True Blood

Season 3 Episode 9

Everything Is Broken

10
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 15, 2010 on HBO
8.4
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The Vampire Rights Amendment is close to being ratified so Nan confronts Eric at Fangtasia about the whereabouts of the Magister. Russell vows revenge against all his vampire and human adversaries. Bill discovers the truth about Sookie's true identity. Unexpected help arrives as Jason goes up against Felton and Calvin. Arlene is overcome by a sense of futility about her future while Tara meets up with a new ally and with someone who caused her pain in the past. Sookie meets a new family member. Hoyt addresses his real feelings head on.moreless

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  • "Now, time for the weather . . . Tiffany?"

    10
    Some of my other favorite lines? Jason to Crystal: "Could you not make me a rapist?"; and Jessica to Hoyt: "she's . . . short."



    Great episode! I'm still annoyed with Sookie being all about Bill so quickly after dumping him but that problem doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Too bad, Bill's so much more interesting when he's Sookie-less.



    I think the performance of the night and perhaps of the entire series goes to Denis O'Hare as a heartbroken and methinks a wee psychotic Russell. When he started hugging the goo that was once his beloved, I cringed; when he spoke to the goo in a jar (his version, I suppose, of Tom Hanks's Wilson the volleyball), I laughed; when he ripped the spine out of the reporter and revealed his stance on the VRA, I squealed in shock and actually applauded the unexpectedness of the moment. Wonderful performance.



    I also think that Alexander Skarsgard's performance is a close second in keeping me riveted. I loved when he came bursting into Fangtasia covered in Talbot and carrying his father's crown. It was also interesting to see him refuse to go to Sookie's, his way to protect her, I think. And his moments with Pam . . . touching. Sam's beating the crap out of Crystal's father was another unexpected moment of violence. I get that he was feeling impotent to help people and his brother pushed his male ego buttons by suggesting he was a doormat, but cute little Dean got a bit out of hand. I'm a little bored with cryptic Claudine. I have a feeling the big reveal about "what" Sookie's is will be a letdown for those who've read the books. But, I think we might end up getting some nice twists in regards to Sookie's mother . . . maybe, as Russell suggested, the woman Sookie thinks is her mother isn't really. I keep trying to figure out if Holly is too young or not to be Sookie's mother--her moments with Arlene about the baby seemed like foreshadowing to me. Or maybe when Holly was raped 15 years ago she got pregnant, too, and that's why she seemed so knowledgeable. I don't know, too much speculation, I suppose.



    I hate being right about Jesus, though. I don't think his jaguar tattoo bodes well for his relationship with Lafayette. Franklin's reappearance was expected but, I admit, I was sad to see him go. He was soooo sadistically funny. In the beginning of the episode, I had two flashbacks when Sookie and Bill were in the shower: the movie Psycho and the movie Carrie. Who really needs to see blood go down a drain anyway?



    I think we're in for an epic showdown between Eric and Russell and I can't wait for it.moreless
  • FRANKLIN LIVES!...then dies?

    9.0
    8.8



    i did not review last weeks episode cuz i was busy so if you were wondering i gave it a 9.3. this episode slowed down a little bit but still very strong, but gave us one of the best endings atleast of this season(best ending for an episode is still "timebomb"). jessica went back to being annoying after finnally having a great scene last episode, and she was joined in the annoying club by chrystal who is such a mess with her relationships its just naucious to watch, tommy whos just the definition of idiot and summer whos more bubbly than ever, bring back her biscuits! sookie discovers her cousins son has the same ability as her which means he will be hunted too by the vampires and werewolves. bill goes to sookies purgatory but its not as interesting as it sounds. a new waitress starts merlottes and comes off as nice but will probably have some secret just like everyother character. sam spazzes on chrystals father. eric is given the go ahead to take on russell. Franklin is still alive but for only one minute before jason puts a wooden bullet into him, although im guessing hell come back to life again. and the best was saved for last with russell killing his way onto the news and giving a gripping speech basically declaring war and then hands it off to tiffany for the weather.moreless
  • I'll never look at the weather the same way again!

    9.0
    Once again the writers, directers, cast and crew have outdone themselves in delivering an excellent episode of True Blood. Denis O'Hare as Russell Edington deserves special mention because he emphasizes in a very dramatic manner why humans are right to fear vampires. Russell actually says it best when he says it is the human personality traits that humans should fear most in vampires and not the supernatural. While Russell portrays the worst of human and vampire personality traits Pam and Eric ironically emphasize the best of human and vampire personality traits. Their love and obvious concern for one another reiterate why humans and vampires continue to find each other so facinating.moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    9.5
    The Vampire Rights Amendment is close to being ratified so Nan confronts Eric at Fangtasia about the whereabouts of the Magister. Russell vows revenge against all his vampire and human adversaries. Bill discovers the truth about Sookie's true identity. Unexpected help arrives as Jason goes up against Felton and Calvin. Arlene is overcome by a sense of futility about her future while Tara meets up with a new ally and with someone who caused her pain in the past. Sookie meets a new family member. Hoyt addresses his real feelings head on. I love the start of this episode, with Eric and Pam and Eric is panicking. I think Pam and Eric are my favourite characters, and of course Sookie is in there too! I love the Fangtasia scene with that women and Eric, when Eric gets silver on him. I love the scene with Russell and dead Talbot, pretty cool. I love the scene with Sookie and Bill when they are getting rid of the dead body, and what they talk about. I'm getting bored of the Jason and Crystal storyline, she bores me and Jason can be so much better! I love all the scenes with Eric in it and all his storyline! I love the webcam scenes with that women and Eric. I love the way Tara and Sam are. I love the phone conversation with Sookie and Hadley, and then the scene with them and then Hunter - very interesting. I love the scene with Tommy and Arlene, pretty Awesome. I love the scene with Arlene and Holly. I love the scenes with Bill and Claudia, and the whole storyline in that scenes. Oh how I love the scenes with Eric and Pam, and their relationship. I love the scene with Jessica, Hoyt and Summer and the whole storyline with that. Then I love the scene when it's just Hoyt and Jessica. I love the scene with Eric, Pam and that vampire women again, and the fact that Eric is allowed revenge. I love the scene when Sam beats Crystals dad. I love the way Franklin is back, but not for long, I do love Tara in this scene. To be honest, I do like the way Jason saves Tara though. I love the scene with Bill and Sookie when he tells Sookie that he knows what she is. I love the way Russell kills the other guy on live television! Awesome ending.moreless
  • 309

    5.8
    True Blood continues to be over the top, but it would be hard to not enjoy parts of it. There was a lot of violence here, but other than that, there really was not much else. The show was a bit slow-moving at times and I really would not call this one of the better episodes of the season.



    True Blood has a lot of characters, which sometimes can be a good thing, but it also will limit how often you see each one. The two stars of the show Sookie and Bill were barely in this episode. That's not how a TV show should work.moreless
Ronnie Gene Blevins

Ronnie Gene Blevins

T-Dub

Guest Star

John Burke

John Burke

Jerry McCafferty

Guest Star

Kate Luyben

Kate Luyben

Natalie

Guest Star

Lindsey Haun

Lindsey Haun

Hadley Hale

Recurring Role

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles

Holly Cleary

Recurring Role

Tanya Wright

Tanya Wright

Deputy Kenya Jones

Recurring Role

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    • Featured Music:
      "How to Become Clairvoyant" by Robbie Robertson (Lafayette and Jesus have an intimate moment)
      "Tricked Out" by Disposable Youth (Sam and Terry on the phone; Arlene yelling at Terry)
      "Be My Queen" courtesy of Bosshouse Music (Sam finds Tommy fooling around with a girl)
      "Heart of Steel" featuring Irma Thomas by Galactic (Ruby Jean notices something different about Lafayette; Jesus gives her a ride back to the care facility)
      "So Far So Good" by Jim Bianco (background music in Sam's office)
      "Holding On Too Tight" by Brit Savage (Jessica sees Hoyt and Summer walk into Merlotte's)
      "Faith" by Alejandro Escovedo (Jesus visits Lafayette at Merlotte's; Jessica apologizes to Hoyt and Hoyt tells her he hates Summer)
      "Heaven Knows" by James Combs and Joey Peters (Crystal's dad shows up angry at Merlotte's)
      "Dead and Gone" by Los Infernos (Sam nearly beats Crystal's dad to death)
      "Everything is Broken" by Bob Dylan (end credits)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany - December 2, 2010 on Syfy
      Czech Republic - January 18, 2011 on HBO
      United Kingdom - March 11, 2011 on FX/FX HD

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Všechno je zlomené (Everything Is Broken)

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