"Apparently there's this vampire bar where Maudette and Dawn used to hang out at, in Shreveport." Bill's not loving this, but he acquiesces: "Fangtasia." Even Sookie understands how queer this is, but Bill explains that most vampires are very old, and thus think puns are funny. Which makes them seem less scary if you think about it that way, except they are more scary, because it's a lie. It's called Fangtasia because it's a stupid name, and stupid things are safe. If you convince yourself -- like Jason in bed, like Maudette getting tied up -- that you're just in a movie about your life, you're less worried about living through it.
Sookie's manner changes, as Bill is being easily fifty times more adorable than he has ever been. "Well, I was thinking if I went there I could do some sniffing around. You think maybe you could take me?" Bill's sexy and excited, and asks if they should go tonight. They agree to meet at her house so she can change and he can flirt with her grandmother. Sookie runs off to tell Sam, but quickly turns: "I'm asking you this as a friend, okay? This is not a date." He agrees, a bit too easily, and she reiterates the point. He agrees again, and she finally chuckles because he's being unbelievably cute for the first time ever. You don't have to read somebody's thoughts to know that they have a personality; apparently you just have to get through four episodes of a show about them. He watches her go, affectionate/creepy as ever. Inside, Sam's none too happy about the field trip, pointing out that "I'll be fine" is code for "I am about to have all of my blood drained and I'm walking into it willingly," as any horror movie fan knows.
Sookie points out that bloodthirst is not solely a fang trait: "People want to see my brother hang for a crime he didn't commit. Is that what you want?" She's horrified because after all she's been telling people he supports the VRA, and Sam says he's fine with vamps having bars, he just doesn't think people should go there. Sookie calls this "separate but equal," and he says to leave off the equal part: "We can give 'em more than we got. Just so long as everything's separate." He knows the line, between life and death. Everybody else keeps forgetting. Sookie tells him there's nothing she can do to stop her, he agrees because he's ever so much in love, and then suddenly he is alone, violently hot, and in possession of exactly one trashy waitress, of a usual three, on his busiest night of the year.