Recap 5.10 True Blood “Gone Gone Gone”

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Tara: “Please, you gotta help me. I don’t know nothin’ about birthin’ no baby vampires.”

Home run. If you’re going to write out a long-running character, this is how you do it.

With the possible exception of turning him into a vampire (and I’d hate that), there really is nowhere for Hoyt as a character to go.  As he himself recounted, his mama smothers him, his “Cheeto-headed tramp” of a girlfriend cheated on him with his best friend, and there’s nothing for him in Bon Temps any more. I completely get why he chose to do what he did.  But when Jessica was glamouring Hoyt while telling him so very gently what a terrific guy he was, as an upset Jason looked on, I could not stop crying.  Jason crying in Sookie’s arms later on got to me, too.  Fare thee well, Hoyt Fortenberry.

(At least I hope that they didn’t write him out so beautifully, only to keep him in the show!)

I am also loving Sam and Luna running around detecting in a variety of animal forms on Emma’s trail — this time, as white mice.  They’re closing in.  It’s only a matter of time now that they’ve infiltrated Authority.

And I hope they still have allies there.  Jessica is certainly an ally (and she’s still welcome at Merlotte’s), but something happened with Eric and Nora and their vision of Godric getting torn to pieces by Lilith.  This whole Authority take-over-the-world plot has gone on too long and is starting to bum me the heck out.  I really wanted Bill to be faking it, but he’s not, is he?  And Eric is under Lilith’s spell, too, now, isn’t he?  Did he really, really, really forgive Russell for killing his family?  Is that even possible?  Is Jessica next with the Lilith brainwashing?  And why did Molly have to die?  I liked Molly, and how unfair that she got it with one of her very own IStakes.  Aww.

Maybe I just hate how long Sookie and Eric have been separated, which has been pretty much the entire season.  Although I am indeed enjoying Sookie finally connecting so strongly with Jason.  The murder plot is sort of lame, but I loved that Jason has gotten so good as a detective that he realized there was more under the bed. Apparently, back in 1702, one of the Stackhouses sold their first fae-bearing female heir to M. Warlow, whoever that it is, and it turned out to be Sookie.  That sort of makes sens… well, not really, but this is a show about vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and fairies, after all, so it does make show sense.

And Russell is finally showing his true colors.  It’s still all about the daywalking.  He wants to synthesize fairy blood.  The striptease fairies have been right all along.

Finally, who freaking knew I would love Tara and Pam together so much?  Tara using Ginger to trick and behead the new sheriff was my second favorite scene in the episode (after the one with Jessica glamouring Hoyt).  Pam is now ready to take Tara and leave Fangtasia forever, and how cool is that?  I think that now that she’s adjusted, Tara has become someone Pam can actually live with and care about.  Cool.

Lots of bits and pieces:

— The episode title, “Gone, Gone, Gone”, reminds me just a little of the season premiere, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”.  Gee, I don’t know why.

— Loved the news flash on TBBN labeled “Vampire Crisis — Night 3!”

— Mike Spencer was turned by vampires unknown and turned up to suck more than Sookie’s toes.  Good thing she’d ordered Chinese food instead of pizza.  That scene, ending with Sookie sitting in a pile of grue, just struck me funny.  Alas for poor Mike Spencere.

— Jason looked under a teddy bear’s skirt. 🙂

— Very nice that Sookie and Jason found a linguistics expert, even though he proved unable to decipher fairy code.

— Andy Bellefleur has gotten cool.  This is the cool Andy season.  I like him with Holly, too; they’re a cute couple.  Unfortunately, Marella the 500 year old fairy seduced him last season and now she’s very pregnant.

— Russell’s speech to the Authority was so impassioned that old, weird accents started creeping in.  Nice touch.

— Claude and his many sisters are 130 years old.

Quotes:

Steve: “Oh my fucking God, I’ve never actually seen a vampire get staked before! That was awesome!”

Andy: (about the chopsticks) “Well, that’s a stroke of luck. Good thing you didn’t order pizza.”

Andy: (re: Mike) “Man loved his job.”
Sookie: “He wanted to suck on my toes.”
Andy: “He kept autopsy photos on his computers same place he kept his porn.”
Sookie: “Ooh, no.”
Andy: “Yep.”
Sookie: “Suddenly I don’t feel so bad.”
What an epitaph for Mike, huh?

Pam: “No. We procreate because we want to. Not because some dickhead dipped in afterbirth told us to.”

Sookie: “If it doesn’t mean anything, why would anyone bother writing it down?”
Prof: “Why does my ex-wife name her toes? Maybe it’s a joke. Maybe ’cause she’s nuts.”

Andy: “I don’t say this to many men, but I love you.”

Loved it. Three out of four Butterfly McQueens,

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

17 Comments

  1. Summer free

    August 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Mel,

    I thought it was hilarious when Jason looked under the teddy bear dress too! Made me chuckle, also caught the various accents. I don’t think Eric has converted and he is waiting for another escape. I agree Tara has been made into an excellent vamp; no more helpless Tara. Looks like she will be turning into a leader…making choices to save herself and others–Pam.

    Not digging this season as much, but there have been some good developments for the show to continue.

    Bill needs to take out that wooden stick that is up his butt and stay true to his own beliefs. He is so weak!

    • Emma

      August 14, 2012 at 2:27 am

      “Bill needs to take out that wooden stick that is up his butt and stay true to his own beliefs. He is so weak!”

      That’s kind of harsh… HOPEFULLY he is still faking it. We still truly don’t have a clue what’s going on with him. Or he might be under a very power “spell”. Doesn’t mean he’s “weak”. We just have to wait and see. Two more episodes to go!

      • Alley

        August 14, 2012 at 4:14 am

        If Bill isn’t faking it, then he’s evil. He’s responsible for the Tru Blood factories being bombed leading to vampire on human violence increasing 50%. Not only that, but he betrayed Eric, killed Molly (poor innocent Molly), and forced Eric to drink Lilith’s vile blood. Why would you want him to be in his right mind when he committed all these heinous acts?

        If he is faking, then I hate Bill forever. I don’t believe that the ends justify the means this time. Bill crossed the line.

        • Alley

          August 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

          Ugg, I meant, if he IS faking it, then he’s evil. But either way, I think Bill has done too much bad to be redeemed. The writers have made him much worse than he was in the books.

          BTW, if Eric was in anyway involved with Bill’s “Let’s bomb the Tru Blood factories!” plan, I will be heart-broken. But I don’t think he was.

        • Doris

          August 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

          I Really don’t think Bill Is evil through and through. i think he Is completly Lost (regret about how he behaved, the Losing of sookie, the fact that he always thought being a Vampire Is a curse) and hate’s himself so much that it’s the easy Way to believe in the lillith crap! He reminds me of Real Life Human People 😉 who are lonely and Lost and then Join a sect or a Strange Guru!

  2. Eva

    August 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

    My favorite scene was Tara and Pam I loved when Tara told Pam nobody f**ks with us in our house. Then my second favorite scene was Russell and Steve Newlin dancing to Katy Perry’s teenage dream and then Steve groping Russell’s ass I couldn’t stop laughing. I really like Sookie and Jason this season with the sibling bonding but I hope it doesn’t turn to s**t by the writers turning Jason into a vampire. Are they planning to not have Sookie surrounded by humans anymore? Not a good move I enjoy human Jason. I just want the writers to include more main character time its getting boring speed it up writers.

  3. Emma

    August 14, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Eric and Sookie have been separated… because they broke up. Back in season 4. She ended it with both him and Bill of course. Or are you just a Sookie/Eric fan? Personally I’m a Bill/Sookie fan, so them being “apart” is making me sad too. And I’m also getting worried that both Bill and Eric seem to be under the Authority’s spell and are not faking it this time? Hmm, we’ll have to wait and see!!! 2 more episodes!!! I’m getting VERY anxious.

  4. Cindy

    August 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I was hoping Bill was faking it too, but when he sent for Jessica and started to indoctrinate her, then I knew he was in it for real. Why would he do that to Jessica if he really didn’t believe it? Maybe I’m wrong….my husband says he did it because there are cameras and microphones everywhere. I got the strong impression that Eric was only doing what he had to do to survive. The last thing Godric said was ” I am not the one who has to fight her”, which was telling Eric to fight. I still think Eric will do whatever Godric says. And is Godric really appearing to Eric or is it only after he has had a lot of Sookie blood (season 3) or “Lillith” blood?
    Also….if Sookie was promised to Warlow, then why did he not come for her? Why has she never crossed paths with him before? He obviously knew she existed….Claudine warned him to leave the girl alone, but why did he? Have the fairies been able to keep him away from Sookie her whole life so far? That part does not make sense to me yet…..I can’t imagine a powerful vampire being kept away from a fairy that has been promised to him with a blood pact.
    And now that Sookie has been threatened, it looks like Bill and Eric will be working together again. Maybe that will snap Bill out of it.

    • Madeleine

      August 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

      There’s no snapping out of it for Bill (it will get worse, at least the promo for next week indicates that). Poor Emma, Sam and Luna, I hope they’ll survive.
      Eric has so not forgiven Russell, no way. He’s up to something. Loved how Russell’s accent changed when he showed his true self, I hope he ends Salome soon.
      I hope Tara didn’t cause any trouble for Pam …. nice kill though, was that a Viking sword? Aww, how I missed Ginger screaming.
      Very good ending for Hoyt, touching and sad but at least he gets a chance.
      I’m not so sure what Maurella did there, I can’t believe an ancestor of Sookie sold her to Warlow, who ever he might be.

  5. trish

    August 14, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Eric is CLEARLY faking it. His speach to Russell was full of subtext: Russell knew he was faking, and eric was telling him to let him live anyway. So at least for now they sort of have a deal… not sure how long it’ll last now that Russell is after Sookie again. Eric will need another VERY good plan to fool Russell a second time…

    Bill however, is clearly under Lilith’s spell. he does believe, otherwise 90% of what he’s done the last 2 episodes would be completely unnecessary. Why the hell would he bring Jessica into this, for a start?

    I don’t know what is going on with the fairies and this Warlow guy but I can’t wait till Russell comes to them and the 2 main storylines finally collide. It just feels like the entire season was filler and only now we’re finally getting to the action…

  6. Chrystal Stephens

    August 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I think Warlo is a fairy vampire and Eric is facking it, but Bill is just lost. Bill did say “I told you vampires turn on the ones they love the most”. Could be to sookie or Jessica. I hope Warlo pops up kills Russel and sookie finds a way to break the blood promise.

    • Madeleine

      August 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

      I always thought Alan Ball had made it clear, that faeries cannot be turned into a Vampire, that there can be no hybrids ….

  7. Lizzy

    August 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    As convincing as he has been, I still can’t get past Bill’s mainstreaming stance through the entire series so far and the seemingly immediate turn around we’ve seen. So, I’m still thinking he’s faking it, though I doubt myself at times. Bill has every reason to bring Jessica to New Orleans in the other Chancellors’ eyes… ‘save’ her, protect her from attacks, indoctrinate her into the Authority’s ways, on top of spending time with her. But, if he has a plan, he just brought in an outsider and laid out the mission statement, something no one is hearing with Steve Newlin’s spin being what is offered to everyone else. The Authority leaves no witnesses so the guise of saving her is necessary in order to get Jessica there. Now I don’t see how she gets out and an opposition rallied, but at least the truth is known to someone other than those crazies.

    Eric, he’s faking it to buy time until he can fight. He still hates Russell Edgington as much as he always has, especially with him giving up Sookie’s secret. And he hates Lilith just as much for what’s happening to his friends, his freedom, and the changing view of vampires. And that vision of her ripping off Godric’s head isn’t helping her case. He doesn’t have the opportunity yet, but his reasons to fight are just stacking up.

    So Warlow is an old Fae who believes he owns the right to Sookie’s womb/killed her and Jason’s parents? And the Stackhouses have been dealing with Fairies for a long time. Someone needs to start talking.

  8. Michele

    August 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Eric clearly is faking it, just look at the emptiness in his eyes when he’s on his knees in front of Russell. I’m confused about Bill and have no idea what he’s up to. I’m also very curious about this Warlow character. I’m just throwing this out there, there has been a theme with Bill saying Sookie “has to be protected” he has said it since season 1 and said it again in the beginning of this season, Sophie Ann is dead, is it because of Russell?, or does he know something else?, was that family tree he had for Sophie Ann or is it for something else? When Bill was zapped into the Faerie world in Season 3, did Claudette warn him about Sookie and Warlow? Cause we have no idea what she said to him.

    • Michele

      August 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      oops Claudine, not Claudette, too many Claudes in this show

  9. Rina

    August 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I am totally lost and have no idea what is going on in this show anymore. I just hope that things get resolved in the finale ’cause I’m running out of patience.

  10. Scarlett Red

    August 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    You know when a season first starts there’s a “set up” episode which introduces all the new characters, ties up any lose ends and begins the storyline for that season. Season 5 feels like a set up season… there’s so much going on and there isn’t really a main storyline. If my theory is correct season 6 is going to be badass and I honestly believe if they’re going to give us a season that’s all over the place and nothing really happens that they should deliver Season 6 on a silver plater and within 6months of the last one ending.

    I honestly thought that this season would consist of Sookie and Eric redevloping there relationship then getting hot and bothered under the sheets; Eric fucks up somehow and Sookie then going to Bill for guilt sex. But there’s always next season…

    Also totally in agreeance with the Lilith blood having a pinch of fairy in it.