Episode Title: "We'll Meet Again"
Writer: Alexander Woo
Director: Romeo Tirone
Previously on "True Blood":
In a tanning salon, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) attempts to burn herself to death with UV rays before Pam (Kristin Bauer) intervenes and uses her status as Tara's maker to compel her to refrain from any future suicide attempts. Outside of Merlotte's, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) is livid that Sookie Stackhouse ( Anna Paquin) told Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) the truth about what happened to Debbie Pelt and he condemns her as the angel of death for her friends. In private, Roman (Christopher Meloni) and his lover/Chancellor, Salome (Valentina Cervi) review footage of their captive, Nora (Lucy Griffiths) and discuss ways of making her reveal any more traitors within the Authority.
Back in Bon Temps, Sookie bursts into the house of her brother, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and she confesses to Debbie's death. Jason is particularly taken aback when he learns that Sookie had Tara turned into a vampire to save her life. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) walks in from the next room, having overheard everything that Sookie said. Later, Pam and Tara return to Fangtasia only to find Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) waiting for them. Although Pam is initially glad to see Eric, she is soon angered when Eric harshly interrogates her about who freed Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare). She challenges Eric to release her if he no longer trusts her.
In Eric's office, Bill gets some details from Tara about what's happening with Sookie and he tells Tara that the urge to kill herself will pass. Privately, Bill and Eric realize that the hunt for Russell may be beyond their abilities. At the same time, the Authority monitors Bill and Eric's location and debates killing them remotely via iStake. During the day, Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) is approached by Judge Clemmons, who invites Andy and Jason to a private nightclub as thanks for getting his son's speeding ticket torn up. At Merlotte's, Sookie attempts to settle back into her job, but she is overwhelmed by the judgmental thoughts of those who know that she had Tara turned.
In the dining area of Merlotte's, Sam finds his shifter friends, Suzanne and Emory; who mention that they miss their midnight runs with Sam and Luna (Janina Gavankar). Reluctantly, Sam agrees to join them for a run that night. In the parking lot, Lafayette's anger with Sookie boils over and he releases his demonic form; which places some kind of curse on her car. At a local hotel, Alcide visits Debbie's parents, Gordon (Steve Rankin) and Barbara Pelt (Linda Purl). Although the Pelts are suspicious of Alcide, they buy his story that Marcus Bozman murdered their daughter before Alcide killed him in revenge. But they don't forgive Alcide and they tell him to leave.
After work, Sookie gets in her car to drive home and finds that it won't slow down once she gets started. Sookie dives from her car before it slams into a tree. At the police station, Andy is disturbed by the Pelts sudden decision to leave town without finding their daughter and he tells Jason that he is stepping up his search for answers. But Jessica enters and puts a glamour on Andy to make him lose interest in the Pelt case. At Fangtasia, Pam wakes up early from her sleep and she is met by Eric, who is conciliatory towards her. Eric releases Pam from his dominion as a way of protecting her when either the Authority or Russell finish him off.
Later, Andy and Jason meet up with Clemmons and several beautiful young women who put hoods on their heads so that they can't see where they are going. The group ends up in the middle of a field where one of the girls activates a magic portal that leads to a hidden night club with provocatively dressed male and female dancers. Inside, Andy recognizes Morella, the faerie whom he had a dream-like one night stand with last season. Back at home, a drunk Sookie fields a call from a worried Lafayette after he finds her wrecked car. Sookie blows off Lafayette when Alcide shows up at her door and tells her that he pined Debbie's murder on Marcus. After Sookie apologizes, she offers Alcide a drink.
At Fangtastia, Pam awakens Tara and forces her to feed on a willing young woman as a way of instructing Tara about her new state of being. At the Authority headquarters, Roman and Salome break Nora by threatening the lives of Bill and Eric. Sometime later, Roman unmasks the seemingly young Alexander Drew (Jacob Hopkins) as the other traitor within the council and he violently dispatches him as a warning to the others Chancellors. At Sookie's house, she and Alcide get even drunker and start making out just as Bill and Eric come along outside. Eric dryly notes that Sookie has moved on, but Bill states that Sookie can help them find Russell whether she wants to or not.
Back in the faerie night club, Jason recognizes his cousin, Hadley; who is surprised to hear that Sookie is still alive. Hadley lets it slip that Jason and Sookie's parents were killed by vampires, but before Jason can make her tell him more another faerie intervenes. Andy gets pulled into the fight as he and Jason are forcibly removed from the club and deposited back in the empty field before two male faeries shoot magical lights into their heads.
Against all expectations, I'm starting to enjoy Tara's storyline this season on "True Blood." But the reason for that is Pam, who has been the heart of the last two episodes. By no means is Pam ever someone you could call soft or lovable, but she is definitely displaying a motherly affection towards Tara that simply wasn't there when Tara was turned. It may not be love, but it seems like a reflection of Pam's feelings towards Eric; which are understandably complicated after so much time together. He's alternately been her lover, companion and father-figure just in the glimpses into their shared past that were shown in the two previous episodes.
When Pam first saw Eric in this episode, she briefly let down the facade of her ice queen persona and showed her relief. She even acknowledged Sookie under her breath! Before the season, I had Pam pegged as the most likely vampire to release Russell because she was on the outs with Eric. But everything that she told him makes sense and if her love for him is real, she wouldn't have thrown that away lightly. The scene between Eric and Pam where he released her was also very emotionally compelling thanks to the power of Bauer and Skarsgard's performances.
Which brings us back to Sookie, who is supposed to be the main character. So far this season, Sookie hasn't had much to do except cover up Debbie's murder and feel guilty about having Tara turned into a vampire. There was a well executed moment in this episode where Sookie's telepathic powers cause her to hear every bad thought everyone has to think about her all at once. But the rest of her story was pretty bland. Let's get this straight, Sookie dived out of a car going around 80 or 90 miles and barely got scratched?! And I know time is compressed on "True Blood" and the calendar hasn't moved much since the start of the season. But she broke up with the two loves of her life last season and she's making out with Alcide… three days later? Really? They're both drunk at the time, but jeez, Sook. That's kind of fast.
Of course, at that moment Sookie has both of her vampire exes watching her make out with another guy, so they've got issues of their own. I assumed that we were heading for a Bill and Sookie reunion, but he seems more willing to manipulate Sookie into helping them than Eric does. Bill did show a very appealing side to himself in his brief fatherly scene with Jessica, but he wasn't exactly honest with her either. I really liked the more adult qualities that Jessica displayed with Bill and Jason, but it did seem a little out of step with how she is usually portrayed on the series.
Alcide's confessional with Debbie's parents was less successful. There may have been a lot tears there, but none of the emotions felt genuine, even from Debbie's grieving parents. I'm also less taken with the return of the faeries to the storyline after their hinted return two weeks ago. The one promising aspect of that angle is that Jason and Sookie may have to take a hard look at how their parents really died. I can totally believe that a vampire or vampires killed them. But the way that the faeries reacted to Hadley after she told Jason how his parents died suggests that the story is BS. And if vampires had killed the Stackhouse parents for their blood, why didn't they go after the children as well?
Lafayette's demon side also showed up again this week and demonstrated that it can do more than just summon the dead. However, it's not clear if Lafayette is possessed by a real demon that was transferred to him from Jesus or if it is simply a manifestation of his own dark side. Both times the demon Lafayette has appeared have come when Lafayette has been angered. Shall we call it a blue hulk demon then?
In terms of quality, "We'll Meet Again" is right about where "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" was last week. The series hasn't yet its stride this season, but give it time. Once Russell finally comes back at full power, I expect that things will pick up quickly.