When we left Tara last episode she was cooking under the lights of a sunbed – thankfully, the extremely not amused Pam rushes in to save her vampire child. After some argument (and disgust on Pam’s part) Pam invokes maker command with her usual, awesome bored mien.
Bill and Eric’s excellent adventure continues, with them being rescued by the Authority, charged with hunting down Russell – and Eric is back at Fangtasia in time for Pam coming home with Tara. Pam actually credits Sookie for this (oh no, Pam, her promise to you was forgotten 5 seconds after it came out of her mouth).
Eric manhandles Pam to demand if she let Russell go – which, obviously she didn’t, and also outrages her that he’d suggest that. After a century together, he has so little trust in her – she demands he release her if she means so little to her so she can leave.
Bill, being the Angstiest Vampire of them All, is probably a good one to comfort Tara about becoming a vampire – and Tara throws in her best line of the night when asked whether Sookie knows:
“How many of us have nearly died to save her sorry ass? Well I did them all one better”
Bill keeps asking if Sookie’s safe, but Tara keeps hitting the best lines – Sookie is always safe, because there’s always someone there to help her, always someone there to take a bullet for her and he, Bill, needs to stop spending all his time worrying about Sookie before it gets him killed. Tara, have a standing ovation.
Eric and Bill are left wondering who could have possibly known, if they didn’t tell anyone and if Pam didn’t tell anyone.
Later, Pam wakes from her coffin and watches Tara sleep; and she talks to Eric. Eric explains that they’re on a suicide mission – the Authority and Russell are too dangerous. He doesn’t want to catch her in the cross fire of the hole he’s dug – he has to release Pam, not because he doesn’t trust her but because he doesn’t want her to die with him. Pam accepts and understand – and Eric releases her. It’s powerful and touching and long overdue to see these 2 together again.
Speaking of touching scenes; Bill and Jessica are searching for bugs in his office during which he makes it clear he accepts her as an adult and capable of looking after herself. Jessica also makes a plea for him to help and comfort Sookie (Jessica as well? When did she enter the Sookie orbit?) but Bill says Jessica needs to look after herself first (yes yes yes).
Tara wakes to find Pam and Melanie (dinner). Tara doesn’t want to feed on a person – but Pam invokes Makerdom to force her and tell her what it is to be a vampire, to be no-one’s victim, to drink blood etc etc. I’m not happy with Pam overusing her maker authority to control Tara, but I am happy to see a possibility of Tara finding happiness and fulfilment as a vampire.
Lafayette is now realising the horrible truth – without Tara he is now reduced to the one friend who has to tolerate Sookie and clear up her bullshit. See, Tara, you thought being a vampire was bad? This is a fate worse than death. Sookie has told Alcide about Debbie’s death – despite Lafayette already intervening once like that. She just can’t keep lying – y’know, she could have tried! One day does not constitute being driven up the wall by the lies! Lafayette is not pleased and gives her a very nice slap down – he’s not selling her out, but she can’t just keep quiet? Sookie has to do the right thing, she just has to (well, the last 4 seasons she hasn’t, as I’m sure Tara can attest. In fact, how often has Sookie “done the right thing” rather than “done whatever Sookie wants”?) to which we get the best line of the night – let’s have a direct quote here:
“You survive, you always do. But goddamn do you leave a trail of bodies behind. Y’know what, you the fucking angel of death.”