Poor Jason has been trying to help Andy with his V problem and Hotshot with so many problems it’s impossible to count, and he coped with Sookie’s disappearance by eventually accepting it and selling her house. Sookie’s upset but can’t help but notice her brother has grown up a whole lot in the year she’s been gone. He’s got some rather unattractive new facial hair to go with the new him and even more unattractive responsibilities—Crystal’s rather horrible Hotshot family and friends. Despite his new found maturity, Jason can’t get a break. His good deeds are repaid by being pushed into a freezer. I’m hoping when Jason emerges from that freezer, he’s not stuck in a hopeless Hotshot storyline. I love Jason so much with Andy, not so much with the were-village.
Speaking of weres, Sam and Tommy seem to be in some kind of standoff. Tommy has been taken in by Maxine, who needs a son since Hoyt no longer speaks to her. Sam is paying for Tommy’s rehab and taking anger management classes. When Tommy snidely asks him how those classes are going, Sam snaps, “I need to go more often”—and indeed, Sookie notices her former boss is also a changed man, or at least a pricklier one. Sam is now hanging out with other shifters and running wild in the wind, happy to be with others of his kind. Tommy, though, doesn’t appear to be Sam’s kind, at least in Sam’s eyes.
As for Hoyt, he and Jessica are living in not so cosy domesticity. The honeymoon phase is over and Hoyt is tired of Jessica’s lack of cooking skills, while Jessica is tired of—well, she’s not quite sure of what, but she is tired of something and random young men are starting to look good.
Tara is another character moving on and trying on a new identity for size. She’s now a roving cage fighter, currently in New Orleans and seeing a girl named Naomi. I am so happy to see a (literally!) kick ass Tara again. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about the other characters’ identity shifts, but I’m sure I will enjoy Tara as something other than a victim.
Arlene and Terry have their own issues, as Arlene struggles to accept that her baby is normal. I have my own struggles with this story line, as I think Arlene and Terry, fun as they are, should be supporting characters in the main character’s stories. I’m not sure how the devil child will fit into the identity theme and I’m pretty sure I won’t want to spend a lot time finding out. But in this episode, Arlene and Terry are only briefly in it and Terry is adorable, so I’ll wait and see how everything unfolds.