Eric instructs Willa to go back to Gen. Pop. and tell Pam not to drink the Tru Blood, which has been contaminated with Hepatitis V. He then takes the failing Nora and climbs under a departing truck to make their getaway. Their escape has been noticed, however, and all the guards are on full alert. Jason realizes that he may need to step up his rescue of Jessica. Willa lets Pam, Tara and Jessica know what's going on, putting herself back into Gen. Pop. in the process. Meanwhile, Eric has taken his very sick sister to Bill's house, saying that he doesn't know WTF Bill is anymore but if, in fact, he is god, please fix her. Eric wants Bill to give Nora his blood but Nora refuses it, saying that it's Lilith's blood and she won't drink it.
Sarah Newlin drives up to the Governor's mansion and is surprised to find the doors wide open and no guards anywhere to be seen. She runs to the back garden and finds everyone dead, and the Governor's head propped on a piece of statuary. She falls to her knees and sheds some tears before steeling herself. Now is when Sarah Newlin comes into her own, I imagine. Some time later, she meets with a senator and informs him of the plan: they will not admit to the Governor's demise but the senator will continue to run the state and she will run the vamp camp, saying that the Governor is in hiding after an attempted attack. He acquiesces because she threatens to reveal his secret gay lifestyle. They only have to keep the ruse going until Hep V becomes rampant throughout the vampire community - it won't be long.
UGH GROSS. Sookie and Warlow snuggle in fuzzy post-coital focus. The good feeling doesn't last long, however, because Warlow has assumed that because she actually enjoyed the sex, she was willing to marry him and become a vampire. Sookie's all, you know it doesn't work like that ... we have the vote now too. Then she hears sobbing coming through from the real world: Arlene is crying in the cemetery. She gets dressed and leaves the faerie realm. I'm not sure why Arlene is crying in the cemetery because Terry isn't buried yet, but there she is, and she tells Sookie what happened. Sookie's all, you have to go home and tell your kids, and I'm going to be right there with you.
Also, Sam calls to check in on Lafayette, who tells him what happened to Terry. Sam is shaken and, despite Alcide's warnings not to return to Bon Temps, immediately makes plans to go back. He tells Nicole to call her mother to come get her - they won't be continuing on together. But while they're waiting for her mom to show up, they have sad-faced shower sex. In Bon Temps, when Arlene gets back to the Bellefleur house, Lafayette is there and she lays into him until Andy can calm her down and get her to go talk to the children. Lafayette tells Sookie about Terry's safe deposit box and they decide they should go check it out.
At the vamp camp, Jason has Jessica brought to him in a conference room. He tells her that he wants to do right by her and take her away from this. She says no, I should stay (Jason: You don't have stockholder syndrome, do you?). He says he saw what they tried to do to her in the copulation room and says that he doesn't want her to suffer like that again. But for some reason, she refuses his help, asking a favor instead: she wants to thank James, the vampire who wouldn't rape her, face to face. Confused, Jason goes to fetch him for her.
When Sookie and Lafayette open Terry's safe deposit box, they find a single insurance policy for $2,000,000, that Terry took out on his own life just three days earlier. They realize that Terry had planned his death. Lafayette's all, I guess he thought he was doing the right thing. Sookie: Since when is leaving your family behind ever the right thing? Lafayette just shrugs sadly.
Whatever: Alcide gives his dad a ride home. His dad tells him that he really doesn't need to go back to the pack - that sort of life doesn't suit their family. Alcide looks like he's thinking about it, but drives off anyway. When Nicole's mom comes to pick her up, she gives Sam the stink-eye for whatever he's gotten her baby girl into. Nicole and Sam say goodbye, and she gives him her phone number, you know, just in case he wants to call.
Jason brings James to Jessica and then gets his heart broken a little when Jessica says she'd like to be alone with James for a bit. After Jason goes out into the hall, Jessica and James talk for a while and he really, really does seem like an actually nice guy. A vampire, sure, but an unusually decent and kind one who makes different choices than most. Jessica tells him about the contaminated Tru Blood and warns him not to drink it. He smiles at her, "Don't you have any good news at all?" And then, after a little more talking, they do have sex. For Jessica, it's the first time with another vampire and apparently it's quite excellent for her.
Back at Bill's, Eric begs Bill to cure Nora, saying he will do anything he asks. Bill's like, what if it doesn't work? He tells Eric about his vision of everyone burning in the sunlight-filled room: he says that's why he's going to get Warlow, to get his blood so that he can protect the other vampires from the sun. Bill says that if Eric will come with him, maybe they can stop it. Eric says you have my word that I will help you if you help Nora. So they go back upstairs and make Nora drinks from Bill's wrist. But it has no effect, to Eric's utter dismay. He latches onto the hope that Warlow's blood might help and Bill agrees to go after the vampire/faerie.
Sookie and Lafayette return to the Bellefleur mansion to tell Arlene about the life insurance. Sookie asks Lafayette if he's ready for this. Lafayette: "About as ready as Big Pharma can make a man." But when they go inside, Andy heads them off, warning them that maybe this is not the best time. And then they see why: because Arlene is hammered, two-fisting with whiskey and PBR. Lafayette to Sookie: I'm thinkin', no talk. He takes Arlene off to the kitchen just as Holly's two sons walk in. Andy introduces Adalind to Sookie and Holly's boys and then the front door opens again, Bill Compton walking in, daylight streaming behind him. Sookie: HOLY FUCK. Adalind scurries upstairs with all the rest of the young folk; Adaline and Lafayette come back into the living room. Bill expresses his condolences to Arlene for Terry and also to Andy for the loss of his three daughters. Amazingly, they seem to call an uneasy truce. Then Bill wants to talk to Sookie. He's basically, I need Warlow's blood to save Eric, Pam, Tara and Jessica, telling her about the vampire death camp. He encourages her not to let her anger at him endanger her friends, but he does it fairly condescendingly and she's not that impressed. "Bring me Warlow, and soon," Bill intones.
At the vamp camp, Pam goes in to her therapy session. She knows exactly what to say to get him revved up. And then she cuts a deal: she'll fuck him but he has to put her back in Gen. Pop. He thinks that can be arranged. Guess who else is now in Gen. Pop.? Jason: Sarah finds him, tells him that his leverage has died with the Governor, cuts his forearm and has him through into women's Gen. Pop. Tara fangs up, protecting him from the other chick vamps until this other vampire, older and stronger than Tara, steps up, saying Jason is hers. Oh great. Just what we need is another character in this show.
And at Bill's, Nora is at the end of her life. As Eric weeps and sobs, we are interrupted for a terrible flashback with horrible wigs, when Eric met Nora for the first time, back in the time of Charles II, before he took her to Godric to make her. Seriously, these flashbacks are the worst and timed so strangely, right in the middle of when we're supposed to be sad about Nora's dying and Eric's grief. This grief, though, is doesn't ring true for me: we didn't even know about Nora until S5 and now, at the moment of her death we're supposed to believe that Eric's heart is breaking? The death is pretty gnarly though: as Eric shrieks (yes, high pitched shrieks), Nora melts like that Nazi at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, dripping and squooshing and collapsing through his arms into a stringy puddle of thick blood and liquefied organs. Nasty!
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