The season premiere of True Blood picked up right where season 1 left off with Sookie and Tara screaming at the sight of an African-American foot with red toenails hanging out of the backseat of Detective Andy Bellefleur’s car.
Upon further investigation, (removing the trash bag covering the body) they discover the body is not that of Lafayette, whom all viewers and bookreaders assumed it was. It is Miss Jeaneatte, the woman who performed the fake exorcisms on Tara and her mother. Her heart has been ripped out and she is suspended in rigor mortis her face contorted in a perpetual scream.
All of this took place before the opening credits.
After the credits we find Bill giving with his new “daughter” Jessica, who was left in the last episode in his care by Eric, rules to live by which include a bedtime and ban on hunting. Sookie called him after the discovery telling him the news and saying she will come by later.
Bill immediately tells Jessica to get cleaned up and wash her make-up off saying, “I will not have you looking like a slattern.”
Jason Stackhouse makes his first appearance reading an anti-vampire book written by the late Reverend Newlin, who was killed in the first season, presumably by vampires. A memorable passage that makes Jason weep in memory of Amy said, “Creatures of darkness are children of Satan.” Jason then, reflects on his last ‘trip’ with Amy and cries.
Tara is taken to the police station and questioned about how she knows the victim. After a while, her mother, now sober, because of her exorcism arrives frantic. She believes that it is a test of faith that Miss Jeanette, now revealed as Nancy Leguar, was killed.
Det. Bellefleur, after being told he is a potential suspect, as the body was found in his backseat, goes back to the bar and, beer in hand, questions patrons.
We find the missing Lafayette, chained in a dungeon, tethered to a pointed poll coming from the ceiling, with days worth of facial hair and shirtless. With him, there are three others in this dungeon, when the redneck who ordered the ‘hamburger with AIDS’ is thrown in and one of the older occupants is removed. In his new digs there is only a bucket to pee or defecate in.
Maryanne arrives at the sheriff’s station to pick up Tara, and has a brief but menacing encounter with Tara’s mother. She tells her that is good to finally meet the woman who is so devoid of emotion that she abused and neglected her own daughter.
When Sookie finally arrives at Bill’s home, she meets Jessica who makes her entrance clad in only a towel, fresh from a shower.
After finding out that Bill turned Jessica and that she is only 17, she expresses her concern for her and accuses him of lying to her. She then tells him, “If I’m with you and she’s with you then she’s with me.” She then leaves because she feels betrayed, telling him, “I’m a lot stronger than you think.”
The Reverend Steve Newlin of the Fellowship of the Sun Church, is introduced during his televised, Larry King-like, with Nan Flanagan of the Vampire League of America, who was introduced to us in the first season.
Jason goes to meet him with his new sponsor, the gentleman who visited him in jail when he was suspected of killing the women of Bon Temps. He is encouraged to attend a leadership conference for the church. When he expresses his concern about the cost of the attending Mrs. Newlin tells him, “Pray on it. Jesus will send an answer.”
Sam goes to Maryanne’s house with a trash bag full of money. When he enters the living room his is jolted into a memory by a statue that he remembers. In his memory, he wandered into her house as a dog, and changes back into human form. He then raids the refrigerator and the meal that has been prepared which sits on the table. He then proceeds to gather anything of value until she finds catches him in the act and asks him how he got into her house.
Sookie, while trying to pack up her grandmother’s things is paid a visit by her uncle’s estate executor. He informs her of the death of her Uncle Bartlett, the man who molested her a child, telling her it must have been an accident and that he must have fallen into the creek behind his house. Uncle Bartlett was killed by Bill in season one shortly after Sookie told him what he did to her.
As they sit poolside, ‘Eggs’, Tara and Maryanne smoke marijuana and talk about the art on the wall across from the pool. After Maryanne makes her exit, Eggs puts his hand on Tara’s thigh and they talk about their life experiences. As they are about to have their first kiss, Carl, the butler interrupts offering them towels.
When he goes back into the house, an angry Maryanne slaps him saying, “Nobody needed towels!”
We find Jason and Hoyt back at work on the road talking about religion and which ones preach hatred of vampires and which don’t. Jason, deluded by his new-found faith, tries to convince Hoyt that the Fellowship of the Sun is the way. Sookie arrives with an envelope, telling Jason that Uncle Bartlett is dead and that she was left an inheritance. She gives the entirety of it to Jason saying she doesn’t want any of it. Jason sees this as the sign from God that he should attend the leadership conference.
Sam, even after leaving Maryanne’s home, continues to have memories of his first encounter with her. He remembers having sex with her and discovering that, like he, she is something other than human. She tells him, “Together we can do some many things.”
As Sam recollects his meeting with Maryanne, Arlene bursts in with Daphne, a potential new waitress on her heals. She tells Sam that she and Sookie are overworked and encourages him to give Daphne and interview.
As Lafayette sits in his leaky dungeon he finds out more about his new cellmate than he cares to.
Terry Bellefleur shows his affection for Arlene by ousting a few customers who are talking about Rene (Drew Marshall), who was the real killer of the women of Bon Temps.
Bill attempts to give Jessica a palette for True Blood, which by his own confession, is a acquired taste.
An angry Sam, still having memories of Maryanne, yells at Sookie and tells her to leave early if she wants to.
Maryanne shows up at Merlotte’s and shakes Sams foundation telling him “you have something of mine. He tries to give her the bag of money and she tells him that it’s not the money she wants. As they emerge from his office they find Tara and Eggs in the middle of their first kiss.
Sookie attempts to break up with Bill, still angry that he didn’t tell her about Jessica and realizing that are from two different worlds. Bill does not take that lightly and tells her that he is not sorry for what she has awakened in him, though will atone for killing her uncle.
Bill tells Sookie he loves her and in return she says, “Goddamn you Bill Compton. I love you too.” They immediately embrace and we leave the two of them in Anna Paquin’s first nude scene and Bill sinking his teeth into her neck.
It is revealed that Eric has taken Lafayette and the others, but we are still uncertain as to what his intentions for him are.