Maryann snags Lettie Mae's present, while Terry and Arlene dance more slowly and insistently in the yard, and a woman celebrates with a ring of laurels in her hair; she dumps the gift in the garbage like Balzac or Shakespeare and heads into the forest, hands up over her head, stretching luxuriously. On the porch, Andy drinks a beer, shouting; the dancing takes them all; Maryann vanishes into the darkness.
In the limo, Bill stares into the driver's eyes, casting a glamour. "All right, Leon. No one is going to hurt you..." struck by a thought, he turns to Jessica, who is rapt. "Would you like to try?" She breathes, and he motions her closer: "Here, lean in close so you can catch his gaze. And just let everything go. Let yourself be dead." Sookie stares, fascinated. "You feel it?" he asks quietly. "You are empty. A vacuum. Now you can pull his mind into yours..."
Jessica takes over, confidently, not letting his gaze drop. She spent a lot of time being empty, in her day. "Everything's gonna be okay. There's nothing to fear..." Bill gets out of her way and moves to sit with Sookie; her monologue carries on as they grin, at her and at each other: "Don't you worry about a thing. It's gonna be all right..." Sookie's impressed: "You were very sweet with her." Bill worries, because some dude just tried to kidnap her, and that means somebody's behind it. He knows it wasn't vampires, because it was so sloppy, which leaves the Fellowship. She scoffs. "Bill! They may be crazy, but they're still a church. They're not gonna kidnap anybody." He points out that they've done worse.
But then, that's the question, isn't it? Steve and Nan fought this one out on TV once already, this season, haven't they? Whose atrocities, which army, is worse? "Just trust me," says Jessica in the background, swaying like a snake.
Jason returns, proud, and Luke asks what the "dork face" is all about. Jason trumpets that he's moving out, becoming a Soldier of the Sun, and though Dirk is surprised, Luke is just once again grossed out. "You heard of it?" Jason asks, cocky, and Luke spits. "Of course I've heard of it, it's why I came here. I guess you feel pretty special?" Jason allows as how there's nothing wrong with feeling good when you achieve something, and then gets all hubristic about how Luke wouldn't know. Luke drops the bomb that they're all going, fourteen others total, including him and Dirk, thank God.