True Blood

Season 1 Episode 11

To Love is to Bury

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 16, 2008 on HBO
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Bill and Eric come out of the Tribunal astonished over events surrounding Jessica. Sookie and Sam visit a philandering police officer to get information behind the mystic visions. Jason and Amy ponder over their future. Lafayette decides to pay a state senator a visit on the campaign trail over his hypocrisy. Sookie and Sam begin to get closer. Jason lands himself in trouble with the law.moreless

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  • Sookie gives up on Bill because he's too into vampire politics to send any time with her.She decides she makes Sam her boytoy.She starts kissing on Sam and disinvites Bill when he gets upset with her for cheating.And, someone get this girl a dentist.moreless

    Why are all these men fighting over Sookie?

    Ok, she's got those special powers, and let's face guys will date anything with blond hair, but she's whiny, selfish, and bucktoothed. She decides things are over with Bill because he's not back yet, "he cares too much a vampire politics," but the only reason he's being punished in the first place is because he kills another vamp to save her life. She barely decides things are over before she starts kissing on Sam. Then gets mad at Bill when he's upset that she's cheating on him.

    I'm glad they fixed her character in the second season, but I know that in first one I just couldn't see what makes her so special, and don't see it now, but at least I stopped wanting to kill her.moreless
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Murder!

    Awesome episode, firstly Sookie's stand alone story what with her whole psychic visions and whatnot really was interesting as her and Sam look into that waitress that she saw in her visions. Amy does a surprising thing that loses Jason's trust but they end up doing V one last time and whilst that happens Amy is strangled by our unknown assailant with a belt and their Vantasy is distorted by it. Bill then puts his progeny (made vampire) Jessica into the care of Eric so that he can go and look after Sookie after being away in exchange for a big favor. Good build and look into the vamp complex of order. Can't wait to see who the killer is! Well we saw it at the end of episode but the suspense is still worth it.moreless
  • Anotha one bites the dust...

    As any old episode of the show, it's a doozy. However, if you were to treat it as a penultimate episode, things don't really kick off until Amy's unfortunate demise. Too much time is spent training Jessica, and for what purpose? I found this plot-line to be extremely boring. I gotta say, though, I'm glad Sam is becoming a more likeable lead, although as to why Sookie fell for him so quickly is up to anyone's guess. Maybe her brother aint the only one in the family who likes to get around. Pity about Amy, she was an amazing character. Siigh. The reveal about Rene wasn't that much of a shocker, and as characters go, he's rather minor, let's hope he makes more of an impact in the finale. And lets hope the show can go out with a bang, cos this episode wasn't anything special. And Eric...please, just stop acting like a tool.moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Bill goes through with his punishment; a good Samaritan comes to the aid of Tara when she cries for help; Lafayette has a surprise for a two-faced state senator on the campaign trail; Jason finds himself once again in trouble with the law; and Sookie struggles for an explanation of what her latest vision means. I love the scene with Pam and Bill. I don't like the way Tara is drunk though it's a good storyline. I love the scenes with Jason and Amy, I love the storyline between them, I feel sorry for Jason in the end so sad - his storyline is awesome. I love the scenes with Sam and Sookie, there great. I really like Terry, I want to know what's up with him. I also love Hoyt and Rene though he is a bad man, I do like his storyline. All the characters are awesome. I love the storyline with Bill and Jessica, so funny. Then Eric gets involves, so awesome. Oh my god, I love the scene where Bill and Sam fight, amazing. I knew Rene was the killer, its awesome though!moreless
  • Get Out Written And Directed by Nancy Oliver

    Sookie: "I rescind your invitation."

    Bill: "Sookie, don't please. Sookie, please."

    I hate to admit but if there was ever a time in which Bill should've had his invitation rescinded by Sookie, was now the best time? I can already guess that when the killer strikes at Sookie again, she's going to regret giving Bill the heavy ho.

    In fact a lot of the reasons why I find Sookie giving Bill his marching are down to the fact that she's unaware that he made a vampire. That really would be the best reason for such an action. Here it was because Bill and Sam got into a scrap (after Bill caught Sookie and Sam kissing) and she was largely mad at Bill not being by her side.

    Sookie and Sam really did get close in this episode. Last week she spent most of her time fuming at Sam for not being honest with her about being a shape shifter. This week, they're flirting, teasing each other and playing detective. Now, here are two people who really should be friends and nothing more.

    Don't get me wrong, a lot of their scenes together were enjoyable but I just don't think of Sookie and Sam as a couple. The fact that both of them are complicated and wanted simplicity also seemed rather drilled out as well.

    As a detective team, they found out more about one of the victims that either Andy or Bud have been able to come up with all season. So, the girl in Sookie's visions turned out to be a fang banger and Sookie used some gentle blackmail to get a bigoted officer to fax over a picture of the dead girl's brother that conveniently will be spotted at the worst time.

    If I hadn't read "Dead Until Dark", I might have been shocked to learn that Rene was the killer but maybe it's appropriate. I've noticed in past episodes that Rene does have his own anti-vampire attitude, even if it hasn't been as overt as Arlene, Jason or anyone else on the show, it's been there.

    Plus in the previous episode, he made his stance on vampires clear to Sookie when he danced with her and Jason filled him in all on Amy's V addiction as well. I so wanted Amy to get her comeuppance but not through being another in a long line of victims from Rene. Being strangled to death while high – does that constitute as painless?

    Amy didn't exactly go out on a high in this episode, even if she was off her face. She spent way too much time attempting to justify her actions towards, was pretty abusive towards Jason and even after grovelling with a slap up, she still managed to get Jason to go on one last V trip with her. Jason really should've booted her out the door.

    However once again, because Amy got killed, Jason was in the firing line. The interesting thing is that now he's convinced he murdered Amy, along with Maudette and Dawn but adamant about not killing Adelle. Even though Jason has done a lot to annoy as a character, it's really hard not to feel bad for him here. It's also like all of Sookie's possible defenders have been pulled away from her. Except Sam.

    Speaking of Sookie's men, Bill was largely separated from his girl due to his new duties as a maker. I gotta say with angst flowing all over the place, why would any vampire want to turn a teenager into one of them? Jessica proved the point that it's not necessarily a great idea.

    Deborah Ann Woll is a good piece of casting for the role of Jessica. Delightfully bratty, Jessica's non stop tantrums about wanting to kill and basking in a newfound sense of liberation versus vampire obligation which included brushing up on her swearing gave Bill plenty of ripe opportunities to look on exasperated at the girl. Of course, brattiness only works in moderation, so Jessica will have to get good characterisation if she's a keeper.

    I also couldn't help but love both Pam and Eric sort of taking pleasure in Bill's task. It's clear that he feels responsible for Jessica but she's a teenage girl and while some of Eric's methods worked a bit, Jessica is going to be hard work for Bill. Plus, Sookie is going to be pissed when she finds out that Bill made Jessica.

    Also in the pissed stakes was Tara. Drinking and driving always gets you punished and being belligerent to Kenya got Tara locked up for the night in jail. Tara does seem to be on a slight destructive course but Lettie Mae seemed too cold for me. If it was for Tara, Lettie Mae might be dead during her alcoholic bouts.

    With Lettie Mae callously washing her hands off Tara, it was interesting that Maryann stepped in and was keen to save Tara. Nice to know the naked woman with a razorback has a name, a purpose and a house you could literally get lost in. However the trailer for the next episode strongly indicated that Maryann might not be all that she seems. Tara really can't catch a break, can she?

    All in what seems like a lifetime since he's had anything big to do; Lafayette now added blackmail to his list. You know, I don't endorse blackmail but come on, how could anyone not be angry with a senator like David Finch? Lafayette certainly was and warned him accordingly.

    The problem with David was on one had, he slamming vampire/gay rights but on the other, he's sleeping with men and needing V. He'd be doing a better service for his constituents if he actually told the truth. Lafayette might be playing a dangerous enough game in trying to take on David but boo to hypocritical closeted politicians all the more.

    Also in "To Love Is To Bury"

    Nancy Oliver was a script writer for Seasons 3-5 of Six Feet Under, writing some incredible episodes like "Untitled" and "Ecotone". It's great that she directed this one as well.

    Bill: "I find myself doubting whether you were ever truly human."

    Pam: "Thank you."

    Bill was supposed to have sex with Jessica as a part of his ritual with her. He even slept in the ground with her.

    Jason: "Yankee ****

    Amy: "Dumb **** hillbilly."

    Lafayette (re David): "Did you just hear what he said?"

    Terry: "I can't listen to politicians no more. I get a seizure."

    Jason got bailed on by Hoyt having to attend a baby shower (he seems to enjoy them) and Rene going on a date with Arlene. Before or after bumping off Amy?

    Amy: "I did what you said. It was all my fault, Jason. I'm so sorry."

    Jason: "You made dinner for me?"

    Amy: "I'd do anything for you."

    Sam: "Do you love Bill?"

    Sookie: "I think I do but where is he? If vampire politics are more important to him than me … I don't know."

    The girl in Sookie's dreams/visions was Cindy Marshall, a waitress in Big Patty's Piehouse. Her brother was called Drew, aka Rene.

    Jessica (to Bill): "You're supposed to take care of me and you suck and that's funny because you do."

    Tara: **** you. You're not my mother. Get out of my sight, you evil ****

    Lettie Mae: "I love you."

    Tara: "No, you don't. You never did."

    How come Tara didn't recognise Maryann the social worker as the naked woman she nearly ran into? The character of Kenya also features in the Sookie Stackhouse books.

    Jessica (to Bill/Eric): "I don't obey anybody. Those days are over."

    Eric (re Bill): "You want to stay with your maker, don't you?"

    Jessica: "No, he's a dick. Dick, dick, dick."

    There was an interesting scene between Eric and Bill where they argued over Sookie. And was I the only thinking that Jason's bed sheets looked like bin bags?

    Tara: "You're not a Jesus person, are you?"

    Maryann: "No, no, nothing against religion but I'm not a Jesus person."

    Sookie: "You are fun. It's one of the reasons I'm still working for you."

    Sam: "Yeah?"

    Sookie: "It's not for the tips or high class clientele."

    Standout music: Ryan Adams "Two" and The Cowboy Junkies "To Love Is To Bury".

    Andy: "This is the worst confession I've ever heard in my life."

    Jason: **** you, Andy, it's all I got."

    Chronology: A few hours after "I Don't Wanna Know" finished up.

    "To Love Is To Bury" has all the trappings for a good set up to the finale. Sookie's definitely in clear and present danger, Bill's got the responsibility from hell and our main focus point for the second season is also making herself known.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bill: She won't listen to me. It will take more time than I have to teach her obedience.
      Jessica: I don't obey anybody, those days are over!
      Eric: Can't handle one little girl, Bill? New ones can be like this. Man up my friend, she is not even one night old.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Adina Porter (Letti Mae Thornton) as a series regular.

    • Featured Music:
      "Witchita Lineman" by Glen Campbell (Sookie and Sam go to Big Patty's Pie House seeking information about a murdered woman who was carrying on with vampires)
      "To Love is to Bury" by The Cowboy Junkies, album The Trinity Sessions (Jason and Amy make up)
      "Two" by Ryan Adams, album Easy Tiger (Sam and Sookie drive back from Big Patty's Pie House while discussing love)
      "West of Wichita" by G. DaPonte, album Let It All Come Down (Amy convinces Jason to do V one last time)
      "Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88: Adagio" by Philharmonia Slavonica & Alfred Scholz, album Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 - Concerto for Violoncello & Orch Op. 104 - Piano Piece Op. 52 (Maryann brings Tara to her estate)
      "Pass You By" by Gillian Welch, album Revival (end credits)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Milovat znamená pohřbít (To Love Means To Bury)

    • Although credited, Carrie Preston (Arlene) doesn't appear in this episode.

    • Stephen Root (Eddie) was removed from the main credits.

    • International airdates:
      -Latin America: March 29, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este.
      -Czech Republic: April 14, 2009 on HBO.
      -Australia: April 21, 2009 on Showcase.
      -Germany: June 15, 2009 on 13th Street.
      -Italy: July 6, 2009 on Fox.
      -United Kingdom: September 25, 2009 on FX.


    • Bill (to Jessica): With great powers, comes great responsibilities.

      This line was said to Peter by his uncle Ben in the Spider-Man franchise, which includes comics, TV series and movies.