The episode opened with Sookie appearing in fairy-world, which was all soft-focus togas and hushed tones. After discovering that Claudine is actually Sookie's (really rather useless) fairy godmother, we meet Barry the bell boy again, who's very excited about his new home. Sookie doesn't seem as convinced, with good reason - this place might look like heaven, but it's creepy as hell. And then it's time for a good old-fashioned family reunion - Sookie and her grandfather. Here comes the kicker - he thinks he just saw her at her birthday party, but that was 20 years ago. The creepy music might have been overdoing it a touch, mind you.
Every good family reunion consists of a catch-up, but instead of hearing about the last place Sookie went on holiday, granddaddy Earl gets to find out about the death of his wife and Sookie's parents. Jolly. He's ever so confused about being there for 20 years as it only feels like a few hours, but for Sookie the lovely fairy-world is becoming something altogether more sinister, with gremlins, blood down the walls and maggots. She uses her mind to communicate that it's a trap, but seriously, Sookie - did you not realise that everyone in the room would be able to hear you? Of course, head-fairy Mab isn't too happy about all those accusations. Mab is definitely not someone you'd want to cross - she's not too happy about Sookie's dealings with vampires (although Sookie promises she won't go near them again, honest), and adds that fairies have spread too many seeds with humans. "Now it's time to harvest," she grins evilly. She tries to force Sookie to eat a creepy glowing fruit, but Sookie throws a tantrum a 3-year-old would be proud of and flings it away. That doesn't go down too well, and suddenly the lovely fairy world has vanished into a creepy, colourless desert (this directing, by the way, was pretty great). Sookie and Earl get chased by the fairies, who appear to have some kind of light bombs, until they come across a ragtag group of exiled creatures, led by Mab's brother. Apparently he's not too happy with Mab's plans to seal the fairy world off from the human realm and reveals that as she hasn't eaten the glowing fruit she can escape by jumping off a massive cliff. As Mab approaches, it seems that falling into the abyss is truly the better option, and Sookie and Earl leap away - and land in the Bon Temps graveyard. Earl, who has eaten the fruit, isn't looking so good. Sookie manages to drag him to her Gran's grave but he states the obvious rather by saying that he's about to die. He hands over his watch, asking her to give it to Jason, and then evaporates, leaving Sookie alone. She starts to cry, which is pretty understandable - she's just been reunited with her grandfather, then watched him die, all in the space of 13 minutes.
Oh, and Tara's back! I've always had a bit of a soft spot for T, so it was great to see her back to her fierce old self - cage fighting in New Orleans. Oh, and dating a girl called Naomi (I guess all the guys haven't exactly worked out for her). And, as if that wasn't enough, her name's apparently now Toni. Lafayette manages to text her to let her know that Sookie's safe, but although Tara's a bit shocked by the news, it doesn't seem like she's going to hurry back to Bon Temps any time soon. Let's hope she doesn't hang around in New Orleans for too long.
The episode closes with Sookie getting ready for bed - and Eric's there to see her strip off. Hearing Eric say "Mm" is possibly one of the highlights of the episode. Anyway, Sookie's a bit put out that he's there considering that she rescinded her invitation and all, but Eric's found a way around that by buying the house. "I always knew you were alive and if I owned the house, well, then I would own you," he purrs. "Sookie, you are mine." The fangs come out - and now we just have to wait for episode two...
- Reasons to be glad True Blood is back #1: It was so good to see those titles again. Truly some of the best on television.
- "If your job is to look after me, you suck." Sookie, you're so right.
- We know that Sookie is a fairy, but she must be extra special, right? She managed to see the dark side of the fairy-world and repelled Mag. It'll be interesting to see what else she can do.
- Reasons to be glad True Blood is back #2: Hearing Sookie say "guaran-damn-tee".
- Lafayette's new hair - amazing. Arlene's do is also quite something.
- Speaking of Lafayette - "It smells like where old air fresheners go to die."
- And we love Jesus for saying: "They're cool, trust me. Look, they've even got a beaded curtain." Nothing good can come from places with beaded curtains.
- Reasons to be glad True Blood is back #3: Hearing Bill say "Sook-eh".
- Sookie gets her job back at Merlotte's. Seriously, Sam? I mean, I know you've been in love with her forever and everything, but she's got to be the most unreliable waitress in the world. No wonder you've started her off as a part-timer.
- Terry trying to reassure Arlene by telling her that he used to put squirrel heads on lizard bodies to invent new animals - incredible.
- By my reckoning, we had to wait 42 minutes for the first sex scene (Tara and Naomi). Is that a record?
- Speaking of Tara, seeing her smack down that creepy old pervert was joyous.
- First Glee, now True Blood. Which show will be next to get the Zombies' classic 'She's Not There' into the mix? The cover version which ran with the closing titles was creepy.
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