Ahh, I knew that doe-girl was too good to be true. I'm pleased she turned out to be a Maryann minion. (And the PIG, no less!) The thing was, I felt like the pool table scene was the most real, convincing scene she'd had with Sam. I enjoyed the sense of intimacy between them and it made the twist within the episode more of a twist. I'd just begun to think 'well, maybe her purpose is to loosen Sam up a bit'. So what's the deal with Sam, they're going to kill him? I still feel like it's not clear why he's such a Big Deal to Maryann. Does she just like messing with him, or what? It was a lot of effort, surely, to send her shapeshifter to set him up... hmm.
Given that doe-girl wound up evil, I'm fine with Eggs being a more innocent victim of Maryann, as that seems to be the way it's playing out. The plumbing and convertible scenes were probably my favourites between he and Tara so far, and his discovery of the disturbing ring--only to be led back to a live one--was well played.
The whole possessed-fucking thing was really creepy. A kind of mass rape? At least the couples we knew were ones that were drawn to each other even outside the black-eyed possession. But I'm mostly disturbed for Terry who seems to be uncomfortable around Arlene still, and who already has a lot of psych. damage. (I sort of feel like the possession poses a Dollhouse-like question: would it be better if they never found out about it, since their bodies have been whored out to someone else, and that's the kind of shit that could screw someone up permanently?)
This was, in fact, a big Terry episode: I loved the scene with him and Lafayette. What a hero! It was so convincing that he'd know what to do because he recognised the signs of trauma in Lafayette that he usually exhibits himself. Lafayette is very raw from things still, whereas Terry's settled into a pattern of living with flashbacks. I want to draw hearts around Terry.
Ditto Hoyt. Those two have become two of my favourites (and I've long ago forgotten that I ever had mutual affection for Rene!). While again the Jessica-Hoyt storyline progressed only slowly, I found their scene absolutely adorable.
I liked new-character Hugo as well. The first glimpse into Hugo's mind was a bit disturbing (who ambles around thinking 'forever, forever' like that?) but then his obsession with getting turned made that make more sense. I really liked that he slapped Sookie's naivety in the face. And I'm with him: surely it IS an inevitable part of dating a vampire?
That said, I liked what their exchanges drew out about Sookie as well: she could see the sense in a 'just smile and nod' approach but was unable to carry it out. Ha! I like that. I can overdo it when I'm nervous too. ;)
I liked Sookie's 'vanilla pudding' call too. The fake-kiss-kiss Sarah-Sookie meeting was sickening! And I liked how the sunlit Church turned really really creepy (despite looking gorgeous). Bit less into Sarah's angst though: is she really that dumb? psychotic? She feels like more of a caricature than most of the characters, but I'm cool with it if it pushes Jason's plot there along a bit. And I'll be interested to see how Sookie and Hugo get out of the basement. (Will it be as scarring a basement as Eric's?)
The Bill backstory was probably the most 'meh' part for me. I didn't feel like we needed to see it to know that those two romped around the world killing humans for a couple of centuries--I'd kind of assumed that anyway. I'm more interested in finding out why they fell out so hopefully that's coming.
Still ridiculously invested in Eric/Godric. They haven't seen each other in over a century, you say? Hmm. The reunion could be interesting. *hopeful*