True Blood

Season 2 Episode 2

Keep This Party Going

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 21, 2009 on HBO
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Sookie is forced to babysit Jessica, as well as endure the romantic inconveniences the teen vampire's presence creates. At the Light of Day leadership conference, Jason makes an impression on its ambitious leaders, Steve and Sarah Newlin. One of his fellow campers, Amanda Jane and her band, the God Rockets, livens the spirits at camp with their hit single, Jesus Asked Me Out Today. Maryann casts her spell on Merlotte's patrons.moreless

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  • Highlight of the episode: hearing Pam speaking awkward Swedish, and LaFayette going vamp, I'm looking forward to an even more colorful version of my favorite queer

    This episode continues with my favorite topic from the season opening: Eric fixing his hair, haha. No but seriously, I like his new do, but ditch the sports jacket, come on! I don't care if it's Fred Perry! He just looks too much like any normal Stockholm dude (which he is). Just a side note there, I've lived in Stockholm, Sweden for 15 years so I know all about that, and Alexander Skarsgård. What I can't get though is that it's taken me 15 years before I realize how well Swedish men fit as vampires!!! There should be a new game show here called : so you think you can be a vampire. =) Anyhow, back to the main topic. I like seeing Eric's new haircut, as mentioned earlier, and I think Lafayette will make a fine vampire, oh and Egg Benedict has got a FINE body, yumm. If I were Tara I'd have jumped him long ago, dunno what that girl's waiting for. Otherwise, I really don't like vampire stories that overly romanticize vampires(like Twilight), like with Jessica here. I mean she should not be crying and wanting to see her family, and as soon as she saw them she should've wanted to eat them! She should've wanted to eat Sookie too! It just doesn't make sense, the way they're going with this, there would be no difference between being a vampire and a human other than the daylight thing! Come on, show us some evil!moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    An attempt to ease Jessica into her new life finds Sookie going a bit too far. Maryann wields her influence at Merlotte's, despite Sam's dismay; At the Light of Day leadership conference, Jason makes some friends...and at least one enemy; Eric thinks about the addition of one more member to the ranks. I love the start with Eric and Layfette awesome! I love the scene with Sookie and Bill too. I love the scene with Eric, Pam Layfette and Chow amazing, Eric speaks Sweedish YUM. I love the way Jason is so funny, though I don't like the way he is in with the "Fellowship of the Sun" though I bet the storyline with him will become awesome. I'm interested in Tara's storyline, and also Sam's for that matter. I love the Merlotte scenes, I'm guessing Marryann has something to do with all the dancing and stuff. Oh and the scenes with Layfette and the vampire business with him, I love everything to do about the storyline. I love the scene with Tara and Sookie. I love the Jessica and Sookie scene where Jessica is doing Bills voice, and the other scenes too - amazing storyline. Oh my god, Eric is super hot, I love the scene with Bill and Eric, amazing Eric wants Sookie to help him out! The scene with Jessicas family is amazing - loved every minute of it.moreless
  • One Night At Merlotte's Written by Brian Buckner Directed by Michael Lehmann

    Pam: "Oh, Eric. You don't do humble well."

    Eric (re Godric): "I was not being humble. This happens to be true."

    As if we needed this episode to drill home the fact that Eric and modesty are two things that don't mix. Still, at least he's aware of the fact that he lacks in the humble department. Self-awareness is a good thing.

    Even Lafayette knows a thing or two about being aware of his own nature. Not many people would be comfortable in admitting that they have a low moral compass. One of Lafayette's later exchanges is that he's aware of this particular shortcoming and tried to use it to his advantage.

    It seemed that the idea of being made into a vampire is far more appealing than being kept prisoner by one or shot by an idiotic employee. Since we last saw her, Ginger is still as dumb as ever and can certainly scream the house down for good measure. If I were Lafayette, I probably would've strangled her, gunshot wound or not.

    Lafayette's captivity isn't a particular plot that can be continuously dragged out. I mean it's interesting that he has a serious storyline and is getting screen time with the likes of Eric, Pam and Chow but there's only so much of this that can last before it gets old. Either Lafayette's about be a dead man in one way or another or Eric is going to have to let him go.

    Lafayette to his credit did make two decent attempts of trying to escape. Both times he was subdued by an employee. He also knew how to try and talk his way out of it by trying to use his sexual prowess with Eric and company. With all of them biting on Lafayette, it's hard to tell what'll happen next but I don't think he's going to be killed that's for sure.

    Another interesting part of Lafayette's captivity was Eric mentioning Godric. I've read "Living Dead In Dallas" so I do know that he's a vital character and his disappearance will inevitably play a bigger part in later episodes. Lafayette's lack of information didn't help Eric and neither did Bill.

    Then again, what the hell did Eric expect? He knew damn well that Bill is possessive of Sookie (not an endearing character trait), so he should've expected Bill trying to stone block him from using Sookie's little gift to find Godric. Then again, maybe Eric should've also been man enough to go and ask Sookie himself without goading Bill. It would've saved some precious time.

    Bill certainly had his hands full in this episode. Last week, Sookie looked nearly ready to ditch him after the Uncle Bartlett reveal and this week the two of them were going on about make up sex and arguing over how to deal with Jessica. She's a teenage girl. I'd rather stick my hands in nuclear waste than deal with one of them. I'm joking by the way. These hands will not be touching radioactive waste at all.

    Five episodes in since her debut and Jessica works for me. She might be a brat but she's a fun one and god knows Bill could do with someone other than Sookie to be worried about. More importantly, she actually seemed to get on better with Sookie in this episode than in the previous one.

    When Sookie was feeling guilty about her part in Jessica's turning as a vampire, Jessica seemed to forgive her rather quickly. It might have also helped that Sookie was there for Jessica when the girl wasn't coping with not being able to see her family. It was also Sookie's comforting words that led to a bad idea on her part as well.

    Sookie talked about being in her grandmother's room as a way of grieving. Jessica took that to the next step by persuading Sookie to drive her to her parents. Sookie shouldn't have done that but she still did and the fact that she was surprised that Jessica decided to interact with her family made me laugh. How the hell could she have not seen that coming?

    The meeting with the family was always going to turn sour. Past episodes alluded to the fact that Jessica had a strict upbringing and when her father turned on her, she went to kill him. If it hadn't been for Bill's intervention, she most definitely would've. Bill warned Sookie that Jessica was a time bomb and without meaning to, Sookie did set her off. Bad Sookie.

    Of course the creepiest thing in this episode was the ease Bill seemed to have glamouring Eden into letting him into the Hambry household. It looked like Bill was about to kill Jessica's father but I don't think he will. However he was incredibly furious with Jessica and Sookie and that's going to make the next episode more interesting because of it. Bill can certainly be scary when he's mad.

    Similarly scary are those Fellowship Of The Sun crowd. Don't be fooled by their bus songs, Christian pop singers, role playing and flag games because this lot are **** nuts. All you have to do is look at Sarah Newlin's porcelain smile and realise that something is not right with her.

    When Jason got a little too into the role playing session on stage, Sarah didn't exactly hide her excitement. Actually there was a few times throughout the episode where she was perving over Jason and I doubt it'll be long before the two of them are actually at it. If Steve Newlin hates vampires so much, I don't think he's going to be particularly happy with Jason copping off with his wife.

    As for the little rivalry between Jason and Luke, that was something I didn't actually expect. Luke went from wanting to be bunk mates with Jason to viewing him as a threat. I'm hoping that the more Jason interacts with these Fellowship freaks that he'll realise that they're probably more dangerous than any vampire out there. Jason has to get smart at some point, yes?

    Speaking of smart, is Tara's budding relationship with Eggs a rational thing for her? Evidence would suggest not in spite of the fact that there's actually some good chemistry between the pair of them. Given how much Eggs seems to be in Maryann's clutches, it's hard to actually trust him, even if his feelings for Tara do seem to be sincere.

    As for Maryann, the episodes keep passing and she keeps intriguing me more and more. Michelle Forbes is absolutely brilliant in this role and can I just say – how bloody hungry is Maryann? Take her to an all you can eat buffet and she'd put Homer Simpson to shame. Even I couldn't polish off that amount of food.

    The interplay between her and Sam is wonderful. The more he tried to get rid of her, the more she turned the tables on him. He asked her to leave Merlotte's; she ate most of his food. He threatened her; she pulled the whammy and turned him into dog form. Sam, you're going to have to up the ante because this one's dangerous.

    Especially given the fact that not only can she turn Sam into doggy form whenever the mood takes her but she's pretty good at starting orgies as well. The only person she might not be able to pull that stuff on would naturally be Sookie and given their brief interaction, I think both Sookie and Maryann are aware that something's off with the other.

    Also in "Keep This Party Going"

    It seems vampires can change their appearance to a degree. Eric's hair is thankfully shorter and looking all the better for it.

    Sookie: "Another first."

    Bill: "What do you mean?"

    Sookie: "We've never had make up sex before."

    Bill: "How does it compare to 'you thought I was dead sex?'"

    Lafayette used one of Royce's bones to break through his own restraints. After Bill's glamour of Eden, that might be the second creepiest scene of this episode.

    Tara (to Eggs): "When it comes to men, I've got a history with the cart out in front so long the horse can't see it. So now I'm trying to get it right."

    Sam: "You're late."

    Tara: "Sorry."

    Maryann: "Am I in time?"

    We found out in this episode that Egg's done time in prison for drugs, assault and robbery. He's been a busy boy.

    Maryann (re Sookie): "I see what you mean, Tara. She's an old soul, isn't she?"

    Jessica: "I just saw my parents on TV."

    Sookie: "Oh, I'm sorry."

    Jessica: "I finally get why they never wanted me to watch it in the first place. It's horrible."

    It was nice that Sookie asked Tara to move in with her and financially, it does make sense as well. Plus we saw Jason thinking about Amy/Eddie, Daphne's incompetent and Arlene and Terry have their sweet moments. And a store assistant thought Eric and Bill were a couple.

    Eric: "We made a deal, your human and I. That if I didn't kill anyone she would work for me as often as I like. You remember that don't you?"

    Bill: "Taking her across state lines is a far cry from taking her to Fangtasia for the evening."

    Eric: "I'm only asking your permission out of respect. If I want her, I can simply take her. Is no your final answer?"

    Bill: "It is."

    Eric: "Poorly played Bill."

    Maryann: "Abracadabra Sam. What I just did to you, I can do anytime, anywhere, so unless you want your customers to know your little secret you better think twice before you ever threaten me again. Do we understand each other?"

    Standout music: "Keep This Party Going" by the B-52's and "Jesus Asked Me Out Today" by Amanda and the God Rockets for comedy effect.

    Jessica: "Go ahead, Daddy, get your belt but this time, I'll be ready."

    Chronology: Takes place from where "Nothing But The Blood" left off.

    "Keep This Party Going" certainly lived up to its title if we look at the craziness Maryann caused in Merlotte's but overall, I'm liking this season. So far, no second season slump that has affected recent shows and hopefully there's none to come.moreless
  • Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings: A Bon Temps Story

    As a continuation of last week's events Sookie now has to babysit Jessica, Bill's new progeny as Eric asks for his aid in finding an elder vampire in Texas for some unknown reason, but Bill refuses. Lafayette is interrogated and fed upon by Eric, Chow, and Pam at Fangtasia. Meanwhile Merlotte's is lit up with Maryann's influence as a wild party is indeed had between Tara and Eggs especially. Jason makes and impression on the heads of the Fellowship of the Sun overlords, Steve and Sarah Newlin, with his spirit and livelihood and even his stupidity carries over into his Bible studies and hilarity ensues.moreless
  • could they make it more obvious? ensign ro (mary ann) is a succubus.

    a lot of hot blondes for jason to sleep with at the camp, hopefully he'll be able to hit that before the vampires catch up to him thanks to lafayette rolling over on him. tara & her boy toy are annoying, are we ever going to see her topless?? the jesus song was funny: sexy & religious, lol. jessica looked real good all pale sitting next to sookie on the couch before she stupidly took jessica to see her parents but it's just another failure to treat the vampires realistically, jessica wouldn't be considered dead, she would be considered infected & her parents would sue the hell out of bill in the real world. the clothing store scene was funny. but i think it was real crap that a vampire can override the "invitation into the home" by putting the glamour on a human. it's stupid.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

Cheryl White

Cheryl White

Mrs. Hamby

Guest Star

Ben Lemon

Ben Lemon

Mr. Hamby

Guest Star

Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher


Guest Star

Kristin Bauer

Kristin Bauer

Pamela “Pam” Swynford De Beaufort

Recurring Role

Wes Brown

Wes Brown


Recurring Role

Patricia Bethune

Patricia Bethune

Jane Bodehouse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Door bursts open just as Jessica's about to bite her dad, Bill's standing there)
      Sookie: Bill!
      Bill: Jessica let him go!
      Jessica: But.
      Bill: As your maker I command you!
      Sookie: Thank god you're here.
      Bill: Shut up!

    • (Lafayette lies on Eric's couch bleeding while Pam and Chow wait for Eric)
      Chow: How much blood do you think he's lost?
      Pam: (Pam paces) Oh, I still think he has something to offer.
      Chow: I hate to let it all go to waste like this. Seems a shame we have to wait for Eric.
      Pam: Well, maybe one day you'll be sheriff and you can make the rules.
      Chow: I doubt that.
      Pam: Me too.
      (Eric comes in reading something, Pam stops pacing)
      Eric: Sorry to keep you waiting so long. How's the leg?
      Lafayette: It's shitty, thanks for askin'.
      Eric: After all your proclamations about what a model prisoner you were going to had to try to escape.
      Lafayette: You were gonna kill me anyway right?
      Eric: Well now you'll never know. So what's it gonna be Lafayette? Would you like the leg to kill you or would you prefer us to do it?
      Lafayette: I'm gonna go with Plan C.
      Eric: (slightly curious) There's a Plan C.
      Lafayette: Make me a vampire.
      Eric: (after a beat) I beg your pardon?
      Lafayette: You can put me to work in the bar...I'm a good dancer, you've seen it on my site. (Eric walks around to him) Shit, I'd get up there and I'd move Earth and Heaven go-go
      Eric: (surprised) You are aware there's a gaping hole in your leg? You're damaged goods.
      Lafayette: Not if you turn me. I'd be good as ever. Look I...I'm already a person of poor moral character. So, I hit the ground running and I damn near glamour people already. Gimme what ya'll got...not only will I be a bad-ass vampire, but I'd be your bad-ass vampire.
      Eric: Interesting.
      Lafayette: (like he can't believe it) Yeah?
      Eric: I'll take it under advisement. (looks to his right) Pam? (looks to his left) Chow? Chow time.
      (their fangs drop and they descend on him)

    • (Talking to Jason, upset that he's not the golden boy)
      Luke: Day one mighta went to you...Day two belongs to the Lukinator.

    • Luke: Think you walk on water, don't you?
      Jason: (pauses and snaps off some floss to do his teeth) I'm pretty sure...that was Moses.
      Luke: No, it was Jesus. Moses parted the Red Sea.

    • (Eric tells Bill about Godric being missing, then he gets to the point, so to speak.)
      Eric: And it goes without saying he needs to be found... Which is where Sookie comes in.
      Bill: No.
      Eric: She's yours and I'm asking your permission to take her with me to Dallas.
      Bill: Eric, you can do whatever you want with me but I am not putting her in this position anymore. I cannot and I will not allow you to bring her into these matters.
      Eric: We made a deal, your human and I. That if I didn't kill anyone she would work for me as often as I like. You remember that don't you? You were there.
      Bill: Taking her across state lines is a far cry from taking her to Fangtasia for the evening.
      Eric: I'm only asking your permission out of respect. If I want her I can simply take her. Is no your final answer?
      Bill: It is.
      Eric: Poorly played Bill. (walks out of frame)

    • Andy: (after Sam mentions after looking at some couples dancing that it was one thing he didn't want people to feel pressured to do) This one time... I was in a club in Shreveport...and I actually had a woman tell me I looked like a...epileptic on meth. (Sam gives him a confused and sympathetic look) Never again Sam, never again.

    • Sam: Don't you think you've had enough?
      Andy: (drinking a beer) I know what you're thinkin'.  Nine years sober. Why give it all up? But what I've got to say to that is ... why the hell not?

    • Terry: (recovering from sending out a lot of orders, Arlene's taken over so he can have a break) It's funny most of these orders are for table four. What the hell's going on at table four?

    • Eric: (walks up behind Bill in a blue tracksuit top and jeans, looking modern with his new hair cut short) Good evening old sport.
      Bill: (turns and stares at him confused) Eric?
      Eric: (sounding doubtful) It's the new me. (pauses and raises an eyebrow) You like?
      Bill: (turns to face him fully and sounds sincere) I do. Very much.
      Shop Assistant: (gasps and then looks as if she finally understands Bill rejecting her) Oh, Okay. Whoo. (she leaves and Bill turns back to Eric confused)

    • Sookie: (Watching Jessica cry, she finally gives into taking her to see her parents) Okay.
      Jessica: Really?
      Sookie: Yes, but we're just drivin' by and that's it ... And we should swing by my place first and get you a change of clothes, because I am not taking you out in public dressed like that. (stands up and Jessica follows)
      : Thank you Sookie. Thank you so so much.
      Sookie: Oh, don't mention it. (stops and looks back) To Bill. Ever. (waits until Jessica nods before continuing to walk out the doorway)

    • Luke: (sits down next to Jason and introduces himself) Hey there, Luke McDonald. No relation to the restaurant.
      : (smiles) Okay... any relation to the farm?
      Luke: (looks confused and thinks for a moment) What farm?
      : (considers explaining it and then shrugs) Ah, never mind.

    • Bill: She has no humanity, she's in the grips of overwhelming transformations, there will be times when she cannot control even a single impulse...and believe me she HAS many.
      Sookie: ...How is that any different from being a teenage girl?

    • Sookie: Another first.
      Bill: How do you mean?
      Sookie: We've never had makeup sex before.
      : How does it compare to "you thought I was dead" sex?
      Sookie: That was pretty great too, but I wouldn't want to go through that again. I hated feeling like I'd lost you.
      : And yet you like fighting with me.
      Sookie: I don't like to I just...
      Bill: Let's not get too used to it then... we don't want to be one of those couples.

    • Eric: (throws dismembered arm at Lafayette and dribbles excess blood onto the ground) If you have any silver on you now would be the time to reveal it.
      : Noway, I ain't that stupid.
      : Yes you are. (wipes mouth and looks down at his hand in surprise) Is there blood in my hair?
      : (disbelievingly) What?
      Eric: Is there blood in my hair?
      : I-I don't know I can't see in this light.
      Eric: (flashes over to rest in front of Lafayette) How 'bout now? (bows his head a little so Lafayette can see)
      : Y-y-yeah t-there's a little bit of blood in there, yeah.
      Eric: (whispering to himself) Oh, this is bad. Pam is going to kill me.
      : Who the f**k is Pam?
      : Why? Do you want to meet her?
      Lafayette: No. No, I'm good.
      Eric: We'll you're going to. (unlocks Lafayette's chains and pulls him up, holding him by the neck)
      Lafayette: Where you taking me?
      Eric: To find out what you know. I wouldn't try anything rash if I were you (kicks aside another dismembered arm) I'm still hungry.

    • Sookie: Parts of your former self are still in there, right? I wouldn't be with you if they weren't.
      Bill: When a vampire is as new as Jessica is, she has no humanity.

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