‘True Blood’ Season 3 Episode 1 ‘Bad Blood’ starts with our heroes and heroines dealing with the consequences of Season 2 and setting up new consequences. Vampire sex, vampire violence, and vampire witty repartee; it’s good to be back in Bon Temps.
Sookie is at her wit’s end about Bill vanishing from the French restaurant in which he had just proposed to her, and in which she had not yet said “yes.” She is even more driven to distraction by the casual attitude about the incident, ranging from the French-speaking hostess who is really annoyed at vampire drama, to the Deputy Sheriff (not Andy) who thinks Bill just stomped off in annoyance because Sookie did not yet blubber “yes, I’ll marry your undead self.”
Sookie would be even more frantic if she knew that her one true blood-sucking love was in the hands of three very strange pieces of work who are driving a car at break neck speed, are draining him of blood, and are getting quickly high on the V Juice. It can and does only end one way, fortunately with Bill still, well, not so much alive but still stumbling and talking.
In the meantime, Tara is beside herself with grief and anger over Eggs getting shot by Andy for being a serial killer, though, in his defense, it was not his fault, he being under the malignant influence of Mary Ann. Actually, Andy did not shoot Eggs; Jason did, but saying that Andy did saves on the paper work and trouble.
Despite counseling, — pharmacological, motherly, and spiritually — Tara decides to lock herself in the bathroom and drown her grief with the contents of the medicine cabinet, much to the distress of Lafayette.
Meanwhile, Jason and his new friend Hoyt pick up a pair of NYU grads who are interested in a little Southern meat. Alas, things proceed disappointingly for all concerned.
Eric is very put out as well. It seems that the three V Juice addicts have kidnapped Bill just before someone sent by Mr. Northman himself was suppose to kidnap Bill. Bill is the only being that can connect Eric to a V Juice operation that includes Lafayette and Queen Sophie. Worse, the vampire authorities are investigating, which could be bad, considering the rough justice the Undead American community likes to employ. So, Lafayette is ordered to dispose of the stores of V Juice as quickly as he can.
Sam is searching for his shape shifting family, who are, by all accounts, ne’er do wells. This will end with tears, one suspects.
Jessica needs to dispose of a body, and not under the floorboards of Bill’s house where it is stinking up the place. She is able to lead Sookie to the wrecked car, which they soon ascertain contains at least one corpse that is not Bill.
Bill is obliged to invade the home of an elderly lady and take nourishment from her. He glamours her into believing that some no account fellow, likely her son, has paid a visit instead. Bill is distressed to find out that he is in Mississippi. This is werewolf country. But, as he informs the pack of werewolves later as they circle in for the kill, he is recently fed and is at his full strength.
To be continued.
Source: True Blood, Bad Blood, TV.Rage