True Blood

Season 2 Episode 11

Frenzy

11
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 30, 2009 on HBO
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Bill seeks out the advice of Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, but must exercise patience before she gives him critical information. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette find that protecting Tara from herself is more difficult than they anticipated; a desperate Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance; and Jessica tests Hoyt's allegiance to Maxine.moreless

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  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    9.5
    With the crisis in Bon Temps careening out of control, Bill seeks out the advice of Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, but must exercise patience before she gives him critical information. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette find that protecting Tara from herself is more difficult than they anticipated; a desperate Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance; and Jessica tests Hoyt's allegiance to Maxine. I love they way Bill has thse cute facial expressions, so adorable. I love the scenes with Jessica and Hoyt and all that stuff. I love scenes with Bill and Sophie-Anne, who is awesome in the books! I love the scene with Layfette, Sookie, Tara and her mother, great storyline. I love the scene in Merlotte's, great storyline. I love Tara, she is awesome I love her attitude. I love the scenes with just Sookie and Layfette, especially when they talk about Eric - extremely funny. The tears where falling down my face when Layfette seen Eric instead of Tara's mother - hilarious, he is so hot! I hate Maryann, annoying. I feels orry for Hoyt because of what his mother said about his farther. I love the scene where Sam goes and asks help from Eric, he is so powerful my favourite character by far. I love the way the kids are with Eric and Pam so funny! I love the scene where Sookie is in her house. I love the scene where Bill is sucking blood from a man, his facial expressions are hilarious, I love the scenes with Bill and Sophie-Anne! I love the scene with Eric and Bill both extremely good looking. Great ending.moreless
  • Basically a real filler episode waiting for next weeks season finale. We see all of the pieces being put into place and putting Bill and Sam together at the end of the episode. We meet the Queen of the area Sophie-Anne played by Evan Rachel Wood.moreless

    8.0
    I really spent most of this episode waiting for something to happen. The realization that what really was happening was a finale set-up to the this seasons storyline. Everything is pointing to the ceremony at Sookie's house.



    This would be all so much more interesting if it didn't revolve around the Maryanne character and the rather weak storyline that has been built up through out the season.



    So we have Lafayette under Maryanne's control. Tara has returned to roost along with Eggs. Sookie is now trapped in her own house. The rest of the town except for some key personnel are useless.



    We have Hoyt who is upset with Jessica, but quickly realizing all things are not what they seem. Did he not see what happened with Jessica would eventually occur. He's not that smart a boy but really eventually something has to get through to him. I like the character so I hope he ends up doing well in the finale.



    Sam and Andy are on their way up to try to do something. I am not sure what they can do considering anyone they would shoot at this point is one of their friends. I guess chaos is the name of the game. After the first season it is rather appropriate that Jason and Andy are two of the "sane" people left in town.



    We get a true picture of the players in this episode. Eric will do nothing for anyone unless he sees an advantage to it or something to gain. The Queen Sophie-Anne is not dealing with reality any longer. Look at the room she has equipped for her to live in. It's like a day sap for a vampire to make it seem like it is the middle of the day. You can trust her as far as you could throw her and I'm sure no one could based on her age and strength.



    In the end I am betting on Sam and Bill with maybe Hoyt's assistance coming through with some plan to end this madness. They will get Maryanne to believe Dionysus or Bacchus has come and then they will destroy her and set the town free. You have to wonder what the aftermath of all this will be though.



    When the season started it seemed the Fellowship of the Sun was going to be the major storyline but in the end it was this "mysterious" (boring) god-like creature who's story they choose to follow. Hopefully we get back to some semblance of true intrigue next season. I's still looking forward to the finale. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • The advertised "Frenzy" never happened.

    7.5
    I hate to say it but I was somewhat let down by "Frenzy"...mainly because it wasn't...



    I mean, as always the show had its great points, and if this series was a full length season I could be more understanding and patient with the less than eventful episodes. I know they can't all be a 10, but as the penultimate offering of this already short season, I was actually fairly disappointed.



    Good points:



    1) Sophie Ann could be a hoot and a real spoiler if she is coming back next season, as we have heard. I'm rooting for her, and I think this character could create season-sustaining havoc, where Maryann could not (for me).



    2) Lafayette's visions of Eric are fodder for his continuing story line. Eric is really messing with his head...actually, both of 'em, or so it would seem! ;o}



    3) Maxine Fortenberry gets the line of the night with her impression of the interlude with Jessica. It will be interesting to see what she remembers after her brainwashing period is over, AND how she deals with it!



    4) Pam was funny with the "tea cup humans" and Eric was once again the s@#t disturber there. He looked at them like they were little snacks!



    Not so good points:



    1) Is Jason doomed to remain a perpetual...okay, I'll be P.C. here..."NON-thinker" for the entire series? I mean, he's got to at least have one synapse firing or he'd be one of Maryann's minions. It might get old if he's not allowed to step it up a bit...



    2) Not sure I liked the Eric who showed up at Sophie Ann's...he seemed uncharacteristically out of self-control at Bill's threat, and even if he is essentially a bad guy, I liked his "in-control" badness better. His unwavering alpha under any circumstances also makes it easier to be duped into "misunderestimating" him than one should be by the "good" Eric. As a character he's much richer and more layered when his threat is not always in your face, and not as enjoyable when he loses that consistent edge. OR, maybe I read too much into the moment...



    3) Maryann. Period. Enough already.



    Hopefully, the writers brought their "A" game to the finale because I really want a seat-gripper to get me through to next spring. I know they will give us something to hibernate with!moreless
  • if they added a extra hour to it just for the fans it could have been nicer.. =)

    7.0
    i am a massive true blood fan so even the average episodes of true blood seems pretty great to me however being fair this episode did lack sum sort of magic i mean it was more a filler then a episode with tons happening. i liked that they included the vampires in this one cuz it is a vampire show after all and eric is pretty great. i also liked the queen she seems like a good character i hope she turns out to be super evil villain that would make things fun. i know alot of people dont like the main story line rightnow but its growing on me..and we can either enjoy it or unenjoy it both ways it gonna be in the final so i rather go with the first. =)...and oh true blood so needs to increase the episodes per season cause 13 each time is way too short!.moreless
  • Considering last week's ep was already a filler, though a fast-paced one, I was disappointed when not much happened again. I wonder how the 2nd season will wrap up in 1 hour… I'm going to have to hold it to the recently-created "I Will Rise Up" standard.moreless

    7.5
    Probably many people will disagree with me here, but I was not overly impressed with Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie-Anne. While Ms. Wood is generally a pleasure to watch on the screen, the theatrics (eye-rolling, hand-waving, and red-lipped pouts included) seemed over-the-top for a character as focused as the ancient Sophie-Anne. With the exception of the last line she threw in, almost offhandedly, about wanting to see Sookie, she really didn't command my interest and seemed too busy being frilly & silly & trying to impress Bill somehow with that behavior. The Maryann storyline is as tired as a vampire at noon, but I do have to say and say it again – Michelle Forbes has created a formidable character and has done some of the best acting on the show this season. While I will not be sorry to see Maryann go, I will be sorry to see Ms. Forbes leave the show.



    As to the second best acting on the show this season, I welcomed back with open arms the return of Alexander Skarsgard as Eric after his noticeable (and bloody dreamy) absence during the last episode. It was good to see the old Eric back – scheming, frightening and thirsting for the blood of Arlene's kids - after the mushy screen time he's gotten in Sookie's head, to the overjoyed squeals of fangirls everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I am not any more immune to his Viking charms than your average female, but surprisingly enough I enjoy his acting better than I do his six-pack (as lovely as that may be). That said, I like the ties the writers are keeping between Eric and the still-traumatized Lafayette, whose character seems to be able to reconcile sex dreams AND fearsome visions of the same 6'4" vamp in a flower-pattern dress without seeming completely ludicrous.



    I will reserve comment for now on the Jessica/Hoyt/Maxine storyline, because I'm still not entirely sure where it is going, in the short increments we've been getting the last few episodes, but consider me still interested in what's going to happen next with these three.



    On the Bon Temps front, Jason and Andy are still getting ready for the great --- what, exactly? That strange pairing, likeable as it may be, leaves me wondering if the show wouldn't be better off if these characters spent their non-possessed screen time doing something slightly more productive than raiding the police "arsenal" and planning on going Rambo on their mostly-naked neighbors. They are not the sharpest tools in the shed, and Sam seems lonesome as the only truly sane soul in town – no wonder Maryann wants this one so badly.



    Tara and Eggs…don't even get me started on Tara and Eggs. Eggs has got to go and Tara needs to get some brains (or at least some strength). And now Eggs' got an egg….what is THAT about…?



    And last but not least: Bill. Oh, Bill, Bill, Bill…after being devastatingly boring most of the season, the guy's finally showing some fang. I have a feeling he and Sam are going to end Maryann, just curious how they're going to weave fellow alpha male Eric into the plot. ***

    No spoilers here if you haven't read the books, so don't worry. Something to think about: does our meeting Sophie-Anne and Hadley now mean that Book 6, "Definitely Dead", will be turned into season 3?? It is much more "filmable" than some of the other books, like 4, "Dead to the World", and 5, "Dead as Doornail", which on their own do not have enough action to carry a whole season. So I'm actually looking forward to seeing some of the plots combined. Not sure what they'll do with book 3, Club Dead, which has substantial plot...but seeing as we got plenty of Lorena this season, maybe they'll skip in altogether (?)

    Anybody else notice this:

    Bill: That was really quite desperate of you: tricking her into drinking your blood, so that she'd become attracted to you.

    Eric: Unlike you, who fed her your own blood the very night you met…

    Bill: How do you know that?

    Eric: So you're not denying it?

    Bill: I was saving her life.

    Eric: Isn't that convenient...

    I was surprised that they are pulling this plot point out so soon. Leads me to believe, again, that the next season will be Book 6, afterall…



    Can't wait 'till the finale in two weeks.moreless
Jack Krizmanich

Jack Krizmanich

Ludis

Guest Star

Adam Leadbeater

Adam Leadbeater

Karl

Guest Star

Leonardo Ciacci

Leonardo Ciacci

Frenzy Man in Dress

Guest Star

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq

Recurring Role

Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Maxine Fortenberry

Recurring Role

Alec Gray

Alec Gray

Coby Fowler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Bill: I need to know how to kill a maenad.
      Sophie-Anne
      : A maenad? In Bon Temps? That's random.
      Bill
      : Yes. She seems to have caused some sort of mass hypnosis. The whole town has devolved to a primitive state in a matter of days.
      Sophie-Anne
      : Oh, my, she's an old one. Well, they're all old. Relics.
      Bill
      : Ancient Greece, correct?
      Sophie-Anne: Before that even. Orgies, sacrifice?
      Bill: Yes.
      Sophie-Anne
      : Cannibalism?
      Bill
      : We suspect.
      Sophie-Anne
      : Oh, fun.

    • Eric:: (to Sam, Coby and Lisa) I'll walk you out.
      Pam:
      : (in Swedish) Thanks. Get these pesky things out of here. It will stink for a week. (Eric laughs)

    • Andy: ...and women do just throw themselves at you. You don't even have to do anything
      Jason: Actually I do. I work out like a motherf**ker and I watch a lot of porn to learn stuff.

    • Sophie-Anne: Never underestimate the power of blind faith. It can manifest itself in ways that bend the laws of physics or break them entirely.

    • Jason: Hey, you think Sam has ever turned into a dog and had sex with a lady dog?
      Andy: Jesus, Jason! You're talking about beastiality.
      Jason: No, it ain't beastiality if there ain't a human involved. Then it's just...nature.
      Andy: Sure don't seem like nature to me.

    • Jason: You think Sam would turn into a chicken and lay his own egg? Wouldn't that be weird, eating something that just came out of you?
      Andy
      : What kind of a perverted brain would even think of something like that?

    • Bill: That was really quite desperate of you. Tricking her into drinking your blood, so that she'd become attracted to you.
      Eric
      : Unlike you, who fed her your own blood the very night you met…
      Bill: How do you know that?
      Eric: So you're not denying it?
      Bill: I was saving her life.
      Eric
      : Isn't that convenient...

    • Sophie-Anne: Maenads are sad, silly things... the world changed centuries ago and they're still waiting for the God who comes.
      Bill: Does he ever come?
      Sophie-Anne
      : Of course not. Gods never actually show up, they only exist in humans' minds, like money and morality.

    • Eric: (to Lisa and Coby Fowler) Good night, tiny humans.

    • Eric: Don't you like vampires, little girl?
      Sam
      : Eric!
      Lisa: Our almost stepdaddy hated vampires, but we don't.
      Coby: He went on a vacation with Jesus.
      Pam
      : You make me so happy I never had any of you.
      Eric: Oh, come on, Pam. They're funny. They're like humans, but miniature. Teacup humans.
      Pam: (in Swedish) I hate them. They are stupid.
      Eric: (in Swedish) But delicious.

    • Sam: You can't shoot anybody else. These are our friends. This is our town.
      Jason: Sometimes you need to destroy something to save it. That's in the Bible or the Constitution.

    • Sophie-Anne: I haven't enjoyed sex with men since the Eisenhower administration.

    • (On Eric upsetting Bill)

      Sophie-Anne: All this alpha-male posturing. Why don't the two of you just f**k each other and get it over with? I could watch.

    • Sophie-Anne: Surely you know that everything that exists imagined itself into existence.

    • Tara: We have to go get him, (Tara pleads with Sookie) Eggs needs to get out now! How many times have you put yourself in danger for the man you love? How come you get that option and I don't? I finally found a strong, beautiful man who loves me, and y'all wanna keep me from rescuing him because you're afraid I might get hurt? How hurt do you think I'm gonna be if we wait and something happens to him!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Special billing was given to Evan Rachel Wood (Special Guest Star) for this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      -Latin America: September 27, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este
      -Czech Republic: January 26, 2010 on HBO
      -Germany: March 20, 2010 on 13th Street
      -United Kingdom: May 7, 2010 on FX
      -Sweden: May 12, 2010 on SVT1.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Šílenství (Frenzy)

    • Featured Music:
      "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" by Harry James (Bill visits Sophie-Ann and asks her how to destroy Maryann)
      "Save Me Tonight" by Sonny Ellis (in Jason's truck)
      "Frenzy" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Jason and Andy at the sheriff's office with Rosie at the reception desk)
      "Pick Up a Doodle" sung by Sheriff Dearborne (Bud, under a spell, does a square dance call as Andy takes his gun)
      "Elective Surgical Strike" by DJ? Acucrack (at Fangtasia where Sam with Arlene's kids asks Eric for help)
      "The Good Life" by Ann-Margret (Sophie-Ann and Bill lounge at the pool)
      "Softblow Glow" courtesy of Extreme Music (Sophie-Ann and Bill play Yahtzee)
      "Set Em' Up Joe" courtesy of Extreme Music (Sophie-Ann and Bill play Yahtzee)
      "Frenzy" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (end credits)

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