Detective Andy Bellefleur
When Sookie comes home from work the first night, her grandmother is reading Last Scene Alive, written by Charlaine Harris who also wrote the Sookie Stackhouse books True Blood is based on.
The camo-clad hunter/vampire purchases the synthetic drink "Tru Blood" in the form of a 4-pack of bottles. Typically wine coolers are sold in 4-packs, beer is generally sold in 6-packs. The tag line for "Tru Blood" is "Real Blood is for suckers!"
Vampire Bill Compton is 173 years old.
The frat boy and sorority girl, Kelly, pull over at the "GrabbitKwik" convenience store. Maudette Pickens, the murdered woman, is mentioned to be an employee at "GrabbitKwik".
Nan Flanagan of the American Vampire League is shown on television doing an interview with Bill Maher. Bill Maher is host of the talk show Real Time with Bill Maher which also airs on HBO.
Lafayette: (Thinking about Sookie joining Vampire Bill at his table) Looks like she likes 'em tall dark and dead.
Sookie: I am NOT psychic!
(Customer snaps his fingers to get Tara's attention for a drink)
Tara: Uh-oh do... do not snap at me. I have a name. And that name is Tara. Isn't that funny a black girl being named after a plantation. No I don't think it's funny at all. In fact it really pisses me off that my momma was either stupid or just plain mean. Which is why you better be nice if you plan on getting a drink tonight.
(Discussing hookers who specialize in vampires)
Gran: Wonder how much one would charge for something like that?
Jason: A thousand bucks.
Sookie: See, now that just makes me sick.
Gran: I know. What kind of cheap woman could ever do something like that?
Sookie: No it makes me sick that they're getting a thousand bucks to lay there and do nothing while I bust my ass for ten bucks an hour plus tips.
Vampire Bill: Vampires often turn on those who trust them you know. We don't have human values like you.
Sookie: Well, humans turn on those who trust them too.
Denise: You don't wanna be on my bad side.
Sookie: I'm not so sure you even have another side you no-account backwoods trash.
Sookie: What can I do for ya'll tonight?
Mack: (Thinking) You can wrap your sweet lips around my slim reaper.
Woman in bar: (Looking at the man with her thinking) Don't you dare gripe about me eatin' fries. Not after what I did for you last night in the bedroom. Which, by the way, was disgusting. Although I kind of enjoyed it.
Camo-clad vampire: (To the clerk who pretended to be a vampire) You ever pretend to be one of us again and I'll kill ya. Got it?
Vampire: (Flashing fangs) Have a nice day now.
Sookie: (Realizing there is a vampire in the bar) I have been waiting for this moment since they came out of the coffin two years ago.
Teenager: (Thinking) What the hell is this music? Man, I can not wait to get the hell out of this podunk town.
Sookie: (Responding to the teen's thoughts as if he spoke out loud) Well make sure you do, and before it's too late. Because every year you wait you just get more and more stuck here. Believe me, I know.
Teenager: (Thinking) How'd she know what I was thinking? That's weird.
Nan: We're citizens. We pay taxes. We deserve basic Civil Rights just like everyone else.
Lafayette: Hey, Hookah. How you doin'? what are you doing here?
Tara: I work here.
Lafayette: Oh, no the hell you don't!
Tara: Oh, yes the hell I do too, you ugly bitch.
Lafayette: Shit. Sam must've lost his damned mind because you should not be allowed to work in no situation where you actually have to interact with the people.
Jason: I hooked up with Maudette last night, we had sex. That's all.
Andy: How would you characterize the sex?
Jason: Eh, it was okay.
Tara: If I did work here...
Sam: It would only be a matter of time before you went off on somebody. I don't wanna drive my customers away.
Tara: I only go off on stupid people.
Sam: Most of my customers are stupid people.
Sookie: (Covering her neck with silver) I'm not a total fool.
Bill: Oh, but you have other very juicy arteries. There is one in the groin that is a particularly favorite of mine.
Tara: My life sucks.
Sookie: Tara, don't you be feelin' sorry for yourself. That's just lazy.
Tara: But why can't I keep a job?
Sookie: Maybe because you can't keep your mouth shut.
Tara: Bitch, who asked you?
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Podivná láska (Strange Love)
This episode won both the 2009 Artios for "Outstanding Achievement in Casting-Television Pilot-Drama", and the 2009 Eddie Award for "Best Edited One-Hour Series For Non-Commercial Television". Plus, the opening credits were nominated for the 2009 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Main Title Design", and the scene where Bill meets Sookie won that same award for "Best Breakthrough Performance".
In the original pilot, an unidentified woman is seen in the woods overlooking the fight between Sookie and Mack. It is implied that the unidentified woman is responsible for the telekinetic choking of Mack.
-Canada: September 7, 2008 on HBO Canada.
-Denmark; Finland; Norway; Sweden: October 22, 2008 on Canal+ Scandinavia.
-Spain: December 4, 2008 on Canal+ Spain.
-France: December 23, 2008 on Orange Cinemax.
-Portugal: December 23, 2008 on MOV.
-Israel: January 6, 2009 on Yes Stars Action.
-Brazil: January 18, 2009 on HBO.
-Latin America: January 18, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este.
-Belgium: February 1, 2009 on be.tv.
-Czech Republic; Hungary; Slovakia: February 3, 2009 on HBO.
-Bulgaria; Croatia; Moldova; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia: February 6, 2009 on HBO.
-Poland: February 7, 2009 on HBO.
-Asia: February 9, 2009 on HBO Asia.
-Australia: February 10, 2009 on Showcase.
-South Africa: February 10, 2009 on M-Net.
-Italy: April 27, 2009 on Fox.
-Germany: May 11, 2009 on 13th Street.
-Russia: June 5, 2009 on Fox Life.
-United Kingdom: July 17, 2009 on FX.
Actress Brook Kerr was originally hired to play the part of Tara Thornton. Rutina Wesley replaced Brook after two episodes. The first two episodes were redone with Rutina in the role of Tara.
-Y'All Think She'd Be Good to Me by CC Adcock
-Goodbye Good Lookin' by Robbie Fulks
-Soulful Garage by Southern Culture on the Skids
-The Dreaming Dead by Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
-Strange Love by Slim Harpo
-Lake Charles by Lucinda Williams
-Still Beating by Josh Ritter
-Dang Good Stuff by Kim Lenz and Her Jaguars
-Stumble and Pain by Joseph Arthur
-Bones by Little Big Town
Tagline: Thou Shall Not Crave Thy Neighbor.
Arlene: Honey, if Rene tells you you're too young to watch a scary movie on HBO then I'm siding with him.
Arlene mentions HBO which is the station that True Blood airs on.
Jason: You know I read in Hustler that everybody should have sex with a vampire at least once before they die.
Hustler is a monthly adult magazine published in the United States. It was first published in July 1974 by Larry Flynt.
Clerk: New Orleans is a mecca for the vampire.
Frat Boy: Even after Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina is one of the 5 deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. In August, 2005 the hurricane devastated the city of New Orleans in Louisiana where the television series is set.
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