As though it is a logical defense, Sookie jerks: "I don't have a nut sack!" (Simply untrue.) She goes on, into sobs: "He's risked everything for me! Our love is way bigger than him breaking up with me over the phone!" Like constructing a logical proof is going to make that phone call never happen; like she's never been broken up with. "How many relationships you been in?" asks Alcide, recognizing this panic and logical irrationality as the tiny fish-thoughts that swim around but don't come out of your mouth unless you are very, very naïve.
(Listen, don't fix. Boys somehow do not come with this thing from the factory, and you have to teach them it. Just without being a bitch about it.)
He takes her in his arms, finally, realizing that all the ugly-crying and pretty horrible sadness faces aren't going anywhere: That no matter how much he tries to use Sookie to talk himself out of his own heartbreak (one more thing they have in common, that inability to talk to anybody when you're not really or also talking to yourself), and she's shocked at his warmth. Warmer than a live body, much warmer than a dead one: "It's okay, I'm just not used to it." Weres run hot, he says -- which: word up -- and she flips into caretaker mode: "I thought maybe you were coming down with the flu..."
Alcide tries to give her privacy, but as her first Were she finds something comforting in the low-level snarl of his thoughts, and the last thing she wants is to be alone. Jason might help here, probably not, but Tara would hold her and give voice to all the anger she's not allowed to feel yet, and talk her down. Instead: Silent, sexy Alcide, who feels weird about staying with her and weirder about leaving, so he cuts the diff and just puts on a shirt before settling down for the night.
Bird-Tommy's practically laughing as he takes off into the sky, Sam following after with his pistol. Sam sniffs out the Mickens trailer and goes looking for them. Melinda, as usual, is conciliatory and weakness personified and completely innocent: "We hadn't left yet because, uh, well, we got nowhere to go. We're a little behind in rent? Plus, our landlord got foreclosed on..." Sam realizes why they came, to eat his food and steal from him, and Melinda acts all surprised and mad about Tommy's attempt to steal from Merlotte's: "Sometimes I think that boy's cheese done slid right off his cracker. He does desperate things when we fall on hard times."