Sam's stocking the bar, closing up for the night; he and Tara say goodnight to Dawn and Tara asks for a beer, saying she can't go home yet. She tips it way back. "Sam? You think Sookie's getting serious about that vampire?" Sam doesn't really want to talk about it, and keeps working as he plays it off: "I think she's getting to know him. And once she does, I don't think she'll be getting too serious about him." Tara piques his interest by noting that Bill seems to be getting "pretty damn serious" on his own dime, and tells him how Bill showed up at Adele's house last night "all cleaned up and smellin' nice, lookin' like he just stepped out of some piece of shit movie about plantations and shit. Do you know he actually owned slaves?"
(It didn't click for me last week, but this is actually a totally interesting question. They're real people, not history -- they're like time travelers. And while you might not necessarily hold a history person from the Olden Days accountable for everything, given context and culture and all that -- Mad Men is only moderately horrifying because it stays in its box fifty years old -- you'd be hard-pressed to give the same out to somebody who'd actually lived through the intervening centuries. And by the same token, no matter how much TruBlood you drink, your history of murder still follows you. Even the most recovered addict still has a thing hanging over his head; even the most reformed abusive ex-boyfriend is still a guy with history. So what I read last week as Tara being oppositional and weird -- which she was being with Gran, if not Bill -- is a little more textured than that, because it's a fairly fascinating part of the What If. What If Bill not only owned slaves, but owned a slave in Tara's bloodline? Or Rene's? Would that make him better? Worse? Do people actually change? Do we trust epiphanies? Do we need people who have crossed lines -- adulterers, killers, ex-cons, sex offenders -- to always be a little bit sad about their past, so we can stay firmly on the high ground?)
"Least he could've done was apologize to me," she mutters, and Sam asks how Adele felt about vampires up in her parlor. Tara remembers how weird that was: "Sam, she seemed like she was in seventh heaven. It was fuckin' weird." He groans to himself and she stares him down: "You know you don't have anybody to blame but yourself." He avoids her gaze, even as she's pointing out that his "big one" for Sookie has been apparent as long as he's been around. Sam protests that it's none of her business, but she's on a roll. "She's always been peculiar around men, I mean, she's not gonna make the first move." Sam gets uptight and reminds her of their working relationship, but hey: she's off the clock. "Aw come on, Sam. Don't even try to pull any of that working for the man shit with me. You should've said something, and you know it. How come you never have?" Sam rises to the occasion and asks point-blank why she's never said anything to Jason Stackhouse. And, now that he's gone to the Tara place, her respect for him rises accordingly. She tells the truth, and she laughs as she does.