True Blood

Season 2 Episode 6

Hard-Hearted Hannah

13
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 26, 2009 on HBO
8.7
out of 10
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478 votes
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Sookie embarks on a dangerous mission to locate Godric. Bill is shocked when a vampire from his past resurfaces in Dallas. Jason makes some difficult decisions.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Fear and Loathing in Dallas: A Jessica Hamby Story

    9.5
    As Eric arranges for Bill to be kept busy by his maker, Lorena, Sookie and Hugo arrive at the Fellowship of the Sun to see if they indeed hold Godric prisoner. Several flashbacks indicate how Bill used to be with Lorena, hungry, lustful, and empty as they drain and kill a couple together and make love. Eric remembers his past with Godric and how he was made and we see a side of him that we never have before. Jessica is surprised by Hoyt's arrival in Dallas and he says he can't stay away from her and he decides to stay. How cute. Anyway Sam deals with more problems thanks to Maryann as well as do Tara and Eggs.moreless
  • Lorena ruins every eoisode she is in. It is just automatic. Who told this poor girl to be an actress. Im almost sorry for her. Possibly its the role. Admittedly dull. Once again we get taken out of the plot to see Bill and Sookiemoreless

    6.5
    Bill and Sookie don't have the best chemistry. I like them as a couple, but they just aren't a sexy couple. The cast here, with the exception of Jason, Tara and Eggs are just not people you want to see nude. the vampires were disappointing. Just really obvious and silly. Maybe it would be better if the writers of the show just concentrated on writing good chracters, instead of good vampire characters, and they could avoid a few of the stereotypes. I think that would go a long way to fixing things. As is the vampires all seem like charicatures. All spite and angst and lust and no subtle emotions in any of them. Id rate this as my least favorite episodemoreless
  • The worst episode of the season so far yet still great; better than 98% of all other shows out there currently airing new episodes.

    8.0
    This episode focused on Sookie and Hugo (the female co-sheriff of Dallas's human lover) infiltrating the Light of Day Institute (LODI). But things do not go smoothly at all for Sookie and Hugo, who pretend to be an engaged couple. They end up being held hostage in the 'basement' section of the church; we see no more of them after that shot in the episode. Maryann is in a foul mood after she cannot have a hot morning shower. She sends Eggs along with Tara to find a replacement part for the hot water heater. During the trip, Eggs comes to some serious revelations, but he is not sure why or how it happened. In the climax of the episode, Sam is handed over to Maryann by Daphne, who was simply setting Sam up since day one. Some other happenings: Jessica and Hoyt share a kiss and a touching moment; Bill and Eric are hardly seen at all in this episode; Jason helps to build a new platform for the LODI; Jason is approached yet again by Sarah. But here is why this episode was the weakest one thus far this season: There was not enough screen time for Bill and Sookie together, or Bill at all, or any pivotal plot developments that we didn't see coming a mile away. The shock factor in this episode was very disappointing. But, like I said, any episode of True Blood, even a week one like this, is much better than 98% of all the other shows airing new episodes on television right now. Still deserving of a solid 8 rating, which is still great.moreless
  • This episode certainly had an interesting blend of drama, horror, and soft-core porn.

    10
    Good stuff. Let me break it down:



    BILL: I have to hand it to Stephen Moyer. His performance was positively brilliant in this episode. Up until this episode I always thought he was sort stale and unconvincing. I figured they just cast him because he's handsome. Seeing Bill's evil side was certainly disturbing and shocking. STEVE, JASON, AND SARAH: I am loving this arc more with each episode. Steve is certainly turning out to be a deranged psychopath. What's even funner about him is that poor, simple Jason didn't have a clue until Sarah said something. Ryan Kwanten is probably the most underrated actor on this show.



    SOOKIE: I honestly can't wait until she runs into Jason. Hopefully we'll see that next episode.



    MARYANNE'S ORGY: Weird scene. I have to give the writer's credit, however. I didn't think this arc would reach its climax until later in the season.



    LAFAYETTE: Poor guy. He can't catch a break this season.



    ERIC: Total dick! TERRY: Is he gay Great actor who portrays him, by the way.moreless
  • Sookie and Isabel's human companion Hugo try to infiltrate the Fellowship of the Sun. Sam finds out the real truth about Daphne and her relationship with Maryann. Ginger orders Lafayette to sell V per Eric's orders. Bill's maker arrives in Dallas.moreless

    8.0
    Things are getting dicey in Bon Temps and Dallas. Maryann is going thru with some sort of ritual involving pretty much the whole town while Sookie is trying to infiltrate the Fellowship of the Sun.



    As I stated after last weeks episode I had a bad feeling about Daphne. She did show up shortly after Maryann and those scratches mean something. Poor Sam is wrapped up in something I'm afraid is really bad news. You just got the feeling when you saw Daphne as the pig finally. Daphne's not the same as Sam. Eggs seems like a pawn in Maryann's game as well and Tara seems not to be able to fight Maryann's power either.



    Lafayette's situation could be either deteriorating or he could make a remarkable comeback. On one hand he is the shell of a person he once was but on the other hand the vampires have something in store for him. As he said, they could have glamoured him but they chose not to and kept him aware of what is going on. Now selling V at their request?



    Maryann is one dangerous being. I have to admit that I am not really driven to discover her true nature. This storyline has sort of worn out its welcome. I can see just so many orgies and weird dancing about before it gets to be old hat. They need to reveal the point to all this. Hopefully with the cliff hanger this week that seems to be their plan. This part is reason for half of the points loss that gave this episode an eight. Back in Dallas we finally see the Reverend's true colors and why Sarah has been acting the way she has. Not that I believed any better of him before but his hatred is finally coming to the surface and overcoming his emotions. Jason and Luke's discussion was enlightening. What do you think Jason is going to do when he finds out Sookie is trapped in the church basement? Eric's motives are getting clearer and clearer. Personally I don't like the direction of this piece of the story either or the part where Sookie is trapped by the Reverend. I sort of get a Perils of Pauline sort of feeling. The heroin gets captured and must once again be saved by her hero who must overcome many obstacles to get to her. If Eric saves her it will not work out and I have a sneaking suspicion that is what Eric has planned. This is the other points deduction for me on this episode that ended up giving it an eight overall.



    As for Bill, Marina is back at the behest of Eric and she is pushing her ultimate authority over Bill as his maker. We all know what Bill really thinks of her as he has told us in prior episodes. So how long with she be really able to control him?



    Hoyt and Jessica together at last. I am fine with this connection but we'll see if it ends badly or not. Jessica is not a practiced vampire and with Bill preoccupied there could be trouble.



    An interesting episode of a show I love. The only problem is I don't like the direction of a few of the plot lines as they are getting sort of blurry. Not enough positives and too many negatives. I hope they turn this around next week. I have to give this episode an eight based on those observations. Thanks for reading...moreless
Stephen Moyer

Stephen Moyer

Bill Compton

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Sam Merlotte

Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten

Jason Stackhouse

Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley

Tara Thornton

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Detective Andy Bellefleur

Mehcad Brooks

Mehcad Brooks

"Eggs" Benedict Talley

Christopher Gartin

Christopher Gartin

Hugo

Guest Star

Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Maxine Fortenberry

Recurring Role

Kristin Bauer

Kristin Bauer

Pamela “Pam” Swynford De Beaufort

Recurring Role

Valerie Cruz

Valerie Cruz

Isabel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The song Bill plays on the piano in 1926 is the same one that he was practicing in last season's finale before Jessica was returned to him.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lorena: Why am I here?
      Eric: We want the same thing, you and I.
      Lorena: For a vampire, you are a terrible liar.

    • Sookie: (about Sarah) You know in person she looks like vanilla pudding.

    • Tara: Want me to take a look (at the water heater) and you can hold the line?
      Eggs: See that was some spiteful s**t you just said there. I got this.
      I'm the man of the house. No offense, Carl..
      Carl: None taken.

    • (Hoyt has driven from Bon Temps to Dallas to talk with Jessica after his mother cancelled his cell phone to cut his contact with Jessica)
      Hoyt: You're not mad at me?
      Jessica: No. I'm so happy I could cry but I don't want to, 'cause it's really gross when I do.

    • Luke: (To Jason on his belief on pre-marital sex) Right up there with incest and bestiality. All of them ain't half as bad as if you did it to a vampire. Or to a dude. Or a vampire dude. That's like cream de la cream of sins. Ain't no repentance for that. Straight to hell, baby.

    • Sarah: (to Jason about Steve) He's not the man I thought he was. You're not being trained to defend us. He wants to use you to start a war. He's vicious and he's cruel, and he uses the C word. And he lies to me, Jason. Our marriage has always been a partnership, and now he's shutting me out.

    • Terry: (comforting Lafayette) I want you to imagine a golden, glowing ball, radiating warmth and safety.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2010 Eddie for "Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television".

    • Featured Music:
      "Dark Horse" courtesy of Extreme Music (lobby of Hotel Camilla)
      "Reflections" by Joel Evan's and Friends (piano music at Hotel Camilla)
      "Real Love featuring Natasja" by Von Daler and Low Pressure (Isabel and Hugo visit Bill and Sookie in their hotel room)
      "Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp from Savannah)" by Vampire Bill Compton (Bill plays piano at the hotel bar during a flashback to the 1920's while Lorena introduces herself to unsuspecting victims)
      "Two Angels" by Peter Case (Sam and Daphne on the pool table)
      "Dead Flowers" by The Rolling Stones (Tara and Eggs drive in Maryann's Jaguar)
      "Gator Blues" by Willie Aron and Joey Peters (at Merlotte's)
      "Walk First" by Steve O. McComb (at Merlotte's)
      "Shakin' All Over" by Eilen Jewel (Hoyt tells his mother that Jessica is a vampire)
      "Get You Back" by Son of Dave (slightly drunk Andy sees a mysterious animal while driving)
      "So To Speak" by DJ? Acucrack (Tara and Eggs return to Sookie's house)
      "Maenad's Delight" by Bruno Coon (Tara and Eggs stumble into a scene in Sookie's backyard)
      "Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp from Savannah)" by Doris Kay (end credits)

    • Although credited, William Sanderson (Sheriff Dearborne) does not appear in this episode.

    • Original International airdates:
      -Latin America: August 23, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este.
      -Australia: October 20, 2009 on Showcase.
      -Czech Republic: December 22, 2009 on HBO.
      -Germany: February 27, 2010 on 13th Street.
      -United Kingdom: April 2, 2010 on FX.
      -Sweden: April 7, 2010 on SVT1

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Srdce z kamene (Heart of Stone)

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