True Blood

Season 5 Episode 3

Whatever I Am, You Made Me

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 24, 2012 on HBO
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  • TARA'S HAVING A ROUGH TIME, YOU GUYS

    True Blood: Maker's Marks

    If you could become a vampire, would you? What is your "humanity" worth?

  • Episode Summary

    Bill and Eric negotiate with the Vampire Authority to allow them to keep their lives. Sookie asks for Pam's help. There are consequences for Andy's sexual hook-up with Holly. Debbie Pelts' parents come to Andy looking for their daughter. Jason meets up with a former high school teacher.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Whatever I Am

      6.5
      I just cannot take this character of Tara seriously. I did not even really like her before this, but this is just pure stupidity.



      Way too much Andy so far this season too.
    • Tara Unchained

      8.0
      Tara's newfound vampness causes her to almost kill a lost girl with an overheated car so she goes to Sam at Merlotte's seeking help before the sun comes up. Lafayette and Sook look for Tara but when they can't find her hope that she managed to go to ground in time for sunrise. Andy's rear end pops up on facebook thanks to Holly's sons who photographed it and he tells her about it and asks her to go steady with him. Jason runs into an old high school teacher who originally took his virginity but he seduces her after she says that what they did long ago was a mistake which Jason acknowledges post-coitus. When Jessica comes over to talk to Jason he says that he's damaged by sex and it's the only thing he knows how to do in interractions with women and asks her to leave since he doesn't know how to have a female friend. But her telling him that she can tell him all about it and that she will put on a pair of his sweats was a very sweet thing that is a real testament to the connection that the two naturally have and why they work as an item. Eric and Bill get the Authority's ok to go after Russell but only after getting a few restrictions put on them in the form of wireless shoulder strapped crosses that will instantly penetrate their hearts with stakes in a heartbeat should they try any sort of treachery. Then they mostly meander around the Authority compound for the episode all while both being seduced by Salome, for those who don't know is the daughter of King Harod from the Bible who seduced him with a lustful dance and asked for the head of Jon the Baptist on a silver platter, a powerful and ancient vampire who reports to the Guardian (apparently sex allows her to see both of their true colors) that they are true hearted if not a little misguided. The Guardian spews more about togetherness with the humans and Nora faces even more torture for being a Sanguinista suspect. Sookie looks to Sam and asks if he'd seen Tara to which he breaks down and tells her that he helped and that she's in the freezer. Lafayette and Sook try to help Tara out but Tara goes crazy and says that if they ever show up to her again she won't exercise what little restraint she has (and dang did she drink a crap load of TB at the bar slugging one after another of Sam's drinks). After running off Tara doesn't wanna live anymore so she goes to a tanning salon and tries to commit UV suicide, which Pam feels and is supremely annoyed by. Somewhat on the sidelines, Mr. and Mrs. Pelt, Debbie's parents, come looking for their daughter in town and confront Alcide about their daughter's disappearance. When he says that she fell off the wagon they deny it and cling to the fact of her being clean for over a year from V. Alcide learns that they found Debbie's car only a few miles from Sookie's house and asks her if there's something she's not telling him. She breaks down and tells him that she killed Debbie intentionally and not so much in self-defense. Alcide is upset, more-so because Sook let him believe that she was out there and not trusting him for having her back since they met than actually killing his psycho ex-girlfriend. He drives off, leaving Sook to think the worst that he will tell the Pelts and the Police in his anger. Also it took a little getting used to but I dig Vamp-Tara it's poetic because of how much she hated their kind while they were alive and it's drastic enough of a change to make her sympathetic to me for having her friends need to hold onto her when she wishes they would've just let her move on and die. Hopefully Eric and Bill will hit the road next week in Russell search mode.moreless
    • Then What????

      9.0
      We are heading towards the introduction of Lilith, but Supernatural already did that and also introduced the Leviathans and Lucifer. The major problem with series like True Blood and Supernatural is that no matter what supremely awesome evil comes their way, the heroes will prevail and all will be relatively good with the world. So really no surprises.

      I have two major problems with that. The first is existential; how is it even remotely possible for mere humans, even with an edge, to conceivably beat such supreme evil fiends, and why would these be remotely interested with us is beyond me. The second is philosophical; we are already sanitized to the most horrific depiction of human mayhem and now we are being sanitized to ultimate evil. Will we be allowed to have any proportionate feelings anymore? Smart people will make the part of things, but the many that are not will maybe finally accept such simple evil as corporate fascism as not so serious a threat.

      What I am saying is not that True Blood and such series are "bad" for you or me; but that we must look at them and take the messages that are there more seriously. I am absolutely appalled by those who actually said they would like to be vampires in the episodes's poll. There are people who are genuinely saying that they would like to suck the blood from someone else, that confess a desire to become among the worst kind of murderers. Do we have to take this as claims, wishful thinking, fantasy, or tongue in cheek?It is certainly not me to demand an answer, but still .....

      The other part of my criticism is when all these supreme villains will be dealt with, where do we go from there?What even greater evil is there out there for our godlike heroes still to expunge? Also, if there are ancient artifacts that have conquered these evils, how come they are back?

      Some sense in the plots would be nice and make for better entertainment.

      If I were the writers I would make Lilith win and kill them all and return with an entire new cast at another entirely new place, maybe in an entirely new country....Canada, Europe, the Middle East?Take the premisse and put out an entirely new series.moreless
    • The wolf and the fairly duo is over.

      9.0
      I loved how sookie delivered her confession to Alicide, (who still refuses to become the pac master but i think he will rock at the job!). The Utter devastation and disppointment in his eyes was pure television gold! Sookie is suppose to be everything good in the world, he has lost Vicky due to circumstances.. But thats life and i gues the writters will cause an event the moulds their relationship back to life. Becasue lets face facts no one can look as hot as Alicide AND hold a grudge!..way too much work. Then again if Sookie finds herself in a pickle couldnt she just call on her trusty pals Bill and Eric. erm no! not in this season. As Eric sad fuck Sookie! But we have been there done that, and the outcome was not worth it so Eric left broken hearted in a werid way and Bill seems to have stop caring. He has bigger fish to fry, like loosing his crown. At least they have each other they are The magnificant two! Hopefully they survive the torcherous grasp of Nora, a very sexy european vampire who knows how to encourage Bill to get her up against the wall. oh la la. I love the vampire geek,who appeares to be commanding the two boys to take their shirts (watch Eric's face when she does).moreless
    • Time to Pretend

      9.5
      Bill & Eric are feeling rough, are feeling raw and in the prime of their life. Mackenzie (Veronica Mars) is making music out a few torturing devices. The Authority is, dare I say it, a very functional team willing to wake for the nightime commute while Tara tries her best to forget about her mother, her lovers and her friends all fated to pretend. For the reality Nora is a sanguinista hits Salome worse than Roman, their dream of coexistance may not be as collective as they once thought.moreless
    Jacob Hopkins

    Jacob Hopkins

    Alexander Drew

    Guest Star

    Christopher Heyerdahl

    Christopher Heyerdahl

    Dieter Braun

    Guest Star

    Linda Purl

    Linda Purl

    Barbara Pelt

    Guest Star

    Mariana Klaveno

    Mariana Klaveno

    Lorena

    Recurring Role

    Tanya Wright

    Tanya Wright

    Deputy Kenya Jones

    Recurring Role

    John Rezig

    John Rezig

    Deputy Kevin Ellis

    Recurring Role

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    • NOTES (3)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        United Kingdom - October 1, 2012 on FX/FX HD
        Czech Republic - October 16, 2012 on HBO

      • Featured Music:
        "Blood for Poppies" by Garbage (Sookie goes to Fangtasia to talk to Pam)
        "Run Like Hell" by Cydney Robinson (Sookie and Sam talk)
        "Piece of Heaven" by Susie Boehm (Jessica assures Jason they can be friends)
        "Mopus Dopus" by Chili Karonkas & The Infidels (Andy questions Sookie)
        "I'm With You" by We Are Leo (Jessica talks to the salesperson about Jason)
        "Transistor Mon" by Mark Slade (Hoyt arrives at Fangtasia and Pam teases him)
        "Get Lucky" by Troubadour Kings (on the radio in Merlotte's kitchen)
        "Lonely" by Shaela Miller Threesome (Lafayette puts a spell on Sookie's car)
        "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" by Koko Taylor (end credits)

      • Although credited, Scott Foley (Patrick Devins) and Janina Gavankar (Luna Garza) do not appear in this episode.

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