Gran enters, ordering Jason to sit down so she can fix him breakfast, and all on fire about how a tornado named Bill touched down over at Four Tracks Corners, turning over the trailer in the clearing and killing the couple that lived there. Whom Jason knows, because all those boys bought drugs from the Rattrays. Sookie stares and stares; apparently they were trapped under it, and crushed to a pulp. I'm guessing there wasn't a shitload of blood at the scene, and I'm guessing they were already dead when the thing fell on them. Sookie, too: she drives her little yellow car to the scene, which is pretty much a disaster like you see on TV whenever a tornado trashes a trailer home, and what Sookie is wearing is, as usual, on that funny line between inviolate innocence and totally sexy lush wildness -- that green polka-dot bikini, under a barely-there sun shift that, as usual, serves as a foyer to her buttocks more than anything -- and it occurs to me that, in 2008, Sookie has to be both because there aren't any stock female characters that could possibly do the acrobatic character yoga that Sookie has to do, and who better to play this character than somebody who's still and probably always going to be a little bit hard to deal with, because we got to know her when she was a tiny little child and she's not exactly visually all that different from when she was a tiny little child.
Which is brilliant. Five years ago it would have been Ricci, but Ricci has gone all the way to sexy, plus she's weirdly skinny now, but once upon a time she had that whole Is It Okay To Fuck Wednesday Addams yet" thing happening, and it never occurred to me to wonder what would happen when Anna Paquin grew up, or how Alan Ball named his movie after the rose petals he threw at Mena Suvari's tits until it got uncomfortable, or how his new movie is about Aaron Eckhart fucking another child. And I guess if you line those things up that way, it might start to look creepy, but I don't know. Pedophilia is gross because there's no choice, just power and experience making decisions for somebody who's not old enough to even be in the room, but isn't it just as abusive or objectifying to only see it from that adult perspective? To assume that because a person looks young that they're incapable of making choices? It's provocative, not descriptive, to look at Sookie Stackhouse and say, "The only person with a problem resolving these two very different signals is you." Sookie's still a grown-ass woman making choices; it's just the wardrobe that's reminding you she's 5'5" and a self-proclaimed prude.