Recap: True Blood ~ S4, Ep1 “She’s Not There”

TB Recap & Review Header by StephB

“She’s Not There” starts Season 4 off
with a plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh … WTH?!

I know I can’t be the only fan of the books and the show who was left wishing we could throw something heavy at the ending credits without destroying our sweet big screen TVs. HBO’s “First 8 Minutes” clip really should have been my clue, if the first 8 minutes didn’t wow me, the rest of the episode wouldn’t either. But, no, I went into it with high expectations and a big bowl of popcorn. Didn’t take long for my expectation bubble to burst and my floor to be covered with popcorn. (Figured it was safer to throw popcorn at the screen instead.)

As shown in the first 8-minutes clip, Sookie is transported to Freaky Fairyland by Claudine, who tells her that she’s her fairy godmother. There she runs into telepathic bellboy, Barry, from Texas and long-lost Grandpa Earl. Grandpa believes he’s been hangin’ with the fairies for only a week, not twenty years. Sookie alone realizes something’s not right and refuses to eat the magic mangoes. Good thing too (phew, that was really close) because Mab announces that they are done mixing and “now it is time to harvest”.

Oh, Mab, you're so purdy

Mab tries to force Sookie to eat, when BLAM! Sookie uses her super powers to throw her back into a tree. (And, tell me, how IS that possible? Sookie’s been eating her magic Wheaties, I guess.)

"You're still alive..."

Go Claudine! Sookie tells Claudine, “If your job is look after me, can I just say, you suck?” And Claudine points out, “Well, you’re still alive, aren’t you?” (I’m sure she’s thinking, “Why, you ungrateful, trouble-seeking, vamp-loving, little …”)

Claude helps Grandpa Earl and Sookie jump to safety, where boo-hoo, Grandpa poofs into nothing (shouldn’t have eaten all those magic mangoes), but not before leaving his pocket watch behind for Jason. When Sookie gets home, she finds the house being remodeled. The first person she sees is Jason, who’s bustin’ out of his copper’s uniform, literally, and can’t believe she’s alive. Turns out Sookie wasn’t gone for minutes, but 12½ months!

And now, the best and worst of the rest

Best: Eric and Bill zip over to Sookie’s and start in with “I missed you” and “No, I missed you more” when we learn, from Bill’s order for Eric to go, that Bill now has authority over Eric. But, before leaving, Eric tells Sookie, “Understand this, everyone who claims to love you, your friends, your brother, even Bill Compton, they all gave up on you. I. Never. Did.” (Ahhh, my heart’s all a flutter.)

Worst: Andy shows up and immediately starts screaming about all the time and money he’s spent over the last thirteen months trying to find her. Bill offers to reimburse him for the costs, provided he clear his name for Sookie’s (presumed) murder. Does that calm Andy down? Only for a split second, then he starts in on how mad he is for losing a crime-free county plaque to Webster Parrish. Andy’s not himself lately, ya see. He’s gotten himself hooked on V but good. Seems Jason has become Andy’s conscience.

Oh, hell no!

Best & Worst: Jesus and Lafayette are still together. Yay! But, now Jesus is trying to pull him into his coven meetings. Lafayette agrees to stay for “five minutes. Ten, if they got dranks.” Seems he’s found the spot where “old air fresheners go to die”. That’s not all, Marnie, head of the wiccans gathered, calls forth the spirit of Eddie and offers him a rose. Understandably, Lafayette freaks, gets pissed off at Jesus, thinking he’s told them about his past, and scurries on outta there. Later, while they are reconciling, Jesus talks him into giving it one more chance. He agrees, only this time, he becomes part of Marnie’s attempts to resurrect her dead bird, Manerva. When the rising is successful, mainly because of Lafayette’s participation, Marnie is thrilled with the possibilities. (Poor Lafayette. Of course, one of the things I really like about the show is that he’s still alive to be in it.)

Welcome Home, Mommie

Best: Arlene comes home to find baby Mickey surrounded by a bunch of Barbie heads. The sight just adds to her conviction that the baby of her dead ex is evil. (She plays freaked out well.) Terri, bless his heart, tries to convince her that he’s just doin’ what boys do, no harm, no foul. While Arlene tries to explain to her infant that “killing is wrong”.

Caged Cat Fight!

Best: Jump to New Orleans where we find Tara cage fighting like a master UFC fighter. Is it a surprise she wins? Nope! Gotta love that smile! She always did have a lot of pent up anger. Least she’s found a constructive way to release all that hostility. Seems becoming Toni has not only offered her some much needed anger release, but some sexual release, of the lesbian variety, as well. (Didn’t expect that!) Go, Tara!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Best: Back in Bon Temps, Hoyt comes home to Jessica and chews her out for never cooking him dinner. She reminds him that vampires do not eat food.

“Do you understand how gross human food is to a vampire? It’s all dead. Permanently, forever dead. Going to the Piggly Wiggly for me feels like going to the morgue for you.”

“You think bleeding out into your mouth wasn’t gross for me at first? You get used to it.”

Hoyt insists it can’t be all that hard for her to make him some eggs now and then. So, she agrees, throwing it all together, shells and all, into a sloppy mess which he tries to eat. They both laugh it off and eventually apologize, promising to do better.

FAVORITE SCENE: Pam sits in her pink business suit delivering lines about how humans have nothing to fear from vampires, but she’s a bore according to Nan Flanagan, the face of the American Vampire League. “It’s a post-Edgington world, people!” Pam’s a hoot though with her lines, “Everyone’s welcome. Come on down. The blood’s warm and so is the service.”, delivered in that I-could-give-a-shit kinda way that she does best. Eric takes the clip mic and delivers the perfect PSA.

"We're always more than happy ..."

“Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Eric Northman. I’m a tax-paying American and small business owner in the great state of Louisiana. I also happen to be a vampire.”
“We’re always more than happy to serve humans here at Fangtasia, and I don’t mean for dinner.”

Meanwhile, Bill is at the dedication for the Caroline Compton Senior Citizens Center where “He’s grateful to honor his wife …”.

WORST: Sam’s brother, Tommy, has, at some point, taken up with Hoyt’s crazy mama, Maxine Fortenberry and is milking Sam for physical therapy for his leg. (Sam shot Tommy for stealing from him in the finale.) When Tommy and Maxine come to Merlottes he’s all clean-shaven and praying before their meal. When Sam asks how the PT he’s paying for is going, Tommy shoots back asking how Sam’s anger management is going. Sam’s “anger management” group is two new chicks, one named Luna and a dude named Emery. Turns out they are all shifters with “high cortisol levels”. They decide to strip down and head out for a nightly run … as horses.

SNORE: Sookie has hired a lawyer, Andy’s sister, Portia Bellefleur, to help her contact AIK, the company that bought her house. She’s looking to buy it back.

SNORE: Jason, left in charge of the wildlings over in Hot Shot in the finale, heads over with some grub. While there, he’s lured into taking a look at the icebox. One of the kids pushes him in and locks the lid. (Seems it’s true … no good deed goes unpunished.)

“She’s Not There” could refer to the fact that Sookie is “not there”. She’s in less than 1/2 of the scenes in this episode as we catch up on what everyone’s been up to while she’s been off in Fairyland.

As I’ve watched the show for the past several years, I’ve tried very hard to separate Harris’ books from Bell’s show. That’s not always an easy task. It seems that every year I’m ecstatic about the new season premiere and, without fail (Thank you, Mr. Bell), I’m always pissed by the end of it. Why is that? Is it just me? I’m tellin’ ya right now, they had better do justice to Eric and his witch-induced amnesia or …. I want to say I’ll stop watching. I really do. But, damn it all, Alexander Skarsgård is just too yummy to pass up. I’m so weak.

For a show that’s been known to shock and awe with it’s nudity and in-your-face sex scenes, this episode was rather tame with a couple of brief scenes with Tara/Toni and her lady love. Called “chocolate vanilla swirl” by a drunk ass in an alley, it proved to be one of the episodes biggest surprises. She’s finally taking charge of her life, living it to the fullest. It’s nice to see Tara not bitching and complaining for once.

Another surprise, after, presumably, besting the Queen, Bill is now the King of Louisiana. Reclining in his posh office as he receives a visit from Katie, “Ms. Pellum”, one of the members from the coven, who is obviously spying for him.

Finally, Sookie is changing for bed following a shower when she tosses her robe over her shoulder (who does that?!) and it doesn’t land on the floor, but in Eric’s hand. Upon seeing her nekked, he says what every girl would love to hear.

Hmmmm. *shiver* Such a strange sensation when reality matches what you pictured in your mind so precisely.

He reveals he’s the one that bought her house. When she asks why, he says, “Because I always knew you were alive. And, if I own the house, well, then I would own you. Sookie. You. Are. Mine.” *jealous*claws pop out*

PS: Did anyone else, but my OCDemoness, notice it when Sookie moves her bed a little to the left to center it under her frames? >:D


Check out the HBO’s “Inside the Episode” for their recap, “Weeks Ahead” clip and preview for next Sunday’s episode “You Smell Like Dinner”:


About StephB

USMC wife ~ bibliophile ~ gadget addict ~ furry baby mama

Posted on June 28, 2011, in Book to Screen, by Steph, Charlaine Harris, TV Show, Urban Fantasy (+ bit'o romance). Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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