First off, my apologies for the delay in getting this week’s blog onto the site. If you’ve been following my various posts on Premium Hollywood over the course of the past two weeks, then you know that I’ve been out in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association press tour. The festivities wrapped up on Saturday night, and I spent the majority of Sunday traveling home to Virginia, and when I got there, I must admit that seeing my wife and daughter again took precedent over watching “True Blood,” and even after my daughter went to bed, any desire to watch this week’s episode with my wife was conquered by an undeniable need to sleep. I’m still feeling way off my game, thanks to the wonders of jetlag, but I’ve finally had a chance to watch last night’s episode. My apologies, however, if things aren’t in-depth this time around as usual.

This was a Godric-heavy episode, the first we’ve ever had, and it was nice to see this mysterious character we’ve heard so much about become more fleshed out. Despite everyone giving us the impression that he was this old-school bad-ass of a vampire, it turns out that he’s actually more thoughtful than any of the vamps we’ve seen to date, having become highly interested in the possibilities of a vampire / human alliance. I always seem to be let down whenever I have high hopes for characters on this show, but it would be nice to think that he’s shaping up to be the Martin Luther King of his people. Between his ending of the battle in the church, giving Hugo a reprieve, and giving Lorena that smackdown at the party, he just spent the episode getting more and more awesome.

Jason had a lot of good material in this week’s episode, from his stupidity (I had to pause the TiVo until after I stopped laughing about his response when Sarah told him he was worse than Judas: “Why, what’d he do to you?”) to his attempt to bluff his way through the lockdown (“”I’m a cadet with the Light of Day Institute, I’m strapped”) to his smackdown of Reverend Steve (“I reckon I’ve been to Heaven: I’ve been inside your wife”), but let us not forget that he was also responsible for doling out one of the most awkward hugs in recent TV history. Kudos to Bill for taking it in the spirit in which it was intended, even if he couldn’t muster much post-hug enthusiasm. It looks like the Jason / Erik relationship is also burgeoning, so I’ll be curious to see where that goes in future episodes.

You know, tonight may well have been the most quotable “True Blood” episode of the season, now that I think about. Every time you turned around, someone was saying something that made you smile, laugh, or go, “Oh, snap!” I think the most poetic moment came during the conversation between Sookie and Eric toward the beginning of the episode:

Sookie: He’s your maker, isn’t he?
Eric: Don’t use words you don’t understand.
Sookie: You have a lot of love for him.
Eric: Don’t use words *I* don’t understand.

The awkwardness between Sookie and Bill was already pretty bad even before Lorena showed up at the party, but with the new variable of Erik, I’m not exactly sure how things are going to play out.

This latest development with Jessica and her attempts to finally lose her virginity was really disconcerting. I mean, I obviously don’t have a physical frame of reference to the situation she’s found herself having to deal with, but I can only imagine the horror of knowing that every time you have sex will be like the first time…and in the worst possible way.

I guess it’s only appropriate that Sam and Daphne’s storylines should continue to be inextricably linked even after her death. As soon as I saw Daphne’s corpse in the freezer at Merlotte’s with a hole in her body where no hole should be, I knew we’d be seeing her heart again. I just didn’t necessarily expect that it would turn up as a primary ingredient in one of Maryann’s recipes. Was it just me, or did anyone else think about the end of “Hannibal” while Tara and Eggs were chowing down? I thought we were going to get some forward motion when Eggs became fully conscious of his ongoing blackouts, but instead he and Tara just ended up being caught in Maryann’s thrall again. As for Sam, it was nice to finally see Detective Andy come across as actually having some sense, but I’m sure Sam would’ve preferred a witness with a more reliable background. The scene with Sam in jail was hilarious, especially his cellmates comment about his poor, scratched-up pecker.

You can’t beat a cliffhanger with a bomb getting ready to go off. Hard to say at this point whether or not it actually went off or not, given that the clips from next week focused mostly on vampires, who would’ve almost certainly survived the blast, but as ever, the desire to tune in next Sunday is considerable.