Gif Recap: ‘True Blood’ – She’s Not There S4E1

Monday, June 27 by

True Blood fans!  It’s that time again.  We’re heading back to the decadent deep South and the small town of Bon Temps.  Back to the sultry evenings, sexy vampires, werewolves, shape changers, fairies and witches.  Oh right.  And sex.  After last season’s backwards head coupling, who knows what we’re going to get!

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Now, many of you may have seen the first 8 minutes of the season, since it’s been posted just about everywhere.  How many of you found your nose wrinkling and eyebrows lifting by the end, thinking things like, sure, we knew there were fairies at the end of last season, but wow, they live in a shiny place?  Wait…these are evil fairies that feed people fruit that glows.  Hold on, Sookie’s granddaddy Earl is that guy from Office Space?  “I’m going to have to go ahead and ask you to stay in the fairy realm and eat lumieres this Saturday.”  But hey, Stephen Root was on the show too.

Well, we’re certainly in for a change up this season.  Not only is Gary Cole living with the fairies, but Aunt Petunia from Harry Potter is a witch!  I’ll be recapping True Blood for you this summer, and as I’ve said in my earlier pieces, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.  I read them all and I do respond.  So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let the blood bath begin.

Sookie and her fairy godmother Claudine (who really hasn’t helped very much…I mean, she’s been in mortal danger every other episode for years now) appear in the land of Fairy, where everyone is stunning and dresses like they’re sexy aliens in a episode of classic Star Trek.  Sookie runs into Barry the bellboy and fellow telepath with his male model/fairy godmother. They’re offered glowing fruit of light (sounds like something you’d eat in D&D for a +1 to health or something), which makes our fair lady nervous.  And suddenly she spies…granddaddy Earl, who thinks he’s been hanging with the pretty people for a few hours.  Well, it’s actually been 20 years, granddaddy.

When she tries to communicate telepathically to Earl that this is a big ole trap, Queen Mab (who you may remember from a certain Romeo and Juliet speech) shows up to blame Sookie for letting a vampire into their realm.  You see, fairy blood is like vampire crack and the bloodsuckers almost destroyed the entire fairy race.  You’d think they’d come out with True Blood: Fabulous Fairy Flavor.  They’d make a killing.  Anyway, now they’re harvesting humans and trying to close the portal between realms.  Sookie’s power turns Mab back into her…less moisturized form and transports them to some sort of desert.

Fairies may not be all that attractive when they’re not glamoured, but they can shoot glowing attack balls out of their hands.  One friendly fairy (the brother of Claudine, Sookie’s godmother…which makes him the very, very hot Claude from the books…not seeing it yet) helps Sookie and Earl escape, bringing them to the lip of a portal/canyon.  This is still looking like a Star Trek episode to me.  Anyone else?  While Mab blows balls of fire and starts to collapse the portal, Claude tells them that, only Sookie can go back because she’s on a no glowy fruit diet and he wants to be able to go back to the human world, which used to be theirs too.  They jump…

…and land in a graveyard.  Ah Earl.  We hardly got to make any Office Space jokes before you gave Sookie a watch for Jason and croaked!  But, we finally get to see Eric and Bill…for a second as they realize dessert, I mean Sookie, is back.

And how long has our time traveler been gone?  Remember what happens in Fairy?  Sookie comes home to find her house being repaired.  Jason (in cop clothes, but still hot) tells her she’s been gone thirteen months!  Everyone thought she was dead and her house is up for sale.  Jason doesn’t believe her fairytale (yes, I meant to do that) until she gives him the watch.  He tells her to keep her mouth shut because everyone will think she’s crazy if they learn the truth.  Yes, because a world with vampires and a town that was possessed by a maenad would totally think that fairies were super out there.

And then, at long last, the vampires show up.  Bill is all mopey about the fact that he couldn’t feel her for so long.  Also, everyone thought he killed her.  Eric (drool) shows up and tells Sookie that everyone else lost hope…everyone but him.  (Oh, please weigh in on whether or not you’re Team Eric, Bill or Alcide!)  He leaves, and Sheriff Andy shows up, pissed off that our lady’s disappearance cost him a safe town plaque.  Bill covers for her…anyone else notice that we’re half way in and no one’s gotten naked?  After a tearful goodbye, he leaves.  And we find out that Andy is using V!  Wait, what?

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  1. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    I imagine Bill became king by getting Sophie busted for selling V.

  2. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    Totally team Eric. What is with Tara and the extreme fighting and her new name and girlfriend? Why did Jason think he could trust anyone in Panther town? Sam’s anger management group made me laugh. Hoyt and Jessica have lost that honeymoon phase and that made me a little sad ’cause I had been rooting for them. The one thing that really upset me was Bill as the new King of Louisiana. Really?

  3. June 27, 2011 10:35 am

    Jenna Busch

    This is the author.  I’m curious what you guys think about Tara’s story line.  Anyone angry about the trauma with guys=gay thing?  Do you think it’s circumstantial?  Do you like/hate the explanation that the people behind the show are giving out…that she is changing her life and this is only one of the changes?  I’m really curious about reader sentiment here. 

  4. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    Personally, I feel the show is going too many directions. I would guess they all will collide, but think about it… just a little too much. Tara could disapear, & I wouldnt blink an eye.                                                                                                                                                                 

  5. June 27, 2011 10:35 am

    Jenna Busch

    Ah, are you in the Tara-hating group too?  :)  I’ve never liked her.  I think this is the first time I’ve found her appealing in any way.  She seemed like a person and not a cartoon for once. 

    I agree about too many directions.  Still, I’ve seen the next two episodes and they’re pretty fantastic.  I think the show made a mistake starting the way that it did.  The first 8 minutes were panned across the board.

  6. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    I take Trueblood for what is worth. Sex & Violence. So, the Tara drama is …. too dramatic. I’m thinking this show will be in the LOST format of flash backs to find out how everyone got where they were…

  7. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    I had the rape turns women gay thing.  So cliche.  I liked her foul mouth and attitude in Season one, once they tried to expand on her I think they lost what made her useful.

  8. June 27, 2011 10:35 am

    David Zane Taylor

    Nice recap.  I’m still processing the first show this season.  The twist in fairyland – I didn’t see coming.  It seemed like a great deal of information for this ‘story’ to be done.   I really think they should have kept Grand Daddy alive- would have been interesting to see him adapt to life today.  

    I can’t STAND Jason as a cop.  It just doesn’t ‘fly’ with who he is.    The Tara story as “Now with 100% more Lesbian Bi-Products’ seems rather titillating and gratuitous. I’m of the camp that being gay is biological in nature so I don’t appreciate characters who switch it on and off like a clothing accessory. 

    Sam- well, I sure miss old Sam.  I like him best Season 1.  He just gets crabbier and crabbier and to love a character, you have to identify with them on some level.  I’m tired of him being such a sourpuss.  What a great gift you have Sambone- use it for good and stop the introspection. BORING.

    I hate Andy.  Always have. Always will.  He’s just a dick. 

  9. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    I love the way you write, excellent! You captured everything perfectly, as I missed the first episode :( but have the 2nd early bird cued up, so I’m still very happy!! :) Thanks again, you’re fabulous!

  10. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    I thought it was a crappy 1st episode, it felt like they hired the writers from the O.C. and should have been aired on a B level space channel after the reruns of star trek deep space nine. 

  11. June 27, 2011 10:35 am


    There’s also quite a difference in the caliber of acting ability between HBO shows Game of Thrones and True Blood which may have left a person a bit spoiled, but booo non the less. 

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