The Murder and Jason’s Alibi
This fourth episode opens up with Sookie’s scream reverberating through the television screen. Sookie has found Dawn dead at her home, and Jason has walked in behind her with flowers. Jason obviously shows up to make amends and apologize for his behavior the night before.
Dawn’s neighbor that saw Jason leave after their argument last night accuses him of the murder and Jason is taken to the police station for questioning. It isn’t looking too good that Dawn is the second murder victim of the week that Jason had been sleeping with.
Jason thinks to himself, “I’m too damn pretty to go to prison.”
In the police cruiser, Jason remembers he has an entire vial of vampire blood on him that he bought from Lafayette. In an attempt to save himself, he downs the entire thing. The police trip Jason up on his story, and Jason begins having pains in his groin from the ingestion of the V Juice.
Tara storms in, insists that she and Jason were together last night, giving him an alibi and taking him home.
When Jason gets home, he must take care of the erection that won’t go away. No matter what he does, or how many times he does it, it will not give. Jason even has a callous from his efforts. He goes to see Lafayette, who says he can’t do anything for him.
Tara takes Jason to the doctor where they drain him with the largest needle ever. Too large. Jason has learned the side effects of using unsavory drugs.
Sookie’s grandmother encourages her to listen to people’s thoughts around town to try and clear Jason’s name and find the real murderer. She doesn’t find anything of note from the townspeople, so Sookie asks Bill to take her to the vampire nightclub both Maudette and Dawn were known to frequent. Fangtasia holds the newest character: Eric. Sookie gets to meet Eric, who is a much older and more powerful vampire than Bill.
On their way home from Fangtasia after it is raided by police, Bill and Sookie are pulled over by a police officer. The officer is prejudiced against vampires and Bill glamours him into letting them go, taking the cop’s gun with him.
Bill, as he points the police officer’s gun in his face:
“Now, you listen to me, officer. I do not take kindly to you shining your light in the eyes of my female companion. And as I have more than 100 years on you, I do not take kindly to you calling me “son”. So the next time you pull somebody over on suspicion of bein’ a vampire, you better pray to God that you’re wrong. Because that vampire may not be as kind to you as I’m about to be. I’m not gonna kill you. But I am gonna keep your gun. Does that sound fair?”
Tara and Sam
Sam asks Tara if they can speak about their rendezvous the night before, but Tara shuts him down. She lets him know she told the police she was with Jason. Sam continues spouting anti-vampire rhetoric this entire episode. We also learn that he was Dawn’s landlord and has a key to her place. The police think that the murderer had a key, and the show heavily implicates Sam at the end. The episode closes with Sam entering Dawn’s home wearing latex gloves and rolling around sniffing her sheets.
This episode shows us a new, glamourous character in Eric. We question Sam’s morality and intentions. Anti-vampire experiences directly mirror that of racial profiling as we know it in the United States. This episode ramps the season up, and delivers on suspense.
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