'True Blood' recap, 'Lost Cause'

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This week’s episode picks up with the aftermath of the Battle at Fangtasia. Pam tries to talk to Willa, who has no plans to join their search to track down Sarah Newlin. Short version: Eric is a deadbeat maker who left her stranded mere weeks after turning her, and Pam deserted Tara right before her death.

Drained, Eric apologizes to Willa (while sitting on his throne!) and tries to pump Willa for info on Sarah Newlin’s whereabouts, since she was basically Willa’s stepmother. Willa agrees to help him if he releases her, so he does.

Turns out, Sarah has a sister named Amber Mills who just so happens to be a vampire. Willa doesn’t know where she is exactly (or how this information remained a secret), but she overheard a phone conversation in which Sarah threatened to have Amber (who called from a Dallas area code) sent to the concentration camp if she ever called her again.


Sookie arrives home and James is there with Lafayette, who came to pay his respects. Has James been invited into Sookie’s house before? Because he just strolls in. Lafayette puts her to bed and promises to stay the night. I love him so much.

The next night, Sookie wakes to find A) Jackson outside loading Alcide’s things into his truck and B) her house decked out in a hundred candles and flowing scarves. Obviously Lafayette’s work.

Jackson tells her to give him a call when she feels ready to go through his son’s things.

Jenny and Lafayette have cooked up a massive amount of food and invited the town over for a party in honor of Alcide. Sookie’s furious; she wants to grieve alone in her bathrobe. Lafayette tells her that the company will help her not to feel lonely, and they all push her to get dressed.

Bill arrives early, because showing up to a party early is the most Bill Compton-move ever. He didn’t BHOB, as Lafayette asked, but he brought Sookie some flowers.


Turns out, Amber Mills has Hep V and a major grudge against her sister. The black sheep of the family, Amber was turned by her now-dead vampire boyfriend right around the time that Sarah married Steve Newlin. The first lady of the Fellowship of the Sun simply couldn’t have a vampire sister, so Sarah paid Amber to stay in the coffin. Then, somehow, she and her boyfriend both mysteriously contracted Hep V.

OK. She hates her sister…but is she willing to help kill her? Of course she is. Pam takes a liking to her instantly. I don’t hate this new character either, but it does seem a little strange for the show to introduce new characters after steadily killing off fan favorites.

Amber figures that Sarah will run to their parents for help, now that her life is in danger. They live in town and just so happen to be going to a Ted Cruz event at the Bush Library, which will obviously be on vampire lockdown. Time for another undercover mission! Oh, I wonder what accent Eric will do!

Lettie Mae is still chasing V …

… but Rev. Daniels is not easily fooled. Lettie claims that she wants to go to the party at Sookie’s to say goodbye to Tara. But her husband forbids it, on the grounds that there will be both alcohol and vampires at that party. Lettie Mae sneaks a bottle of Benedryl out of a cabinet, which she later uses to dope up the Reverend so that she can sneak out of the house.

A party and a Bill Compton flashback

The party seems pretty fun, with the Fangtasia survivors doing shots and celebrating being alive. Jane Boathouse even decides to get her life together … starting tomorrow. The partying makes Bill have a Civil War flashback, because looking at a stick of butter would make Bill have a Civil War flashback. This time it’s about Jane Boathouse’s saloon-running ancestor kicking him out of the bar for being less-than-excited about the start of the Civil War.

Back in the present, Sookie’s come down for the party. Jason and Violet are the first to greet her. Violet breaks Lafayette’s rules and apologizes for Sookie’s loss. She can empathize, having lost hundreds of boyfriends over the years, but remembers how “painful those first ones were.”

Lettie Mae arrives at the party just as Jackson’s doing some sweet reminiscing about his hardheaded, idealistic son. Lafayette tries to get his aunt out of here, but Sookie invites her to say a few words about Tara. Lettie offers her condolences to Jackson and gives a sweet toast to Tara, the daughter she never really took care of, who died saving her life.

Andy steps out of the party to invite a brooding Jessica inside.  At first she refuses, but he points out that her torturing herself over killing his daughters “keeps the pain alive for [him], too.” She protected Adilyn, she helped them find Holly; Andy wants to move forward, but with Jessica’s help. He asks to borrow one of her rings … to propose to Holly!

Jessica doesn’t think any of hers are appropriate, but has an idea and zooms back into the house to ask Sookie to let them have her grandmother’s ring. It was promised to Jason, but Violet insists that she doesn’t need a ring to tell her that Jason belongs to her. Besides, she is also very underwhelmed by the ring, because she can’t have a redeeming moment without following it up with something annoying.

Andy’s long-overdue wedding proposal is incredibly sweet. She interrupts his speech with a “Yes!” before he can even ask the question.

Seeing Jessica happy, James tries to get her to sneak off with him to have sex, but she turns him down.

Sookie’s having a less-happy reaction to Andy’s proposal and sneaks upstairs with Arlene to talk it out. She’s finding it hard to be happy for Andy when she’s still coming to grips with the fact that the big, strong Alcide fell so easily. Jackson eavesdrops as Arlene tells Sookie how she survived after Terry’s death by slipping on his jacket at night. For Sookie, she prescribes “time and tequila.”

Jessica is looking for James, who turned to Lafayette for comfort after Jessica refused him earlier. Arlene directs her to the porch and sure enough, Jessica finds James and Lafayette having sex in their car. James zooms over to apologize, but Jessica isn’t hearing it. She storms into the house, tells Jason what happened and asks him to rescind James’s invitation into the house.

Jason’s trying to help Jessica sort out what happened, when Lafayette comes upstairs to talk it out. At first, they have a trite back and forth, but Lafayette storms back in, asking Jessica what she even knows about James. Where was he turned, what was his life like before he was turned, et cetera? Somewhat unsurprisingly, she doesn’t know this.

He’s even more upset that Jessica seems shocked at the idea that James could be attracted to him and that Lafayette, “the queen who makes all of you white heterosexuals laugh and feel good about yourselves,” might want to be loved, too. Looks like Jessica’s righteous indignation is melting away.

A drunk Sookie’s listening in on the party guests thoughts, and it seems like the public opinion of her has changed. She asks about Bill, which leads us to another Civil War flashback, this time of him travelling the Underground Railroad as a deserter, or something.

In the present, Sookie comes out to join him. She’s noticed that he doesn’t seem to be that happy, but he turns the convo back to her, giving her credit for helping Bon Temps vampires fully mainstream. Blah.

Back inside, Sookie continues to eavesdrop on thoughts and hears Lettie Mae plotting to stab Willa and get her blood, in order to see Tara. Sookie cries for Lettie to stop, but it’s after she’s already knifed the baby vamp. The others fang out, but Sam defuses the situation and Lafayette ushers his aunt out of the party.

That’s when Nicole, who hasn’t done much more than get kidnapped and scream this season, finally gets some lines. Lettie Mae isn’t the only crazy one. They all are, for being at this party less than a week after so many people were killed and she and the others were kidnapped by H-vamps.

Upstairs, Jessica and Jason are still talking about their respective romantic issues. For the first time, Jason admits that Violet’s a little off. He wonders if it’s why he was relieved that Violet didn’t want to wear his gran’s ring. Moved by Jason being so sentimental, Jessica kisses him and they end up having sex.

Eric and Pam play dress up

While prepping to crash their society gathering, Pam is distressed to see that Eric is now Stage Two. They had better find a cure soon, because I refuse to watch him die. Pam covers the visible veins in makeup, then tears up when Eric tells her to accept his impending death.

They arrive at the gathering, Pam in sequins and Eric in a cowboy hat. It is amazing.

Amber’s suspicions were right. Sarah does show up to the party looking for help. She finds her mother in the bathroom and asks her to help her get help from a powerful person at the party. No one is willing to help Sarah since Bill’s book revealed her to be responsible for Hep-V, but her mother pauses when she tells her that the Yakuza are after her.

Eric finds Sarah’s dad, glamouring him for info on Sarah. He doesn’t have to question the man very long. The Yakuza storm in, guns blazing. They shoot down several party-goers, including her parents. Sarah tries to flee around back, but is caught by Eric Northman. The Yakuza leader aims to shoot him, but Eric kills the man, ripping off his face with his bare hands. There’s the Eric we know!

Back at Sookie’s

The party is over and Sookie puts on Alcide’s leather jacket to go to sleep. I’d care a lot more if she actually loved him.

Bill is at his mansion, still reminiscing because the show wants to torture me. This time, he’s having thoughts of his wife. He’s also showing some signs of Hep-V, which is great because the only Bill Compton I like is a dead Bill Compton.

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