In the aftermath of Luke's suicide bombing -- which killed Stan and some randoms -- we learn that Eric threw himself in front of Sookie before the blast. Aww. Then, he tricks her into sucking some shrapnel out of his wounds, creating a blood bond that causes Bill to act even more like Bill than usual, but for good reason. One brain-blisteringly hot dream sequence about Eric later, Sookie stays up with Jason talking about how much they love each other, and other fun stuff like: their thousand dead family members, the fact that Jason is not actually functionally retarded, and the fact that having the town weirdo as your sister can be difficult.
Back in Bon Temps, everything is going to hell. Hoyt decides to man up and make his mom be nice to Jessica. That goes terribly. Eggs and Tara try to pull it together after their little bout of ultraviolence, which not only goes terribly but lasts about three seconds. Maryann gives a fairly effective speech about how and why she became a maenad, drinks herself crazy, storms through town on a Dark Willow tear, lets the orgy zombies out of jail, and presides over a four-way cage match between Tara, Eggs, Lafayette and Lettie Mae. All while looking fabulous.
Tara's family eventually kidnaps her -- screaming like an insane person, black eyes, the whole deal -- but Maryann doesn't worry. At this point, I don't guess it matters where you are in Bon Temps, you're still in Maryann's clutches. Unless you're Sam, in which case you transform into a housefly, spy on everybody for awhile, and show up naked at Andy Bellefleur's motel.
Nan Flanagan -- who seems to be the vampire Darth Vader in that her job is unclear but related to her awesomeness -- comes to Dallas fresh from one more fight-by-satellite with the rapidly encrazening Newlins to tell everybody how totally stupid they are. Eric's fine with the trash talk, because he thinks everybody's totally stupid too, until she talks shit to Godric, and then he goes apeshit. Godric, of course, calms everybody down, then... Signs over his sheriffhood to poor old Isabel, says goodbye to a truly devastated Eric, and spends his last moments before meeting the dawn with Sookie, on the roof of the Hotel Carmilla. Which apparently fixes everything somehow. Next week: Dallas people return to Bon Temps; are appalled.
A second ago Luke shoved Jason out of the way and then yelled at everybody in Godric's house, so Sookie stood up all worried and outside, Lorena was crying, and Bill explained to her that it didn't matter if their immortal paths crossed again, because she was dead to him. Lorena said, "I wish you hadn't said that," in a regretful way that made it seem like a promise or a threat, and zoomed off down the street. Then everybody blew up and Bill zoomed inside, where there were just dead people, bloody people, and guts on the walls.
Eric's in the middle of the smoke and sparks, lying on top of Sookie, and when Bill takes her hand and she simpers in a daze, Eric points out that he totally jumped in front of her like a pimp, and she's fine. He groans and tells Bill to go get the other LODIs, so Bill zooms back into the street and pulls one of them out of a truck while the other one drives away screaming like a lunatic. Bill throws the kid down in the street and he's like, "We didn't actually think he would blow himself up," but Bill doesn't really care about that because Sookie is... Just fine... So he bites the kid.
Godric and Isabel come out into the horrors, and she goes around pulling bits of shrapnel and silver from their bodies and checking the vitals on the blowed-up humans. Godric stands in the middle of the carnage feeling totally bad. Over on the side, Sookie finally pushes Eric off herself, because he is gigantic and she is tiny. She spots Jason, dazed, through the fireplace, and he gives her the thumbs up. Everybody's really dirty and gross. She looks down at Eric, who looks like hell, and she goes, "Uh oh!" He groans about how he had to save her, and he's like, "But I had to save you!" She tells him to stop effing around and heal himself, and he says he can't because of the silver. She offers to go get Godric to fix him, and he tells her there's no time: She has to suck it out. "Eric, I can't!" she says reasonably. "It's too gross. And it's you."
Eric very dramatically falls back and does the whole dying/unable to finish a sentence thing you do when you're totally faking, and then pretends to pass out, and she goes, "Son of a mother," and sucks on his neck for awhile. His eyes sort of cross, but not because he's dying. She pulls her head up finally and spits the chunk of metal onto the floor, hilarious and manic and covered in blood, and he tells her there's another one. She protests for a second, then pulls down his racerback and sucks on his chest for awhile, and he looks down at her and watches for awhile, and then smiles in the most delightful way.