TRUE BLOOD: 4.03 “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”
Jess takes a mid-week look at episode 3 – faeries and fangers and panthers, oh my.
Eric has forgotten who he is. It’s the ultimate amnesia: forgetting thousands of years of who you are and what you have done. For the normal human being, it’s tragic. For the vampire (Eric in particular), it’s devastating. Let’s not forget that forgetting who Sookie is (I almost fell off the couch from laughter when he called her Snooki) means forgetting what she is.
So, with Eric reduced to a wide-eyed, towheaded boy walking alone on the side of the road, we can assume that the spirit Marnie conjured (and later tries to summon again by offering her own blood), means business. Sookie picks him up on the side of the road, and, after setting down a few ground rules (no biting), takes him home. Opportunity arises when she realizes he doesn’t know that the house is his– and then is quickly dashed when Sookie calls Pam to the scene. Fearing that Bill set Eric up for this, Pam begs Sookie to keep Eric’s whereabouts a secret until his memory can be restored.
Back at the MoonGoddess Emporium, the witches are angry that a vampire tried to keep them from their religion, and vow revenge. Lafayette, despite his justified fear of Eric, decides to pay a visit to Fangtasia’s to set things right. An unforgiving Pam throws him in the basement dungeon, until Tara and Jesús save the day with a gun full of wooden bullets. They strike a deal: they have 24 hours to capture and bring Marnie to Fangtasia’s so that she can reverse the curse on Eric.
For the ladies awaiting Alcide’s return, you got your wish. Now, what do you think about his reconciliation with Debbie? You have to admit, you had to feel bad for him last season as he watched Debbie, the love of his life, downward spiral into the life of a degenerate V addict. She’s now cleaned up her act (I wasn’t expecting that, honestly) and they’re living together in Shreveport. But he clearly still has feelings for Sookie, who shows up on his doorstep to ask him to take care of Eric. Sookie seems to be on the same page, until Debbie homemaker appears. Not one to usually ask favors anyway, Sookie hits the road.
In this episode’s Completely Disturbing Scene, Crystal slips Jason Mexican Viagra, and essentially rapes him while her female sister-cousins watch. There’s one who takes a keen interest in the event, and you can just see the wheels turning as she watches. She’s going to be next. Another critic on the couch next to me now begs to differ, and thinks that everyone’s going to get a turn. On HBO.com’s “Inside the Episode”, David Petrarca and Alan Ball discuss this hot mess as Jason’s ‘comeuppance’. In other words, a man who once prided himself on his “sexual prowess” is now being objectified. That’s certainly one take on it; it’s one that surprised me a bit. Jason did indeed work his way around the beds of Bon Temps, but never against anyone’s will. As of late, he’s turned over a new leaf, so why a season FOUR ‘comeuppance’?
Sam and Tommy’s on-again-off-again not-so-brotherly relationship takes a turn for the off-again when Tommy intercepts a lucrative offer intended for Mrs. Fortenberry. He does nothing more so far than prove himself ever the scumbag. I have to admit, I have little patience for Tommy. Every character has their flaw (or a collection of them), but it’s hard to find anything redeeming about him.
Which leads me to Jessica. Bill counsels her to be honest with Hoyt, advice that she heeds, with predictable results. Hoyt is hurt, Hoyt is angry. And Hoyt is still in love, after Jessica glamours him into forgetting that everything happened. How often will she use this vampire trick to meet her needs and keep her relationship with Hoyt? It’s one thing to consistently screw up, apologize, repeat. But this – this is just innocently evil.
Because we begin with Eric and Sookie in a mother-son dynamic, it’s only fitting that we end with a sheepish Eric and indignant Sookie. (Anyone else notice that Sookie’s reading a Charlaine Harris book?) Claudine shows up to again try to take Sookie back to her “family”, refuting Sookie’s claims that she’s never been a good faery godmother. It was Claudine that awakened the light in her. Sookie, ever the optimist, reflects for a moment, but still doesn’t buy it. Claudine’s last words, “Vampires would kill me, and trust me, they would kill you too” is proven when Eric tackles her and drains her dry. Oops. Now what?