Recap 5.7 True Blood “In the Beginning”

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Bill: “You can’t play the grieving widow and the leader of a coup at the same time.”

Lots to enjoy in this one. Lots that made me unhappy, too.

We now know (at least I think we know) that Nora and Salome were always accomplices, that Salome was indeed the one who freed Russell, and that Lilith is a naked, growling hallucination that can only be seen by those who have drunk her magical blood and chowed down on innocent bystanders.

(Did Lilith actually come out of the punchbowl at the wedding? I’m confused!)

At least Eric and Bill were again standing together for sanity and mainstreaming (before they went Lilith-nuts, at any rate) and Eric even turned on Nora and called her names. (And Godric-vision! I always enjoy seeing Godric.) And a huge crowd of completely stoned vampires was new and different. Or maybe sort of funny, in a rampage-of-death kind of way.

I’ve been forgetting lately that Sookie is supposed to be the main character, because we seem to be getting about five minutes of her per episode. This season’s Sookie plot thread is still confusing, because I keep thinking the fairies must be lying to Sookie for some reason — but why? Can Sookie truly zap away her “luminescence” powers and eventually become normal? (I doubt it.) Is Claude an ally or a threat? (I’m going with threat.) At least Jason was good to her about that ridiculous band-aid theory, which was sweet of him.

Can I say how incredibly disappointed I am with Hoyt? Or more accurately, how the writers are assassinating Hoyt as a character? Yes, he’s needy and immature, but he’s always been a sweetheart, a good guy. And now we’re supposed to believe he’s capable of putting on a mask and shooting Jessica? Never.

And here’s the other bit I didn’t like one bit. Lafayette is a favorite of mine, and I absolutely hated what they did to him in this episode. I hated seeing what remained of Jesus on a blue chair shaped like a hand, too. Little Mama had some rage going on, though, fortunately. I just wish she’d gotten in touch with her inner Amazon a bit sooner. That is, if she doesn’t have something even worse planned for Lafayette than Grandpa did.

The wedding video made me go aww, and it wasn’t because we saw Terry kissing Arlene’s pregnant wedding dress belly. It was seeing Lafayette and Jesus together again, joking and teasing each other. Damn.

Way too many plot bits, recapped:

— Interesting how the truck assassin hate group is a mixed race group. That doesn’t seem likely to me, but okay.

— Sam is turning into a shifter rights activist. Him rolling on the floor like a dog smelling out bad guys was very like an early scene in the first season.

— Alcide and the very pretty Rikki were also rolling on the floor like dogs, but I think they were having a bit more fun.

— Martha called Alcide “Rambo.” I totally get it, because he looked like Rambo at the time. Martha protected Emma from J.D. Maybe Martha isn’t so bad, after all. Okay, the jury’s still out; we shall see.

— Tara has a new and exciting job at Fangtasia involving an uncomfortable-looking black leather and buckles outfit that looked pretty uncomfortable. Lettie Mae certainly wasn’t pleased. It’s funny, but Pam is a MUCH better mother already, and consider the circumstances.

— J.D. has a vampire friend who tells him the end of days is coming. I am assuming it’s an accomplice of Russell’s, and Russell is again building up a werewolf army?

— Terry nearly killed himself. Sad.

— Jason has become too mature for Jessica. Who knew?

Other bits and pieces:

— Roman is definitely dead. Some people thought he wasn’t. I thought he was.

— Weird liaisons. Coroner Mike Spencer was going on about his lady friend, and Sheriff Dearborn was about to hit the hot tub when Andy stopped by for advice.

— Was that Denis O’Hare doing his own singing? πŸ™‚

— So sorry to see the last of Dieter, but not a surprise.

— New hairdo for Pam. It was crimp fest. Which sounds obscene, somehow.

Quotes:

Bill: (looking around) “Eric?”
Eric: (pinned up on the wall) “The view from up here is spectacular.”

Jason: “Listen, I ain’t been to med school or fairy school or nothing, so if you could put it in terms a laid man could understand, I’d appreciate it.”
Not quite as good as parrot-phrasing, but still, a good Jason-ism.

Sookie: “Would I be normal? Would I be human?”

Hater: “Do you hate Jessica Hamby?”
Hoyt: “I do.”
Hater: “Then we’re here to hate her with you.”
Echoes of a wedding ceremony there. Well, in reverse.

Nora: “Join us. Please.”
Eric: “Never, you Bible-banging cunts.”
Is it me, or has Eric been swearing more than usual lately?

Dearborn: “I get that the job’s stressful. I did it for forty-three years. But I’m retired now. The wife’s out of town and the hot tub’s just right, and I’ve got an experimental male enhancement ointment I’m anxious to try out. So go on, get out of here, and let a man relax.”

Steve: “I’m like a tree in the wind. I’m just so happy to be included.”

Pam: “So your mom’s a real bitch.” Not that funny written down. It’s Kristen Bauer’s delivery that makes it funny.

I’m having trouble assigning stars to episodes these days, so — what did you guys think? How many uncomfortable dance costumes out of four?

Billie Doux

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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

20 Comments

  1. danielle

    July 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Great review as always…couple of things.

    Loved bill getting a piggy back ride from Eric during there Lilith induced craziness.

    I’m loving Eric’s humor this season. Very dry sometimes but i love it.

    On a side note…part of me wonders if there wasnt a little essence of fairy mixed in with Lilith’s blood. Would explain some of there behavior.

    • Adriana

      July 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I think it would be hilarious if Lilith was a fairy. πŸ™‚ It would definitely explain the “trip”.

      There is just so much going on these days it’s getting hard to stay engaged with some of the storylines. I hope that at the end of the season, all of these will make some kind of cohesive sense.

      And, yes, I agree. It’s sad to see what is happening to Hoyt as well as Terry. These two are such sweethearts that it is really hard to see them take such dark turns.

      Yes! I am loving Eric’s humor and very dry delivery. We can see where Pam gets her sass from. πŸ™‚

    • Bethany

      July 24, 2012 at 5:23 am

      I loved that too. Actually rewound the show just to watch it again. It is little things like that that make Alexander Skarsgard the perfect Eric.

  2. Gracie

    July 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I’m beginning to think that Claude had something to do with Sookie’s parents death!

  3. TrueLove

    July 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Great, honest review. There was a lot to like and a lot to be grumpy about too in this episode so I get why you aren’t sure how to rate it. I’m with you about being suspicious of the faries. Here is why its a mixed bag for me too. I like wolf rikki but it is kind of a bummer that Alcide moved on so darned quickly and we got no “Quinn-like” love connection between Alcide and Sookie. Jessica is having a seriously bad day and it’s about to getworse. It was really Sad looking back on happier times with Terri/arlene, lala/jesus, and Jessica/Hoyt and not really seeing where love is looking hopeful for any of the major characters at all. RE was great, all the vamps in new orleans were. However Liliths appearance, I Didn’t love the effect, the lack of dialogue or my fav vamps losing their morality.I LOVE seeing Godric always. That was the one shot of hope in the episode, that and Martha protecting baby wolf. It was just very depressing. πŸ™

  4. Kris

    July 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I haven’t been enjoying this season that much at all. I really enjoyed season 1, alot of season 2, parts of 3, and most of 4. I would like to see more of the main character, Sookie. And what they are doing to Hoyt does not make sense for his character. It’s too bad about Terry as well. I did like Tara more as human too. I thought if they were going to change her to vampire, she would be stronger, but she seems more of the same.I don’t understand why they had to change her, I preferred her human.

  5. Michelle

    July 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I think Hoyt may be pretending to be with the supernatural killers that way they don’t give him a hard time. I think he still loves Jessica but he’s only playing along with the killers for his own secrete motive, maybe to rat them out eventually?

  6. Eva

    July 24, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Great recap way too much going on I wonder if the writers ever read the fan comments because I am sure I am not the only one complaining that they’re consistently keeping the viewers lost. I’d love to see more of Eric and Bill and Sookie. I understand they have 50 minutes to fill but the viewers deserve more main characters time. I’m bored with the Terry and Arlene plot, I love Lafayette he is a comedic relief and all we get now is the medium or the demon face. So many questions unanswered Will Tara and Sookie ever speak again? Why does Sookie’s “luminescence” seem to weaken around the other Fae I hope this season ends better than the last and writers please step up your writing game a lot of fans are disappointed.

  7. EnterTheGecko

    July 24, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I’m leaning towards that the vile contains fairy blood; and Lilith appearing was a shared hallucination. We know that fairy blood affects vampires; as much as V affects humans. This got me to thinking that it is those effects lead to the formation of the vampire religion.

    In ancient times holy men, shamans, scholars,etc. were probably taking mind-altering substances that they would have most likely interpret as messages from the divine or some other world. They didn’t have the understanding of what really was happening to them. The scene when they are walking down Bourbon Street seems to relay that.

    • Jesse

      July 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Dieter mentioned the guy who wrote the Bible was high the whole time…

  8. Bethany

    July 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I do agree that possibly “Lilith’s Blood” is a very old sample of fairy blood, rather than being Lilith herself’s. Remember how Eric flipped out when he drank all of Claudine? It would very much explain the trip they all went on.

    I also absolutely loved that Godric made an appearance. If the character of Godric had been Appipius (however you spell or say that name) I think Eric’s maker would have been a much more likable vamp. (And they would not have had to kill him off for several seasons.) And when Eric gives Bill a piggyback ride through the streets, that was brilliant! So very Eric (The fun Eric from the books that is)

    I also loved their little shout out to the book shifter shootings when Luna says “For now I’m all about the Sonic.” That was perfect since they obviously are not going to have anyone shot at Sonic. I was getting a bit worried with this season heading so far off course, and dipping into so many different books (Is it just me or is Alcide’s 2nd turning into a rather Janalynne sort of Were???) I can only hope that the Packmaster contest goes off as well. (the shifter shootings and packmaster contest are about he only parts they are using from the proper book. The rest I can only hope is setting up for the next two seasons??? RE taking charge seems to be jumping ahead like 4 books if you ask me.)

  9. Blomman

    July 24, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Soo happy to see Godric again , give Sookie a dior and let her bring him bring him back with it ! Agre , some fairy blood would explain the trip and Eric seeing Godric again . Wonder if ther talk in next weeks promo is a disegrement of the blood being fairy or not ? Eric surtenly now how pure fairyblood taste and maybe Bill and Russell to ..
    IΒ΄m sad about hoyts/ jessica plot line , i think they are simply trying to have a ” unbelivebol ” kiss and makup bettwen them out of this world ( predictibal and boring ). A good plot about crizy grops aswell would have made the plot line better with the better wrighting . LetΒ΄s hope the crazy grop plot line catch up . One thing i miss is the bon temps peoples community center merlotts , where all being all family like and wher things happend .

  10. Blomman

    July 24, 2012 at 7:04 am

    please Take away .. my email letters were wrong , thanks , xxx Blomman

  11. Madeleine

    July 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

    The vial containing fairy blood? I don’t know, maybe it was just past the expiration date.
    I have mixed feelings about this episode, so many things that seem odd. First of all : why is Russell okay with Salome leaving him in concrete for a year? No mercy for Roman, or Diether (who just didn’t want to join the get high on whatever was in that vial) but hey, killing his lover – forgiven, leaving him behind in agony – never mind. Doesn’t seem right.
    I’m disappointed about the way Salome knew where he was as well, she just followed Eric and Bill? I expected something more … nifty.
    But Jason being “too mature” for Jessica? Did I miss something? How is he mature? He’s taking the things Claude says for granted (nah, I wouldn’t do that, who knows what his real motives are and what he’s up to?), after all the times he has been lied to, all his experience Jason should be a tad more cautious and wary.
    Thank you Martha for saving Emma, but you haven’t quite won me over, not just yet.
    I like the way Sam’s character is growing, loved his chat with Sookie.

  12. Cindy Smith

    July 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I got the feeling that Hoyt was pretending to join the hate group. Maybe I just don’t want to see him go down this road, but I keep thinking maybe he is undercover? I really hope so. I also think Claude is lying to Sookie, haven’t figured out why yet, maybe to turn her against vampires? And if I were her, I would keep my powers for such occasions as when Russell or any other vamp/supe comes at her. I was SHOCKED when Jason shot Jessica….took me completely by surprise. And I wonder if Eric/Bill felt anything when Sookie was zapped by the fairies, or were they too distracted? Feel sorry for Eric, as he has had to let Pam go, Sookie told him so long, he really loved Nora and she has betrayed him, he feels his life is at stake (!) all the time now. No wonder he is cursing more! I love this show – it provides a much needed escape!

  13. Stephanie

    July 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    A couple things…
    The weird vamp that was locked up in a cell next to Nora, is he supposed to be the one who killed Hadley in the books? Wasn’t e really messed up looking?
    Hoyt seems to be looking for acceptance from anyone who will give it to him, seems like a hate group is what it’s going to be.
    I don’t want Sookie to lose her faerie powers, it doesnt seem like a safe way to go… Russel would kill her immediately!
    I love Jason! I still can’t believe how easy it was for him to shoot Jessica in the head!
    My only problem with this episode is the Lillith appearance, I was just lost… Was she really there? Or was it a group hallucination? I hope Eric snaps out of it and saves Bill and Nora!

  14. Kirsty

    July 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I have to say I didn’t really enjoy this episode as much as I had hoped. I found that it kept jumping around a lot and tbh the Terry and Frite storyline is really boring me so I kept skipping past it. Too many story lines that aren’t really coming together “/
    I did however enjoy the scene where the vampires were walking down the street.
    2/5

    • Kris

      July 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Yes, the vamps walking down the street was beautifully shot, and was acted brilliantly (esp. Denis O’Hare).

  15. Vamp_luvah

    July 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Okay this episode was crazy! I’ve been so confused about this whole lillith / sanguist thing from the beginning. Why not mainstream, I mean isn’t that thee entire point of the authority – to promote mainstreaming. Am I the only one that was lost? I’m hoping this lillith reincarnation is just a hallucination from the blood, which I do think was fairy. I need more Sookie time! Alcide wrestling with his new #2 was totally outta the blue. Not cool. I really love Tara as a vamp. Her and Pam are gonna be one bad ass team once it’s all settled in. I really miss Jesus and Layfayette. Total bummer this week w poor Jesus’ head. Gross πŸ™‚ lol

    • Mel

      July 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      The Authority (or at least Roman) were promoting mainstreaming. The Sanguinistas are against it. We just witnessed a coup as the Sanguinistas took control of the Authority.