Arlene has no trouble suspecting the worst about her baby, who does indeed seem to have hints of unbabylike behaviour. Whether it ‘s actually Renelike behaviour remains to be seen, but as Sookie finds out when she coos and calls the baby an old soul, Arlene has already made up her mind her baby is not what he appears. I don’t love this plot, as to my mind, Arlene and Terry work best as supporting characters who add a lot to the main story but don’t need one of their own. But since we seem to heading down that road anyway, I hope the writers give the story a real twist in Bon Temps and make Arlene’s fears the real enemy and not the baby, who would be that rarity: an ordinary human. Normal humans are scarcer and scarcer in this small Southern town and that’s a shame. True Blood works best when ordinary humans and supernatural folks try to co-exist and that’s hard if all the humans turn out to be a secret devil babies, shifters or witches.
Tara, so far, has no supernatural secrets, but she has plenty of the human kind. I am so delighted to see Tara back in fighting form that I can almost forgive the character for the past two years. Her new persona as lesbian cage fighter in New Orleans is almost too over the top, but anything is better than Victim Tara. It will be interesting to see if Tara’s new girlfriend is more than she seems and how deeply Tara will get drawn into the coven, given that the magic helps rescue her from a very angry Eric.
Jessica and Hoyt are having their own troubles, despite Hoyt hotly standing up for his vampire girlfriend to the picketers outside Fangtasia. Hoyt is nursing a black eye which Jessica offers to heal with her blood. She is hurt to discover her boyfriend considers her gift to be a dangerous drug rather than a healing elixir. Jessica is so upset she has to leave the house and against her own better judgement, she ends up at Fangtasia, on the prowl for a nice young snack. The young vampire is torn between her desire to hunt and her desire for Hoyt, and for tonight, it’s Hunting 1, Hoyt 0.