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SINGLE LADY Sookie (Anna Paquin) was saved from marrying Warlow. She's currently dating Alcide. Win-win.
Sookie and Alcide went to church, and she looked like a Southern stereotype in her floral dress and hat. I laughed. You? Sam was outside telling Andy that people don’t trust their government but they still trust their church. There had to be a lot of trust if they all consented to having blood samples taken upon entering. They were testing to see who was carrying the Hep V virus. It was so Jason to be afraid of the little needle when he gets regularly fed upon by a vampire.
Rev. Skinner and Rev. Daniels assembled their congregations together, the latter explained, because they're all going to have to stick together to survive the roaming bands of sick and hungry vampires that are wiping out small towns because they think they're easy pickin'. He encouraged them all to sit by someone they hadn't met before (translation: integrate). This was just the warm up. Sam, the new mayor of Bon Temps (!), told everyone, including a now-showing pregnant Nicole, why they were really being tested. Hep V is spreading. It's only fatal to vampires, but any human can be a carrier. Infected vampires aren't as strong as healthy ones. Sam and Bill had come up with a plan: Tonight at the Bellefleur's bar and grill, owner Arlene was going to hold a free social. (I guess she got that insurance money.) They'd get the results of their blood tests there. Sam's asking that every adult who isn't a carrier agree to a monogamous feeding relationship with a healthy vampire in exchange for protection for them and their children. If they’re going to be safe, every human needs a vampire and every vampire needs a human. My reaction: WHAT? We haven't seen this before! It could be totally weird, but then, it's not like we're actually going to see hundreds of humans being fed upon. (Will it have to be direct from the vein, or can they pump?)
At the social, humans and vampires mingled checking fang size. I thought Jessica looked sad because no one was picking her or listening to James' band, but we'd learn there was another reason. Sookie and Alcide aren't carriers, but they decided they'd eat and leave. Tara and Willa seemed happy enough -- had they heard from Pam and Eric? -- but then Willa seemed to give it added weight when she told Tara's mother that she is Tara's friend.
Tara's mother wanted to talk, and that scene in the supply barn we've never seen before could have been utterly ridiculous, but that actress really pulled it off. She wanted to apologize for the way she handled Tara's whole life. She said when Tara's father left, she loved him with everything she had in her. She hurt for herself, so much so that she forgot to hurt for Tara -- and forgot to feed her for days at a time. Good lord. That was beautifully played -- it should be a struggle to admit that. She wanted to make it right for the both of them now. "Come here, let me feed you. Let me take care of you. Let me nourish my baby girl," she said. And Tara bit her mother. It wasn't gentle.
NEXT: Jessica makes a deal; Sookie doesn't