True Blood

Season 1 Episode 2

The First Taste

17
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 14, 2008 on HBO
8.5
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After Sookie gets saved by Bill she suffers a lot of injuries and Bill tries to save her "the Vampire way". The next day her brother is released from police custody and the bodies of Sookie's attackers are found. Later that day Bill goes to visit Sookie's family and gets a not so friendly welcome.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Color Red and the Number Nine.

    8.5
    While I liked the first episode, this episode really took the show to the next level. The chemistry between Sookie and Bill has become more intense and your can almost feel the sexual tension through the television screen. I'm not sure how I feel about Jason, while he is extremely attractive, he seems kind of douchey and I don't know if I like that. I like Tara because she seems to be sarcastic, but I can't tell if she's kidding. I LOVE Sookie's Grandma and most of the people that work at the bar. This was a very good follow up to the Pilot, and it left me wanting more.moreless
  • Bill saves Sookie this time, and meets the family. Meanwhile, Jason finds out that he didn't kill Maudette after all...a very nice episode :) And here's my review:

    9.0
    I liked some of the twists in this episode, like when we find out that Jason didn't really kill Maudette, and that somebody else did. Some of the scenes which stood out for me were when Bill arrives at Sookie's house, and meets with the family; when Bill revives Sookie by making her drink his blood; and naturally the end of the episode. I also enjoyed the humor that was added to the episode like when Tara goes with Lafayette to the party, or when she tries to get Jason to notice her. I wish they would do more with this character. I felt like the writers did not really know what to do with her in this episode, and felt like her character was an excess bagagge, even though I really like her. Overall, a very nice episode, and can't wait to see the next one.moreless
  • Dating in the ways of the vampire

    8.5
    As Sookie is pinned down by the Ratrays after her saving Bill Compton she is beaten pretty badly and Bill does away with them promptly with his undead man like powers. He then gives her some of his blood which has regenerative powers and a couple of other side effects along with her being able to "feel his influence" and he can then sense when she is in danger. Jason goes to the police station after Maudette Pickens' murder and figures out that she didn't kill and she tricked him by pretending to be dead but he gets out and bumbles his way out of trouble which is probably going to be a pattern, might I add.moreless
  • the FUNNIEST thing on this episode ...

    9.0
    Ok ok. This was a fine episode. It was funny and interesting and adventurous and erotic and well written and it had a good recipe for entertainment. It gets a hard 9.



    But I HAVE to pinpoint on the FUNNIEST thing on this episode. Some people might have not notice but at around 8:57 in the episode, when Tara gets into her house, the camera rolls over a newspaper. And this is the joke, the headlines of the newspaper. Oh I'm glad I was watching this prerecorded because I HAD to pause. I laughed so much that I would have missed at least 5 minutes of the show if I was watching that thing live.

    If you haven't seen the episode, just keep your eyes open for minute 8:57 But if you don't have the chance to see the episode again, feel free to go to this link here and look at the screenshot I uploaded to share with my friends. Or check it from my blog. It is hilarious!!! http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y189/Lantichristo/snapshot20081111183238.jpgmoreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    9.5
    Sookie believes that Bill is the one murdering the people who almost took her life. Meanwhile, Tara must cope with family issues; and a new church threatens the vampire world. I love the first scene where Sookie is getting kicked to hell, then Bill saves her. I have to say I love Jason already he is so dumb but that's why he is so funny, oh and hot! I love the scene where Sookie is telling Bill about her past realsionships, there funny.I love Lafayette and Tara. I love Bill and Sookie they're awesome! I love there first kiss. I love the ending, awesome storyline the other vampires are so scary! Can't wait to watch the next episode!moreless
Stephen Moyer

Stephen Moyer

Bill Compton

Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten

Jason Stackhouse

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Sam Merlotte

Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley

Tara Thornton

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Detective Andy Bellefleur

Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis

Lafayette Reynolds

Labon Hester

Labon Hester

Young Jason

Guest Star

Bryan Lay

Bryan Lay

Gangster Lover

Guest Star

Cedric Pendleton

Cedric Pendleton

Terrell

Guest Star

Patricia Bethune

Patricia Bethune

Jane Bodehouse

Recurring Role

Jenni Blong

Jenni Blong

Michelle Stackhouse

Recurring Role

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe

Terry Bellefleur

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Tara arrives home to find her mother passed out on the couch the first episode ("Balls, Cherries, Balloons, Tires") of VH1's America's Most Smartest Model is playing on the television in the background.

    • The license plate on the vampires vehicle is "Fangs 1".

    • Sookie's parents died in a flash flood just before her 8th birthday.

    • The fictional television station the debate between the Reverand Theodore Newlin of "The Fellowship of the Sun" and Nan Flanagan of the "American Vampire League" airs on is called TBBN.

    • Vampire Mythology revealed in this episode:

      - Vampires require an invitation to enter a human's home. That invitation can be revoked.
      - Some vampires can turn into animals, Bill cannot.
      - Vampires can put glamors on humans to feed on them and they will not remember after wards.
      - Their blood can cure/heal humans.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sookie: How old are you? Am I allowed to ask that?
      Bill: I was made vampire in 1865. When I was 30 human years old.
      Sookie: Wow, you look older than that.
      Bill: Life was harder then.
      Sookie: Were you in the Civil War?
      Bill: I was.
      Sookie: Would you be willing to come and talk to my grandmother's club? It's mostly a bunch of old people who had family in the war. They call themselves the Descendants of the Glorious Dead.
      Bill: The Glorious Dead? There is nothing glorious about dying in a war. A bunch of starving, freezing boys killing each other so the rich people can stay rich. Madness.

    • Sookie: Do I taste different from other people?

    • Sookie: What I am is telepathic. I can hear people's thoughts.
      Bill: Even mine?
      Sookie: No. That's why I like you so much. I can't hear you at all. You have no idea how peaceful it is, after a lifetime of... blah, blah, blah.

    • Sookie: Mmm. Is this sausage different from what you usually make?
      Gran: No.
      Sookie: Hmm. It tastes so much more complex than it usually does.
      Gran: Oh, dear, you think it's gone bad.
      Sookie: No, it's delicious. It's like I can close my eyes and I can see the farm the pig lived on and feel the sun and rain on my face and even taste the earth that the herbs grew out of.

    • Jason: I don't even know why they suspected me. I think somebody heard I'd been with Maudette.
      Sookie: Had you?
      Jason: No.
      Sookie: Are you sure? She was a woman.

    • Sheriff Dearborne: Sookie, you're a good girl. I hate to see you go down this path.
      Sookie: Well, lucky for you, Sheriff Dearborne, nobody's forcing you to watch.

    • Jason: A lot of Americans don't think you people deserve special rights.
      Bill: They're the same rights you have.
      Jason: No, I'm just saying there's a reason things are the way they are.
      Bill: Yeah. It's called injustice.

    • Tara: Did you own slaves?
      Sookie: (Shocked) Tara!
      Bill: I did not. But my father did.

    • Mike Spencer: Your grandmother lets you associate with a vampire?
      Sookie: You can take that up with her Mike Spencer. I'm sure she'd just love to know that somebody thinks she's not takin' proper care of me.

    • Lafayette: Why come you won't call Jason Stackhouse?
      Tara: You are a mean, nasty bitch.
      Lafayette: And you need to move your sorry ass outcha momma house. Thas whatcha needs to do.
      Tara: Yeah.
      Lafayette: All right, all right. I is on my way. But you might got ta find your own ride home. Just in case I get lucky.
      Tara: Whatchu mean if you get lucky? Your standards are so low you always get lucky.

    • Sam: Remind me why I hired you again?
      Tara: Affirmative Action.

    • Bill: Can I ask you a personal question?
      Sookie: Bill, you were just lickin' blood outta my head. I don't think it gets much more personal than that.
      Bill: How do you manage a social life with men your own age, their only thought must be...
      Sookie: I don't date.

    • Jason: Well, thanks for making me look like a fool in front of him Gran.
      Gran: Jason, you don't need any help lookin' like a fool.

    • Jason: Look, Gran, I am the man in this family.
      Gran: You are a man in this family, but I am the oldest person here and this is my house. You better respect me boy.
      Bill: Actually, I'm the oldest person here.

    • Bill: (To Sookie) I can smell the sunlight on your skin...

  • NOTES (4)

    • Although credited, Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry) does not appear in this episode.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: První ochutnávka (First Taste)

    • International airdates:
      -Latin America: January 25, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica
      -Czech Republic: February 10, 2009 on HBO.
      -Australia: February 17, 2009 on Showcase.
      -Italy: Monday, May 4, 2009 on Fox Life.
      -Germany: May 11, 2009 on 13th Street.
      -Russia: June 12, 2009 on Fox Life
      -United Kingdom: July 24, 2009 on FX.

    • Featured Music:

      -Ricky Tin Ting by Extreme Production Music
      -Two Wheels by Alligator Stew
      -Say Wat it Do by Blood What True/Camboso
      -Girls by Eleni Mandell
      -First Taste by Fiona Apple
      -How the Day Sounds by Greg Laswell
      -Love Gotcha by Coco Montoya
      -Honky Tonk Queen by Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys
      -Rose Thorn Bed by Alligator Stew
      -Snake in the Grass by Vallejo

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