I literally applauded from my couch. Loudly. Almost woke up the baby.
But this kiss signals the beginning of the Eric-Sookie romance, and I just can't wait. Well, hopefully it's a sign of the beginning - unless of course Bill ruins it all by going all psycho-ex-boyfriend on Eric. Boo. I've always been a Bill fan, but his behavior of late has been nothing short of disappointing. He broke Sookie's heart, and now he's going to tell her who she can and can't date? Whatever, dude.
I'm getting a little ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning.
Tommy killed his dad, Jolene, out of self-defense. He was a little too hopped up on adrenaline and whacked his Momma, too, causing her to perish as well. Freaking out, he shows up at - who else's? - Sam's place. Sam, against his better judgement, helps his brother and transports the bodies to the local swamp. They were stopped momentarily by a V-loving Andy Bellefleur who insisted Sam open the back doors to the van. Tommy used his head for once, and shape-shifted into an alligator, scaring the beejesus out of Andy. Way to go, Tommy! I honestly wouldn't have been able to handle it if the two of them had been hauled off to jail. We need to end this storyline quickly, and Alan Ball delivered just that - a rather poetic end to the lives of Jolene and Momma: death by marshmallows. Not to mention, note to self: don't swim with marshmallows when taking a dip in your favorite Southern swamp hole. It'll stir up the 'gators.
Anywho, Tara, Layfayette, and Jesus were all still mad at Marnie for the spell she cast that rotted Pam's face. Layfayette and Jesus decided to go south to Mexico to visit Jesus' grandfather, a brou-haha (I hope I'm spelling that correctly). Jesus told Layfayette about his rather memorable 9th birthday, the day that his grandfather forced him to kill a goat and then lick the blood off the knife. He said he felt something when he drank the blood, giving him reason to believe he may have special powers. My question is, what do you do on the 10th birthday? How do you top a goat murder?
Tara was all freaked out when she talked to her girlfriend back in New Orleans, as the girlfriend started receiving mail with Tara's real name on it. Tara sought out Sookie for advice, only to find one very large, Nordic vampire in Sookie's house. She threw down the beer and ice cream and reached for a poker, which Eric tossed out of her hand like it was a Q-tip. Eric looked genuinely concerned for Sookie's well-being, and those two continue to grow closer. Tara hightailed it out of the house, leaving Eric and Sookie alone.
Now, prior to this, Eric was started to have some real issues with his identity. One bad dream about his maker Godric sent him to Sookie's bedroom like a little kid, scared and unsure. Sookie played the mom part well, stroking his hair and telling him he's a good vampire, but Eric wasn't sold. After Tara extolled all of the bad things Eric has done, Eric's crisis hit its peak, and he left Sookie's house with some serious insecurities. Poor guy. We've all done bad stuff, but Eric was really beating himself up over this. Thankfully, Sookie followed him out of the house, called for him, and he returned to her open arms. Their hug turned into a kiss with the stairs helping the height difference significantly, all while...
Pam spilled the beans to Bill. Accidentally, of course, but loose lips (literally! ha!) sink ships. Despite the fact that Bill captured Marnie and glamored her, the vamps were no closer to finding out a reversal spell for both Eric and Pam. As the sheriffs of Louisiana assembled in Bill's living room (love those couches!), one sheriff explained why this witch thing is such a big deal: back in 1610, a witch by the name of Antonia cast a necromancy spell that caused all of the vampires in a 20-mile radius to come into the light - and meet their true death. This just so happens to be the same witch that Marnie has been channeling. So yeah, this is kind of a big deal. And as Pam fumed about killing/torturing Marnie, she let it slip that Marnie also erased Eric's memory. When Bill confronted her, she told him Eric is at Sookie's, and Bill's eyes flashed. He headed off to Sookie's place and next week, we find out what happens between the two.
An Alcide update ("Al-see," as the writers were kind enough to let us know how to say his name finally): he's in Shreveport, playing house with Debbie Pelt and wearing as many sleeveless shirts that he can find. (Brian groused on the couch, "Is it in his contract to either be shirtless or sleeveless in this entire season?" I told him to pipe down and continue eating his apple cores and raw meat.) The Shreveport pack master came knocking at his door - literally - but Alcide stood firm and explained he did not want to join a pack, as he enjoys "free agency." As the coming attractions showed, it looks like they go after Debbie, which pulls Alcide into the pack. See? This is why you dump the troublesome girlfriend now, so she doesn't cause you more issues later.
Also, please continue wearing your sleeveless shirts.
Your thoughts? Was the kiss everything you hoped it would be? When do you think Bill interrupts? I forgot to mention Hoyt/Jessica/Jason and Arlene and Terry, but there's not a lot to cover with them. I'll stick to the shirtless hunks, thanks.