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True Blood

Season 5 Episode 8

Somebody That I Used to Know

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 29, 2012 on HBO
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  • Episode Summary


    Sookie and Jason visit where the faeries say their parents were supposedly killed by vampires. Bill begins having flashbacks. Sam and Luna become stuck. The Authority celebrate their new chosen direction.

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    • Somebody That I Used to Know

      Way too many things going on, but there was just too much stupidity in this episode as well. The two Sams was not funny, no matter how hard they tried to make it. And the fairies story dominated the episode too much.
    • Too many stories

      They just wan't to give everyone a story so in the end i don't care about any of them, there is too much going on: the fire curse, the fairies quest, Tara's bad moods, the red necks killing shifters, the wolf pack master fight, the Lilith alliance.... For a show to be watchable you need one maine strong story and 2 smaller ones, too get every characters involved, here they just go in different directions, there is not cohesion anymore, Alan Ball need to do something else already, it's a waste of good talent.moreless
    • Somebody That I Used to Know, The Evolution of Bill

      Somebody That I Used to Know was a perfect episode of True Blood. I really enjoyed watching because Tara had an encounter with a white snob from high school, Hoyt must choose to save or kill Jessica, and Bill becomes more like those around him. It was interesting to see Alcide and JD fight as well as the whole Sam and Luna story line. Terry and Patrick learn how to remove the curse and Sookie learns more about her parents death. Eric is still moved by his vision of Godric and Bill comes up with a great plan to take down main streamers. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Evolution

      After sufficiently tripping on Lilith's blood last week the Authority members return to the compound after their massacre and see Lilith's appearance as a message that they're on the right path and they start to develop an agenda to squash the Mainstreaming movement around the world. Eric tries to pull Bill out of Salome's talk but for some reason he won't. And this isn't Bill becoming a double agent like in Season 3, there must be something in the blood that makes him be less human. For instance, when he goes to Salome's room and is asked to feed on the blood of a mother with a four month old baby and remembers through flashback to when his daughter was dying in 1910 and was begging to be made into a vamp to avoid death. Despite her pleadings he feeds anyway as a gift from Lilith. Eric tries to convince Nora that this direction toward destruction isn't her and she says in his last days Godric was an abomination which means that you can talk trash on your maker, I guess after they're dead though or something. Bill even proposes a way to make all American vamps go against mainstreaming by destroying the Tru Blood factories, of which there are 5, forcing everyone to feed on humans. Looks like there is a dangerous direction we're going to be going in from here on out as the Sanguinistas move into attack phase. Alcide preps for his fight with JD for the position of packmaster via sex with Rikki and he asks her to be his girlfriend as well as other physical activities. When the old were challenging ways of hunting an animal in human or wolf form and killing it first are discarded JD proposes they chase and kill a college track star instead. Alcide steps down but JD says that he will chase and kill the boy anyway. Alcide tries to stop him and gets in a few good hits but the V is too much for even Alcide to fight against. Marcus's mother talks JD into not killing him for the sake of being a worthy packmaster. JD tells Alcide to find a new pack and Rikki sees to his wounds. Sookie is convinced by Jason to not waste the rest of her fairy mojo and they go back to Club Fairy to learn more from Claude about who killed their parents. He and his sisters take them to the bridge where their parents were killed and after a hippie-ish explanation about energy Sookie sees through the eyes of the vamp, and Claudine shows up to tell the vamp to leave them alone. Good to see that the vamp isn't an already pre-established one like Russell, that would be such a cop-out. But apparently Sook wasn't supposed to be able to do that and Claude freaks out, and Sook begins to see the vamp in visions. Lafayette, set free for no reason after Don Bartolo's baby mama ganked him, uses V to heal his lip wounds and sees Jesus. He is approached by Holly and Arlene to convince Terry that the Ifrit curse has been called off since Terry knows that Lafayette is a medium or sorts. But they want him to do it fake-like. They agree to pay him and when Patrick and Terry show up he pretends the woman has lifted the curse but then gets possessed by her and she says the only way the curse can be lifted is if Terry kills Patrick or Patrick kills Terry, Patrick flees the house. Tara, still barring it up at Fangtasia, runs into a trashy enemy from high school who talks some crap at her and makes her make her another drink. Pam says that the woman's drink is on the house, making Tara look foolish. But later the woman is tied up in the basement for Tara's enjoyment. Pam's line, "my happy face and my angry face are the same" is the chuckle worthy moment of the episode as Tara is left to feed to her pleasure. Sam gets the hospital working shooter taken to jail and Luna doesn't wanna stick still and so she skinwalks into another Sam and walks out of the hospital. See Sam Trammel be effeminate as Luna/Sam was rather enjoyable, even if the story didn't really lead anywhere except for them telling each other how they feel, again. Andy is told by the captured shooter that there are more like him everywhere. One of the redneck shooters seduces Jessica at Fangtasia and silver chains her up for Hoyt to kill. Hoyt is given a gun and confronts her about how much he loved her and still does and Jess says that she can't love him anymore so he sets her free and she kills one of them but can't go anywhere since it's daylight. Hoyt says he'll do for help but gets held at gunpoint by a guy that pulls over next to him. Fortunately, Sam, Luna/Sam, and Andy show up at the redneck house thanks to a Sam led interrogation of the hospital shooter although Jess worries about Hoyt still I bet. Overall a bit ridiculous offering this week or as Andy says, "I hate this goddamn town!" Bon Temps will only continue to get weirder I bet, which is somehow fine by me, just make the stories count writers. And it's great to see Bill falling into oblivion and Eric the one being "moral" and trying to rescue Nora and him. Bill's line about, "I'm evolving" was excellently executed.moreless
    • Somebody that I used to know

      I like that there are several story-lines going on although some are more interesting than others. Quite frankly, I don't care what is happening to Tera but I don't like her at all so I have a bias.

      Suki's parents were killed by a vamp and she now has a connection with him. I wonder if she was able to connect to the energy of a vampire because she already has a connection with that vamp (ie. Bill or Eric). But then they said the name of the vamp so I don't know how that will work.

      Bill is now "evolving" as he said. I don't think that Bill has crossed over, let's face it, if Eric is not liking this situation, then Bill's morality clearly has to be kicking in. Maybe he has some master plan to end this Lileth craze.

      I think this is one of True Blood's best seasons. I find myself truly interested in what is happening and the hour of the show goes by pretty fast.moreless
    Emma Greenwell

    Emma Greenwell


    Guest Star

    Ted Welch

    Ted Welch

    Joe Bob

    Guest Star

    Camilla Luddington

    Camilla Luddington


    Guest Star

    John Rezig

    John Rezig

    Deputy Kevin Ellis

    Recurring Role

    Dale Dickey

    Dale Dickey

    Martha Bozeman

    Recurring Role

    Kelly Overton

    Kelly Overton


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

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    • NOTES (2)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        United Kingdom - November 5 2012 on FX/FX HD
        Czech Republic - November 20, 2012 on HBO

      • Featured Music:
        "Beneath Contempt" by Flesh Field (Reggie hits on Jessica at Fangtasia)
        "Smokestack Lighting" by Howlin' Wolf (Alcide and Rikki have some naked fun)
        "Die Slow" by Health (Tara encounters an old high school ate at Fangtasia)
        "Electronica Black" by Danny McCarthy (Pam chats with Tara about her attitude)
        "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Elliott Smith (end credits)

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