Special Sub-Topic: 1.1 "Strange Love"
|Daringly sporting a kilt in this episode, who is the self-styled entrepreneur employed by Sam as a cook?|
Lafayette. Lafayette certainly knows how to keep himself busy. He currently works at Merlotte's, on the road crew, runs a webcam site, and of course sells mind-altering drugs. Despite this he seems to manage quite a satisfying personal life. The man certainly doesn't lack for energy!
|Mack and Denise Rattray soon reveal that their intentions toward the new vampire in town are less than friendly; in fact they intend to drain his blood and sell it. What substance do they use to keep the vampire restrained while they drain him?|
Silver. Sookie, after "hearing" the Rattray's intentions toward Bill, rushes into the carpark to save him. Once she arrives on the scene she finds Bill on the ground unable to move as a thin silver chain has been draped over his neck and wrists. After rescuing Bill, Sookie drapes this chain around her own neck as protection from Bill biting her - only to discover that there are other places that vampires like to bite humans!
|Sadly for Bill, When Sookie learn his name, she finds it to be decidedly unexotic. What name does she NOT suggest might have been more suited to a vampire?|
Lestat. Sookie laughs when Bill tells her his name, remarking "Bill? I thought it might be Antwon or Basil, or like Langford maybe ... but Bill! ... The vampire Bill? Oh my!". Bill is not overly amused at being the subject of Sookie's mirth.
|As well as being a vampire, there is something about Bill that Sookie has never encountered before. What is this quality?|
She can't hear his thoughts. After rescuing Bill from the Rattray's Sookie exclaims "I can't hear you". She then places both hands on his head, which makes her telepathic talent stronger, but she is still unable to "hear" Bill's thoughts. Sookie's fascination of Bill is only intensified by this development.
|Bill is clearly drawn to Sookie from the moment he meets her, though he is also puzzled by her. What question does Bill repeat to Sookie through this episode?|
What are you?. Bill first asks Sookie this after she rescues him from the Rattray's and refuses to take the blood they had drained from him. He asks it again the next night at Merlotte's after Sookie's response to his touch. Both times Sookie's reply to this is question is "I'm a waitress". Bill does not believe this, pronouncing "No, you're something more than that - you're something more than human".
|Tara spectacularly quits her job at the Super Save a Bunch store at the beginning of the episode. Luckily she she is not out of work for long. Where does she find a new job?|
Merlotte's bar. Tara is not exactly known for her tactfulness. After insulting both a customer and her boss, she walks out on her job at Super Save a Bunch. Incidentally, if you find economics interesting, the book Tara was reading in this scene, "The Shock Doctrine" makes for some compelling reading. Sam is not initially keen to hire Tara, given her reputation for rudeness, however, she manages to get the job after convincing Sam she could help him keep an eye on Sookie and Bill.
|Sookie still resides in the house she grew up in. Who does she live with in this episode?|
Her grandmother. Sookie's parents both drowned in their car when she was young. Her brother Jason now lives in their home, while Sookie continues to live with her grandmother, Adele, who took in the siblings after their parents were killed. Adele is one of the few people in Bon Temps to be excited that Sookie has met a vampire. She is hopeful that as was in the Civil War, he might come talk to her club, The Descendants of the Glorious Dead.
|Tara has been best friends with Sookie since Kindergarten. During her childhood she developed a crush on someone. Who does Tara still carry a torch for?|
Jason. Lafayette first mentions this after Tara defends Jason upon hearing that he has been arrested. Tara, of course, denies that this is true. Sookie also comments to her "Jason is never going to care about you the way you care about him", after Tara disapproved of her getting involved with Bill.
|Sookie's co-workers certainly notice her attraction to vampire Bill. Are they generally happy about this?|
n. Tara tells Sookie that people who get involved with vampires often disappear, she also says "you don't know how many people he sucked the blood out of the last however many centuries he has been alive". Arlene has many prejudices, and vampires are certainly included as one of these. As Sam is secretly in love with Sookie, he definitely is not happy with this development.
|In true vampire series style, a human is killed in the first episode. Suspicion falls onto ladies-man Jason as he was the last person seen with the victim. Who does Detective Andy Bellefleur believe Jason has killed?|
Maudette Pickens. The sheriff and detective discover a not-exactly-"G"-rated tape of Jason and Maudette in her home. As this tape was taken the night that Maudette was killed, it does not look good for Jason. There was, of course, an equally incriminating tape of a bald vampire, but this tape had gone missing by the time the officers entered her home. Andy Bellefleur, who seems to have a long-standing resentment of Jason, is very happy to finally have a reason to arrest him.
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