Otherwise, this episode had great stuff: Eric kills an evil werewolf gruesomely. Vampire Detective Franklin Mott woos Tara and makes a severed head talk. Sam's reunion continues with his new family (who are more than a little rednecky, no? Who, other than Arkansas hillbilly cartoons, wears only saggy, dirty whitey tighties?). Upon finding the body that was once attached to Jessica/Franklin's severed head, Sheriff Dearborn quits exasperatedly, leaving an obvious in for Jason join the force and quickly cut-off his uniform's sleeves. And, for a certain contingent, most importantly: Werewolf Alcide Herveaux comes to Sookie's aid, with a Just For Men beard, a lumberjack plaid shirt and a significantly gruffer interior voice than his speaking voice (it's the beast within, of course). Which means that the show now has the three pillars of leading man cliches in trash romance — the Southern Gentleman (Bill, duh), the Rogue (Eric) and the Blue Collar Brawler — all fighting for Sookie's affections. Even if Alcide's type is almost less interesting than Bill's (at least in every way except wish fulfillment), at least he gives Sookie something more to say than a variation on "I've got to find Bee-Yul!"
Lingering questions from this episode: Is Eric the only vampire who can fly? If not, why, other than special effects cost a lot, is this not happening more? What's the point of the "humans must ask vampires to enter their home" rule if vampires can just glammer them? Seems like cheating. And what would you call that move from the closing scene between Bill and Lorena? Hate sexing with a twist?