True Blood Season 2: Episode 7 – “Release Me”

August 5, 2009 by  

HugoAfter being led into the woods by Daphne, Sam finds himself in the middle of Maryann’s bacchanalian orgy. This time Maryann has another agenda, to remove Sam from the equation that is Bon Temps. Andy Belfleur also stumbles onto the grotesque party and shoots a bullet into the ground, disturbing the party as Maryann runs off to pursue Sam. At the end of the pursuit – Sam transmogrifies into an Owl in grand 80s Labyrinthine fashion.

Still imprisoned with Hugo, Sookie uses her telepathy to send an SOS to Barry the Bellhop. As Hugo’s claustrophobia grows, he becomes more agitated causing Sookie to attempt consoling him. By making contact with Hugo’s arm, Sookie learns that Hugo is the snitch that has been informing the Fellowship of the Sun of her movements.

Bill is detained by Lorena while Sookie is in dire need of help. It is revealed in flash back, that Lorena had released Bill from their relationship in the ‘30s. Lorena confides in Bill that it is not her who wants to keep him away from Sookie, after the two spend the sunlight hours attempting to outlast each other during their hours of regeneration.

After a romp in the Fellowship of the Sun’s cathedral with Sarah, Jason attempts to leave but is stopped when Steve forces him into the van with intention of sending him to hell “Today”. Jason learns that the hostility is not in reference to the affair with Sarah, but has something to do with his sister.

Steve’s lackey Gabe returns to the church basement to take his frustration out on Hugo after being beaten up by Jason Stackhouse. Sookie’s situation seems grim until a force enters the room throwing Gabe around like a rag doll. From her position on the floor Sookie looks up to catch sight of a young male Vampire as she asks “Godric?”

Top 5 of “Release Me

  1. Hoytt and Jessica deserve first place this week with their confessions of virginity and their sweet vulnerability. Jessica has proven that it may not take that long for a Vampire to remember their human nature. The scenes of Jessica and Hoytt highlight the fantastic job that the casting directors have done with the show.
  2. Jessica waking up to Hoytt decorating their hotel room with blood scented candles and her classic line of “Take off your pants”.
  3. The arrival of Godric in the right moment. His appearance may have only been brief but it was one of the most powerful character introductions of the season. Not bad for 3 seconds of screen time.
  4. Sam flipping out and carrying a gun everywhere. This is one man who has been disturbed one too many times and is on edge, and I am hoping he takes Maryann out soon as this writer is getting a little tired of her parties and attitude. Michelle Forbes does an amazing job at playing Maryann, she hits the nail on the head and should be applauded for playing such an abhorred character as well as she does.
  5. The intensely high production values of this True Blood episode, we were shown some amazing lighting, costumes and drama. The whole episode stood out from some of the past episodes, and as always ended well before we were ready to say goodbye for another week.

Share your top 5 and thoughts for this weeks episode in the comments below!

[Editor’s Note: Editing has it’s privilages.. I don’t have to wait for the comments!]

My top five scenes:

  1. Arlene explaining to Tara that she thinks she ‘date raped’ Terry.  Both funny and poignant … very True Blood.
  2. The flashback to Bill breaking free of Lorena in the ’20’s.  There’s the Bill that gives me chills of the good kind! Welcome Back, Compton!
  3. Jason kicking that L.O.D.I. S.O.B. in the B.A.L.L.S.
  4. Hoyt and Jessica.. really say it with me y’all… AAAwwwwww!!!
  5. Last but certainly not least, Andy saving Sam, totally by accident and nearly shooting himself in the foot.

Favorite Line: Jessica to Hoyt after he admits that he’s never done it with a human. “What have you done it with then?” in that innocent voice and with those big eyes!

Sookiest moment: Instead of lambing it out of there and slaming that door on the two Bucketheads fighting in the cell Sookie picks a side and volunteers to get slammed around the slammer for a while.

Most WTF moment: Vampires don’t sleep for one night and they start ‘bleeding’?  Really?  Wow, guess that’s what happens when you can no longer grab a cuppa joe to keep you going!  Betcha vampire students never pull ‘all dayers’ to study eh?

In the ‘those we love to hate’ department.. I am really going to miss Maryann if we manage to free Bon Temps from her grip… OTOH I won’t miss the L.O.D.I. folks and I fear we’ll never get rid of them…