- Seriously, Bill Compton? YOU, of all people, did not teach your daughter what fairies smell like? FAIL Maker. I'm beginning to understand Eric's distaste for him, especially given how seriously we see he takes his progeny. Although it's interesting that Jessica never smelled Sookie that way before. Possibly the whole thing is based on sexual attractiveness? Although, this is also a bit weird because not every vamp has come unhinged from smelling Sookie. And then it gets weird when we recall that Barry was around vampires as part of a previous JOB and he kept his abilities secret. How did he do that if he sets off that kind of reaction?
- Hoyt in black eyeliner! WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW DEEPLY PERFECT AND HILARIOUS THIS IS. This is exactly how I would imagine Hoyt would figure "cool badasses" dress up.
- Pam's backstory is..... surprisingly appropriate to her character? I guess I'm still confused whenever we get entire storylines that are trashily hilarious. The Pam of the flashbacks seemed to integrate seamlessly with the Pam of the modern-day - it's just her given absolute power over her surroundings. Especially the part where we see how she's ALWAYS been cripplingly anxious and learned to cover it up with brass balls and acid wit. Now, she's had no real reason to be anxious the last century or so, but it's still a part of her.
(Sidenote - Lorena's accent was not the "Ah am DRAYMATIC!" accent she usually used in previous episodes and passed on to her offspring. It was downright reasonable and subdued.
- We've seen this several times in the past, but Bill looking TINY next to Eric will just never be not funny. Bill and Eric's first meeting was, again, very much in line with the status quo between them at the beginning of season 1.
- "Think about her tits, think about her tits, anything but the walk-in... DAMMIT!" - is this a show metaphor? Although, on a more serious note, Sookie and Sam's conversation felt very.... inorganic. Maybe because serious plots with them together were pretty much dropped around season 2, but the two feel like they've been in seperate worlds for long enough now that they just don't do that sort of casual trust and conversation. Also, the show pretending Sookie still works is always a reminder of how little it cares for some forms of continuity.
- Though the Tara plot was mostly stalled this episode, I found Tara's plea to Sam of "I'm.... hungry" to be heartbreaking. Excellent line delivery. For all the faults of how Tara has been written, her actress is of True Blood caliber without a doubt.
- Meanwhile, there was some moral ambiguity on the Sookie front - through her conversation with Alcide! Her sort of desperate insistance to see if Alcide was going to "tell" on her really drove home that Sookie feels that she did something terrible - something shameful. She even lost her customary moral indignation that she usually reserves for those who dare cross or criticize the Magical Good Super Snatch Fairy Of Bon Temp. And Alcide, too, knows perfectly well that whatever Sookie's motives, Debbie was a walking time bomb - he warned her of as much. Food for thought on that little scene.
- I.... am not buying this "raped and became promiscuous" backstory of Jason's. It's not that the idea is impossible - it's that we have just never seen him act in a way consistent with this. He's always just treated sex as this marvelous toy that he wants to play with as much as possible. That's not consistent with a guy sleeping around just for self-worth. Oh, I suppose it could be, but it just doesn't make the same sort of "of COURSE" sense that we get from Pam's backstory this season or Bill's backstory last season. TWOP's Jacob has suggested that this is an attempt to apologize to viewers for the "hurr, rape is deserved if it happens to a MALE SLUT" thing last year. I'm not so sure about that one. His scene with Jessica being more of a human being than most REAL humans on this show, however, is my favorite of the episode. Jessica may be a spoiled Daddy's girl babyvamp, but she's still capable of empathy when she chooses.
- Nora redeems herself by outing herself as a religious fanatic who was using Bill and Eric for her own ends. Now this is MUCH better than "incest Eric sister with an ATTITUDE!" thing she had going on in ep 1.