"Look, you and me both know we saved her and everybody else. Come here, we're heroes to this town." How? Because they set out to save everybody, and now Maryann is gone, and everybody's okay, so obviously. "In my book, if no one thinks we're heroes, it don't count." I had a rant last year about Andy's unhealthy obsession with Jason that got me a lot of hatemail, mostly from people just like Andy, and one of the wonderful things about this latter act of the season has been watching that stretch and reverse itself. Jason's learned a few things about manhood, which is always what's upset Andy about him, but this way they can share them: the boy-kings, the jealous town nutter and the fatherless town himbo, trading their insights and becoming men. It's nice: "Of course it counts. It's like if a tree falls in the woods. It's still a tree, ain't it? The whole point in being a hero is to do something greater than yourself." Andy nods, touched of course, and Jason fairly gives him a noogie. "It'd be easy to do it for the glory or the girls, but we're bigger men than that, right?" He sits back, proud, and gives himself a satisfied "Yup."
Sam runs into Sookie back behind the bar, and points out how long it's been since they worked together. "It's like riding a bicycle," she grins, and he asks her shifty-eyed to keep an eye on things for a couple of days. "I'm the only one who hasn't had a break. And in case you didn't notice, last night was a little rough for me too?" Obviously he's not going to do anything relaxing, but whatever. "I don't have the words to thank you for what you did," she says, and he grins that it's probably better this way. They wouldn't want to know any of it, his secret included. "I, for one, wish everyone knew how special you are." He likes that, she pulls him in close as family. A lady shows up right then with a parcel for her -- is it a driveway? -- and congratulates her on having such a "classy admirer." (It's a driveway, I know it! In that little bag!)
Sookie takes her package out to that tree in the back of Merlotte's: A lovely lavender dress, with a note: I've owed you an evening out for some time now. I would very much like for you to wear this tonight. -- Bill. God, he even writes adorable. She smiles, but immediately a hand creeps out of the woods and grabs her, so she has to shriek a little bit. It's Eggs, wanting her to do her mojo on him so he can remember what happened. "I did a lot of terrible things in my past, but I paid for 'em. I thought that was all over but if it's not... I got a right to know." Sookie tells him again and again that Maryann did this shit to everybody, and it doesn't reflect on him; when she touches him the thoughts are too sad, too afraid, too yearning (I don't know who I am I don't know what I am you can help me I know you can I know it please help me please help me) for her to do anything but try.