And while the sentiment was nice, and served a purpose by putting the final nails in the last of the season's DOA storylines (Andy's V addiction, Tommy's existence), "Burning Down the House" was really about power - who's got it, who wants it and how to use it. Bill and Marnie established themselves as the alpha dogs on either side of the fight and set us up for a showdown clearly inspired by the fashion sensibilities of the Matrix.
In short, this.
The Festival of Tolerance recedes into even more irony as Nan and Bill fight back, slaying Mantonia's robot vampires with pencils and any other readily available sharp wooden objects. Eric remains focused on his mission to "Kill the King," and the two get on with some Immortal Combat. As the Blond One readies to destroy Bill, Sookie decides she's had enough and zaps Eric back to his old self. Eric's memories come flooding back. "I nailed Sookie in the woods? Nice." his befuddled look seems to say. At first, it's easy to wonder if Sookie knew all along she had the power to bring Eric's memory back, but was just refusing to do so, preferring instead the forgetful man child version. But later, she tells Eric she stopped Eric with her fire palms because she couldn't bear to think of a world without Bill. Not exactly what the Nordic vampire wanted to hear.
I think it'd have been nice to see Sookie go to faerie boot camp this season to learn how to focus her powers since she only seems to be able to harness them under emotional duress. It is consistent with her character's impulsive nature, though.
Back at MoonGoddess Emporium, Marnie throws up Antonia, who's decided she's not cool with all the killing. She's a healer, see? She used to deliver babies with these hands. She got into necromancy to control disease not wage war, she says. She's singing a bit of a different tune than when she killed Luis and summoned Beulah and other Bon Temps vampires out into the light of day. Marnie talks her back over to the dark side quickly, though, revealing the once-timid Wiccan as an increasingly despotic control freak.
The spell remains in place around MGE in the form of sizzling door handles and a protective energy shield. After the FOT massacre, Bill is pissed, putting Nan in her place by blaming her for not allowing Bill to kill Marnie when they had the chance. He vows to put an end to Marnie's reign of terror "by any means necessary," ie blowing up MGE.
Sookie takes the news to Jesus, Lafayette, and Jason - she can't have Bill blowing up her BFF. Jesus comes up with a plan for diffusing the hostage situation that involves playing to Marnie's affections for the young brujo. He puts on the horned demon head we haven't seen since Jesus and Lafayette's first trippy magic orgy sexytime and breaks through the shop's protective barrier. Inside, he learns that Marnie's not possessed, but working in unity with Antonia. Ruh-roh. He mind tells Sookie and the three amigos charge the shop.
At the same time, Holly and Tara manage to put a momentary kibosh on Mantonia's spell and rush out into the street. But faster than Sookie can scream "Tara!" Mantonia makes the rescue squad disappear. All except for Jason that is, who's left in the middle of the road alone with his guilt for doing his best friend's girl.
That night, Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica roll up in a black van with outfits and artillery to match to burn that motherfucker down.
QUOTES & NOTES:
-Little girl: "We're your friends!" she says to the possessed homicidal vampires
-Nan: "We have to help these poor people. Bill, image."
-According to Jason, Hoyt grew so fast during puberty that he had to walk with a cane for 6 months.
-Jason asks Jessica to glamour him after sex - BURN!
-Nan to Bill: "What's the deal with your little dairy maid and her lightening?"
-Holly: "Yeah I speak Latin, I have to for my job."
-More Fort Bellefleur!
Terry: "You were too old for booties!
Andy: "I wasn't too old for socks!"
Finally, Joe Manganiello was on "The Soup" this weekend. Not sure why he was wearing a shirt, but here's the clip of him caressing a small dog's behind in case you missed it.
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