A more focused and refined episode than previous weeks, ''Me and The Devil'' benefits greatly from establishing a strong link between a lot of the individual stories that were moulding the season thus far. Sure, there are still a few standalone weak links that pale in comparison to the witch/vampire conflict, but even so, it's easy to see the likes of Jessica and Hoyt being pulled into the main ordeal within a few episodes.
Terry and Arlene are still by and large the least interesting couple of the season. Tasked with looking after a seemingly haunted baby, there's only so much you can do with such a basic storyline. I did find it amusing watching Arlene look on with sincere confusion as her house was being blessed by Lettie-Mae; it's just a shame that after five episodes, there's nothing more to it.
Meanwhile, Tommy has murdered both of his parents and enlists Sam's help to dispose of the bodies. This, of course, means that Tommy will eventually be able to shift into anyone he chooses, right? That's something I don't think Sam took into consideration as he effortlessly dumped their bodies into the swamp, imparting words of wisdom onto Tommy that gators ''love marshmallows'', as he sprinkled some over his parents' corpses. It's not exactly the soundest advice to give to a person who just murdered his own flesh and blood, eh Sam? Consider your ass bitten.
Jason has a hilarious sex dream about Jessica that soon becomes a sex dream about Jessica and Hoyt, and eventually ends as a sex dream about Jason and Hoyt. Funny stuff! Jason has a heart to heart with Hoyt about his traumatic experiences at Hotshot. Apparently he was raped over two dozen times. And while the way Jason reacts to such a situation fits his character, I didn't quite like how geared towards laughs his confession was, given the severity of the situation. But I can see the writers attempting to tone this character down. It has only taken four years...
Elsewhere, the episode more or less fires on all cylinders. It may be taking longer than usual to set up this witchy arc, but the slow moving nature of this year's main storyline means that we've been allowed a lot of time to breathe. There are quite a few tender moments in this episode, and have been during the past. It's only now that I can see this more clearly because everyone seems to be touching base and whether they know it or not, are all connected to the same event.
I particularly enjoyed Tara's reaction upon finding out that Eric is living with Sookie. Especially considering the huge talk they had about honesty only seconds beforehand. I expected nothing less than for Tara to flip out and matter of factly state just how stupid Sookie is for allowing him to live with her. And I couldn't agree more. It hasn't been a flaw, as such, this year, but I'm having a really hard time buying into the fact that within the space of a week, Sookie has fallen for Eric. Sure, the majority of the tender moments this week do spawn from their new, flirty dynamic, but for Sookie to completely disregard all Eric has done? I guess I enjoy this new Eric because the plot raises a few interesting questions as to whether or not we are defined as people only by our memories.
Stupid Sookie or not, I positively loved her first scene with Marnie at the MoonGoddess Emporium (which looks an awful lot like the same layout as The Magic Box in Buffy). I've said it before and I'll say it again: my favorite kind of Sookie is a proactive Sookie. The entire sequence where she filtered through Marnie's mind only to receive a message from her grandmother was both superbly realised by Anna Paquin and Fiona Shaw and rather touching, too. Gran warns Sookie not give Eric her heart. It looks as though that ship is just about to sail, Gran!
And poor Pam. She's in bits during this episode. No, really. In bits. Her ear falls off at one point! The cliff-hanger is staged really well, as Pam finally vents her complete and utter frustration with Marnie, ''the uppity wiccan C***''. And in doing so accidentally spills the beans on where Eric is hiding out. I wonder what Bill will stumble upon? A sneaky porch-lit kiss or a full on romp in the sack?
I know what you Sookie/Eric shippers are hoping for!