi – and Eric doesn’t have too much trouble killing his opponent. Despite Eric’s warnings and awesome line (“I’ve got your rug all wet”), Sookie is determined to set off for Mississippi and find Bill.
Eric and Sookie soon go their separate ways. Eric goes to Lafayette with a pretty sweet gift – a sick Bentley convertible – and asks Lafayette to continue moving V for him. Lafayette is hesitant, but he also realizes how much money he can make. I’m hoping that Lafayette does indeed keep selling for Eric – why wouldn’t he, really? – and it’s always great to see these two on screen together. As much as Eric despises humans, he seems to have a certain level of respect for Lafayette, a guy who has remained strong and productive despite having no family save for a crazy cousin (Tara) and being subjected to racist homophobes on a daily basis. I’m guessing that in the future, the relationship between Eric and Lafayette will be more than just business.
vampire werewolf named Alcide shows up at Sookie’s house to escort her to Mississippi. It turns out he owed Eric for a loan and this was his method of repayment. Alcide’s got his own drama going on – something about his ex getting engaged to the werewolf leader of Jackson (is that my man Coot?) -but still takes Sookie to a werewolf bar in Jackson so that she can read thoughts and look for leads on Bill’s whereabouts. It seems as though Sookie was destined to end up in Jackson, as it’s clear that Russell, Franklin, and who knows who else have been looking for her, but her love for Bill has her traveling there voluntarily.
Speaking of Bill, he’s still at Russell’s mansion in Mississippi, and he eventually accepts the King’s offer of making him a sheriff. Through a flashback, we learn that Bill did indeed try to reconnect with his family, only to find that his son was dead and his wife saw him as a monster. He was heartbroken, of course, but he learned that Lorena was right: the only way for a vampire to show his love for a human is to leave them forever; the alternative is too cruel and painful. And oh yeah – that reminds me – I was right about Bill torching Lorena. It wasn’t a dream, it really happened…and I don’t know why some of you thought it was a dream. In any event, Lorena healed perfectly and looked good as new. Well, until the end of this episode when Bill did his best to deliver the hate f*ck to end all hate f*cks. That was some freaky sh*t right there.
Anyhow, Bill’s new position is probably not going to sit well with Sookie, and that’s without a doubt going to be the window of opportunity Eric needs to seal the deal with her.
We didn’t learn too much more about Sam aside from the fact that his dad and brother are a couple of douchebags. Jason is still haunted by his killing of Eggs, so much so that he couldn’t concentrate on his police exam. Always the comic relief, I loved when Jason brilliantly explained to Hoyt that he didn’t need to know the answers to the practice exam since, as it was just a practice exam, those questions wouldn’t be on the real thing. Hoyt, too, was distracted – he’s still got Jessica on his mind.
After Franklin showed Tara the meaning transcendental sex, he continued his quest to find Sookie by showing up at Jessica’/Bill’s house. Nice that the show addressed the issue of being invited in; if Franklin hadn’t stated that the rule doesn’t apply to vampire home, I would have called it an inconsistency. But oh, a vampire can glamour his or her way into a human’s home? That doesn’t really seem fair and kind of defeats the purpose of the rule, doesn’t it? Oh well. Anyhow, Franklin presents Jessica with the head of her missing trucker (so that’s where he went!) and asks Jessica to tell him everything she knows about Bill. Scared, Jessica does just that.
What is Franklin’s deal? Obviously, he’s trying to find Sookie, but who is he working for? Russell is sending werewolves for the job; would he send a vampire, too? Was Franklin the one we saw last episode going through drawers and finding Sookie’s family tree? Any theories?
Finally, Arlene told Terry that she was pregnant, and if you didn’t already root for Terry, you kind of have to now based on his over-joyous reaction. It’s just a shame that the kid isn’t his.
So, what did you guys think? Does Franklin have a connection to Russell? Is Coot the one who is marrying Alcide’s ex? Were you as freaked out as I was by Bill’s hate sex with Lorena? Or better, how great was it to find out that Pam – who was looking smokin’, by the way – has a very special talent?