Episode #28: “9 Crimes”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: July 11 (11:30 p.m.), 13 (11:30 p.m.), 14 (10:00 p.m.), 17 (11:45 p.m.) and 28 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 12 (8:00 p.m.), 15 (10:00 p.m.), 16 (11:00 p.m.) and 18 (11:30 a.m.)
Sookie (Anna Paquin) joins Alcide (Joe Manganiello) at a raucous engagement party for Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan), his former fiancée; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) is given a deadline to locate Bill (Stephen Moyer); Andy (Chris Bauer) gets a promotion and draws Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) attention; Franklin (James Frain) takes Tara (Rutina Wesley) on a road trip; Arlene (Carrie Preston) is irked by Jessica’s (Deborah Ann Woll) arrival at Merlotte’s; Sam (Sam Trammell) brokers a deal with Tommy (Marshall Allman) and his parents, Melinda (J. Smith Cameron) and Joe Lee (Cooper Huckabee); Bill “procures” dinner for Russell (Denis O’Hare) and Lorena (Mariana Klaveno).
Written by Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch; directed by David Petrarca.
Episode #29: “Trouble”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: July 18 (11:30 p.m.), 20 (11:30 p.m.), 21 (10:00 p.m.), 24 (10:00 p.m.) and 28 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 19 (8:00 p.m.), 22 (10:00 p.m.), 23 (12:45 a.m.) and 25 (2:00 p.m.)
Alcide and Sookie turn to an alpha-wolf “packmaster” for advice on dealing with Russell’s minions; Tara considers a proposal from Franklin, who’s completed his mission for Russell; Joe Lee breaks his promise to Sam and Tommy; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) learns the meaning of patience from Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), his mother’s (Alfre Woodard) orderly; Jason meets his match in the mysterious girl Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher); an heirloom reminds Eric of his past and his ongoing thirst for vengeance.
Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Scott Winant.
Episode #30: “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: July 25 (11:30 p.m.), 27 (11:30 p.m.), 28 (10:00 p.m.), 30 (10:30 p.m.) and 31 (9:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 26 (8:00 p.m.), 29 (10:00 p.m.) and 30 (11:55 p.m.)
Spurned by Eric, Sookie fears the worst for Bill, whose fate now lies in Lorena’s hands; fueled by a night of bloody passion, Tara executes a desperate plan to stave off Franklin’s advances; in Bon Temps, Tommy finds it difficult to leave the family nest; Jessica puts Pam’s teachings into practice; Jason’s romance with Crystal hits a snag, as does Lafayette’s with Jesus; after revealing his master plan to Eric, Russell visits Louisiana to put it into action.
Written by Alan Ball; directed by Michael Lehmann.
TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball and Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner, Nancy Oliver and Alexander Woo; supervising producer, Raelle Tucker; producer, Mark McNair; associate producer, Christina Jokanovich.