Jason and Amy clean up the pieces of Eddie, and while at first he's strong enough to throw out all the V, eventually she sneaks a little bit back into their bed. While they're tripping balls, Rene sneaks into Jason's house and finally strangles Amy. This is kind of the final proof necessary for Jason to admit he's possibly the killer, and he willingly goes into lockup. Also in jail: Tara Mae Thornton, on a DUI that can't be explained by mythical naked ladies and giant pigs. There's a fairly brutal scene in which Lettie Mae basically disowns Tara because she feels like her salvation is endangered, and then Naked Lady shows up in the form of a freelance social worker, pays Tara's bail, and takes her home with her in a shiny magical car. And finally, Lafayette threatens the state senator's run for the US Congress when he sees his former lover talking shit about vampires and homos on the campaign trail, which should work out splendidly.
Sookie and Sam make temporary house together after she decides if being chased down by the Killer in her place of employment didn't activate her blood bond with Bill, he can just go to hell. They investigate the girl she saw being killed in the Killer's head, and meet a funny old man who tells them the waitress's brother/killer was Drew Marshall -- now living under a fake name with a ridiculous Cajun accent in Renard Parish and newly engaged. That's right: Rene is the strangler. But Sookie and Sam don't know that, thanks to the usual farcical miscommunications, and end up mugging down right as Bill's coming home. He jumps Sam, and Sookie gets pissed enough to rescind his invitation into her home, which bums him out because of how he just killed a girl for her, and also didn't even get to tell her about his new daughter.
Bill's vampire daughter Jessica is truly outrageous, what with her insane hunger for human blood, absurdly delightful existential crisis, generally teenaged acting out, and all of it. Her main goals seem to be: saying curse words, killing a bunch of people, and becoming a stripper. Mostly, it's awesome because of the intensely hilarious situations it puts Bill into, which are nonstop, blackly comedic, and include a vampire parenting sequence with Eric that's gayer than the time Angel and Spike did it.
Next week: the first season finale, Lafayette gets into some scrapes, we learn more about Naked Pig Lady Maryann, Jason is approached by the Newlin vamp-hating church, and Rene comes for Sookie yet again -- but meets a pissed-off border collie in the process.
Pam watches Bill digging Jessica's grave for awhile, but eventually gets bored and starts checking out the body's tits and ass, puling up her dress to look at her panties. Bill if totally offended, but Pam just sighs. "It's your own fault. You and your insane affection for stupid cattle." She's still wearing her sunglasses on her head; every day is Halloween. He tells her to go away and she says she's there on Magister's orders. "I fulfilled the conditions of my sentence! I murdered this innocent girl!" Pam totally scoffs at him, because once somebody's decided to hate themselves you can't really argue with it. "There was no murder. You drained her blood and gave her yours." He says however you say it, that's proof of his loyalty, but she's still not leaving: he's romantic and sentimental and kind of a dumbass, and who knows what he'll do rather than letting Jessica be born. "You just might do something to keep the little blood bag from joining our ranks. I'll follow my orders; I won't let you stake her before she goes to ground." He drops the shovel and stares at her, promising he's not going to stake her: "I'm gonna set her free," he says, and his face goes unsure. Is that something Pam needs to know? Is that something she can even understand? She loves being a vampire. Her story started there.
Lorena turned Bill as a reward for his gentility. If anyone's spirit deserves to stay in the world eternally, it's a gentleman. The fact that he was seriously traumatized by it isn't his fault, but the fact that centuries later he's still whining about it is most certainly his fault. So this is his worst nightmare coming true: taking possession of somebody else's choices. Killing a girl to save her from torture. She went looking for danger, and she found it. Jessica's parents were trying to keep her safe, her body and her soul safe, but she knew she knew better than them. She knew she was risking her safety, and she was right. We don't always choose the things that happen to us, but we always choose how we respond.
So now Jessica is dead, because Bill killed her. And whatever happens next is up to her. And if he doesn't agree with it, that's on him, because the time for him taking her choices away is over. And if he could see that for one second -- that Jessica's story belongs to Jessica now, that she's the main character in it, that it's not about self-loathing or self-hatred or self-denial unless she chooses that -- then Lorena could never hurt him again.