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True Blood Recap: Season 4, Episode 2 ““ “You Smell Like Dinner”

There are two Sookie Stackhouses. One who still clings to the idea that she’s merely human, and the other who’s coming to grips with the fact that you are better than that.

The second episode of season 4 instantly ramps up the actual “storytelling” and dials back the “nausea inducing quick scene cuts,” which is an improvement all around. Plus it’s a pretty Eric-heavy episode, and if there’s one thing I know from reading the comments on these recaps, Persephone skews Eric-heavy.

We left, of course, on Eric’s ominous “you are mine” declaration. The tension is dialed back almost immediately. Eric’s purchase of the house was, of course, because he felt it gave him leverage (and access) to Sookie, though it’s pretty obvious that he didn’t think she’d fall gratefully into his arms like some romance novel cover girl. He knows how special she is and he knows that other vampires are going to start sniffing around after her. Now that she’s out from under Bill’s protection, Sookie is one vulnerable blood bag who “smells like freedom.” If she becomes Eric’s (which in this case covers a bit more than just being his girlfriend inside of vampire society), no one else will harm her. She’s not an ordinary girl any more. She can’t pretend to be much longer, as Eric points out in his quote at the beginning of the recap. I’ll let her answer stand on its own:

And what do you think’s gonna happen when I do come to grips with it? Do you think my legs are just gonna magically open for you?

If nothing else, it seems like Eric is going to be an attentive landlord, since this is a way for him to care for Sookie that she can’t do much about. He has her squeaky back door fixed and painted and gives her a shiny new microwave. Of course, he also stocks her fridge with a decanter of blood and builds himself an impressively fancy hideyhole in her spare room. But that’s the trade-off one has to make when one’s landlord is an undead Viking prince.

In the meantime, Tara shows up from New Orleans, looking just fu-hine. She seems happy and centered, completely the opposite of how she left Bon Temps. After Sookie takes off post-finding Eric’s surprises, Tara checks in on her cousin. Lala seems to have known more about what Tara has been up to than he let on to other people, since he references Tara’s girlfriend, and then drags her along to his Wicca power circle. Tara should just head back to New Orleans. Bon Temps is always bad news for her.


We see more of Sam’s new anger management shifter group. He’s sweet on one of the ladies, smooth in his game, and still annoyed with his brother. Tommy tracks him down to one of the meetings, whines about how he wants to be a real family, and introduces what will inevitably be some insufferable plot line.


Arlene introduces her baby to Sookie, who claims he’s an “old soul,” which just sets Arlene off into full blown hysterics. No one other than Terry seems to know that Mikey is really Rene’s baby ““ which Arlene is going to totally give away if she keeps acting like this. Also, the baby may or may not have exploded a blood vessel in Arlene’s eyeball. I will go with “actually exploded the vessel” since it’s Bon Temps.


The show has also decided to accelerate the Jason-as-werepanther plotline from the later books. Crystal and her meth-head boyfriend have returned to Hotshot ““ they’re the ones who arranged for Jason’s nap in the freezer. Crystal needs to produce new little panthers for the Hotshot community and Felton is shooting blanks, so clearly the obvious answer to this problem is to kidnap Jason and turn him into a werepanther to father a new, less inbred generation of kittens. Clearly. If you’re a methhead.

Bill gets plenty of screen time in this episode as well, except that most of it is managed through flashbacks. I can only hope that this is the last flashback-heavy episode. Its feeling pretty Forever Knight up in here. And you know what? These flashbacks don’t do anything to improve my opinion of Bill. What are we supposed to be doing with these nuggets of information? Let’s review:

  • Bill was hanging out in 1982 punk-era London. I can only assume this is the show’s sly little nod to everyone’s favorite punk vampire, Spike, because I flat-out refuse to believe anyone working in the modern vampire genre is ignorant of the Buffy franchise. It’s here that Nan Flanagan (who looks fabulous in her early ’80s power suit) recruits Bill to her cause of mainstreaming the vampire population. He’s recruited because he doesn’t kill his prey ““ he leaves them alive, because they don’t deserve to be tortured and killed just because they’re food. Except that we literally just saw him torturing his bartender meal ““ Bill is capable of glamouring the guy into acquiescence, but instead lets the guy struggle, terrified, while Bill feeds, and then wipes the memory of the event. This doesn’t make him a good guy, y’all. It just makes him slightly less of an asshole than, say, the vampire trio from the first season.

  • We find out that Bill didn’t kill or marry Sophie Anne to become King of Louisiana. Nan Flanagan and the Authority hired a human hit squad to take her out, but let Bill be the lure to get Sophie to a secure location. So Bill isn’t strong enough to be King of Louisiana by force, but he’s also not clever enough to have set up Sophie Anne on his own. He’s a big old straw puppet, sitting in his nicely appointed house.

  • And while this isn’t a flashback, this is a good enough time to discuss this scene as any other: Bill is fully dressed when Sookie walks into his bedroom to see whatshername putting her clothes back on. Bill has superhuman speed and knew Sookie was coming upstairs ““ he obviously let her find him with another woman to put the pokers to Sook, which is, you know, a total jerk move.

I’m gonna put this right out there, y’all. This is not going to be Bill’s season.

But at least he’s good for some plot. Bill summons Eric to the palace, tries to get him to give up the rights to Sookie’s house, and then sends him off to deal with the bird-raising coven. Someone in the group ““ probably Marnie ““ is a necromancer. They’re bad news for vampires, being dead and all, and no one wants a replay of the Inquisition. Eric deigns to go deal with the situation himself. He probably should have sent Pam, considering how it all goes down.

Eric deals with the coven in typical Eric fashion ““ he shows up, he makes fun of his lesser, and he offers them a deal. Not a negotiation, a deal. They break up, he doesn’t kill them. Lala suggests that the witches just do what he says. Marnie tries to pull a little witch fire power and the situation quickly escalates ““ Eric starts draining Marnie, Tara tries to stake him, and the coven closes their circle. Much like last time, once Lafayette joins in, the power level skyrockets. Marnie starts speaking in tongues and her face flickers ““ she’s either channeling someone else, or has a bit of glamour going on herself ““ and Eric’s face melts. He flees.

 Later, as Sookie is driving home from Fangtasia, she comes across Eric walking by the side of the road. He doesn’t seem to recognize her or much of anything, though he has the presence of mind to strip off his shirt. I assume that’s pure instinct. I mean, how can a man forget he’s contractually obligated to be mostly naked for most of the season? I can’t help but think of that episode of the Simpsons where Jimbo starts taking off his clothes — Eric hasn’t yet gotten to the ‘Man, now my pants are chafing me’ line.

He doesn’t know Sookie, but he does know that she smells awfully good.

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

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19 replies on “True Blood Recap: Season 4, Episode 2 ““ “You Smell Like Dinner””

And now, seriously. In the book, you could at least have come up with some sort of plausible explanation that he’s naked. Like, maybe he fought a bear or something on the way to Sook’s house. But in the show, we seem him run out of the meeting — in a shirt and a jacket! — and then just wandering down the road, sans shirt and jacket. What happened? I need to know!

Also, I appreciated that he was walking towards Sookie’s house. I thought that was a nice touch.

One thing that I found impressive was ASkars’ ability to transform from super sexy vampire to little lost puppy with the mere manipulation of some face muscles. Yes, his main job is to wander around in various states of undress, but the fact that he looks almost like a different person post-witch encounter makes me praise his ability as an actor.

I agree. I mean, I’ve been lusting after him since the moment I saw him with that short hair, but only in the past year or so of watching the show have I realized that he’s actually very talented. He takes after his Dad I suppose. I can’t wait to see him in some films – he has quite a few coming out this year, so I’m excited.

Actually, they more or less are that way. Because the books are filtered through Sookie’s perspective and she runs with a supernatural crowd, most of the people she meets does have some sort of tie to the otherworld.

But it works on two levels — 1, it tells us that the world isn’t as ‘normal’ as people think it is and 2, that the boundaries between those two states aren’t as solid as some might like.

Tara is not supernatural in the books, but book Tara and show Tara are completely different entities. And let’s not forget that Tara’s dabbled in the supernatural too! First season, with the exorcisms and second season, with the meanad.

The Jason-werepanther storyline is kind of a non-issue in the books. It comes up now and again, but because the series is POV of Sookie, we don’t see a lot of what’s going on over in Hotshot. It causes some tension between Jason and Sookie too — not because he’s a werepanther, but because he’s a selfish asshole.

I kind of liked him talking care of the old folks and the kids. I could do without Crystal.

I liked the pace of this episode except for the flashbacks. I thought they were overdone and unnecessary for the information that was gained. I had some trouble believing that Nan would be ok with Bill setting up Queen Sophie-Ann over Sookie but realize she had her own motives. I think that all the ladies loving cool Eric love him more after this episode and I hope his amnesia is temporary. Sookie is so distrustful of Eric yet she seeks help from Bill of all people.I think Arlene is right and that little baby is possessed! So many things were going through my mind during the panther scene that at first I thought he was going to have mate with her!

This episode made me weak in the knees, I’m embarassed to say. I’ve already watched it twice. Eric’s sweetness in the beginning, telling Sookie how he cares about her, fixing her door, and the line, “He built a cubby in my house” just slayed me. Oh, I love it. I love romantic Eric. *sigh* I’m a 30 year old fangirl, it’s pathetic. My ovaries exploded when he said he would see to it that her door got fixed.

The rest of the episode was fantastic, IMO. I didn’t see the Jason thing coming, and even though the plotline is kind of stupid, I’m just happy that they are going a direction with his character that doesn’t involve banging various hot women. At least he’ll be something cool now.

I didn’t understand why Sookie would want to automatically stake Eric in that scene. She doesn’t know Marnie or any of the rest of the coven and it would seem to me that she’d be just as suspicious of them as she is of the vamps. Lala wasn’t in any real danger, so it just seemed weird to me that she’d try to stake Eric. But then, she seems to have a pretty heavy hatred for any vampire dude who expresses interest in Sookie. I wonder if her girlfriend is going to have a bigger presence on the show.

Eric with amnesia…oh, I knew it was gonna happen cause some of the folks who’ve read the books spoiled it for me, but I was still SO PISSED. DAMMIT! I am 12, but I was just devastated – why can’t Sookie and Eric just bone already and be in love forever + ever?

I love Bill as an asshole. He is so sexy when he’s not a blithering pile of simpering B.S. I love him when he’s a dick. And I loved hearing his real accent in the scene with Callum the bartender (loved that they used that name, cause that’s my son’s name).

The first two episodes have made me more adamant that I have to buy these books. I’m gonna bid on a set on Ebay when I get my next paycheck.

I was thinking the same exact thing about Tara during that scene. It didn’t seem to make sense to me that she would react that way especially knowing how fast and dangerous vampires are. Just because you have been in a few cage fights doesn’t mean you can take on Eric.

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