Posted by: April on Aug 16, 2010
Franklin returned last night to utter those words, though they apply to several of the characters in “Everything is Broken:” Eric and his massacred family and Russell and Talbot are the most obvious, but Hoyt and Jessica, Arlene and René, even Nan Flanagan and the VRA get in on the action. After last week’s cry, cry, cry, we’re getting further into the chaos that will hopefully be resolved by season’s end. Also, Bill knows what Sookie is!
The Authority Disavows Any Knowledge of Your Millennium Old Revenge Quest
Eric zips into Fantasia shirt undone, blood spattered across his head and torso, clutching his father’s crown in his fist. “Where can we hide?” he demands of a startled Pam. She recovers quickly from learning he slaughtered the King of Mississippi’s lover and suggests a human home. Eric shouts down Pam’s suggestion of Sookie’s, where they’ve both been invited in, so they call Ginger (Ginger! So glad to see that you’re still alive!) in. She’d surely let them lie low if it weren’t for the Vamp Feds currently crawling all over the club. Eric puts on his hot guy uniform (black tank) to confront them, but the mere sight of Nan Flanagan is enough to set off one of Ginger’s signature screaming fits. Ah, Ginger.
The glorious Nan Flanagan is not there about the sale of V or Talbot or the illegal kingdom merging but the Authority’s missing Magister. Eric wondrously decides to come clean with the Authority (via webcam, all we see are shadowy figures, one female and two male) about everything: his human family’s massacre, Operation Werewolf, and Russell at the head of all of it. When asked why he didn’t come to the Authority sooner, Eric tells the audience that the Authority is only a few hundred years old, while Russell is 3000. What could they do? How old is the triumvirate we saw? Why would millennia old vampires like Russell, Godric, and Eric agree to submit to the Authority? Ah, vampire politics. Easily the most engaging part of the show. Anyway, coffins today, verdict tomorrow.
In the meantime, Russell flies back to Nutt’s Folly, scoops up Talbot’s remains while cooing gently to them, then brings whatever he could fit into a crystal apothecary jar over to Fangtasia. When he sees Nan and the Vamp Feds crawling all over the place, he speculates that Eric performed an Authority sanctioned assassination. I hope Russell keeps carrying Talbot’s sticky muck around with him. It can be his Chief Head in a Box.
The next night, Eric’s been up with the bleeds when Pam comes out of her coffin. He looks rough, and I start to wonder when he last ate given that he apparently no longer sleeps, but then I remember that he tried to kill Hadley yesterday and get over it. Pam’s sad that Eric didn’t tell her about any of the Russell stuff, while Eric insists he had to carry the burden alone. He tells Pam that he alone will take the blame, while Pam must go on and make her own Progeny to support her. Pam cries. I sincerely hope we dig into their backstory soon.
The Authority has decided to disavow any knowledge of anything Eric told them in the hopes that he can also quietly kill Russell and make all these problems go away. To that end, they are giving him exactly no resources. Well, this will be easy. Unfortunately, “go away,” is not something Russell intends to do. He highjacks a nightly news broadcast by ripping out the anchor’s spine and encourages that last two states that have yet to ratify the VRA not to do so, as humans are beneath vampires, we vant to drink your blood, the usual stuff. Damn, Nan Flanagan is going to be pissed.
Bill Visits Sunshine Town
Bill and Sookie have a shower together, washing off the blood, but never seeming to come clean. We watch the blood circle the drain Psycho-style. It’s in keeping with this show’s policy of blood never washing, but I’m not sure what this was supposed to mean. Later, fully dressed, Sookie finds the werewolf Bill killed lying in her living room, and Bill hilariously acts like he got caught leaving his muddy boots on the clean floor. Sookie, however, is all business, directing Bill to go pick up a tarp from out back. They talk awhile about how Sookie has given up on normal relationships (at least in Bill’s estimation, though Debbie’s brutal comment last week about “her own kind” rejecting her was spot-on), how Sookie’s not afraid to kill (she’s meeting Bill half-way to vampire, in her estimation, though Bill knows full well that there is no such thing as a half-vampire), and how Bill has a creepy Sookie file. Bill claims that he only started trying to figure out what Sookie is after Eric showed such an interest in her, and punctuated his lies with “trust me,” to remind us all of Eric’s caution last week.
Sleeping down in his cubby without darling Jessica, Bill notices sunlight creeping in and water dripping down. He throws open the door and emerges from the pond Claudine invited Sookie to jump into two weeks ago. Claudine’s all, “I exist to protect Sookie, and you killed her!” And Bill’s all, “AH exist to protect Sookie!” And they run around in the sun for a while until Bill gets really gross and tries to bite Claudine after sniffing her. Claudine sends him flying with one of those glowy hand blasts, and eventually Bill retracts his fangs and convinces Claudine that Sookie is very much alive.
In the meantime, Hadley has Sookie confirm that her son is a telepath, too. Hadley and the poor, scared kid run off but not before Hadley reminds Sookie that she needs to hide.
Over at Jason’s, Bill eventually shows up to tell Sookie about how he went to Sunshine Town (a.k.a, the Bon Temps cemetery) and thinks he now knows what Sookie is. Pray, tell us.
Sam Has Had Enough
Sam’s trying to be a supportive friend to Tara after listening to her ordeal when Terry calls in the middle of the night (smoking, which isn’t something I thought Terry did) to complain about the loud sex Tommy is having. Sam runs over there and gets nothing but attitude from Tommy, even going so far to ask whether Sam is there as his landlord or as his dad (nasty), though Tommy does turn the music down. The next day at Merlotte’s, Tommy swipes some of Arlene’s tips, which earns him a garnished salary from Sam. Arlene dresses Sam down, and Tommy complains that Sam lets everyone walk all over him. When Crystal’s dad comes in and finds Crystal there, he starts in on Sam about lying about seeing Crystal, and that’s all Sam can take: he beats the shit out of what’s-his-face Norris until Jason and Hoyt pull him off. Sam’s fist and shirt are coated with blood. Jesus, Lafayette, and Crystal take Mr. Norris to the hospital.
Aren’t Support Groups Anonymous?
Tara harnesses the power of the Internet (a first for this show?) to find herself a rape survivors support group. Holly, the new waitress at Merlotte’s, is part of the same group. She introduces Tara as one of her new co-workers, and I’m fairly certain she said Merlotte’s, so I guess it’s okay that everyone knows who everyone is.
Later, Tara follows everyone out when they pile Mr. Norris into the car, and no sooner can you yell, “Outside! Alone! Night!” then Franklin appears and grabs Tara. As you can imagine, he’s broken up that whatever “they” told him was right: Tara tried to kill him because she doesn’t love him. He’s especially hurt that she didn’t mourn him, and there’s a weird lighting/continuity problem wherein sometimes it looks like he’s crying and sometime it doesn’t. At any rate, Tara’s too strong to beg, so she tells him to go ahead and do it already. Franklin will mourn Tara to his very marrow, and she’ll never be able to appreciate how much, given how dead she will be. Jason, however, doesn’t care for Franklin’s choking or killing or threatening, so he kills Franklin with one of the wood bullets he loaded up for Bill last week. Jason smiles the smile of having done something right for once, while Tara shivers.
In other news:
- Hoyt admits to Jessica that he can’t stand Summer but going out with her beats sitting around all day thinking about Jessica. Jessica cries. Get back together already!
- Arlene admits to Holly that she doesn’t want René’s evil baby but refuses an abortion. Holly tells her that there are “other ways.” Holly is not human, you guys.
- Jesus brings out the Lafayette behind the mask (Lala, to Ruby Jean, who is looking wonderfully refreshed). Ruby Jean: “Maybe God does love fags!” Of course He does. Jesus is not human, you guys. Maybe he and Holly are the same thing?
- Crystal refuses to tell Jason that she and the other Hot Shot folks are not human, so they nearly get Officer Kevin killed by tying Felton up and placing an anonymous 911 call to get the drug dealer arrested.
- T-Dubs (the Hot Shot dealer Jason collared forever ago) sees Crystal at the police station, so Crystal thinks that he thinks that she’s a snitch. Jason comes up with a plan to take everyone in Hot Shot down, which Crystal doesn’t like.
- Andy is/may soon be on V.