Well, you know what the Smiths said: if it’s not love, then it’s the bomb that will bring us together. And so it was at the beginning of this week’s “True Blood,” as we saw Sookie suck the silver shrapnel right out of Eric, God love her…and, by the way, the phrase “suck the silver shrapnel” clearly needs to be popularized as a double entendre post-haste. (On a related note, I also anticipate quoting Sookie’s exclamation, “You big lying A-hole,” enough to bring it into the pop culture lexicon pretty quickly.) Eric’s delivery of the phrase “she was superb” to Bill was genius…as, for that matter, was his chicanery to get hooked into Sookie’s emotions. The intimate discussion between Sookie and Bill no doubt thrilled fans of Charlaine Harris’s original novels, as it confirmed that they were finally going to get what they’ve been waiting for: a pairing-up between Sookie and Eric. And is it me, or was that the most erotically charge scene of the season to date? Maybe it’s just because there was no blood being smeared this time around.

Jason was clearly suffering from a little post-traumatic stress, given the way he looked when he saw Luke’s dismembered hand. As a result, the discussion between Sookie and Jason wasn’t terribly surprising, but it was sweet and heartfelt, a tone we’ve not seen between the two of them in quite some time. You can’t blame Jason for slipping into depression over their lack of family, but kudos to Sookie for giving him a kick in the pants about growing up. I doubt if it’ll take, given his history, but it’s a start, anyway. By the way, only a sister could get away with telling a guy that he’s lazy rather than dumb and to say that she sometimes wants to stick his head in a bucket and kick it around the yard. Did you notice that she gave him shit, but he opted to avoid any insults, even in jest? Maybe he’s smarter than I’ve given him credit for.

Could Jessica and Hoyt be any cuter a couple? I loved that comment from Hoyt when he was doing verbal battle with his mother, smacking her down for only bothering to bring up his father when she doesn’t like something he’s doing. But, then, I loved pretty much that entire scene, particularly when he was listing off the various types of people she doesn’t like. (As someone who was raised in the South, I dare say that I’ve heard her excuse about how why she doesn’t like vampires – “it was the way I was brought up” – more than a few times in a different context.) I think it was always a given that the meet-and-greet at Merlotte’s between Jessica, Hoyt, and his mama was already going to go poorly, but who knew it would result in Mama being around for Maryanne’s explosive entrance into the place later that evening?

Maryann probably would’ve had a chance of swaying Tara over to her side of the fence if she’d just stuck with her original argument: “Control is just a cage this stupid culture uses to block who we really are. We need to be out of control. We crave it.” Instead, she had to get all intellectual on her. Once she did that, I knew she was barking up the wrong tree. It was nice to see the family bond between Lafayette and Tara rear its head again as well when he thought that Eggs had been beating her, but while I’m sure there have been less successful interventions than the one by Lafayette and Tara’s mama, *I* haven’t seen one.

Poor Sheriff Bud, stuck with a jail full of chaos addicts with no idea why they’re behind bars. So which exclamation from the prison was your favorite?

A) “All I did was lose my pants. There’s no law against that!”
B) “I only got your word that I was making it with a pine tree!”

I think I’ve got to go with A, personally, but I don’t think you can go wrong either way. I think we all knew that Maryann showing up to post bail was destined to be problematic, but I absolutely dug Sam’s escape method. Sure did piss her off, though.

And, so, we come to Godric.

You could see just from the look on Godric’s face that the bombing had been a learning experience for him, but it was hard to tell at first exactly what the lesson had been, and even during the first part of the post-bomb wrap-up meeting amongst his fellow vampires, it wasn’t entirely clear. But when he finally stepped up to the plate and offered to make amends for his actions, it was more obvious: he felt guilty.

The bond between Sookie and Godric was somewhat surprising to me, but given her tendency to be empathic, I guess it shouldn’t have. When he asked to see Eric on the roof, I knew he wasn’t destined to make it out of the episode alive, and the parting moments between Eric and Godric were suitably dramatic, as was Godric’s question of faith to Sookie. Her assurance that God forgives rather than punishes was sweet because you believed it, and – oddly enough – I felt the same way about Godric’s comment about his joy at the thought of his impending demise. Even vampires need a messiah.