The Story: Bill is forced to deal with the repercussions after killing a vampire in Sookie’s honor. The consequences involve him leaving Sookie to go to in front of a mysterious tribunal with Eric. Tara contemplates whether to get the exorcism and Sam decides to get involved in helping her make a choice. Jason decides he truly loves Amy but feels some secret compassion for their vampire hostage, Eddie. Amy tries to get Sookie to like her while slowly showing her true colors to Eddie.
Pros: This episode was amazing, but that’s usually to be expected from True Blood. This is one of those episodes that sets up a story that makes you crave next week. The big plotline in this episode is Bill’s departure for the vampire tribunal with Eric and Pam. You really learn about the vampire form of justice and the opening of this episode that sets everything up was perfect. The audience gets to see more of Eric and Pam and they are the scene stealers of the episode, especially in the scene where they are forced to go to Merlotte’s. Alexander Skarsgard and Kristin Bauer just own their performances as Eric and Pam respectively and they are wonderful additions to the cast, I enjoy them more than some of the series regulars at this point. This episode is truly about them and Bill and it’s an interesting storyline. I also love Stephen Root as the poor vampire hostage Eddie. His scene with Jason discussing his past life was touching and you really get both the human side and the vampire side in a complex dialogue scene. While I’m not really enjoying where the storyline is headed at this point, more on that in a bit, Root is perfect in his performance. Amy, played by Lizzy Caplan, continues to grow on me and it seems like she’s being set up for a Fatal Attraction-like climax. Her scene with Sookie feels wrong in some form and Caplan does a brilliant job making Amy both sweet and menacing at the same time. Without spoiling the ending of this episode was hilarious and finally proves a long-standing theory I’ve had since the pilot.
Cons: I mentioned above this episode is about Bill who marginalizes the rest of the cast. Sookie does have the majority of the screen but her story is merely a jumping off point for Bill. You are really riveted to Bill’s plot and Sookie gets pushed out of the way. The remaining characters also don’t have the riveting plotlines of past episodes. Tara is still battling with her exorcism woes and you never really notice her. I tuned out quite a bit during her scenes and that’s because the exorcism story just isn’t that interesting. Her relationship with Sam is evolving nicely but I’m just not connecting with her. Jason and Amy are the typical junkie kidnappers and I’m also not enjoying them. Jason is becoming an annoying character, for obvious reasons, but the whole plot seems so formulaic.
Overall: “Plaisir D’Amour” is another perfect episode and I cannot wait for next week, if only to find out about Bill. The rest of the stories are just set-dressing this week. I give the episode a 4/5.