HOLLYWOOD—On Sunday night, the “True Blood” episode titled “I Smell a Rat” sure was exciting. The third season of the hit HBO show is sliding into home plate with viewers learning more about their favorite characters than ever before. As the episode began, Bill finally was able to deliver the news to Sookie about her true identity. For her entire life she’s been able to hear the thoughts of others and that was actually frightening to her at times. Bill confided, “You are a fairy. Some call your people Fey or the good folk. You are part alien. The Fay often interbred with humans, sometimes by force. Every supernatural has told me that vampires made them extinct.” Sookie was in shock, but not as much as viewers. Truebie Jackie Monroe tells Canyon News, “I knew Sookie was a Fay! It is so cool that I guessed correctly (without the benefit of reading the books, which I may have to go read now). And I feel so sorry for Jason. He tries so hard but he never can win.”
Sam Merlotte’s secret past was shown in flashbacks to the time when he used his abilities as a shape shifter in order to commit burglaries. However, the most shocking and devastating memory was of shooting and killing his girlfriend and her secret lover. This was all brought on by Sam’s beating last week of Crystal’s father. Crystal arrived at Jason’s place by the end of the episode as a black panther. As Jason saw the cat morph into his girlfriend, he only uttered one word: “Momma.” In shock and still brooding over his admission to Tara that he was the one who shot and killed her boyfriend Eggs, Jason has been given far too much trouble this season. The actor who portrays Jason, Ryan Kwanten, proved to viewers on Sunday night that he is a great dramatic actor as well as a handsome one.
Tommy shifted into a pit bull, then attacked Hoyt as he left Merlotte’s Bar. Jessica saved Hoyt from the dog attack, but then forced Hoyt to drink her vampire blood as a way to heal. Vampire blood was on the menu over at Lafayette’s place as well. A curious Jesus ingested the drug V (vampire’s blood), then began to channel memories of his and Lafayette’s ancestors. By the end of the hallucinations, both men met Jesus’s grandfather, who was revealed as a sorcerer. Lafayette seemed quite worried that Jesus is now becoming addicted to V.
“Personally I loved tonight’s acid trip! Lafayette and Jesus tripping out on vampire blood, and the room spinning around was making me nauseous,” said Sherman Oaks reader Wendy Fujimori. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that both Lafayette and Jesus have family members involved with black magic. The flashbacks to prior generations show a connection between their aunts.” That’s right Wendy, it’s all connected.
King Russell promised to extract vengeance on his enemies, but used his first vengeful act on a male prostitute, killing him after their tryst. Nan and the Authority spent days trying to distance themselves from the terrorist act Russell committed on the newscaster a week earlier.
As the episode ended, Eric decided to imprison Sookie by chaining her in the cellar of his bar. Bill sensed her fear and the danger she’s in, and was seen speeding on his way to Fangtasia to save his beloved fairy, Sookie. “So our Sookie is a fairy? You were right about that, Tommy! She actually makes an adorable fairy! It seemed that she was still under the sway of Eric, right up until he imprisoned her,” said viewer Kim from Alabama. “So what does he have in store for our girl? On one hand, Eric does seem to care for her, but then he pulls this BS. Not sure where they’ll be going with this storyline but I hope it has a happy ending! I guess we’ll find out!”
Truebie Bobby Head concluded, “Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger, it does. Many secrets were revealed tonight, and I think more are on the way for the next two episodes. It makes you wonder, is there any one in the state of Louisiana that is not supernatural?”
“True Blood” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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