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‘True Blood’ Recap: Episode 34, ‘I Smell A Rat’

Episode Title: “I Smell a Rat”

Written By: Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch

Story: At long last, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finds out who and what she really is thanks to Bill (Stephen Moyer). After killing Franklin Mott (James Frain), Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Tara (Rutina Wesley) share a few intense moments. Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) takes a brutal trip down memory lane. Hoyt (Jim Parrack) makes his feelings known to Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) with nearly fatal consequences. Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) launches a plan to stop the maniacal King Russell (Denis O’Hare).

Fairy Tales: “I’m a fairy? How [bleep] lame!” It’s hard not to laugh at Sookie’s outright disappointment on learning that she’s part fairy, particularly considering how long it took “True Blood” to reveal something that avid fans of the books already knew for quite some time. Still, at least the cat is out of the bag, and now Sookie knows that her blood is particularly delicious for vampires — and according to Bill, the supernatural community largely believes that vampires wiped the fairies out of existence. The plot thickens!

But that’s not the extent of his truthfulness with Sookie, at least not according to Eric. During a private conversation, Eric accuses Bill of keeping tabs on Sookie on orders from Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood), an accusation that Bill awkwardly denies. It’s not often that anyone can say this with a straight face, but it appears that Eric is the one telling the truth, not Bill.

That doesn’t mean that Eric gets a free pass, of course. After three seasons of sexual tension, Eric and Sookie finally shared a passionate kiss in this last episode, but the moment was short-lived as Eric turned right around and imprisoned Sookie in the basement of Fangtasia in an apparent effort to lure Russell out of hiding. A brilliant strategist and warrior, Eric undoubtedly has a plan to keep Sookie safe while still getting the upper hand on Russell — it’s just a question of watching that plan play out.

Sookie and Eric weren’t alone in finally locking lips, as Jason and Tara also shared a passionate kiss for the first time on “True Blood.” But true to form, Jason ruined the moment almost immediately by confessing to Tara that he shot and killed Eggs. Tara’s only reaction is to storm out of the house, leaving the dim-witted Stackhouse brother alone with his guilty thoughts.

Really, it was a difficult episode for couples of all shapes and sizes. Still grieving over Talbot’s death, Russell sought the company of a male prostitute (played by Michael Steger of “90210” fame), only to stake him to death. Meanwhile, Arlene (Carrie Preston) finally confessed to Terry (Todd Lowe) that he isn’t the father of her baby, and while he took the news well — extremely well, really — Arlene is still looking to give up the child.

Hoyt and Jessica had the best luck of all the show’s couples. Hoyt declared his love for Jessica, and she did the same, but only after shape-shifting Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman) mauled Hoyt’s arm and left him for dead. Now recovering thanks to Jessica’s blood, it looks like these two are back on track, though Tommy might have some more to say on the subject.

Speaking of Tommy, his brother Sam isn’t doing so well, either. We learned via flashback that Sam once used his shape-shifting powers as a career criminal and was eventually betrayed by a woman he loved. Sam inadvertently shot and killed the woman, then very intentionally murdered the man she left him for. It was a very dark scene for one of the only truly likable characters on “True Blood,” and I’m not sure I particularly like this new layer. I’ll give it some time to marinate, but right now, I’m not wild about the thought of Sam Merlotte as a murderer.

Three final thoughts: the new Merlotte’s waitress is a Wiccan? Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) has sorcerers in his family? Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher) is a were-panther? Seriously, this show gets weirder and weirder with every passing episode!

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