All of these stories thread through the main narrative, which is driven by Eric, Sookie, Bill, Marnie and Lafayette. Sookie begins the episode arguing with Eric, who has the odd idea that because he bought the house, he bought Sookie. When Sookie points out that the former owners don’t convey with the title, he changes tactics and offers to protect Sookie, given that she smells like sunshine in a convenient human bottle and is therefore always going to be in danger from vampires.
When Sookie fails to see Eric as different from those dangerous vampires, the sheriff adopts a new tactic. He tries to drop his layers of sarcasm and urbane flirtatiousness and admit to Sookie that he cares for her. He reminds Sookie that he could overpower her if he wanted, saying, “But instead I am asking you to be mine.” Sookie, however, sees Eric through the same old lens, remembering very well that he can be dangerous and cunning. She refuses his offer, but Eric is far from put off. Instead, he reminds her of his new status in her life as he tells her he will look after the repairs to her house and then does so, including installing a nice little cubby for himself.
Sookie is both incensed and unnerved and she falls into her old pattern of running to Bill for help. But Bill is not the same old Bill. Even the Compton place is no longer the same old place. Instead, the grounds are patrolled by guards and the inside is now a lovely mansion. Sookie learns Bill is now the King of Louisiana and he’s not waiting around pining for her. She has to interrupt him having sex with his coven spy and she obviously doesn’t quite know how she feels about that. She can hardly be angry with him, as she broke up with him, but at the same time, she does find it odd how at ease Bill is with his new position and power.
Sookie still asks Bill if he can make Eric sell her back her house, but Bill tells her Eric has friends in high places, so the sheriff can’t be pushed. He does offer to try and do something behind the scenes, and Sookie, perhaps unwisely, responds, “Anything that you can do, I’d appreciate.” Anything covers a lot of ground and I suspect Sookie will come to regret her request, because there is still lots she doesn’t know about Bill Compton.