And what the hell was that? "That was a state senator." Tara asks if he's tricking now, and Lafayette is like, hey reality: "I'm supposed to be satisfied being a fucking short-order cook and working on the road crew? Which is basically one step from the chain gang?" He smacks his body, making her laugh, and says it's his "ticket" -- "How else am I gonna get ahead in this podunk town? Already got a website," he says, sitting again. Tara muses. "What's wrong with us, Lafayette? You're a state-senator-fucking prostitute and I'm a bartender in a redneck bar, who fucks her boss who's in love with her best friend..." Lafayette offers her another hit, and then stops short. "...Wait a minute, you slept with Sam?" Tara nods. "Know what? He barks in his sleep." They agree that white folks are just all fucked up, and it's so self-evident that they barely even laugh.
The Sam dog runs up to ... Sam. Huh. He's reading the paper, and opening up in a way he said he never would: "What's up, my brother? ...Oh hell, Starbucks coming to Marthaville." He asks the dog how long until he breaks down and buys "a goddamn cappuccino machine," then admits that more than a Starbucks, what he wish would come to town is: Buffy. "Or Blade. Or any one of those badass vampire killers, to take care of Mr. Compton. That's what I wish." He laughs at the dog, who could give a fuck, and throws the ball for the dog; they chase it together.
"Marthaville's getting a Starbucks," Sookie notes, and Gran wonders why on earth anybody would pay three bucks for "a cup of coffee with too much milk." Sookie points out -- and this is so Alan Ball -- that, per Arlene, people are less calcium-deficient than they used to be, because of all the fancy coffee they drink nowadays. Gran laughs and feels a little more in love with the future. "I never thought of that, but it does make sense." She pours herself some coffee nonetheless.
"Hey, Gran. Do you think I should continue seeing Bill?" Adele tells her that of course she can't be the one to say. "I can tell you that I think he is a smart, handsome and very polite young man... But of course he's gonna show his best side to me, so that I won't stand in the way of his courting you." There's a wonderful note to Sookie's line here, which is equal parts admission and defiance: "He scares me." Out loud, to the only other person in all Bon Temps who's on Team Bill. "Well, it is scary opening your heart up to somebody," Gran says, and Sookie's like, "True. Plus HE IS A VAMPIRE."