JASON & VIOLET
True to her word, Violet's kept Jason on a chastity chain since the day they met. The show's fascination with problematizing Jason's sexuality is still a bore, but at least we're not pretending victimhood is the only way to do that. He goes down on her two or three times a night -- "178 nights in a row!" -- and has built her a cubby in his basement, where they live. He's devoted himself to her entirely, uninterested in any other women, etc.
I mean, I guess it's funny -- or would be, if she weren't so obnoxious -- but by the end of the episode it makes a different kind of sense: The relationships we're about to be presented with have to run the spectrum, every possible kind of symbiosis between human and vampire, and having established Jason as the first person to be playing out Sookie's Season One narrative, keeping him in a blue-ball loop for six months seems like the cleanest way to do that moving forward.
Mayor Sam Merlotte has called an all-faiths meeting at the church, with whoever the white preacher is and Reverend Daniels bringing their congregations together, for reasons we don't know yet but are artfully teased until the very last second. I could not have dreamed what he -- and Bill -- are planning until it happens, and then it is suddenly the only thing that makes sense.
Andy: "What about the separation of church and state?"
Sam: "Like there's a state to be separated from, and like this is about church in anything but the subtlest sense. Baton Rouge is a mess, Washington DC is a mess, the whole world is a mess because it's ending in slow motion. Bon Temps has to act with sovereignty for now."
Andy: "I'll sit up there with you at this meeting, but ABCD and I aren't coming to the thing tonight."
Inside, the humans are lining up to get tested for Hep V, for which humans are only carriers. Jason and Sookie kind of laugh about how a single pinprick blood test is supposed to be painful.
Sookie bit into her own arm, gnawing at it, to save Warlow after Eric's attack. Didn't even think twice. It wasn't about him penetrating her, it was about her nurturing him. The show's always had a precarious relationship with female power: Maxine Fortenberry exercised hers in one way, Arlene in a second way; Sarah Newlin took down other women and married a scared dumb gay guy and slept with men in power to get hers. So you could look at Sookie biting into herself as the ultimate doormat move. Or you could see it another way.