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Season 4, episode 10 | Aired Thursday, Aug 29 2013 at 09:10 BST on

Well, the Festival of Tolerance isn't going so well. Unfortunately, Marnie/Antonia and her murderous minions have kind of freaked everyone out, and things are in chaos. Nan's throwing cameramen out of the way, but more worryingly, Marnie/Antonia's urging her slaves to kill Bill - and Eric's keen to obey.

Sookie begs Eric not to let Marnie/Antonia control him, but he's not listening. Eventually, Sookie's had enough of all this nonsense and her fairy powers come in handy - bursting light everywhere.

Actually, these powers have another effect, too - Eric remembers! Meanwhile, Marnie/Antonia worries about what she's done (especially when she sees a kid crying over their mother) and disappears with the other witches. Nan starts organising the recovery effort - after all, they have to think of the vampires' image - while Sookie and Eric stare at each other.

Over at the Moon Goddess Emporium, the trapped witches are desperately trying to get out. Tara's getting a bit annoyed with how thick everyone around her seems to be, so she teams up with Holly, who's calmly looking for a spell to fix the whole mess.

At that point, though, Marnie/Antonia and her minions appear - and the two spirits seem to be in conflict. Marnie/Antonia announces that they all must stick together and walks off speaking in tongues.

Meanwhile, Nan's kind of angry that Bill kept Sookie's "lightning trick" a secret, but Bill's more worried about, you know, the witches and slaughter and stuff. Nan's not concerned - she's got glamour squads and has big faith in spin - but Bill announces that she's not in charge any more. He complains that she wouldn't let him kill Marnie/Antonia when he wanted to and announces that he's going after those pesky necromancers.

True Blood S04E02: 'You Smell Like Dinner'
While they row, Eric's trying to convince Sookie that nothing's changed, even though he has his memories back. Sookie, though, isn't really feeling it and admits that she thinks she's in love with Bill. She explains that when Eric was about to kill Bill, she couldn't imagine a world without him. Eric doesn't understand how she can love them both, and Sookie admits that it might just be chemical - they both gave her blood.

Eric's upset, though, because Sookie gave herself to him. "I never promised that," she replies. Eric tells her he loves her, but the heartbreaking chat is interrupted when Pam appears, elated that Eric's back. It's all a bit awkward - Eric's not exactly as enamoured of Pam as she is of him.

Anyway, Bill's announced that he's going to blow up the Moon Goddess Emporium as fire seems to work with witches (although, as Nan points out, it's hardly a "modern solution"). Sookie is devastated when she hears of Bill's plan, fairly reminding him that Tara - who's stuck in there - basically saved his life. Bill's not budging, though, and even refuses to let Sookie help. This doesn't sit well with Sookie, naturally, so she storms out.

True Blood S04E02: 'You Smell Like Dinner'
Elsewhere in the episode, Alcide's rushing Tommy to the hospital after the other wolves beat him up, but Tommy announces that he's dying - it's because he shifted into Sam. He begs to be taken to Merlotte's, and Alcide agrees. Sam meets them there, devastated about Tommy's impending death.

He tries to reassure Tommy that he'll be going to heaven, but Tommy jokes that it doesn't exist and Sam is a "sucker". It's a shame that Sam finally realises he cares about Tommy when he's dying, but isn't that always the way? The pair both apologise to each other, and Sam promises never to forget his brother, adding that he loves him. When Tommy eventually passes away, Sam sobs - and promises: "Marcus is a f**king dead wolf."

Speaking of Marcus, he's shown up at Alcide's hoping to speak to him, but has fun chatting to Debbie. Debbie admits that her relationship with Alcide isn't all that, confessing that one of her biggest grievances is that she wants kids and he doesn't.

Creepily, Marcus inches closer on the sofa and advises her to "hook up with a different wolf". Instead of, I don't know, running a mile, Debbie admits that she's "just about ready". Uh oh. Anyway, Alcide's looking for Marcus along with Sam. They pull up at the garage, but Marcus isn't there. Still, one of his pack members is - and he was involved in Tommy's beating - so they console themselves with hitting him instead.

True Blood So4E03: 'If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin?'
Meanwhile, Terry and Arlene aren't too happy when they discover that Andy's been taking V - in a house with children. Andy unconvincingly claims the V is just evidence but Terry decides to opt for tough love and takes Andy out to Fort Bellefleur, where Terry used to stay after returning from war. Obviously they begin arguing, and Andy claims that he's a better man on V. Terry tells him to prove it, and they have a shooting contest.

Naturally, Andy is awful. Terry announces that he's not going to let Andy leave until he admits that he's addicted to drugs and needs help, but soon all of the pair's old jealousies from when they were children are coming out. It inevitably ends in a fight, but Terry ends up on top and Andy finally breaks, promising not to do V again. He admits that he's ashamed and makes up with Terry, who tries to comfort him.

Terry goes to get the truck to take Andy home. Andy promises to be a good uncle now and Terry says he knows he will be - before announcing that as his first moment free from drugs, Andy will have to walk home. Ouch.

Elsewhere in the episode, Jason's feeling just a little bit guilty after sleeping with Jessica. After all, he's got a long friendship with Hoyt. Jessica's a bit fed up with Jason's whining (it's not exactly great pillow talk), and she's not really pacified when Jason first suggests he wouldn't have slept with her if he hadn't drunk her blood, and second asks her to glamour him to make him forget he ever slept with her. To be fair, that is rather offensive. She rightly points out that no-one can make her forget her guilt and storms off angrily.

Hoyt from 'True Blood'
So Jason's still feeling guilty, and everything gets a bit more awkward when Hoyt appears at his house and asks to crash with him for a while (there are too many Jessica-memories at his place). Jason can't deal with all the guilt, though, so as all good friends would do he abandons Hoyt and goes to stay with Sookie. Sookie's happy to let him stay - but she admits that she needs his help to stop Bill blowing up the Moon Goddess Emporium.

They go to see Lafayette and Jesus to fill them in on what's going on. Jesus (rather stupidly) insists that Marnie won't have anything to do with this - it's all Antonia. He begs them all to let him try to push Antonia out of Marnie's body.

We soon learn that this might be a problem, though. Over at the Moon Goddess Emporium, Antonia's having doubts about her whole vampire-killing regime and escapes from Marnie's body. She feels bad about killing innocent people and rightly points out that the world has got a bit bigger since her time. The thing is, though, that Marnie's actually kind of keen on vampire-slaying - she wasn't an innocent victim in all this at all.

She manipulates Antonia, reminding her how cruel people have been to her in the past, and says that fate brought them together to fight evil. Turns out that Antonia's actually quite weak willed - either that or Marnie is crazy persuasive - and she's soon back in Marnie's body ready to fight again. Meanwhile, Tara and Holly are trying to find a good spell to beat Marnie/Antonia - even though everything is in Latin. Still, Holly convinces Tara that all they need is faith.

Over at the mansion, the vampires are all chained up with silver waiting for their moment. Nan's trying to convince them not to go ahead with the explosion - it'll ruin everything she's worked so hard for - but they're not exactly listening to her. Jessica's definitely on board - "I don't care what happens as long as I get to kill s**t."

While they plan out their next move, Lafayette, Jesus, Sookie and Jason stake out the Moon Goddess Emporium. Sookie uses her special mind-reading to hear that Tara's inside - and angry. Jesus heads over to "save Marnie", despite Lafayette's fears. Jason also offers to go, but Sookie points out that he isn't magic, leaving him with the best hurt face ever. Anyway, Jesus gets on his way but is stopped by the magical barrier.

True Blood S04E02: 'You Smell Like Dinner'
Tara sees Jesus outside and is thrilled that reinforcements have arrived. Marnie/Antonia also sees him and goes to meet him. Stupidly, some of the other witches think this means that they can also leave, and get burned right up. This is great because it means we get to see Holly roll her eyes at their idiocy - can we please get more Holly rolly eyes?

Anyway, the real drama is going on outside. Jesus is trying to convince Marnie/Antonia to trust him, explaining that he hasn't been around because of his emergency trip to Mexico. It's not going to be easy, though - Marnie/Antonia tells him to come to her through that burny barrier. Lafayette wants to call the whole thing off, but Jesus and Sookie tell him to keep quiet. Jesus forces his way through, turning into some kind of demon, and makes it to Marnie/Antonia.

Marnie/Antonia is impressed with his ability to get through the barrier. Jesus just wants to speak to Marnie, though, and he manages to suck up enough so that Antonia agrees. It's not long before Jesus realises that Marnie is quite enjoying this whole ride, and he communicates this to Sookie through her mind-reading (seriously, that skill is so handy). Marnie/Antonia takes Jesus to see the vampires under her spell, but they come across Tara and Holly casting a little spell of their own. Uh oh!

Naturally, Marnie/Antonia isn't too impressed and Tara, Holly and Jesus run outside to meet the others. Lafayette and Sookie make it towards them, but Jason is a little slow. It's actually quite lucky for him that he lags behind - Marnie/Antonia appears and makes everyone disappear except for him. Where did they go - into the store?

Well, if they did, that might just be a little bit of a problem. The episode ends with Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica driving towards the Moon Goddess Emporium. They get there, get out of the car, and, clad purposefully in black leather, make their way towards the door...

Extra Bites:
  • Nan staking someone with a pencil - amazing.
  • "Yeah, I got some rage."
  • "Lovable, isn't he?"
  • "I got clean in the long run and now I'm on no drugs. Except for the anti-psychotics."
  • I'm pleased most of the storylines are tying together now, with the exception of Andy and Terry, which seemed a bit out of place.
  • "F**king humans. I'm going to go and find somebody to eat."
  • "I keep waiting to see her walk through the door. Or our of her cubby, all cute and sleepy." Aww, Hoyt...
  • Also, Hoyt crying and insisting that he's not crying. Cute!
  • "He drank eleven of my beers, passed out, and started farting continuously." The perils of roommates.
  • Jason leaves an anonymous tip about the potential Moon Goddess Emporium. "I got laughed off the phone." Aww.
  • Tara's worried about her lack of Latin knowledge. "What if we pronounce something wrong and start a plague of locusts in here?" Still, at least Holly's confident. "I'm not going to lie. It's a possibility." Oh.
  • Also: "I'm thinking maybe the Goddess will know what we mean even if we say it wrong." "That's a big f**king maybe."
  • Loved Jason, Sookie and Lafayette ducking behind the car whenever Marnie appeared. They'd be the worst undercover agents ever.
  • "They'll do anything I want. They'll slaughter their friends, kill each other... go to the beach."
  • The ending to this week's episode was great fun. So badass!


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