My nickname for last night's episode is rapepoloza. In just under an hour Ball managed to use rape twice to advance the plot. The first occurred in a flashback sequence of Luis feeding on the witch Antonia. After his maker points out that she is not afraid of him, and that fear makes the blood sweeter, Luis viciously rapes Antonia. The second occurs when Tommy manages to shift into Sam Merlott. When Luna shows up at Sam's door, she bares her breasts and Tommy appearing to be Sam, has sex with her. Luna thought that she was consenting to sex with Sam, not his brother Tommy, and that makes this scene rape by deception. How many times is Ball going to use rape as a plot device this season? It is bad enough that he has appropriated an event like the Spanish Inquisition and blamed it on vampires, instead of the Catholic Church, when so many women, Jews, and Muslims died, but the idea that rape can be simply used as a tool is horrific and belies the seriousness of the offense.
This episode Bill finally confronted Sookie about the fact that she was hiding Eric. She rightfully told him off when he dared to bring up her deceit, saying "you have a hell of a nerve lecturing me about lying." What I did find interesting is that in the physical battle between Eric and Bill, clearly Eric came out on top because of his age. This makes me wonder how it is that vampires so much older than Bill so easily come to heel at his command. We saw this last season with Sophie-Ann and Eric. It does not make sense that all of these weak vampires end up in the position of Kings and Queens. Sookie saved Bill's life by telling Eric to stop and letting him know that Bill was the king. Bill of course took advantage of this and had Eric imprisoned and sentenced to the true death. When Sookie suggested that he was only imprisoning Eric out of jealousy he answered saying, "believe it or not my entire existence does not revolve around what, or who, is between your legs." I didn't expect Bill to release Eric but I knew when I saw the spike her certainly was not going to kill him.
In a holding cell together Pam tried desperately to reconnect with Eric, but he clearly wanted nothing to do with the vampire that he used to be. I have begun to wonder if this new Eric, or should I say Eric sans his memories, is what Eric was like when he was human. Is it the vampire nature that brings out the killer instinct?