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

Monday, June 27 by

Back at Merlotte’s, we learn that she’s moved away with only postcards to let people know she’s okay.  Sam (who’s gotten a lot more prickly) gives Sookie her old job back.  Wow, there is more info in this episode than the first 3 episodes of Game of Thrones combined!  Jesus tries to convince Lafayette that he’s only trying to help him discover his ”specialness” and not luring him into a cult, while newly druggie Andy tries to shake him down for some V.  And wait…Hoyt’s mom is taking care of Tommy?  My brain hurts.

Back to Tara and Naomi…in bed.  And now we’re back to the show we know and love.  Mid-make out, Tara, aka Toni gets a text from Lafayette about Sookie and lies to her ladylove.

Now, if your head isn’t spinning yet, here’s more.  Portia, a lawyer, is banging Bill (or so it seems from the thoughts Sookie reads from her head) and helping our lady get her home back.  Jessica is out on a date with Hoyt at Fangtasia and gets schooled for “eye f*cking (not sure how little word pasties are supposed to disguise that little gem) fang bangers” by Pam.

Sam, meanwhile is in an unusual form of anger management.  They talk about their feelings, drink wine, get naked and run around as horses.  Jason is feeding the starving kids of Hotshot while Crystal is away and gets kidnapped.  Marnie shocks her coven when she changes a bird funeral to a Frankenstein‘s monster moment.  And…wait for it…someone calls Bill, “Your Majesty!”  Awfully clippy ending.  Juicy, sure, but clippy.

And finally, the moment we Team Eric members have been waiting for…Sookie, naked before bed gets a visit from Eric, who, feeling so strongly she was alive, actually bought her house.  And if he owns her house, he tells her, he owns her.  “Sookie.  You.  Are.  Mine!”

Well, after an hour of catch up, we finally get a pay off moment.  I’ve never been a fan of the first episode back when time has gone by in a show.  Too much “look at the nifty stuff that’s happened.”  I’m not saying it’s a gimmick by any means.  It’s just a lot of info to take in when what I really want to see is my favorite characters back in their element.  That said, I’m intrigued to see where this shake up takes us.  So, let the discussion begin.  What did you think?  How did you feel about the time shift?  Book readers, how does this compare to your predictions?  Also, how much do you love Pam?

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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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