Was this episode written by Shonda Rhimes? Because this week’s episode felt like a lot of emotional realizations without much actually happening. It wasnt overly sappy, but this episode felt so long. It was a true middle episode: we wrapped up the plotline from the first half of the season, and set up the plots for the second half. Unfortunately, the plot setups were a little weak. We have a whole bunch of scorned lovers, and we discover Bill is infected. No surprise there. I am eager to see what kind of torture Eric will rain down on Sarah.
Sookie returns to a home without Alcide. Lafayette is there, and puts her to bed. Sookie wakes nearly 24 hours later, and discovers that Lafayette and James have set out a huge buffet. They have scheduled a party to help ease Sookies loneliness and celebrate life. She goes along with it begrudgingly, and only after Bill shows up, painfully on time.
The whole town shows up, and the aforementioned soapy drama ensues. The important stuff:
All the interesting stuff is happening in Dallas. Willa shares what she knows about Sarah Newlins movements, but only on the condition that Eric release her. He does, and she spills about Sarahs sister, Amber Mills. And she doesnt even do porn! Amber wasnt abducted by vampires, never to be heard from again, like Sarah has been telling people. Amber, black sheep of the family, became a fang-banger right out of high school. Her boyfriend, Jeremy, changed her. Sarah was horrified and paid her sister off to stay in the coffin. Amber has Hep V, and watched Jeremy die of it. She wants to help Eric and Pam kill her sister.
Getting no help from Amber, Sarahs next move will be to find her parents, who are attending a Ted Cruz fundraiser. Eric and Pam will go undercover (what Pam calls being a Republi-cunt) and in what is possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen on True Blood, Eric wears a cowboy hat.
Sarah accosts mommy in the bathroom. Mom is not happy to see the daughter who shamed her, is less happy to see she died her hair brown, and is disgusted when Sarah explains she is a Buddhist. Mom seems to think that her daughter is positively deranged when she says she is being chased by the Yakuza – but then the Yakuza show up at the hotel and just fuck the place up. They come in, guns and swords blazing, and mow down everyone who crosses their path. Its like a Quentin Tarantino film. When Dad doesnt know where Sarah is, they shoot him. When they find Sarah and her mom running down a service hallway, they shoot mom without hesitation. Sarah keeps running – and runs right into Eric. He lifts her off the ground by the neck, then realizes the Yakuza are still there. He slices them to pieces with their own swords, then takes a few extra moments to rip the jaw off the main gangster. Now we get to look forward to whatever torture he plans to bring upon Sarah!
And in a final reveal that I think is supposed to be shocking (but isnt), Bill is in the early stages of Hep V.