True Blood 3.04 “9 Crimes” Review

July 12, 2010 by  

After waiting two long weeks for our next fix, True Blood returned with plenty of good stuff to make the wait worthwhile. Several characters took quite a beating in “9 Crimes,” whether it was a physical one (Lafayette, Pam, Tara), or emotional (Sookie, Bill, Eric, Alcide). As plans continue to unfold, it’s hard to see how all of this could turn out well for anybody. I keep wondering who’s going to save them from their problems, when everybody else’s situations are just as screwed up.

Sookie is tending to Alcide’s wound from the fight at Lou Pine’s when she gets a phone call from Bill. His cold manner is jarring. He immediately admits that he just had sex with Lorena. “We were doomed from the start,” he tells Sookie. “You are no longer of concern to me. Do not try to find me. I do not wish to be found.” As soon as he hangs up the phone, however, his eyes betray him.

Having seen everything leading up to this, and the threats to Sookie’s life from werewolves, Russell, and Lorena, it’s quite obvious that Bill is purposefully trying to hurt her feelings so that she won’t want to be with him anymore. Something also seems to have snapped inside Bill. Trying to be a vampire with humanity may have brought him love, but it has also tormented him. Lorena thinks they have shared something special, but Bill puts that notion aside: “Any passion you felt was me killing my love for Sookie. It had nothing to do with you.” When she still doesn’t believe him, he just hits her, sending her out of the room and slamming the door in her face.

Sookie doesn’t know what Bill has gone through (except what she has seen in the minds of the werewolves who captured him), but she knows that the man who just said those things to her on the phone is different from the the one she fell in love with. Alcide, still heartbroken himself, is not so good at comforting Sookie in her time of distress: “No matter how well you think you know somebody, they can still turn around and kick you right in the nut sack.” Her tears get to him, though, and they share a cute moment together when he puts his arm around her: “Oh my God, you’re so warm.” “Sorry.” “No, it’s ok, I’m just not used to it.” “It’s a were thing. We run hot.” “I thought maybe you were coming down with the flu.” Alcide sleeps beside Sookie while she cries through the night, amassing a pile of used tissues.

Meanwhile, another vampire is in tune with Sookie’s emotions and finds himself thinking of her. Eric sits at Fangtasia watching Yvetta dance, but he fantasizes about Sookie finally wanting him the way he wants her–although I can’t imagine her ever saying, “I’ve got skills you can’t even dream of, cowboy.”

The next morning, Sookie is still resolved to find Bill, much to Alcide’s chagrin. “I’m not a doormat!” she insists. “I think he’s in trouble. Maybe I’m wrong, but if he can look me in the eye and tell me it’s over, then I’ll leave him here to rot.” She thinks she can find more information if they go back to the were bar for Debbie’s engagement party with Coot and his gang. She calls on Alcide’s sister, Janice (who works at the beauty salon Debbie goes to) to help her blend in.

Meanwhile, Merlotte’s has some drama of its own going on. Arlene is cranky, complaining about having too much work to do. Sam, keeping his promise to Sookie, hires Jessica as a hostess to keep her out of trouble. Then Arlene gets mad because she doesn’t want another redhead around to attract attention and split her tips. Jessica seems pleased to have something to do with her time, but she runs into a problem when a sweet boy she used to know from Bible study recognizes her. She glamours him to forget that he ever saw her (which Hoyt overhears and makes him have sad puppy eyes).

Jason looks on at Bud’s retirement party and sees Andy getting promoted to sheriff. On the other side of the bar, the current Bon Temps High School quarterback (expected to soon break Jason’s passing record) is messing around with his friends. Jason goes over and tries to share some wisdom: “10 years from now, there’s gonna be a version of you, 10 years younger, doing the same thing to you. And then who’re you gonna be?” Thinking about where he used to be, and where he’s ended up, Jason is still convinced that his life would mean something if he were a cop. He even blackmails Andy into making it happen: “I’m not doing them fake ride-alongs and filling out forms. I’m thinking there’s gotta be an easier way.” When Andy says he can’t break the rules, Jason uses his leverage with the Eggs situation, no matter what the consequences would be if people were to find out what they did: “There any rules about taking tv interviews and promotions for not shooting a killer dead, when I’m the one that’s gotta live with doing it?”

Poor Tara. Franklin forces his way into her house, tries to use her to get to Sookie, bites her, and is now holding her hostage. He might be genuinely insane, laughing about fruit and strapping a bouquet of flowers to her hands like it’s some sweet gesture. Tied up in the car taking her somewhere for a “surprise,” he explains, “My job supports my financial needs. My emotional ones…there’s so much I want to tell you. I’ve been so lonely, but now you’re mine, all that’s changed.” Their destination: Russell’s mansion.

With Bill in his service now, Russell wants to find out what Queen Sophie-Anne is up to. Bill worked for her as a “procurer” for 35 years. He sticks to his story that he was in Bon Temps by choice, “on sabbatical,” he says. The King knows he’s still hiding something about Sookie, but Bill reveals other useful information–he figured out that the Queen has been using Eric Northman to sell V in his area because of her money troubles with the IRS. Russell is pleased by the news: “Tug on the purse strings, you’ll find the lady’s heart.”

Sam thought he wanted to find his family, but now he can’t seem to get rid of them. Joe Lee and Melinda are camping out in their van in his parking lot, and Tommy has gone missing after trying to break into his safe. Sam feels for his brother, and when he finds him, he offers to let him stick around, but Tommy won’t leave his parents: “I ditch them tomorrow, they end up the gutter by the end of next week. You think I can live with that? I won’t be rid of these people until the day they die.” Sam decides to share the burden with Tommy, so gives the Mickens a place to stay until they can get on their feet, as long as they quit drinking. Oh, Sam, if only it could be that simple!

Lafayette has become attached to his fancy new car from Eric, so he sets off to sell the V. He meets with Calvin Norris in Hot Shot, but he doesn’t accept the offer. Lafayette is getting beat on by Calvin and his “brother-cousins” when Eric drops in from the sky to help change their minds. Lafayette and Eric are driving along talking business when Pam calls—the Magister is raiding Fangtasia looking for the V. The Queen set them up. Eric flies to her straight away, and finds the Magister burning her with the silver tip of his cane. Instead of turning in the Queen, Pam and Eric throw the blame on Bill. Eric asks for the opportunity to find the missing Bill and bring evidence of his blood betrayal. The Magister gives him two days, or he will use Pam to punish Eric: “They say the loss of a child is the deepest of despair.”

A few stick-on tattoos, lots of leather, and one black wig later, Sookie is ready for Lou Pine’s. Alcide reluctantly agrees to go, too, so that he can try to step his ex-girlfriend from being initiated into the vicious, V-addicted pack. Sookie is drinking shots with the same were who attacked her the previous night, when Debbie Pelt makes her charming introduction: “Who the fuck are you?!”

Russell takes Bill and Lorena out for a drink. Their limo pulls up to a strip club, and as if to make Bill prove his loyalty, the King sends him out on the hunt. Bill looks around at the various women and chooses the one with the sadness in her eyes to match his. As she says later when she’s dancing for him: “No point anyway. Loving anyone, anything. Feels good at first but always turns to crap. I know the truth about life. It’s a hell I’ll never get out of alive.” “No one does,” Bill replies.

Back at Lou Pine’s, Alcide tries to beg Debbie not to join up with this crew or other werewolves will never accept her. “I don’t need your pussy pack!” she screams. Then Russell arrives and the party begins. What follows is a creepy communion of sorts, with Russell biting into his own wrist and letting the blood pour into shot glasses. Passed around on trays, the weres take it and drink before branding Debbie with their mark. Then Coot shifts into his wolf form and starts howling. The energy in the room seems to take over, with everyone changing, even Alcide who can’t control it. His eyes turn orange and he yells at Sookie to run away. She gasps with fear, and elsewhere in Jackson, Bill senses her. He gets that familiar look of pain that Sookie is in danger, but he can’t go to her. He and the stripper climb into the limo, and Russell, Lorena, and Bill all start draining her. She was right about life, but sooner than she realized.

How did this new episode of True Blood measure up to the last three episodes?

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)

  • melissa

    interesting theory guys, but how about this theory on RE. I think that RE is going to have something to do with the Magister disappearing and then getting QSA to unite their kingdoms then get rid of QSA and try to rule the entire vampire world. RE looks like the type that is power hungry and will use anyone or anything that gets in his way just like a true villian or villianess would. I think that Bill and Eric will overcome their differences and try to put a stop to RE. I think Yvetta is another spying and working for RE.We will have to keep watching and see what happens because “oh Yes More will be revealed”

    • jaxx

      Based on Russell’s take of the magister, he is useless and Russell would rather have him gone. So, yes, I think you are correct that Russell will try to either kidnap or take out the magister. I also think Eric and Bill will work together against Russell and rescue the magister, which I am hoping in turn will repay Eric and Pam’s crimes with V and Pam will be set free. *fingers crossed*

      • ~ Caitlin

        I agree that Russell must have something to do with the magisters going missing. I’m not sure if QSA will die this season because she has a big part the 7th book. However, anything can happen in the show. I think Eric will do his best to kill Russell. He’s been waiting for this for 1,000 years. This is a difficult situation for Eric because he can’t kill Russell right away, it will take a lot of maticulous calculation on his part. Plus for the time being, he needs Russell to save Pam. Eric might even kill Talbet. Actually, Bill and Eric make a good team when it counts. I think that even though they despise each other they have a mutual respect for each other. Last season when Eric told Bill that Godric was his maker, Bill was a little more understanding of the situation. Also, last season Eric offered Bill some good advice about being a maker. Eric said something like “Being a good maker is very rewarding.” I think as a sherrif, Eric is lenient with Bill. I’m curious as to what is going to happen to Lafy and the V. The synapsis said that doing V again.

  • Nia

    HI All!! Loleaf, good to see you!

    I started posting yesterday afternoon then….POOF! No power for 7 hours. Maybe the gods were telling me something…..LOL!
    (Dont worry Jaxx, this will just be a morning sip)

    This speculation is all sorts of fun and really what it is all about.
    I have always thought that it is possible that Bill is a double agent for the AVL. Working for SA but investigating her as well. (A procurer could be a cover up that Bill gave RE)
    It kind of fits in in the Dallas scene as Lizzie said, when Eric jumped up to attack Nan. We saw Bill jump up as well but not where he went. I think he was protecting Nan. There could be some allegiance there, or not at all and he was just being protective.
    I dont think that Bill is working for the Magister. If he was then the magister would have called Eric on the lie and probably tortured Eric and Pam both.
    I think the only reason that Bill did not end up in a coffin bound with silver is because the magister was just feeling creative as he said and he wanted Bill to do something that he has never done before, create a vampire. That seemed like poetic justice to the magister.
    Yvetta as a spy could be possible. But who she is working for is another theory. Could she be there from SA?? Could she be the one to have bugged Erics office?? Also that is the reason why SA wanted her there at their little meeting. To gather information as the others spoke. It could be the reason why she allows herself to be used By Eric and Pam in that way, to get in to their confidence.
    But she was not happy when Eric dissed her while she was performing, so like you said Loleaf….she could have been a weee bit put out and made a call!!!!
    Bill working Russell…Oh yeah! He has to to protect Sookie, but I fear that Bill will pay the price for that too.
    I am hoping that ultimately Bill and Eric work together to rid them all of the corrupt figures that abound in vampire hierarchy.
    From what we have seen they are useless and selfserving. Never a good thing.
    Everyone have a great Sunday….New epi tonight!! Whoo hoooo!

    Team True Blood!

  • ~ Caitlin

    I think all your theories are interesting. It does seem as though something is up with Yvetta. Perhaps, she is a witch and made a deal with Russell that she would get Fangtasia if she agreed to go undercover for him. That would introduce the (Hallow/Eric amnesia storyline) Maybe she did plant the V in Fangtasia because Pam looked surprised when the Magister showed her the V. Also, I think it was Russell who said that the Magister has been wanting an Inquistion for years. Also, it could have been Russell who tip off the Magister but that seems to obvious.

    I have a theory on the dead trucker. Every storyline is supposed to weave together this season. I think the trucker who Jessica killed might be (Hunter’s) father. Reason being, they made a point of showing a photo of the guy with his son. The boy looks to be Hunters age.

    P.S. I hope Sookie and Eric kiss at least once this season and it be for real. Also, I like seeing Eric and Lafy together.

    • jaxx

      Wow, Caitlin, another interesting theory. You are right, AB doesn’t show us things unless they tie in somehow, like Bill reading the book about the Greek Gods and Myths last season and discovered the maenad. You could have something there for sure. In the books, Remy was a businessman but he could be a trucker in TB’s AB version and we will meet Hunter later as spoilers have said. And, AB did say everyone’s story this season will intertwine. And, I still think Yvetta will be a witch. Either the Hallow character herself or someone working for Hallow hired by the Magister.

      Great observation Caitlin. 🙂

    • WOW Caitlin I think you may right about the trucker and the little boy in the photo being Hunter! LOL Like you said Loleaf we are good. You think Alan needs some extra writers. 🙂

      • ~ Caitlin

        Thanks jaxx and Ollie. This was my first time posting comments. I just finished watching episode 5. I thought it was really good but I’ll wait until later to post more on it.

  • Loleaf

    Hey everyone *waving*!! This is what I wonder: Since AB said that he is sticking with to core of the books, we know that Bill was working on his program and was vamp napped for it. AB has changed the storyline quite a bit… but what I’m wondering and if anyone disagrees please chime in! O.K we know that Bill knew that Eric was selling V, that Bill worked for the queen for years, also that he got off quite easily when he staked Longshadow with the Magister (instead of being locked in a coffin chained with silver, or staked like he is threatening to do with Pam). I think that Bill is working undercover for the Magister, and that he somehow suspects that it is the queen having Eric sell the V and was trying to prove it when Russell had him taken. Yevetta, I think is working at Fangtasia as a spy for either the Magister or for Russell. The Magister looked at her like he knew her with recognition when he came to Fangtasia with the queen. The bar was also raided after Eric dismissed her (hell hath no fury like a woman scorned)!! I also believe Bill is working Russell because he senses that there is something going on there and is staying to find out what it is.. He knows that Sookie has had Eric’s blood and that Eric would sense if she was in trouble as he could, he also knows that Eric wouldn’t let anything happen to her either. Allowing him to continue his mission so to speak. Thinking back at the pictures with Eric and Bill that is what I am speculating.. Bill gets Eric out of the mess he is in with the queen and Eric is grateful.. This is just my speculation though!! I know it’s a little far fetched sounding but every time I watch the episodes, I have a feeling that there is more to Bill than meets the eye.. Alan has the tendency to tweak the stories to surprise us beyond belief, and I’m wondering if they that will be the tweak for Bills character!! That will put Bill up there with the power that Eric has with being the sheriff of the area!! Bill may not have the physical power of a vampire of Eric’s age, but the judicial power so to speak. Eric and Bill are much alike in my book, because they are both fiercely protective of their loved ones. Going out of their way to protect them.. With Bill killing the Rattrays and Sookie’s uncle Bartlett for harming her, and Eric going along with Pam’s admission while being tortured that Bill was the one having them sell the V. Though their methods may be flawed, their intentions were meant as protection, but that’s jmo. After all Lafayette would have been dead if it weren’t for Eric’s blood in his system, allowing Eric to know that he was in trouble!! I think Lafayette knew it also by the smirk on his face,and is starting to enjoy it’s advantages and also his new ride!! 🙂

    • Loleaf, I really like your theory! I have to say, I can totally see how most of it would work, and it would be a spectacular twist if AB had Bill working for the Magister and RE!

      However, minor correction: Alan has said he’s sticking with the spirit of the books, not the core. He’s also said that he now feels like True Blood is coming into its own, so he’s deviating more from the books.

    • jaxx

      Hi Loleaf *waves furiously*. Haven’t heard from you in a while. You make some very good points here. This is what I love about sharing ideas on this site. Other intelligent points of view that you may not have thought of. :))

      I agree. We really don’t know much about what Bill’s job description entails. We know that he is/was working for the queen as a procurer, but that can’t be all of it, there has to be more to his story. Maybe he’s a double agent type??? Good theory about him working for the magister. Who knows, we’ll have to see. I think Yvetta is working for the magister just by the way the dialouge went and the looks to each other back and forth. I think the magister suspected the QSA/Eric/Pam for a long time and sent Yvetta to spy and see what she could come up with.

      If you remember from the books, Bill was made a special investigator or something like that, so he would be on equal footing with Eric. I think that’s what we’re going to see here also. For now, he is appointed Sheriff of Area 2 Mississippi for Russell, but we don’t know yet what will happen with that, especially if Russell is taken down, which jimo, I think is going to happen and I think Bill and Eric will work together to achieve this. Leveling the playing field for both of them. From spoilers I have read, the magister is missing too. Maybe Bill and Eric will rescue the magister and he will wipe away their crimes and punishments as gratitude. We’ll have to wait and see.

      Yes, I agree both Bill and Eric have good intentions but are a deadly force to be reckoned with. And, yes, Laf is starting to appreciate having Eric’s blood in him and seeing how this will be to his advantage. I think Sookie is also starting to appreciate having Eric’s blood as well when she asked Eric if he’ll be able to sense if she’s in trouble.

      So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed this season and I welcome the changes AB has made. The beginning books were written 7-10 years ago, the updates are very welcome for 2010.

      It’s almost Sunday. YAY!!

    • Hi Loleaf!

      I really like your theory and I think as you do there has to be more going on behind the scenes that we are not aware of yet. Also to add to your theory I have been wondering if Bill is not somehow involved with the AVL as we have heard from previous spoilers that the kings and queens are not the ones with the true power but the higher governing body that controls them. Would that be the AVL with Nan Flanagan? Is Bill really an agent for them? I can see your theory “that will put Bill up there with the power that Eric has with being the sheriff of the area!! Bill may not have the physical power of a vampire of Eric’s age, but the judicial power so to speak.”

      It is very exciting to see what is going to happen but as you said about the spoiler photos with Bill and Eric I think you may be on the right track. LOL then that will leave me wondering how are they going to set up season 4! LOL 🙂

      • Sandy

        Great theories going around! That is part of the fun with this show! Each character is 3D rather than the view of only one person. It deepens them makes the story a lot richer too! Personally, these dream sequences are *killing* me lol. Hoping for a tender bonding scene between those two. (as so many others are too!! *thinks* of one of her fav parts of the book while in MS!! phwoar..)
        Ok, nuff gushing. Never like this – wth happened? I’m hormonal, bloody hell.
        /rant off

        • jaxx

          LOL Sandy, I think I know which one you’re *thinking* about. 🙂

          • Sandy

            Tis not hard to tell 😉 Gushing like a luvvie ugh!

      • jaxx

        Hi Ollie, that’s a good theory too!! The AVL. Those scenes with Nan in S2, she seems to have a lot of pull and power and AB doesn’t put those postmortem shows on for nothing. I think he’s giving us a hint of things to come. That sly dog. LOL.

        Great theories all around. Can’t wait to see what happens now. 🙂

        • Loleaf

          Hey all!! Ollie, never thought about the AVL… Maybe Bill is in deep, deep cover LOL! It may be possible that if the magister is going to go missing, that they may have something to do with it to keep him from blowing Bill’s cover by way of Eric searching for him! Wasn’t there a spoiler where Eric met with Russell? Boy oh boy AB needs only to read our forums to get idea’s for storylines LOL!! We can come up with some doosies 😉

      • lizzie1701

        Hi Adore Bill and other TB Lovers!

        I am with you on this theory, and have speculated for a while on this. I also noticed in Dallas the way Bill was with Nan. He was not intimidated and even stood up to defend her against Eric when he lost his cool. Also, remember when Bill went to see the Queen and she was fooling around playing yangtsee and would not give him an answer, he just stood up to go. No fear or intimidation there either – poor Eric – he had to stay and play, which showed a different type of allegiance or whatever.

        There is more to our boy Bill. AVL is what I think and I think he is pulling RE’s chain as well as to what or who he is irt QSA.

        Isn’t this exciting? Not knowing what is going on and speculating?? I know there are the books but his is better as it keeps everyone on their toes!

        Go True Blood!