'True Blood' Recap: Sun-Kissed
The episode "Life Matters" in a nutshell:
- Bill finds a way to prevent his vision from coming true
- Terry’s friends pay tribute at his funeral
- Jason confronts Sarah for her misdeeds
Body count: 1 VIP; many others
Nudity count: 3
New people and places: None
Best line: "I really don’t see what was the point of that." — Grandma Bellefleur
What's the deal with... Eric flying off? Where did he go?
Like many of its HBO siblings, “True Blood” gives us a doozy of a penultimate episode. Sure, it was no Red Wedding, but there was an awful lot going on this week. Almost all of the storylines converged, in a good way, at the camp/factory.
But better than that was the time spent at Terry’s funeral. The soldier/cook was just a supporting character, but his very humanity — troubled, depressed, guilt-ridden — is something “True Blood” needed and will miss sorely.
Without the regular ol’ humans, all the vampires, werewolves, werepanthers, shifters, fairies, witches, warlocks, ghosts, and whatnot wouldn’t mean anything.
If it weren’t such a depressing event, Terry’s funeral service could count as a who’s who of Bon Temps. Tara’s mom, Lettie, makes an appearance with Rev. Daniels. Mrs. Fortenberry is there, as well, with news on Hoyt (he’s good, has an ugly girlfriend). And Sookie zaps in from fairy land, where she’s left a recovering Warlow.
Terry’s friends and relatives get up to talk about the man they all loved. Andy recalls how messed up Terry was after the war. He went to coax him out of the woods/treehouse with beer, but didn’t know what kind Terry liked. Apparently, Raging Bitch IPA is his fave! (And it’s totally a real thing — you can check with Flying Dog brewery).
Sam reminisces about trying to hire Terry, who did not really want a job. Lafayette laughs about how a clueless Terry burned the fries his first day. Portia wistfully recounts swinging with her cousin.
Next up should be Arlene, but the widow isn’t quite ready. After reading her thoughts, Sookie runs up to the podium. Oh dear, we and the rest of the town say. She just comes out and admits to being a telepath (how funny would it have been if she’d been like, “I know everyone of y’all are just wondering if there’s an open bar after this”?).
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Instead, Sookie proves her unending capacity for kindness, and tells a story about the day Arlene and Terry met. She was a put-upon waitress without an ounce of sympathy for the bumbling cook. But after meeting, Sookie read his thoughts — that Arlene was “the prettiest woman I ever saw.”
“He loved you from the second you walked into his life,” Sookie says. Sob!
Sitting back down, she gets comfort from Alcide, who’s there because… well, we’re not sure why he’s there except for being friends with Sookie and Sam. But it’s cool, with us and with the ladies of Bon Temps, who note that he “smells like a man.”
Finally, Arlene musters up the courage to give her eulogy. She flashes back to when she gave birth to little Mikey. He wouldn’t breastfeed, so she fretted something was wrong with him and that he was evil just like his biological dad, Rene.
But Terry put aside his wackiness for a few moments to be the calm, cool, collected man of any woman’s dreams. He leads her in a breathing exercise and assures her that babies aren’t born bad.