Episode 302

“Beautifully Broken”
Original airdate: June 20, 2010

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Official Description – added 05.08.10

Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi, concocts a plan to consolidate his power. Eric remembers his past; Sam tests the strength of his family bonds; Tara finds an ally in a shady vampire named Franklin Mott. (Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Scott Winant.)

Casting Call – added 11.30.2009

In this episode we’ll meet Crystal Norris, a recurring character who is described as “mysterious and hauntingly beautiful”. She shares a connection with Jason but has no lines in this first appearance. In the books, Crystal is a resident of Hotshot, the local were community, who ultimately has a very strong connection to Jason. Also showing up for the first time in this episode is Calvin Norris, the 40-something leader of the community of Hotshot. Looks like we’re going down that road!

We’ll get a flashback to WWII Germany where we’ll see a Were-Bitch (female were) in her 20s or 30s. She pleads for help from American soldier Sergeant Kinney, then suddenly transforms.

Furthering the storyline with Sam’s search for his family, Melinda Mickens appears in this episode. She’s in her 50s and dirt poor. She’s hung-over and lives in a shanty, and she’s a strong recurring role.  Joe Lee Mickens, Melinda’s husband, also shows up in this episode. He’s poorly educated but figures out Sam’s link to his wife.

Ruby Jean Reynolds, an African-American woman in her late 40s to early 50s is clearly deranged. She’s intensely religious and viciously homophobic. Wait a minute – “Reynolds”? “Homophobic”? Sounds like a Lafayette storyline is emerging.

As previously reported, the show is casting Talbot, the King of Mississippi’s long-time trophy husband. The official casting call reveals more about the character, however. He’s extremely good-looking, like underwear model hot, with a sarcastic personality. He’ll first appear in episode 3.02 as he shows Bill around the mansion where he’s been “invited” to stay. Does this mean Bill was kidnapped by the King?

Jesus Velasquez is a recurring character in season 3 with the possibility of becoming a regular in season 4. He’s gay, Latino, and – naturally – gorgeous. A good-natured guy, he works as an orderly at a nursing home, caring for an elderly patient who makes racist remarks that he takes in stride. He first appears in episode 3.02.

Meanwhile, Tara gets into a confrontation with a pair of hillbillies, Shane and Kris, who disrespect someone who died recently (Eggs?). When one of the jerks refuses to apologize, Tara proceeds to beat him up.

And finally, we get a little insight into the biker gang previously mentioned as a character known as Creepy Biker is revealed as a werewolf and menaces Sookie. Too bad for him, she’s not the easy victim he anticipated.