True Blood

Season 3 Episode 4

9 Crimes

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 11, 2010 on HBO
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Sookie joins Alcide at a raucous engagement party for his former fiancee, Debbie Pelt. Bill "procures" dinner for Russell and Lorena. Sam brokers a deal with Tommy and his parents. Andy gets a promotion and draws Jason's attention. Arlene is irked by Jessica's arrival at Merlotte's. Eric is given a deadline to locate Bill. Franklin takes Tara on a road trip.moreless

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  • 9.2 FINALLY!

    before i start my review lets have a round of applause for true blood doing what a show should do...moving the storyline along, and it only took them four episodes, congratulations. anyways this episode was quite good after three mediocre episodes. it was surprisingly really funny from sookie reminding me of deborah morgan by blurting out stfu(you know what it stands for) on the phone to bill. or with eric calling lafayette ru paul. this episode actually made me like tara a little bit and trust me, thats a miracle. it was intense seeing franklin hold her hostage with that menacingly uncomfortable grin of his. this episode barely had jessica which after her boring three part episode of her getting rid of a body is kind of a good thing. andy gets promoted to sherriff after bud retires, and jason bribes andy to make him a officer or hes gonna say what really happened to eggs. it was quite enjoyablke to see sookie dressed up as uma thruman from pulp fiction, and even though a little messed up, the ending sequence with bill turning back to his evil side was entertaining. hoping the show will keep this up now.moreless
  • There's no turning back for Bill!

    This episode was a bit of a mixed bag, much like the season has been thus far. Again, there are so many wonderful moments pocketed away in each episode, and this one, especially, has some hilarious one liners, but where do we go from here? And how fast do we get there? (Our survey says: faster!)

    I mentioned it before, and I'll mention it again: I'm just not interested in vampire politics whatsoever. It was kooky last season, with the Fellowship of the Sun, but now that we have Queens and Kings, procurers and sheriffs, wolf-runts and the magistrate, I'm starting to feel a snooze coming on. Sure, our loveable main cast are knee deep in a pool of V, but so little has happened so far this season, due to the multitude of factions, that I'm finding it difficult to really care... about anything.

    Of course, the writers always do well to poke fun of the sheer ridiculousness of their own plotting, and this week, Arlene is our champion, pointing out some blatant plot-holes (ONE staff-member running Merlotte's, for example) and commenting that everyone just comes and goes as they please, or else ''rings up dead'' -- HA! When a show can be this cheesy (and on the verge of convoluted), it's good to know we still have the likes of Arlene and Lafayette in our corner, always there to endure this 'level of f**ked-up-ness' with us.

    That's not to say there are slim pickin's, character-wise, amidst all of this howling and growling. In fact, there's some great character work at play here, with most of it coming from a vamp I once considered the dullest character on the show: Bill Compton. Now that he has dropped his blonde bombshell, he's easily the most fascinating and complex character right now. I literally have no idea what his agenda is. He has gone so far beyond the realms of the dark side, I honestly don't think there's any turning back. I really don't want him to turn back. How can he turn back?

    Bill sensed Sookie was in crazy danger and did nothing. Nothing. He also picked up a stripper and enjoyed a raunchy snack with Lorena and Russell. Worst of all, he dumped Sookie OVER THE PHONE. What a monster! Last week I called him a gentleman, I feel such a fool. On the plus side of life (or death, whatever), he callously detailed to Sookie that he and Lorena ''f**ked like only vampires can'' and then super-duper-punched Lorena out of his room. I love this new Bill that seems adamant on inflicting as much damage to Lorena as physically possible. Oh, and the F-bombs, he dropped two this week. I love it!

    Meanwhile, former-badass-turned-bodyguard, Eric, shows up once again, this time to save a different kind of damsel in distress. I absolutely love this pairing of Lafayette and Eric. They may not get much screen time together, but their brief encounters are usually always a hoot, not to mention the copious amounts of sexual tension oozing between them. Ok, maybe not sexual tension as such, but Eric does see Lafayette as his little pet – definitively his, if ya know what I mean – I always enjoy it on shows when two loosely-linked characters share screen time. Am I spending too much time on this? Moving on...

    On the other end of the spectrum, Sookie is suffering an awful lot as a character. Without a strapping vamp by her side, her subplot comes off extremely dull. Yes, I said subplot. There's just nothing to her storyline at all, it's going nowhere fast. Alcide comes off a shade better this week... shirtless... and with those bulging pecks... and that six pack... and, uh, where was I? Oh, right, Sucky storylines... She has a great cameo in Eric's daydream (snappy lines, amazing body), but this whole Where's Wolfie quest, trying to peg which werewolf vamp-napped Bill, is already on its last legs. And how are we supposed to get behind Alcide when he dates such white-trash? (I did like his sister, though!)

    I'm gonna throw Tara, Sam and Jason into the same boat this week, as there are barely any new developments made, although Tara's storyline is definitely the strongest of the bunch (when she arrived at Russell's, I was practically screaming at my TV for Bill to sense her). I also really enjoyed that we got to see a new element of the glamour technique when Franklin used her to communicate with Sookie (it reminded me of Terminator 2, mimicking voices and all that). Jason just falls further and further down the storyline food chain and that's all that really needs to be said about that. And last but not least, we have Sam and his dram-o-rama with his hick family. Clearly they're not going to agree to his terms for long – no stealing or drinking in exchange for free digs – and so it kind of just fizzles out, probably going to continue with this will they/won't they screw him over teasing until the final few episodes.

    It's a fast-paced episode with a lot going on (an awful lot), but since we're still primarily in the transitional stages of the season, all we can really do is sit back and wait. And that's what a lot of characters have been doing too: waiting.

    There are so many wonderful quotables to quote in this episode, and that's what keeps it fresh. But True Blood needs to up its game. Technically, it's still early days, but witty lines and the odd stroke of genius cannot distract me from the fact that my initial opinion of this show way back in season 1 may ring true: it can only really work when you can consume an entire season in one gulp, via box-set.

    Oh. I almost forgot. Writers, if you kill off Pam, I will hunt you down. That is all.moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Sookie joins Alcide at a raucous engagement party for his former fiancee, Debbie Pelt. Bill "procures" dinner for Russell and Lorena. Sam brokers a deal with Tommy and his parents. Andy gets a promotion and draws Jason's attention. Arlene is irked by Jessica's arrival at Merlotte's. Eric is given a deadline to locate Bill. Franklin takes Tara on a road trip. Right, I'm back, meaning I'm trying not to have a break in watching these as it takes me ages to watch them again. I love the start, with Sookie and Alcide, mmm his body. Plus, I love the storyline going on with them. I love the phone conversation with Sookie and Bill, and she tells him to 'shut the **** up', was an amazing scene. It was also sad, I felt sorry for Sookie. I love the way Sookie is crying and Alcide gives her a hug. I love the scene with Sam and his family, type people. I love the way Franklin is snooping around everyone. I love the phone conversation with Franklin, Tara and Sookie. Oh, oh...Tara us trapped type thing. I love the whole storyline with Bill and Lorena, it's confusing but interesting. Hilarious when he punches her. Wow, I love the scene with Eric and Sookie, the way he is flying outside her window and then Eric and Sookie happen, but it's all just in Erics head, amazing. I don't think I have ever wanted two characters more together in anything. I love the way Tara is tied up. I love the scene with Sookie and Alcides sister. I love the Merlotte scenes, especially when Jason stands up to that young boy. I love the way Arlene has a go at Sam, I love the way she is acting so weird. I love the way Alcide goes with Sookie. I love the way Bill wants Lorena gone. Franklin is kind of Awesome, the way he is, kind of scary. I love the way Jessica gets a job at Merlotte's, and then somebody she knows from her human life ecognises her, so she uses her vampire skills. I love the scene with Layfette, where he is selling v, and Eric comes and helps him - amazing. I love the scene with Eric and Layfette, I'm in love with everything Eric does. Wow, I love the whole storyline with Fangtasia. I love the toilet scene with Jason and Andy. I love the way Tara is in the same place as Bill was. I love the party type thing scene, and Sookie is hilarious and Awesome. I love the way Debbie comes up to Sookie. I love the way Eric comes and saves Pam, amazing. I love the way they say it's Bill who is selling the v. I do love Pam and Eric. Eric now has a deadline, amazing. I love the way Sookie is in the same place as the vampire who was with Bill. I love the ending.moreless
  • Eric fans around the globe are finally getting a fix, and all the Bill fans are weeping blood.

    FINALLY! Some Eric and Sookie shots that are, dare I say it? Hot. Yes, hot. H-O-T. The only scene that stuck out in my head was when Eric flies up to Sookie's window, she invites him in, they flirt something serious, start kissing, and she shoves him on her tissue strewn bed. She climbs on top and asks if he wants more. Then, we flash out and realize that it's the new stripper at Fangtastia who's asking if he wants more (dancing) and he's been daydreaming the whole scene. Which means *drumroll* both Sookie and Eric have had either fantasies or dreams about each other in a hanky panky way. The rest of the episode consists of Sookie chasing Alcide around, pushing him into his ex at her party, Bill telling Sookie he's just screwed Lorena (whom I loathe and am counting the day until she bites the dust), and Jason being his usual stupid self. I'm sorry man candy aside, I hate Jason Stackhouse. How is it a person THAT stupid even remembers to breathe? If it wasn't an involuntary thing and required thinking, he'd be dead. The actor who plays him is such a cutie and so smart, but his character just makes me want to rip his head off and shove it up his @ss. Literally. But I'm noticing something that's been bugging me the last couple episodes, all these darn episodes keep ending with Bill and usually Lorena. I'm sorry but watching the King of Mississippi, Lorena, and Bill enjoy fresh dinner is not the last thing I want to see on True Blood. Screw Bill, show us Sookie and Eric!!!!!moreless
  • "Let's go, Ru Paul"!!

    Eric gets the best lines. Probably because he his dreams, and in so many more ways, but I digress!

    So, is it true about Bill? Is he a wolf in vampire's clothing or are both Pam and Eric just really fast thinkers in a crunch? I hope Eric uses the next 48 hrs (how many episodes??) to pull this one off because next to Eric, Pam is my favourite character and I'd hate to see her cynical outlook go away. The Tara and Franklin story line is starting to take some shape. I'm glad to see that because I was worried after her eye spinning interlude last week. Wake up Tara! "Mind blowing" sex always has ties!

    It will be a nice story line if Sam takes his brother under his wing but I'm thinking the parents are superfluous. They'd make some nice vamp a good dinner...

    Looks like Jason has Andy by the proverbial shorties, proving maybe Jason is not really as dumb as he has been making us think these past two seasons??

    And the King is going to prove to be a real adversary for...whom? I haven't read the books and I'm glad because now I can see which of my theories, if any, will pan out.moreless
Kevin Fry

Kevin Fry


Guest Star

Dawn Olivieri

Dawn Olivieri

Janet Herveaux

Guest Star

Carlson Young

Carlson Young


Guest Star

Grant Bowler

Grant Bowler


Recurring Role

Natasha Alam

Natasha Alam


Recurring Role

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Arlene: Sorry, Sam. I get a little emotional when I…when I see people taking advantage of you.
      Sam: What are you talking about?
      Arlene: Well, you let in every stray, Sam. First that old dog, and then your folks, and now Jessica. I mean, it's your business. It's not a charity.
      Sam: I can take care of myself. Alright, my folks won't be coming around any more.
      Terry: You sure they know that, 'cause they're grilling in the parking lot.
      (Sam looks mildly upset and then walks off.)
      Terry: (to Arlene) One thing's for sure, we'll never be as bad of parents as they are.

    • Kenya: (to Sam at the bar) Well I guess the only way to get a promotion in this town is to drink like a fish, hallucinate farm animals, and kill a black man. Hey, (raising glass) promotion.

    • (Sookie and Janice are talking about Alcide.)
      Sookie: Why'd he stay with her so long?
      Janice: She was his first love, he never met anybody so alive, all that shit. But how many bullets you gonna take for somebody? How many bad things gotta happen to you and the ones that you love before you realize feeling alive ain't enough? I'm just glad he made it out alive.

    • Lafayette: (leaving message for Tara on cell phone) Ring ring, hooker, ring ring. Now I know you're holing up at Sookie's, but long story short, I gots me a six-figure bucket seat cradling my black ass right the fuck now. And you got yourself my old ride. That's right. Buddha done did us a 180, he did. Now why don't you calls a motherfucker back, please?

    • Alcide: What time do you want to head back to Bon Temps? Since you're not looking for that asshole anymore.
      Sookie: Oh, I still plan on finding him.
      Alcide: Okay, doormat.
      Sookie: I'm not a doormat. I just want him to say it to my face.
      Alcide: What, he didn't hurt you enough?
      Sookie: I think he's in trouble. Maybe I'm wrong, but if he can look me in the eye, and tell me it's over, then I'll leave him here to rot.
      Alcide: You looking for closure? Just let it go, move on.
      Sookie: Says the man cooking breakfast in a wok 'cause he's too sad to buy a new frying pan.

    • Sookie: Can all vampires fly?
      Eric: Can all humans sing?
      Sookie: Are you kidding? Couldn't carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "Bonehead" by Onepointsix (Eric fanta about Sookie)
      "Mamasita" by Daddy P, Spiket & Da Diggler (Lafayette makes a call from his new car)
      "Blame It On The Fact That I'm A Man" by The Mears Brothers (Jason gets worked up)
      "Walk That Midnight Walk" by Production Music, Courtesy of Bosshouse Music (Merlotte's background music)
      "Ten Year High School Reunion" by Kevin Fisher (Sam trains Jessica to be the hostess at Merlotte's)
      "I'll Cry A River For You" by Bettie Wilson (Hoyt sees Jessica outside of Merlotte's with another boy)
      "Train Wreck" by Deanna Johnston (Jason tells Andy to make him a cop)
      "Mozart Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 19" by Production Music, Courtesy of Selectracks (Edington Mansion background music))
      "S.O.S." by Sennen (Sookie at Lou Pine's)
      "Paradise Circus" by Massive Attack (Bill enters the strip club)
      "Wolf Blood Honey" by The Upsidedown (Russell speaks from the stage at Lou Pine's)
      "Do Not Conceal Thy Radiant Eyes" by Production Music, Courtesy of Extreme Music (the werewolves drink Russell's blood)
      "9 Crimes (Demo)" by Damien Rice (Russell, Lorena and Bill feed in the limousine; end credits)

    • This episode marks the last appearance of William Sanderson (Sheriff Bud Dearborne) although he is still listed in the episode opening credits for the rest of the season.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany - November 11, 2010 on Syfy
      Czech Republic - December 14, 2010 on HBO
      United Kingdom - February 4, 2011 on FX/FX HD

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Devět zločinů (9 Crimes)