True Blood

Season 7 Episode 5

Lost Cause

23
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 20, 2014 on HBO
7.9
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Sookie becomes a reluctant host of a festive mainstreaming party in Bon Temps. Eric and Pam, continuing their search for Sarah Newlin, head to a fundraiser in Dallas. Andy decides on a life-changing decision, while Jessica and James reach a moment of truth. Bill finds himself remembering his human days.

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  • Lost Cause

    6.5
    Not a terrible episode, but it was very uneven. There were some great parts, some hookups that you hoped for, others not so much, but a lot of the episode was boring and slow-moving, so I have mixed feelings overall.
  • Baby you're lost

    9.0
    Give me a bottle of your finest True Blood.
  • Party Crashers (Spoilers Ahead)

    6.5
    True Blood got annoyingly grounded this week as the residents of Bon Temps all got together to attend a forced party at Sookie's, despite Alcide being barely cold, although the sentiment of appreciating life at the event is well intentioned but ineffective. Instead we get Lafayette sleeping with James where Jessica discovers them together and she in turn sleeps with Jason which Violet hears through the door (which is about the dumbest thing in the episode since Jason knows what she'll do and she's even said she would kill him if he was ever with another woman). But I figured we'd swing back to this relationship eventually, and while Lafayette is right and that he deserves to be happy I just don't care about James especially since it's not even the same actor from last season who we met for like twenty minutes ever. It was good to see Robert Patrick back as Mr. Herveaux though and with his different colored eyes. Aside from that the only other decent takeaway was the Bill is having flashbacks to the Civil War (in which I guess he deserted and helped the Underground Railroad?) and speaks out against his bigoted contemporaries. He wasn't even saying he wouldn't fight he was saying that the war was bad for their hometown, but you can't be reasonable on a show that is renowned for being ham-fisted in so many ways. I'm curious if these will continue since we've seen Fangtasia's beginnings we may see much more into Bill's past. Sookie seems to be warming up to him again though, and he is as gentlemanly as ever. I never understood all the Bill hate, he went down a strange and evil path but now he is back to much more of the Season 1 Bill now that Lilith has run her course through him (which they infuriatingly never exactly got into how or what purpose that served, thanks writers). This was ultimately dull and I hope there is no more pit stops between events in Bon Temps since seeing characters in a final season of their run (of only ten episodes) spend the whole time having soap opera-esque hookups and talk about their feelings for an entire episode.



    On the less boring side Eric and Pam proceed to go after Sarah Newlin at a Bush Library opening, we also learn that Sarah has a vampire sister the media never found out about. She tells them she will be there to get help from the Newlin parents. Pam and Eric dress for the occasion, Pam even astutely saying that she looks like a, "Republic**t" which has got to become a new turn of phrase internet, come on! Sarah approaches her mother for help and the Yakuza, working for the Yakonomo Corporation, attack the party and gun down all of the armed guards there (and the party was earlier said to be so heavily guarded no vamps could get in but hey if you're human and have an Uzi I guess it doesn't cover that then). The Yakuza chase Sarah and Eric finds her and holds her up off the ground by her neck before speeding towards three enforcers, impaling two with their own swords, and then ripping one's jaw right off of his face. Oh True Blood you always get the campy gore just right, just like in Season 4 where he rips out the guy's heart and drinks from it like a juicebox. But now they have the nemesis in hand and Eric/Pam will go after the Big Bad of the season while the residents of Bon Temps do boring things like build a town garden, or play shuffleboard, who cares! The only other winning bit of the episode was Bill awakening to Stage 1 Hep-V (did he drink from anyone that was infected? I thought Sookie was clean? But this will for sure be a great development for the lovesick vampire that Bill has become and will show us the quicker aggression that Hep-V seems to be taking on now.



    This was an overall lackluster and snooze worthy installment with only a few bits of genuine enjoyment as parties were thrown and one was crashed and a member of the main ensemble found out that they're no all that well. I hope we can move into more of an upswing in events and move away from the deliberately paced, floundering midseason dribble that this is indicative of. This is the final season after all. Better to burn out than fade away.moreless
Riley Smith

Riley Smith

Keith

Guest Star

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Jenny

Guest Star

Natalie Hall

Natalie Hall

Amber Mills

Guest Star

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Jackson Herveaux

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Caroline Compton

Recurring Role

Patricia Bethune

Patricia Bethune

Jane Bodehouse

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