The deal on the Devil Doll and Mikey is partially basically explained, after another run-in between Lafayette and that singing lady Mavis: She was having an old-timey affair with a married white guy, and he killed their baby while she was off getting him that doll to play with, so she's sort of a Llorona ghost figure that's fixated on the new baby in town (wild guess is that it has something to do with Arlene's botched witch abortion last year). She possesses Lafayette and steals Mikey right out from under Arlene and Terry's noses, stealing Andy's gun while in the Bellefleur home.
Jason pushes Jessica back into Bill's foyer, and she immediately attacks. Only by the grace of the witches taking a kombucha break do they survive, and after a passionate and immediately retracted kiss, he dutifully silvers her again and heads home. Before dawn, she's had a pretty scary dream about murdering Hoyt and running off with Jason, but the reality -- Hoyt rescinds her invite when her worried gestures toward separation cause a rerun of their fight he can't remember -- is almost uglier. She heads over to Jason's, where he is feeling awful about the kiss, and he ends up rescinding her invite to his place as well. Poor Jessica, guess you have to go live with daddy for a while.
While the town reels from the one dead vampire that resulted from Antonia's big spell -- that neighbor lady of Maxine's -- the less great stuff about New Eric finally comes to the fore: He's still amoral, pretty wild and not entirely sane. This is fine when he's fucking Sookie in all manner of positions and blood-sucking situations and weather (with even more hysterically moronic blood-intoxicated love talk than we got with her and Bill in Season One) but no so much once Sookie swears him and herself, newly blood-bonded, to the King's service for the oncoming Witch War.
Which has begun! After he spins the neighbor-vamp lady's death into a suicide story about anti-vampire bullying that comes perilously close to Tyler Clementi territory, Bill and Antonia arrange a parley -- in the cemetery, of course -- which lasts for about five seconds before Antonia starts another spell and Eric attacks, causing all the witches and vampires and SWAT guys to chase each other around in the mist. In the confusion, and after successfully shooting some faerie rays at a random witch attacker, Sookie gets shot in the gut. Bill's too busy saving Tara from Pam to get to her, and probably assumes that Eric would get there faster anyway, but Eric's too busy getting put under some weird puppy spell by Antonia, so it's up to Alcide to carry her bleeding-out near-corpse home.
Which is to be expected, except for how Alcide spent last night at the pack meeting assuring Debbie that he'd follow the Packmaster's instructions to stay away from Sookie's vampire bullshit and that he's not in love with her, etc. So now Debbie's going to go insane again because he lied to her face. Also at the pack meeting, Alcide comes to a respectful understanding with Marcus, and we see a much cooler side of him...
Which immediately vanishes when Marcus confronts Sam at Luna's house and they get into some were/shifter boy nonsense, because as expected the Shreveport Packmaster is also Luna's ex-husband. In other Merlotte/Mickens news, Tommy skinwalks Maxine to sell her property rights, which are not only paltry after all but devalued by the sunk mortgage of the suicidal vampire neighbor. So now he's barfing up crawfish, in drag, in the woods, for not much money at all. Which is just so Tommy.
In the end, it's a clusterfuck of red lasers, witchy fog, people running around getting killed, wild Eric kneeling spellbound for Antonia, and Tara rethinking her position while Sookie bleeds to death in a werewolf's arms; Lafayette's stealing babies, Debbie's losing her marbles again, and all Bill's attempts to stop the war from starting have gone utterly to shit. Four episodes left.
Next week: Presumably Sookie Stackhouse, the main character of the show, dies from getting shot.
Jessica, like a hundred times: "The sun! The sun! A mass of incandescent gas!"
Jason, running to save her: "Jessica!"
He tackles her back inside the castle, but then they remember that she is a vampire and can easily kill him, so they just tussle around in a pile of their blood for awhile. Jessica's face is all burnt and crusty at first, but she sucks enough of his blood to get a little better, but that also means -- we know, but they don't -- that they're totally blood-bonded now.
Meanwhile, the witches chill. Marnie has been floating awesomely while the spell is going on, but eventually she lands back on the floor of MoonGoddess Emporium and hopes that all the vampires are dead. Er. Sadly for her, it didn't work except on that one lady.
Jessica kisses Jason for saving her life, and he's all under the influence of her V and vice versa, so he kisses back, but then they get the electric shock of total guilt and pretend it didn't happen. Bill has been screaming for Jessica this whole time, first because he wanted to be upstairs with her and then, after the spell, because he assumes she is dead and burnt up. She's still feeling a little hung over from getting set on fire, so Jason carries her all around the place like the princess that she is.
Bill: "Jessica, pay no mind to that human security detail you murdered on your way outside. It was not your doing that he perished, but that of the witch Antonia Gavilán de Logroño. His family will be well-compensated for his demise, being the sort of people that would let the head of their household work for Vampire Blackwater in the first place."
Jessica: "He had a daughter! I knew her!"
Bill: "When she grows up, if she still feels raw about it, you'll be waiting."
The three of them discuss how they don't want Jessica to die some more, so Jason chains her back up and it's even worse than last time.
Bill: "Better for a little pain now than to be able to escape again if the necromancer resumes her sorcery."
Jason: "Think good things. Hot summer days, barbecuin'... Uh, no. Um... Good things a vampire would think of. The moon. Never gettin' cold. Tru-Blood?"
Bill: "Not to be ungrateful, but you need to get lost okay?"
Jessica and Bill both adore him for awhile, and it's a really well-acted scene on everybody's behalf, and then they discuss about how Jason is kind of a cop and Jessica just killed a dude, but then Jason also shot one of the other security guys -- in the shoulder -- so they guess they're even. Bill is, as usual, affectionate and a little exasperated by Jason's drama, and then the SWAT guys come in and draw guns on Jason for a second.