But not before more flashbacks. And Brian telling them that he saw a fire monster kill one of their comrades recently. Like, a monster formed from smoke and fire. It's called an "Ifrit," we learn and is apparently a real supernatural figure in Arabian culture (thanks, Wikipedia!).

The Ifrit is tracking the soldiers down because one of the victims of the shooting in Iraq was still alive for a second enough to curse the men with the fire monster before she was burned alive with her fellow villagers. Got that?

Terry actually remembers seeing said fire monster and convinces Brian to untie them so they can all run away. Again, from a FIRE MONSTER. Instead, Patrick tied up Brian (Patrick doesn't believe in the monster and thinks Brian's just crazy-dangerous) and the fire monster kills Brian.

Where will this plot go from here. Hopefully, nowhere.

SHIFTER ASSASSINS?: Investigating the deaths of Sam's shifter buddies, Andy discovers that the two were shot in a drive-by (yes, a drive-by in Bon Temps). Later, Sam visits Luna and tells her what happens before he is attacked from the distance by a masked mob in a pick-up truck. He's shot before Luna is shot in the stomach and appears to die. Emma gets away by shifting into a dog and running off.

Was one of the shooters wearing an Obama mask? Not sure what that's supposed to mean, unless the mob is having some sort of updated "Point Break" fantasy.

PARENTAL CONTROL: What was the aftermath of Jason and Andy's trip to fairyland. Jason wakes up in a dream from childhood (except he's an adult and wearing some super-sweet Masters of the Universe jammies).

It's Christmas (little Sookie is there!) and the Stackhouses are having a nice breakfast until Jason sees vampire bites and blood spurting from the necks of his parents (refresher: cousin Hadley told Jason last episode that his parents were killed by vampires).

I wonder if Jason's going to explore this further -- or tell Sookie?

Meanwhile, all that happens to Andy is that we wakes up naked and Arlene spots him and is scandalized. If you're keeping score, Andy has been nude twice this season. Twice.

JESUS!: Lafayette, meanwhile, is visited by Jesus. Well, Jesus' severed head with his lips sewn up like a tourist shrunken head. I know Lafayette is battling his whole inner-black-magic-demon, but what the hell is going on here. Even his schizophrenic mom, Ruby Jean (Alfre Woodard) sees Jesus' head. If it weren't for Terry's situation, this would be the most ridiculously random plot.


Not the best first move: When Sookie removes Alcide's shirt in her bedroom, she can no longer hold her liquor and pukes all over her shoes. I imagine this doesn't happen often to a shirtless Joe Manganiello.

ERIC IS NOT A BIG APPLE FAN: "New York City smells like pee and the people are rude," he summarizes.

WORST LOOK: Hoyt, in full fang-banger mode, wears a purple shirt with cut-off sleeves.

LEAST-RELATABLE RELATIONSHIP PROBLEM: Andy tells Jason that he's not going to let a little thing like "sex with fairies" get in the way of the good thing he has going on with Holly.

FUNNIEST THINGS THAT CAME TO LIFE: Lafyette's group of religious icons start to move and talk to him. I think I heard one say, "Life is suffering bitch."