Recap 4.8 True Blood “Spellbound”

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Eric: “We will be one.”

Fabulous episode. Well, okay, the end threw me off a bit. Probably because it didn’t end. Rather than cliffhanging, it left us in midstream, with every major character stuck in serious mist-filled crap. Did Bill intend to double-cross Antonia and take her out? If he did, it backfired. Sookie got shot. Bill got silvered. Eric got spelled for a second time. (Damn.) Tune in next week, I guess. Like I wouldn’t.

Love is the drug

How cool is it that Eric and Sookie can get stoned out of their minds on each other’s blood? Could any Sookie/Eric shipper possibly be disappointed in all the lush, romantic love scenes we’ve gotten in these past few episodes? I don’t want this to be the end for them, and how could it be when they have just forged an incredibly strong and sexy blood bond that I assume will continue after Eric is no longer spellbound? It just might put any other love affair in the shade, so to speak.

The bed in the snowstorm reminded me of Jason’s V hallucinations in season one. I was thinking that the snowflakes were probably the hallucination equivalent of a shower, since that’s where the scene started. And the two of them in bed talking about their love for each other felt a lot like the dream Sookie had a couple of seasons ago, didn’t it?

(A brief book-related segue. A lot of the book fans have been unhappy about the lack of certain scenes from the books, but I’m personally okay with what we’re getting. In the books, Sookie referred to sex with Eric as “gourmet sex.” That’s what we just got.)

Breaking up is hard to do

Last week’s cliffhanger had Jessica about to meet the sun. Knew it wouldn’t happen. Jason did indeed arrive in time, and they shared a near death kiss on the floor of Bill’s foyer. It was apparently enough to make Jessica realize it was time to break up with Hoyt, and she did it twice — in a dream sequence that made it all Hoyt’s fault, and in reality, where it was all Jessica’s fault. Honestly, I don’t think it was either. They were young and impulsive (I’m including Hoyt because while he’s older, he’s immature and inexperienced) and they both have a lot of growing up to do.

I again have to give Jason credit for tossing Jessica out the door. Or uninviting her, just as Hoyt did. Not that I think Jessica belongs with Jason. I’m not sure any woman belongs with Jason.

That’s when I fell for… the leader of the pack. Vroom.

The wolf pack stuff surprised me by actually getting interesting. (I am not a fan of the werewolf plots.) Marcus the packmaster impressed me with his logic and smarts by instructing his wolves to stay the heck out of the vampire/witch conflict. And then the other shoe dropped. Because Bon Temps is so incredibly small that every character is related to another, Marcus turned out to be Luna’s violently jealous ex-husband. And Alcide just crossed him by rescuing Sookie from the cemetery. Alcide also lied to Debbie, whom Alcide somehow didn’t notice galloping behind him in the cemetery. Debbie did not look happy, either.

Marcus is ready to make shifter mincemeat out of Sam for daring to play Barbies with Emma. I wouldn’t underestimate Sam if I were you, Marcus. He may seem like just a fluffy puppy, but he has some serious teeth on him.

Bits and pieces:

— Bill’s human bodyguards. Sucks to be them.

— Maxine Fortenberry got to mimic Tommy this time. Loved it. Especially the excessive profanity and her hair standing on end, and Tommy stalking off in Maxine drag.

— Sam is already sounding like he might forgive Tommy. This latest caper might change his mind.

— We got some background on the lovely black ghost. She was apparently involved with a married Bellefleur awhile back (1920s, maybe?), and he killed their baby to cover up their affair. I bet he killed her, too. Does she just want her baby back, and Mikey is the only Bellefleur baby available? How is Rene’s ghost involved, if he is?

— Lafayette has been possessed by every ghost he encounters lately. Not fun for him. Let’s hope Rene really isn’t around.

— Bill saved Tara from Pam. And Tara didn’t know Antonia was killing vamps; she just thought the spell was to protect themselves. Which leaves us with the possibility of Tara changing sides.

— Pam is looking like herself again. The shots are working. Ick.

— Alan Ball wrote this episode. One thing he often did on Six Feet Under was stuff on television relating somehow to the story. In Jessica’s dream, Hoyt was watching a documentary that mentioned tenth century Viking skulls, something that of course pertains to Eric, a tenth century Viking.

Quotes:

Sookie: “I’m trusting you, Eric.”
Eric: “I won’t betray you. Ever.”
Sookie: “I may remind you of that someday.”
And I’m sure she will.

Hoyt: “I don’t want someone better than you. I want you!”

Andy: “Dead vampire. Should I call the coroner, or sanitation?”
Lusting after a pile of dead Beulah. Very nice, Andy.

Jason: “Seriously? You would eat a pile of dead vampire Beulah Carter? Off the ground? You are one sad sorry freak, Bubba. Get a fucking grip.”
Andy: “Jesus tits and God America, Jason, what the fuck is happening to me?”
Did Andy really say “Jesus tits and God America”, or did I hear it wrong?

Reporter: “Are vampire suicides common?”
Bill: “Sadly, yes. Many vampires feel alone and confused, programmed to despise themselves by all the hateful and incendiary anti-vampire rhetoric in the media.”
And anyone who doesn’t think vampires on this show function as a gay metaphor should substitute the word “gay” for “vampire” in this exchange and see for themselves.

Eric: “My liege.”
Sookie: “My… Bill.”

Three out of four bloody silver chains,

Billie Doux

(Billie Doux and her contributing writers review science fiction, fantasy and cult television shows at BillieDoux.com.)

I’m a hopeless sci-fi geek and huge fan of shows like True Blood, Lost, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I write episode reviews and articles about many of the shows that I love. All of my reviews are at DouxReviews.com

36 Comments

  1. Lauren E

    August 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I missed the first 20 min, thereby missing Jason saving Jessica and their near-death kiss…… A scene that I am convinced would have been the only one that really moved me in this episode.

    Maybe I was too tired, or maybe it’s because I didn’t watch it with my group of obsessed girls this week, but honestly… This episode fell a little flat for me. :-/

  2. Mary Anne

    August 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see the episode. Couldnt watch cause of food poisoning ๐Ÿ™
    I like your recap :> Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Aw, feel better Mary Anne!

  3. Danielle

    August 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    It appears that many of us shippers were disappointed. I think if I hadn’t read the books and been waiting so long for this scene I would have enjoyed it more. It started great and in ch’s words as could “win an international competition hands down out cheeks up”. The part that was actually in the shower was hot and i would have loved to see that finished out. I think the disappointment comes (well atleast for me) from the fact that we didn’t get to see the real deal. I felt robbed when it transformed from the shower to a cheesy v trip. We didn’t just want hot sex. This was a big moment for sookie and eric in the books and was sadly a let down in the show. Aside from that I liked the episode. It was pretty intense. I really enjoy the jason/jessica stuff. I’mperiod that jason was a good friend but poor jess she had a rough night. I’m kinda partial to the baby vamp. I think she was a great ab addition. Thanks for the awesome review just wanted to express a diff pov.

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

      But Danielle, don’t you think we’re getting enough of hot sex with Eric and Sookie? I mean, there are fans complaining that that’s all they’ve seen from them so far. Wouldn’t that put the shower scene more in the ‘sweet moments’ category? And as far as the books go, I think the show will provide even more hot steamy sex scenes for these two. (Did you read book #11? Sizzle!) Thoughts?

      • Robyn

        August 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

        It’s not the sex we desire it’s the pillow talk from the books. True blood has enough sex. To me Sookie and Erics convo was a little cheesy not deep and romantic like it was in the books. Either way I love the show and as soon as a find a nice vamp I plan on having all my book memories glamoured away so I can except the show for what it is without being bias.

  4. Danielle

    August 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    P.s. Loved sookie’s “my….bill” line and andy’d “jesus tits and god america” line…priceless

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      LMAO! Indeed!

  5. Kathy

    August 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Love your recap! I loved the episode also. Can’t wait for next week’s episode!

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Me too, Kathy! Thanks for your comment!

  6. Mary

    August 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    We are on episode 8 and this show becomes worse and worse.
    What a pity.

  7. Selkie

    August 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Great episode. Hopefully this is not the end of the Sookie/Eric relationship.

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      I think you will be pleased, Selkie. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Kat

    August 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Another great moment was Maxine asking Bill if he knew that the woman was a vampire and Bill coming back with “Because all of us vampires know each other?”. Priceless!

  9. Astrid E.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I hear so much disappointment for the show only because of THE shower scene. Come on ! Get over it ! I read a couple of posts on forums her and there and all people keep thinking about is how THE scene was not like the one in the books and how it wasn’t enough, bla, bla, bla… (sigh)

    We have been served a whole episode with Sookie and Eric bare naked. 3 episodes in a row of kiss, sex and sweet talk. We saw the love, the blood bond, the trust, the yearning… Why, O why, do we keep complaining ?!! I’m a bookie too, so I totally understand the expectations for certain “cult scenes”, but then I also love the show (I know and accept the fact it simply canNOT be a, in any way, a copy of the book) and I’m getting pretty fed up with people always refering to how much better the book is and how crappy the show is getting. Stop watching it if you can’t deal with the changes because it’s only going to get worse !!!

    I loved this episode and season 4 is my second favorite so far. The wolves are great and I can’t wait to see more of their storyline.

    • Jon

      August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Now, now. We don’t want to see Eric and Sookie naked all the time. That totally defeats the Sookie/Eric dynamic of the books. They were two people who FELL in love, not who listed after eachother like some freaks. And while I understand the show cannot be exactly like the books, and I have accepted tge changes as they came- he should have left this scene alone. He changed it into a cheesy narnia style porn flick! How can you forgive that!

      • Liz

        August 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        Hmm, I don’t think it was porn at all, Jon. Porn would have been if they had the camera in, ahem, strategic areas. I think this was tastefully done. I’ve seen porn and this was decidedly not.

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Exactly, Astrid. Well said.

  10. Malfunktions

    August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Hoyt was watching “Oddities” a pawn shop type store for unusual items. If you’re in Canada it shows on the Discovery Channel. ๐Ÿ™‚ I, personally love the show. and the dead, mummifed cat the weird guy was making meow is my fave episode! So, of course I picked right up on it! LOL
    Great Recap!!

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      That’s hilarious!

  11. Colleen

    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I personally think that Sookie and Eric’s love scenes were lame, cheesy and not at all romantic. Their passion did not look natural to me; just plain acting. We saw them kiss for a split second before Sookie turned away from Eric like she always does and all we got after that was some cheesy talking. It was not about graphic s** scenes between the two (which we saw plenty of), but rather more passionate kissing that I wanted to see. I think the writers are purposely making E/S relationship so cheesy, so that people would want Sookie and Bill back together. I think they killed all the chemistry that Eric and Sookie had and after all the sexual tension between them for 3 seasons I felt let down. Maybe it would be better if Sookie got back with Bill, since they had great chemistry and Eric should get a new love interest.

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Saying that the writers are “purposely making Eric/Sookie relationship cheesy so that people would want Sookie and Bill back together” is unrealistic thinking. So you would rather see graphic kissing instead of graphic sex?

      • Robyn

        August 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

        I don’t know if it done purposely but I do kind of miss Sookie and bill….I like Eric more but I won’t be crushed if Sookie and bill get back together. So if it was done purposely it’s a good strategic move on the writers part because this season I like bill more than I ever did.

  12. Devi

    August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    TV S/E doesn’t have that connection that they do in the book. On the show it just feels like she’s enjoying amnesiac Eric for his sweetness and devotion (and prob that he’s a good lay) but he just happens to be there at that moment. There’s no real portrayal of the “she’s falling in love” with everything she learned he could be. After this episode I’m pretty sure nice Eric is gone and enters mind-controlled Eric, which is gonna suck, literally. Sigh, just when Sookie needs him most (mb that’s the pattern?). I’m ok with the shower scene, they have every right to creatively alter things for the show, just in every love-making scene there’s no chemistry btw Anna and Alex. That’s hard to fake and that’s the real disappointment for me.

  13. JING

    August 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    tired of the boring Eric/Sookie, I want Bill back!!!

  14. Sookieeleana

    August 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

    The Sookie/Eric blood bond was the most important issue for them this episode and I hope you are right and that continues after the real Eric comes back.

    The more I watch this episode the more I love it – there’s not a bad scene in it.
    I’m so completely ready for the return of the vampire viking god though (hopefully next week).

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      I was surprised that they brought the blood bond in already. I thought it was funnier in the books, but this will do for me. Thanks, Sookieeleana!

  15. Sarah_Jenice

    August 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I am totally loving this season and this was another episode that I could not believe ended so soon. I was so glad to see the creepy fog fill the cemetery and obscure everyone’s vision (shout out to the end of Book 4).

    As fans of the show and book, which I know you all are because you are reading this website as passionately as I am, I would love to hear some feedback about what you all think is happening next (you guys are the only ones I have to talk to about theories with so thanks for another great recap and your thoughts Billie Doux). I am so worried about mind control Eric because I literally bounced up and down in the bed when he said, “We will be bonded.” I am also hoping that maybe Sookie can heal from that gunshot wound because she just had a lot of Eric blood a few hours before (Do you guys think it works like that?).

    I am so happy Alcide came through for Sookie, but I do not think Debbie is going to take that deception lying down. No woman likes her man lying to her face, and Debbie has sure shown how dark her heart can be. I am also calling (today, August 17) that Alcide will become the Shreveport packmaster because I know Sam is no punk (watch who you threaten Marcus), and Alcide leading the pack is the only way I see them coming to the rescue in the Witch War because Antonia has no problem with wolves at the moment.

    I was confused by the snow bed scene with Sookie and Eric. Were they really just laying there in bed all zoned out like Jason and Amy in Season One? For a moment, I thought they crossed into the Faery World and that Faeries were going to pop out and attack them. I loved when he said they could run away together. I feel a great connection with them, and while I also feel that Bill really did love Sookie, I am melting during Sookie and Eric’s heartfelt conversations and when she told him she was trusting him.

    Also, I am really worried about my favorite vamp Jessica (I love Pam, but they have made her really unlikable this season with some of her over the top cruel comments. I love snarky Pam, not how evil she’s been with Tara, which led to Tara’s involvement with Antonia). How will Jess take being uninvited to both Hoyt and Jason’s homes? She looked crushed, and I am thinking local truckers need to look out.

    I wish Bill could have convinced Antonia. He was not being untruthful in what he was saying. The AVL got him into being King because he did not believe in killing and abusing humans. After how awful that went, I don’t seeing peace coming easily, and I can’t even guess how this will be resolved. Even if Marnie is killed, Antonia is a spirit and could just posses another medium.

    I thought Lafayette was going to channel some powerful witch ghost that would save the day and now he is a kidnapper possessed by a sad ghost. How the heck is that going to play into the storyline? I think Arlene and Terry are going to realize their son has been taken.

    And thank you writers of True Blood for finding a way to make Bill a kind, lovable character even with Sookie and Eric being a couple. I knew it was possible! There are so many roads ahead, and I am honestly on the edge of my seat as to where the rest of this season will take us.

    Oh and whoever has been translating the Swedish…what did Eric say when Sookie ripped that chain off? I love his Swedish freakouts! Any thoughts, TB friends?

    • Liz

      August 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Nice comment, Sarah! I too, was hoping that Bill would have been able to convince Antonia that war is not the answer. I did like the negotiations going on between King Bill and Antonia. He sure knew how to get to her, didn’t he?

    • Becca

      August 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      It’s hard to hear what he actually says, but I’m pretty sure it’s “helvete djavla fan!” this literally means “Hell, Devils, Devil”. It sounds a little weird, but this the way one swears in Swedish – it’s all about the fire and brimstone! Furthermore, it’s not so much the words used, but how they are said – there are no actual words as bad as ‘F@ and C#’ in Swedish. Anyway, if you want to understad what Eric says here, the tone and volume says it all ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Robyn

      August 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Good point about Pam. She’s usually my fave now Jessica has taken her place. But Pam is going through a lot she lost her daddy and she’s rotting away….someone please save Pam!!!

  16. Astrid E.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Ok. Even if I don’t really care about the shower scene and all the changes they made for the show, I have to admit that there is far less chemistry between Sookie and Eric than between Sookie and Bill. Is it Anna/Stephen that gets in the way ? Or is it that we just have a hard time getting used to ultra-sweet Eric ? It’s true that there seems to be something off, something “too-much-of-acting-it-doesn’t-look-natural” between the two, but then, Eric’s character has changed so much… It’s sometimes hard to believe in it.

    I’m not used to a sweet, sensitive and vulnerable Eric. I really root for the bad-ass sarcastic viking and I thought the sexual tension between him and Sookie was much more interresting. Amnesia Eric is cute, but I miss his drive and his guts. Anyway, I think we have to see those two extreme sides of the SE relationship before it sort of blends together eventually in a more balanced fashion. I can’t wait to see what it’ll look like with the true Eric.

    I still love the show and the last episodes. But yeah… I agree that S/E could be a tiny bit less cheesy.

  17. Kdee

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I liked most of this one; except I have to agree about the love scenes between Eric and Sookie. I’ve read all the books and in the books the love from Eric to Sookie and vice versa was so deep and intense.The show just doesn’t translate passion onto the screen! A big disappointment! I realize the writer’s are trying to draw boundaries for the married Anna, but it’s irritatingly noticeable!! I also noticed there was a point in the shower scene where Sookie is waiting for the shower to come on and you can see Eric just frozen staring down like he’s waiting for the next line to begin so he can move…cheesy is unfortunately right.

    • Kim O

      August 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      I agree about the intensity of the scenes. The love just isn’t quite there for me. I think the fact that we know Sookie/Bill are lovers in real life is affecting how we see the Sookie/Eric scenes. Are we watching them objectively?

  18. daws

    August 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    This episode was a bit of a letdown. The highlights were Jessica and Tommy (as Maxine) though. I wasn’t a fan of Tommy but now that he’s a skinwalker it makes for some interesting, hilarious performances. When Jessica smashed Hoyt’s head down I gasped!

    I’m all for letting Sookie die and have Jessica replace her as the protagonist. She’s a more interesting character imo.

    • Robyn

      August 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Whoa sounds like someone just wants Eric or Bill or Alcide all to herself…..me too but I don’t want Sookie to die in the process lol