True Blood

Season 4 Episode 2

You Smell Like Dinner

11
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 03, 2011 on HBO
8.5
out of 10
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Tara and Sookie are back together to work on a real-estate issue. Bill and Eric discuss a local coven that could be a problem for the vampires. Jason is the recipient of some unconventional medical help. Sam discovers some things about Luna's demons. Jessica's cravings for human blood become stronger as she struggles to control them.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Out of mind, out of sight.

    8.0
    Now that we've firmly established True Blood's new status quo, the writers don't waste any time on catching us up on some of the more interesting new developments left by the season premiere, particularly where Bill and how he managed to usurp the throne in order to become the king of Louisiana is concerned. It's a fast-paced hour with plenty of sharp one-liners and a very intriguing cliff-hanger. I'm really beginning to warm up to the idea of this fresh version of True Blood. It has been virtually impossible to avoid online chatter about what happens to Eric during this episode. After a very entertaining encounter with Lafayette's new coven (still not as engaging as I was hoping for, but we're getting there); and Tara doing her best impersonation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as she attempts to stake Eric from behind (rookie mistake), Eric has his memory erased, a development that would have been genuinely surprisingly had I not been spoiled by the legion of Sookie/Eric shippers foaming at the mouth as to where this plot-thread eventually leads to. (I'm guessing nakedy goodness.) Elsewhere in the episode, Sam has a new playmate in the incredibly beautiful Janina Gavankar, a romance I'm sure will end horribly. It certainly was no coincidence that Tommy just happened to show up directly after Luna detailed her traumatic experience as she shifted into her own mother. It's something I fear will bite Sam in the ass. But who will Tommy kill in order to gain this ability? One of Sam's anger management shifting group, or Sam himself? I voiced how much I enjoyed Bill as a character last season when he was separated from Sookie and forced to develop beyond simply being her protector, and the same can be said for him here, as he once again proves that he can carry his own storyline sans Miss Stackhouse. Sookie's astonishment over Bill's revamped house and new floozy was curiously underplayed, but then again, aside from freaking out over Eric slipping a new cubby into her house, she has been very nonchalant about a lot of things ever since she came back from Fairyland. I'm still thrilled to see these two characters branch out on their own, given that their relationship was the core of the series for the first couple of seasons. Bills flashbacks were also a hoot. I'm glad to see the back of Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood), she was a bit of fun from time to time, but never truly grabbed me as a character. I'd also forgotten how fun the true death of a vampire can be: it's a visually striking death sequence. Bill's other flashback was very reminiscent of Buffy, even down to the cockney attitude and total Spike swagger Bill carried with him. Nan Flannigan also looked striking during these scenes, recruiting Bill as one of spies for the AVL -- it was a brief scene that really fleshed out their relationship without very little effort at all. Where the episode failed to capture my interest was during Jason's Hotshot scenes (bored now) and the irritating decision to continue to put a wedge between Bon Temps' cutest couple, Hoyt and Jessica. Crystal is such a waste of airtime, as is her good for nothing boyfriend Felton, who's a total dick. It's just an icky and boring storyline. Will Jason be tied to a bed all season? I'm clinging to the edge of my seat to find out. Ahem. Likewise, I'm already agitated by the forced bickering between Jessica and Hoyt. While I do enjoy Jessica's scenes at Fangtasia (she is unbelievably stunning) it's kind of making me dislike her a little bit. And that kinda sucks. All in all, though, this was a much better offering than the premiere episode. Sookie once again showed how feisty she can be as she juggled her duality -- the one Eric so candidly pointed out at the very beginning of the episode -- ranging from sweet as sugar to downright saucy, all within one episode. Anna Paquin, too, looked amazing here. In fact, the entire cast are looking their best this season. There will surely be massive consequences for erasing the mind of a thousand year-old vampire, and I for one can't wait to see what happens next. Let's hope this season can keep the momentum going.moreless
  • Eric confronts the witches while Jason gets turned to a panther

    8.0
    Okay, I will be the first to admit that maybe I was a bit harsh on the True Blood premiere earlier. It just frustrates me when shows are in the early stages of shaking things up. I still feel like the premiere was clunky in places, but after seeing the follow-up to it, I'm more inclined to (somewhat) appreciate the plots being developed.



    The second episode , not very surprisingly, quickly begins pushing things forward. Perhaps the most interesting is what's going on in the vampire world. Last week, we were introduced briefly to the supposed villain of this season, Marnie (Fiona Shaw doesn't get a whole lot to do yet besides yell gibberish and look surprised, but she's still good). In this episode, Bill and Eric learn that Marnie and the group have successfully risen the dead, which doesn't bode well for vampires. Eric pays them a visit and displays the usual awesome cocky attitude we've come to expect from him… except this time a mere witch controls him and actually wipes his memory. Meanwhile, now that it's been revealed that Bill is King of Louisiana, we get some backstory on how exactly he came to Bon Temps to investigate Sookie. It turns out Nan has an agenda to put her own people in charge of each state, and Bill is one piece of that puzzle. It was fun to see him in Sid Vicious mode during flashbacks and should be fun to see how Bill as a King works out.



    As for everything else, it was pretty hit or miss. I like how the show utilized Tara here: she's someone who hates all things supernatural, and with some people complaining that the show is focusing too much on supernatural stuff, it might be easier for some to connect with her now. Also, while I thought last week's plot with Sam was thin at best, I'm actually looking forward to seeing how him and Tommy relate and who this new Luna woman is. Same goes for Hoyt and Jessica. Jessica has always had trouble with her urges so it's nice to see some good plots thrown her way. But as for Jason… what in the world is going on over there? In the third season, I was already sketchy with Crystal and the weird hillbilly farm, but I have no clue what the point of turning Jason into a shifter is. It seems dumb, although the scene where Andy visits is tense. I just hope it actually goes somewhere.



    But for all the complaining I did last week, I'm willing to admit that the premiere set the table for a great second episode.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Vicious and addicting feast slightly spoiled by some rotten ingredients

    8.0
    Eric is such a romantic. It's what I thought after watching the premiere. Buying the house of the woman you care about so she becomes yours was the sweetest thing. Still with all its flaws, specially the epileptic editing, I hadn't much hope for this second episode but surprisingly it turned out pretty well and in fact it convinced me to sign for the whole season ! What went right ? First the shapeshifters and witches arcs quickly became exciting and the second was definitely this installment ruby. The ending was mind blowing and augurs the best for the upcoming episodes. Second Eric trying to own Sookie, now he has bought her house, was delightful and delivered the sexual tension and comic relief a great horror story requires. Third I really worried for Jason after the creepy kids tied him up to a bed and following his little big adventure was both enlightening, because season 3 less that I am I had no idea who they were, and of course it was also entertaining because when it comes to it Ryan Kwanten is the man ! And I'm sure the girls love him as a super cop. Fourth Bill has a sexy assistant who knows how to spy and serve her king. Seriously his arc could have been done better but learning more about his past and how he became the new king for Fangland was interesting. Again my complain would be about the zombie editing. His few flashbacks were awkwardly thrown in the mix with hope that things would shape by themselves but they didn't. Masterful productions like Lost have accustomed with creative transitions and twisted stories so these sharp cuts between scenes are unacceptable, specially when they're so numerous. However it was less painful than in She's Not There so let's just forget about it until next heresy. To sum things up You Smell Like Dinner should convince reluctant viewers to ask for their weekly dose of True Blood. Lafayette's gay relationship is puritan, Jessica is a poisonous freckle but her behavior felt like déjà vu and the evil baby conspiracy is just dead boring but beside these few cons this episode had enough wicked twists to enchaint the soul.moreless
  • Great Episode

    8.5
    So far this season is shaping up to be a fairly decent one. Pretty much all the characters have moved forward significantly storyline wise since the end of last season and there have even been some surprising revelations about some of the characters that I wasn't expecting. The Witchcraft storyline is looking to heat things up for this season and at the end of this episode things have come to a head of sorts especially for Eric. I'm really liking the direction that they are taking for Bill, revealing that he actually was playing an extremely significant role in the vampire politics since the very beginng and has as a result moved up the food chain (if you will). Things are not looking that great for Jason at this point but hopfully he will bounce back. On the whole I am really looking forward to this season.moreless
  • 402

    6.0
    The season premiere of the ever popular HBO series impressed me, but the followup did not. It looks like the witches are going to be a focal point of this season, and there is very little to be excited about from that front. This show has really taken supernatural to another level, but I wonder if they have gone too far with this. I also have to wonder if Sookie and Eric is going to be emphasized more than the Sookie and Bill relationship in the coming season, because I'm not excited for that transition either. The show is good summer fun, but I think that a lot of viewers may be confusing the show's sometimes uncouth style of writing for edgy and entertaining. This episode had its shaky moments, but I'm not about to write the show off this season because of one regression.moreless
Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan

Timbo

Guest Star

Alex Breckenridge

Alex Breckenridge

Katerina

Guest Star

Vedette Lim

Vedette Lim

Naomi

Guest Star

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq

Recurring Role

Lindsay Pulsipher

Lindsay Pulsipher

Crystal Norris

Recurring Role

Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford

Portia Bellefleur

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • (While talking with Tara about Eric buying her house, Sookie looks into her refrigerator and sees it's empty except for a carafe of blood.)
      Sookie: Psychopathic frat boy. (pours out the blood into the sink)

    • Eric: There are two Sookie Stackhouses. One who still clings to the idea that she's merely human and the other who's coming to grips with the fact that you are better than that.
      Sookie: And what do you think's gonna happen when I do come to grips with it? Do you think my legs are just gonna magically open for you?
      Eric: Well, that was saucy. Must have been fairy Sookie talking. I like when she comes out.
      Sookie: And I'm already sorry I said it.
      Eric: Don't be. The more you let her speak for you, the more likely you are to go on living. And you want to live, don't you?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic - October 11, 2011 on HBO
      United Kingdom - February 12, 2012 on FX/FX HD

    • Featured Music:
      "Dominatrix" by Zack Tempest (Pam walks out of Fangtasia)
      "And The World Laughs With You (featuring Thom Yorke)" by Flying Lotus (Lafayette and Jesus in the kitchen)
      "Trash The Place" by See Spot Kill (flashback to Early 1980's London)
      "Lift Off" by John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer (1980's flashback at the club as Bill and Marcus chat)
      "Make Some Noise" by John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer (1980's flashback, Bill feeds on Marcus)
      "A Life On The Ocean Wave" by H.M Royal Marines Band (1980's flashback, Nan Flanagan talks to Bill)
      "Fat City" by Tom Heyman (Sookie at Merlotte's)
      "Trampolines" by Eric Corne (Luna is waiting for Sam as he carries a carton of liquor into his office)
      "Wheels" by Kanude (Tommy and James find Luna pretty)
      "Family Man" by Craig Campbell (Jessica sneaks out to Fangtasia)
      "Clown Darker" by Cracknation (protesters outside Fangtasia)
      "Coming Down" by Acumen Nation (music at Fangtasia when Jessica returns)
      "Well OK Honey" by Jenny O (Tara calls Naomi)
      "Shoot First" by (unknown) (Sookie encounters Jessica in the ladies room at Fangtasia)
      "You Smell Like Dinner" by Jinx Titanic And The Super 8 Cum Shots (end credits)

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