Review: HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Season 4, Episode 5 – “I Hate You, I Love You” or “Me and the Devil”

This season of True Blood is definitely proving to be more and more entertaining.  I didn’t have high expectations, previously with the show having had those expectations hit me with disappointment like being run over by bulldozer.  But with the current plot lines, and especially this new uninhibited Eric, it’s becoming funnier than it ever has been.  Which I appreciate, because vampires have a tendency to be major downers.

This episode, ironically, starts out with Mr. and Mrs. Boring and their son Weirdo.  However, it’s nice to see Tommy actually fight back for once and he ends up killing Joe Lee and his mother in a vicious rage.  Then he brings them to Sam’s house for show and tell; so they do the only logical thing – wrap the bodies in tarp and throw them in the swamp.  The Dateline special is pending.

Terry and Arlene meanwhile try to figure out the best way to make their baby stop being the creepiest child in the universe.  Terry suggests finding a reverend to cleanse the home of evil.  They end up calling Tara’s mom and her minister lover-turned-husband who come over for a sing along with a tambourine and light giant joints to stink up their house.

Eric has a dream about a sleeping Sookie when who shows up – Godric, his maker who ended up killing himself last season.  Dream Godric tries to convince Eric that he needs to stop fighting his nature and drink Sookie’s blood so he can day-walk.  He goes in her room for real and when she wakes up, he says he had a bad dream.  After he cries for a while, Sookie agrees to let him stay in her room to sleep.

Oh and P.S., why hasn’t anyone besides Andy not noticed that Jason has been missing for days on end?  Hoyt thanks Jessica for saving his “best friend” but he didn’t even know his “best friend” has been MIA for, what, a week?  Predictably, as soon as Jason drank Jessica’s blood, we knew the sex dreams were only moments away.  These dreams, however, include Hoyt.

Bill has his hands full with his great great great great great great granddaughter, Portia; who still wants to get in his pants even though she admits that it’s incest.  Sick.  I’m glad he glamored her into being afraid of him, she’s full on psycho.

Jesus and Lafayette are going to Mexico to visit Jesus’ grandfather, who he hates because he made him kill a goat when he was 9.  Jesus hopes that his grandfather will help them un-piss off the vamps and reverse Eric’s memory curse and Pam’s rotten face.

Sookie goes to see Marnie under the ruse of wanting a psychic reading.  Marnie is able to channel Gran; and when Sookie reads Marnie’s thoughts, her Gran’s voice tells her to run away from Marnie because she’s bad news. Marnie gets captured later by Bill’s goons and has another vision of the Spanish witch, Antonia, who was apparently murdered by vampires.  That still doesn’t explain why she hates vampires, though, hmm….

Eric discovered everything he did before he lost his memory and feels so remorseful that he plans to leave Sookie’s house, until she calls him back to make out with him.  He should have left, though, because Pam let it slip that Eric was staying there and Bill has his angry pants on.  Look out, Northman, you’re about to get a vampire-king bitch slap.

Oh, and Alcide is being visited by his local pack master about not registering with the pack.  Blah, blah.  Alcide was wearing a wife beater, so I was distracted.

So this Antonia person that is possessing Marnie, we have found out, is responsible for a multitude of vampire deaths.  Apparently she used Necromancy (control of the dead) to cause a bunch of vamps to wake up and walk through the daylight, causing them to be burned up.  Has she not found a suitable conduit before now?  No one willing to let her possess them?  It doesn’t make sense for her to make herself known after hundreds of years.

While I’m quite sick of half of Bon Temps (Sam, Tommy, Jason, Hoyt, Jessica, Tara, etc.), I will say that most of the story arcs are intriguing.  And call me a silly girl, but it’s about time we got back to some development with Sookie’s love life.  First it was Bill, then Alcide, then Eric, and lately it’s been no one.  It’s about time they explored the Sookie/Eric combination.  Next week we should see quite the blow out between Eric and Bill.

Oh, and I hope Eric never gets his memory back!

A solid 3.5/5 Bears.

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