True Blood

Season 1 Episode 10

I Don't Wanna Know

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 2008 on HBO
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Sam divulges a secret to Sookie. Tara finally sees Miss Jeanette's true intentions. Sookie has visions that disturb her at an engagement party. Jason and Amy wonder what to do with Eddie. Bill is faced with a harsh punishment but the Magister has other ideas involving a human Jessica.moreless

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  • A dog day afternoon.

    A mixed bag, this one. I'm glad that Sam has become a more interesting part of the show, and the hints that there are plenty more ghouls out there definitely fleshes out the series for the better. While the scenes with Eddie were great, things like the opening sequence ruined what could have been a killer episode. Sookie's reaction to both Sam and her confrontation with the killer was so unintentionally hilarious I had to wonder if the writers were having a larf with us viewer-folk. OK, so she runs into another room, doesn't even try and lock the door and thinks a shower curtain will protect her...right. The tribunal wasn't half as corny as I was expecting it to be. It's just a shame that on a show that manages to spin a new light on certain aspects of vampire lore, it often slips into cliched territory. Not exactly the best episode of the season, then. And Tara, surprise, surprise, is angry at everyone. Mebe they should give her a new storyline, eh? A happier one.moreless
  • A change of heart

    As Bill is entrusted to transform the captive human Jessica into a vampire and become her maker he is reluctant and he wants to retain his "humanity" but goes through with it so that he can still protect Sookie. Jason and Amy continue their little escapades of what-do-we-do-with-the-vampire-we-kidnapped dilemma. Tara, after a successful exorcism from Miss Jeanette, sees her for what she really is! worker? So she used LSD to induce the hallucinations and whatnot but there is still the placebo effect of thinking you're cured of your demon I guess. Sam and Sookie hang out and have a little awkward sexual tension time, ain't they cute.moreless
  • Everything that is perfect and everything that is wrong with this show - gifted into one episode

    This is the perfect example of an episode that had everything I could ever want from this show, but at the same time have so many tihings go wrong with it. Let's start with the good, Sam is a shape shifter. Very interesting. When the show started Vampires were all ready living in society among everyone else, but we never got to see them in hiding. This new thing with Sam allows us to ponder - A, are there any more shapeshifters on the show we dont know about and B, now we get to see what its like to try and live in hiding like the vampires were forced to for so many years. I'm not sure if the show will ever touch on the warewolf thing, seemed kind of random. Second thing I liked - every single scene that Bill was in with Eric. The master vampire was perfectly cast and Erics performance is best of season. Better then Bill, Better then Sookie - Eric is the best character of the season. Thid thing - Sookie gets attacked by the attackers and we know this is all going to come out within the next two epsiodes it looks like. The bad? Everyone elses side plots. Tara and her mother got jipped, which concludes the worst story arch in the history of this show. Lafayette is funny, but I never really want to see him on the screen. Overall - perfection and =/ all wrapped into one episode.moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Bill faces the vampire tribunal, and is ordered to do something that goes against his beliefs. Tara finds out the exorcists' true intentions. Amy makes a rash decision which changes Jason's and Amy's lives. Sam reveals a secret to Sookie. I love the start, I'm glad Sookie now Sam's secret now. I love the scenes were Tara has gone to get her demon out of her, the scene after it with her mother is so touching. Jason always seems to make me laugh in every episode. I love Lafyette, he seems to make me laugh all the time too. The demond thing wasn't true it was a fix. I love the Merlotte scenes, awesome..Especially the dance with Rene and Sookie which then turns into Sam and Sookie! I also love the scene with Jason and Layfette. Oh and the scene where the killer is trying to kill Sookie. I love the vampire scenes, especially when Bill has to turn Jessica into a vampire. Amy kills the vampire, so sad. Awesome episode.moreless
  • Meet Your Maker Written by Chris Offutt Directed by Scott Winant

    The Magister: "There's no help for you, child. Meet your maker."

    Jessica (to Bill): "Please don't let them kill me. Please, I don't wanna die."

    As punishments go, Bill certainly didn't have much in the way of options, did he? Either spent five years encased in a coffin with chains or turn a frightened teenage girl into a vampire. Neither were appealing, especially given that teen vampires would have an eternity of angst to greatly irritate. Though I suppose better than the vampire getting his teeth pulled out for feasting someone else's human.

    I've heard and read that in episodes to come that Jessica is a character worth getting invested in. She was one of two major characters for the next season to be introduced in this episode and to be fair; it was hard not to feel for her. All she wanted to do was go to a party. Thanks to the Magister and Bill, she's going to be a vampire forever.

    Given that I hated the actor during his Heroes gig (Danko, ugh), Zelcko Ivanec was actually a lot of fun in this episode, instilling the right sense of terror, respect and even having an odd moment where he could be snarky to Bill. He also meant business in a big way.

    We saw how vengeful he could be to disobedient vampires and he certainly had no problem reminding Bill of his place on more than one occasion. He also openly express his own contempt towards human and seemed a touch uninterested when both Bill and Eric, to a lesser extent tried to explain the Sookie/Long Shadow situation.

    Bill may not have wanted to turn Jessica into a vampire but there was no way he was going to get away from the Magister without having to do something drastic. Jessica's practically going to be the daughter that Bill's never wanted. Also given how angry Sookie was in this episode, Bill making a vampire is going to be another thing that will piss her off to no end.

    Sam of all the times and ways you could've outed yourself as a shape shifter, did you have to do it while protecting Sookie? It's nice to have it finally out in the open but damn, Sookie's gut reaction was to think that Sam was the killer. At least he managed to persuade her that he wasn't.

    Ten episodes in, it's feels like we've gone from knowing nothing about Sam to getting one almighty information dump on him. That could be construed as lazy writing or too much at once but I enjoyed knowing more about Sam. When he dials the righteousness down a notch, he's actually a good person to have around.

    He explained more or less everything he felt Sookie should know about being a shape shifter (I'm betting there might be some bits he edited) and in flashbacks, we saw him first change into a dog and then get abandoned by his parents. That to me does explain why Sam has some trouble opening up to people.

    While Sookie spent most of the episode acting like Sam betrayed her, I have to admit that I sided with him a little more. The way he outed himself, though not deliberate was bad timing but given how Sookie of all people reacted to him, I get why he didn't tell her. Seriously, Sookie some sensitivity wouldn't have gone amiss during those scenes with your boss.

    Andy on the other hand more or less tried to stick it to Sam that he suspected him of being dodgy. One advantage of Tara's drunken state was that she actually Andy to back off from Sam but even she wasn't helpful. Sam had a hard time with the ladies this week. Sookie was mostly furious at him and Tara wanted to use him for sex. I was glad Sam yelled at both of them this once.

    However while Sookie might have been furious with Sam, she really did let her temper dampen Arlene's engagement party. Even Claire Fisher would've told her to cheer the heck up. At least Terry and Rene tried to cheer her up in their own subtle ways but Sookie was pretty much a grouch this week.

    It also didn't help that the killer then tried to attack her in the dark in Merlotte's. Sam showing up to rescue seemed convenient but if he wasn't the killer in the books, I don't think he will be here. Either way, Sookie had better prepare herself for a showdown.

    Speaking of showdowns, goddamn it, Amy. Why the **** couldn't she have just let poor Eddie go? Was it really necessary to have killed the poor guy? Jason saw the light almost way too late. At least he was going to let Eddie go. Amy, despite her ridiculous claims of using Stockholm syndrome to keep Eddie had always intended to stake him when his usefulness ran out.

    Eddie warned Jason in the previous episode that Amy was nuts and the meticulous way in which Amy reacted upon discovering that Jason had been keeping Eddie in True Blood was telling in its own right. Amy doesn't like to be lied to, she certainly doesn't like people getting the better of her and her killing Eddie was her own warped way of retaining the upper hand.

    By killing Eddie, Amy's basically signed her own death warrant. Eric made it abundantly clear last week that he would retaliate against anyone who wronged a vampire and the way Lafayette freaked out over Eddie's disappearance strongly suggested that Amy was in deep **** Then again, so is Jason too. When it comes to **** Tara's also has put up with a lot of it. Going to Miss Jeanette for an exorcism was the worst possible thing she could've done. Finding out for definite that the woman was a fraud did not do her self esteem the world of good. Great for roughing up the fraudster but Tara really should've called the police on her.

    Faith might be a wonderful thing but lulling someone into a false sense of security (kind of what Jeanette has done with Lettie Mae) is a seriously stupid thing to do. Tara would've better off using the law rather than getting drunk and nearly running over some strange woman with a boar. I know who the woman is but I'm playing dumb until next week, okay?

    Also in "I Don't Wanna Know"

    I love it when shows cast great likeness in flashbacks and the young actor who played Sam looked very similar to Sam Trammell.

    Sam: "Bill asked me to look after you while he was away."

    Sookie: "Did he ask you to do it buck naked?"

    Is this the episode in the first where Sookie and Bill haven't interacted at all? I think it is.

    Amy (re Jason/True Blood bottles): "Why wouldn't he tell me about this?"

    Eddie: "I won't tell him if you don't."

    Amy: "Withholding information is tantamount to lying and I can't have that in our relationship. This is so beneath us."

    Sookie (re shape shifting): "Can you turn into another person?"

    Sam: "Humans are too complex, despite what you might see at the bar."

    Sam mentioned a grievance with werewolves and warned Sookie to avoid them. Even better was raising the question of what else exists out there. It's a bit like Being Human in that respect. Sam's condition is hereditary.

    Miss Jeanette (to Tara): "The demon will take on any form to stay alive. It knows your weaknesses; it preys on your fears. Only you can destroy it. Don't let it fool you, Tara Mae. You stand up to that demon."

    Sam: "What do you want it to look like?"

    Terry: "A debutante ball."

    Arlene: "Hug your neck. You know exactly what I'm talking about."

    More flirting between Terry and Arlene in this episode. Terry also mentioned his cousin Portia, who's Andy's sister in the books.

    Miss Jeanette: "Don't touch me."

    Tara: "Don't touch you? I could kill you, you fake, lying ****

    Terry: "Guilt's a useless emotion or so I've heard."

    Sookie: "I just wish Bill was here."

    Terry: "There's some dead people I wish was still around too."

    Although she's credited as Woman on Road in this episode, Michelle Forbes character is actually called Maryann.

    Jason: "I told you Amy wasn't a psycho. The more time you spend with us, you'll see. She's an amazing woman."

    Eddie: "What changed her mind?"

    Sam (to Sookie): "You're right, I didn't trust you. I trust my instincts and they were dead on."

    Standout music: Dr John's "I Don't Wanna Know About Evil" and CC Adcock's (who appeared in the episode as the entertainment for Arlene/Rene's engagement party) "I'm Ready".

    The Magister (to Bill): "Well you haven't bored me. That works in your favour and you seem to be obedient to your sheriff."

    Eric: "For the most part."

    Jessica: "Are you a Christian?"

    Bill: "I was."

    Jessica: "I'm a good girl. Jesus will take me home to Heaven."

    Chronology: Takes place where "Plaisir D'Amour" left off.

    "I Don't Wanna Know" is wonderful. It's like every near the finale type of episode should be ripe with plenty to get into – Bill making a vampire, Jason becoming hopefully aware of Amy's sociopathic nature, Sookie learning more about other type of supernatural being and the killer getting closer to her. Plus naked Maryann and the pig. I wonder how that's gonna pan out.

    Rating: 9 out of 10.moreless
Stephen Moyer

Stephen Moyer

Bill Compton

Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten

Jason Stackhouse

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Sam Merlotte

Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley

Tara Thornton

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Detective Andy Bellefleur

Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis

Lafayette Reynolds

Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds

Miss Jeanette

Guest Star

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Maryann Forrester

Recurring Role

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek


Recurring Role

Deborah Ann Woll

Deborah Ann Woll

Jessica Hamby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jason: (looking at himself in the mirror) Oh my God, you are even better looking than you were yesterday.

    • (Sookie looks out from the shower out where she is hiding and sees Dean the dog panting, he then transforms into a naked Sam).
      Sam: I'm not the killer, I swear. I'm a shape shifter.
      Sookie: (incredulously) Shut the fuck up!

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Stephen Root (Eddie Fournier) as a series regular.

    • Featured Music:
      "You Can't Be a Beacon (If Your Light Won't Shine)" by Donna Fargo, album The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. (while Amy is draining Eddie's blood she discovers the bottles of Tru Blood that Jason hid from her)
      "Jesus Rhapsody Pt. 1" by Preacher and the Saints, album Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Tara and Lettie Mae go out for crawfish)
      "Summer Memories" by John Mazzei (Tara discovers Miss Jeannette at the drugstore)
      "Hallowed Ground" by I See Hawks in L.A., album Hallowed Ground (Eddie warns Jason that Amy is a psychopath)
      "Maison Creole" by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live at Arlene and Rene's engagement party)
      "Bleed to Feed" by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live at Arlene and Rene's engagement party)
      "I'm Just A Fool To Care" by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live at Arlene and Rene's engagement party)
      "I'm Ready" by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live at Arlene and Rene's engagement party)
      "Let's Talk It Over" by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live at Arlene and Rene's engagement party)
      "I Don't Wanna Know About Evil" by Dr. John, album The Best of the Parlophone Years (end credits)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nechci to slyšet (I Don't Want To Hear It)

    • Although credited, William Sanderson (Sheriff Dearbone) didn't appear.

    • International airdates:
      -Latin America: March 22, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este.
      -Czech Republic: April 7, 2009 on HBO.
      -Germany: June 8, 2009 on 13th Street.
      -Italy: Monday, June 29, 2009 on Fox.
      -United Kingdom: September 18, 2009 on FX.