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She's Not There: S4 E1 recap

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Did last night's episode cure your TB withdrawal or just leave you wanting more?
In case you missed the premiere, here's the latest scoop about our favorite Louisiana residents.

The Episode's Main Players:

Season 4 picks up right where Season 3 left off: Sookie follows Claudine, who we find out is Sookie's faerie godmother, to the faerie realm where everyone eats neon, glowing fruit.
There she finds Barry, her favorite telepathic Bellhop from Dallas, as well as her Grandaddy Earl, who disappeared 20 years ago. We quickly learn that the faerie realm is a time warp of sorts, as Sookie's grandaddy thinks he has been away for only a few hours. As Sookie talks to Earl and observes others in the realm, she begins to suspect that eating the fruit is not as innocuous as eating an apple and ultimately comes to the conclusion that they are in a trap. Sookie telepathically warns her grandaddy, completely ignoring the fact that everyone there can hear her thoughts. All eyes turn on her, as Mab, queen of the faeries, tries to persuade Sookie to eat the light fruit. Sookie throws the fruit to the ground and sees the glamour of the faeries start to fade: the fruit is rotting, and Mab's beautiful features give way to briefly reveal the face of a terrifying creature. Mab chides Sookie for allowing a vampire to drink from her, which has put the future of the faerie race in jeopardy. Sookie learns that Mab is using the light fruit to harvest people and sends one of her magical beams of light from her hand to protect herself from the faeries trying to force her to eat the fruit. Everything quickly begins to disintegrate, revealing a dystopian-like wasteland full of grotesque creatures that descend upon Sookie.

Claudine's brother, Claude, helps Sookie, telling her that she has to jump into what looks like an abyss in order to reenter the human plane. Because Earl has eaten the light fruit, he is not allowed to leave the faerie realm. Not wanting to leave his granddaughter, though, Earl jumps with her. They land in the Bon Temps cemetery, the act of which awakens both Bill and Eric from their sleep. Earl, quickly showing signs of peril, gives Sookie his pocket watch to give to Jason and "dies," which is more like a burst into dust, at his wife's graveside. Mourning her granddaddy, Sookie returns to her house, which has been overrun by contractors, all of whom seem to regard her as an intruder. One of them calls the police, and Jason, dressed as a deputy, responds to the call, shocked to see Sookie. Though Sookie thinks that she has been gone for only a few hours, Jason reveals that she has been missing for 12.5 months.

Jason, who appears to be a much more competent deputy than anyone thought possible, explains to Sookie that he sold her house, thinking she was dead. Once Sookie gives him their grandaddy's pocket watch, he believes her story of being in another world, but he warns her that people will think she's crazy if she tells them the truth. In addition to his new line of work and babysitting Sheriff Andy Bellfleur, who has become addicted to V, Jason also, fulfilling his promise to Crystal, is taking care of the Hotshot community, bringing them food and helping them however needed. Most of the Hot Shot residents seem grateful to him, except for one, who locks Jason in a freezer as the show closes.

As soon as night falls, Bill races to Sookie's house to see for himself that she is alive and well.
Bill senses (by smell, perhaps?) that she was with Claudine. He explains that he felt empty for the past year, believing she was dead. When Andy arrives to question Sookie about her disappearance, Bill covers for her, saying that he had sent her away on secret vampire business. Bill leaves Sookie, respecting her desire for distance, which already seems to be wavering.

We later see Bill at a ribbon cutting ceremony, playing the part of politician. When one of his spies reports back to him, we learn that Bill is now the King of Louisiana.

Not to be outdone by Bill, Eric arrives at Sookie's house moments after him, announcing that while everyone else had given up on Sookie, he hadn't. In a strange reversal of roles, Eric retreats when Bill orders him to leave. He returns to Fangtasia, where he turns on the charm to record an inviting commercial for the bar to help Nan Flanagan and the AVL win back the human population "one smile at a time."

As Sookie is undressing for the night, Eric appears in her home. Confused as to how he could enter after she rescinded his invitation, Eric reveals, after some serious flirtation, that he is the one who bought Sookie's house. He explains that he knew she was still alive and that if he owned the house, he would also own her. "Sookie. You. Are. Mine," he informs her, as he drops his fangs.
Lafayette and Jesus
Lafayette, now sporting a mohawk, and Jesus are still together one year later.
Despite being happy that he hasn't had a vision in over 10 months, Lafayette agrees to go with Jesus to a Wiccan meeting, which is where Lafayette says the best line of the night: "It smells like where old air fresheners go to die." Here we see Holly, the waitress who did a spell last season in an attempt to help Arlene abort her baby; "Katie," who we later find out is a spy for Bill; and Marnie, who appears to be the "head witch." During Marnie's chanting, she beckons Lafayette over to her and conjures the spirit of Eddie, the vampire who had been supplying Lafayette with V. Lafayette freaks out but convinces himself that Jesus supplied her with information.

Jesus convinces Lafayette to give the Wiccan meeting another try. Unbeknownst to the rest of the circle, Marnie is trying to bring her dead bird back to life. The magic fails... until Lafayette closes the circle. His surge of power momentarily resurrects the bird.
The Episode's Supporting Roles:

Tara, who is going by the name "Toni," is a cage fighter now, and a lesbian. When she receives a text from Lafayette that Sookie has returned, alive and well, she chooses to stay where she is.

Jessica and Hoyt
Cohabitation is taking its toll on Jessica and Hoyt. In their first scene, we see them fighting about Jessica's cooking, or lack thereof. Hoyt suggests a date night, and they go to Fangtasia, where Jessica fantasizes about another man's pulsing artery. Pam calls her out on her inability to be domesticated, but Jessica insists that she needs only Hoyt to be happy.
Arlene and Terry
Arlene comes home to find her baby surrounded by headless Barbie dolls. Terry tries to reassure her that he is acting like a normal boy, but she is obviously terrified of what he'll become.

Sam is paying, both financially and emotionally, for shooting Tommy, who has an injured leg and is being cared for by Hoyt's mother. Required to attend anger management classes, Sam meets with other shifters who have anger issues.

No word yet on Alcide or Crystal.

Almost as awesome as the episode was Nick Cave and Neko Case's cover of The Zombies' "She's Not There." Enjoy listening, and have a fangtastic week!

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