Antonia is freaked out by the bloodshed and horror that Marnie's four Sheriffs perpetrate on the Tolerance Thing, which helps when Sookie finally jumps between Eric and Bill at the last second and uses her faerie powers to remove all the various curses on Eric. You can tell instantly that he's back, which is awesome; Nan saw her do it, which might end up being just as big a deal.
While Nan's Glamour Squad is wiping everybody within the vicinity of the hotel, and Marnie takes her new two vampire slaves back to the Emporium, Eric and Sookie have a little meeting about their relationship, how both Erics are real things, but also how Sookie's still in love with Bill. Mostly it is just a relief to have Real Eric back.
Terry takes Andy out for some Bellefleur rehab, putting him in a treehouse and then forcing him to walk home. After some pretty intense Smeagol conversations, Antonia tries a similar maneuver with Marnie, whom she now realizes is having a sad-nerd Columbine meltdown that has nothing to do with justice, but Marnie somehow gets her back onboard with that same speech she gave Tara.
Over on the shifter side, Alcide brings Tommy to Sam and they watch him die; it is very sad, but also not that sad, considering he died doing exactly what he was born to do and that he basically committed suicide weeks ago anyway. (Although this exchange was beautiful: "You're the best thing that ever happened to me," says Tommy, and Sam rightly snorts, "That is so fucking sad." True, and true.) Sam gets revenge-face and heads over to find Marcus, but the Packmaster is busy finally making his move on Debbie, so Sam settles for one of the other werewolves that killed his brother. Frankly, the awful way that Marcus says words has become so excruciating that it's worth getting it over with already.
In a post-Tolerance Thing world, Bill must finally break with Nan and the AVL, deciding to tattle on her to the Authority to keep his own position, and take radical action with the witches: He, Pam, Jessica and the restored Eric will load up -- with some dorky Matrix gear and some RPGs and a hilariously lame Talking Heads cover -- and head over there to blow them up good.
That's fine with Jess, since Jason's first response to sleeping with Jessica was to ask for a little glamour so he can forget cheating on Hoyt with her. Since Jessica recently learned that little lesson for herself -- glamouring your way out of guilt is a bad deal for everybody -- she storms off into the night, ready to kill some witches. When Hoyt shows up at his house looking for some bro love, Jason flees to Sookie's.
Which is how he gets pulled into Sookie's latest insane plan, which is to launch a pre-assault assault on MoonGoddess -- with Lala and Jesus -- to save Tara, the ensorcelled Sheriffs, and the rest of the Wiccan hostages before Bill and Eric can come kill them. Once Jesus makes it inside the magical barriers -- revealing that demon side we saw on V last year -- he realizes that Marnie's actually the one calling the shots. Tara and Holly are meanwhile doing a little spell of their own, so almost everybody gets out alive, but at the last second Marnie teleports everybody back inside, leaving Jason once again on his own.
Next and penultimate episode: Marnie's hostages now number most of the people on the show, with only Jason and the vampires outside to make the difference. MoonGoddess will most certainly be exploded, but I wouldn't count any of the major players out at this point. Sam will continue avenging Tommy's death, presumably, and a great big cliffhanger.
Oh well, it's just pandemonium. Bodies flung through the air willy-nilly, stupid Roy or whatever his name is doing this Irene Ryan hoedown dance, Marnie getting her Maleficent on, Eric chasing Bill around the place which is like six foot square, Sookie getting all up in the middle of it and tossed around like a ragdoll, silver on the faces of the vampires, faces ripped off the faces of the non-vampires... Let me tell you, it is a mess.
But then Eric gets the edge on Bill, and Sookie can't be having that, so with a guttural yawp she faeries the shit out of him*, screaming NO MORE!
And then his face turns ever-so-subtly back into a regular Eric face. They stare at each other for a long time, working out the complexities of all that, and Sookie's a little chagrined, a little overextended this late in the day, but not half so much as Eric. He looks like he just found his dead dog and then remembered he ran over it and subsequently then also remembered that he hated that dog.
*("Who better to mediate supernatural disputes than somebody whose powers are centered around discerning false from real, magical from mundane, compassion from selfishness? If she can learn to use these things actively, a sort of living Trump XIV, there is no illusion or delusion that she can't burn through...")
Marnie's bummed -- "Broken," she whispers -- but not as bummed as Antonia, who comes out for a little guilt-chat at this time. Apparently she just realized starting a war meant fighting one, and all this collateral damage -- note, the bodies seem mostly female, with a high percentage of moms -- is not really what she had in mind. If you are disappointed that we don't get to see this fight play out in some Sméagol fashion, as I was, well: stay tuned.
Nan: "Bill, image."
Bill & Eric's fangs: Vanish instantly and they stand up straight (Eric covered in blood).
Nan-at-large: "Everybody stay calm, the Fire Department and EMTs are on the way; I myself am a trained caring and a certified first responder..."
Jessica: "Right away I need to stress that we didn't do anything wrong."
Jason: "But yeah we did."
Jessica: "Hoyt and I broke up with each other. Brutally."
Jason: "I didn't break up with him, though."
Jessica: "I'm the other woman in your bromance now?"