True Blood, Season 5, Ep 3: Whatever I Am, You Made Me
Tara is experiencing all the enhanced phenomena that come with being a vampire as she runs away from Sookie and Lafayette. She stumbles upon a girl changing her car tire and the only thing she can focus on is the girl’s heartbeat. Her fangs drop and the girl starts stammering. When Tara sees a reflection of herself – fangs down, bloodlust in her eyes – she draws back, apologizes and flees the scene.
Sookie runs to Pam to ask for help in reining in her vampire progeny. No luck there – Pam could not care less and she shoves Sookie away, causing the fairy to retaliate with her signature blast of light, knocking Pam on her ass.
Back at the Vampire Authority, the Guardian calls for the new Nan Flanagan to come see him. Shocker of shockers – the new Nan is Steve Newlin. It appears that the Vampire Authority needs someone who is used to smiling while he is lying – Steve tells the Guardian that he can sell anything to anybody. Just the spokesman that the vampires need to accomplish their goal of mainstreaming with humans.
Sam is at his bar when he sniffs something weird in the air. It’s Tara hiding in the woods and she begs him to help her because she is starving. Sam takes Tara into Merlottes and she sits there, downing True Blood like there is no tomorrow. Sam is insisting she call Sookie or Lafayette and Tara is saying ‘absolutely not’ when she suddenly passes out. It looks like dawn has arrived…
Bill and Eric are hooked up with devices that can kill them immediately if the Vampire Authority wishes it. They are told that their staking harnesses are triggered via a cell phone app – how avant-garde of the Authority.
Andy goes to work and everyone is snickering at him because Holly’s sons posted a facebook update with an image of Andy’s nude ass on there. They were mad at him for sleeping with their mother. He yells at his staff to get back to work when Debbie Pelt’s parents come in about their missing daughter.
Sookie finds Sam sleeping in his chair when she goes into the office to ask him if he has seen Tara. He tries to conceal his involvement but Sookie reads his thoughts and she knows he put Tara in the walk-in freezer. She and Lafayette talk about how they are going to release Tara from her vampire sleep come nightfall.
Once again, there is a flashback of Pam and Eric back in the olden days. He’s in her bordello and she describes the many positive features of her girls when he indicates that it is Pam herself that he is interested in. She tries to discourage him but that’s not happening.
Bill and Lorena are draining prostitutes in Pam’s brothel when Eric busts in and forces them to stop. Lorena is all apologies and obsequiousness but Bill wants to kill Eric and he does not back down – even when beaten by the older vampire. Now we see the genesis of the relationship between these two. As Lorena is profusely telling Eric how sorry she is that they stepped into his territory, he says she must apologize to the lady and he gestures toward Pam. That’s when Pam requests $500 for every girl they drained – earning an appreciative glance from Eric. He admires her business acumen.
After Bill and Lorena depart, Pam and Eric conduct their “business” and afterward, lying in bed, Pam asks him to make her a vampire but he refuses. She gets out of bed and is crying as she slices her wrists, telling Eric to let her walk the world with him as a vampire or watch her die.
Debbie Pelt’s parents confront Alcide and he informs them that he abjured her because she was back on the vampire blood as well as cheating on him with Marcus, the pack alpha. Sheriff Andy shows a photo of Debbie to Sookie, saying that they found Debbie’s car about a half a mile from Sookie’s house. She tells him that Debbie was a V addict and whatever happened to her – she brought it on herself. Andy, a fellow former V addict, does not appreciate Sookie’s opinion.
Bill is taken to Salome in the underground of the Vampire Authority and yes, she is the real Salome, the one from the Bible who asked for John the Baptist’s head on a platter. Why does she want to talk with Bill? It looks like she is trying to bait him into admitting that he does not support the Guardian. That does not work and they end up having pounding sex against the wall.
Chancellor Salome has Eric brought to her room, asking him to sit down and have a drink. What kind of game is she playing? Having sex with both of them in the same night? Salome tells him that she is worried because since she sponsored Nora’s chancellorship, she is going to look bad to the Vamprie Authority. Then she whips her robe off and goes to lie naked on the bed – prompting Eric to giver her a second round of sex for the night.
Alcide warns Sookie that Debbie Pelt’s car was found near her house. Sookie tries to pass it off but Alcide is suspicious, why isn’t Sookie more upset about this? They are arguing when the noise of Lafayette being thrown out of the freezer by Tara pulls everyone into the kitchen. Tara lets it be known that Alcide won’t be to happy when he finds out what Sookie did. And she marches out, letting them all know that she’ll kill them if they don’t leave her alone. Everyone is shocked that Tara is a vampire and Alcide just unhappily looks at Sookie, now knowing that she has been lying to him.
Eric comments on his sex-capades with Salome and Bill lets him know that Eric got sloppy seconds. They try to figure out what Salome wants from them.
Sookie is outside in the parking lot trying to tell Alcide about what happened with Debbie Pelt and Tara’s subsequent vampire transformation. She tells him that she killed Debbie and he can’t believe she didn’t tell him earlier…he is so very angry that she kept this from him. Alcide stomps away as Sookie begs him, desperate to know if he is going to tell anyone about what she did.
This episode of True Blood ends with Tara locking herself into a tanning bed and trying to fry herself to the true death. When Pam becomes aware of her vampire child’s predicament, the show ends with a typical caring, compassionate Pam-ism as she says, “you stupid bitch”.