'True Blood' recap, 'Death is Not the End'

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July 14, 2014|By Lauren McEwen | For The Baltimore Sun

With the sudden reappearance of Sarah Newlin last week, I'd started to think that this season might not make me furious.

Then Alcide became a casualty of one of the stupidest plans ever hatched by Sookie. Not only did I lose ANOTHER of my HBO crushes, but also I have the possibility of Sookie and Bill reuniting looming over my head. But more on that later.

The Stackhouses spread some misery Sookie gives Jackson the news about Alcide, while Jason calls Hoyt (!) in Alaska to tell him about his mother’s death. Since Jess glamoured away Hoyt’s memories of them, Jason has to pretend they never knew each other. The façade cracks when Hoyt starts to blame his mom's death on his leaving Bon Temps, with Jason calling Hoyt “Bubba” and Maxine “Big Max.” Poor Jason.

Pam and Eric are back in town, almost My favorite TB duo flies toward Baton Rouge to question a Senator Finch about Sarah Newlin’s whereabouts. Eric wants to change course and head toward Shreveport to pick up Willa, but Pam reminds him that he abandoned her. Eric insists on seeing his progeny before he dies, which tips off the flight attendant off whom he’d just been feeding. He glibly informs her that she’s now a carrier of Hep-V and she freaks because flight attendants on a vampire-friendly airline get fired if they can’t double as snacks. Jerk move, Eric.

Shreveport, 1986 This trip down memory lane is a classic example of why vampire-show flashbacks can be problematic: the cast ages, even if their characters don’t. They meet the Magister (the weaselly man who forced Bill to turn Jess in season 1), who sentences them for their crimes in France. They will run a small business in Shreveport (which smells of “piss, sperm and bad hair dye,” apparently): a cheesy video store.

Pam’s disgusted gasp when the Magister turned on the lights was the best. But wait! There’s more. The video store boasts the largest collection of adult films in the state. (Eric: “Leave it to humans to make sex this depressing.”) Behind one of the vents is a tunnel that was used by the Underground Railroad, which will undoubtedly become relevant soon.

Eric will also become Sheriff of Area 5, just so the Authority can keep an eye on him. They’ll also be spying on him night and day, with help from the Yakanomo Corporation and their gangster friends.

Sookie checks in on Arlene’s kids Sookie tells Lisa and Coby that their mom is tough, loves them dearly and is fighting to get back to them. It’s up to them to find her. Problem is, the only person who has a clue as to where Arlene and the others are is Holly, who was glamoured by the H-Vamps. Sookie promises to get their mom back by helping Holly remember, using her telepathy.

A less-than-cooperative Andy finally lets Sookie in to see Holly, who doesn’t remember anything that happened after the mixer and before she ran into Sookie and Co. at the creek. Covered in bite marks, Holly’s afraid to have Sookie jump-start her memory, but she does it for Arlene and Nicole. After a few painful minutes, Sookie’s able to get Holly to remember that the rest of the kidnapped are in Fangtasia’s basement.

Sam’s finally losing it Now that he knows where Nicole is, Sam tries to take off for Fangtasia, with Jason in tow. Even Jason Stackhouse can see that that’s a stupid idea (they need to wait until dark to get help from healthy vamps), so he holds Sam at gunpoint, demanding he turn around. Sam caves fairly easily, because he’s Sam. They set off to tell Kevin’s awful girlfriend, Rosie, about his death.

Jess and her bullet wound James tells her that she isn’t healing because she won’t eat. Frustrated, he fetches Bill to either guilt or command Jess to eat, because it has been 10 weeks. Jess claims it isn’t because of Adilyn’s sisters, since she and Adilyn made amends. Bill’s anger, about Jess protecting Adilyn without being fed in exchange, is temporarily interrupted by the arrival of Sookie. When she hears what’s happening, she volunteers her own blood.

Jess reminds her Jess kind-of goes crazy when she drinks fairy blood, but Sookie trusts her and doesn’t care why Jess isn’t eating. She just needs Jess to tighten up and help them rescue Arlene and the others. Since Jess won’t drink from her, she tells James to call Lafayette.

Pre-Fangtasia ‘96 Ginger (!) and Pam meet for the first time when the former comes into the video store looking for “The Fearless Vampire Killers,” David Cronenberg’s “Rabid,” and Guillermo del Toro’s “Cronos.” (Now I know what I’ll be watching this weekend.)

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