Episode synopsis: Sookie finds herself in Fairy Land with her Fairy Godmother, Claudine, and a bunch of other white-wearing yuppies, but something rotten is going on, and Sookie quickly discovers the fairies' true faces (ugly) and true aim (to 'harvest' the humans that carry Fae blood from the human world and take them away to the Fae lands to keep away from vampires and the like). Sookie meets up with her Grampa, but he dies upon re-entering the atmosphere, and Sookie realizes she's been Rip Van Winkled: twelve months have passed since Bill betrayed her and Claudine took her away. Her brother Jason is now a sheriff, Lafayette and Jesus are dating and hanging out with a witch coven led by a woman called Marnie (played by FIONA SHAW!), Jessica and Hoyt are living together, Sam is grumpy but has new shapeshifter friends, Eric and Pam are still running Fangtasia, and Bill is a public figure... and KING of the vampires?! WHAT?!
Okay, so seriously? Cocktail Waitress Fairy here in the foreground has kind of a cool semi-flapper dress goin' on... but can we talk about the Dancing With The Stars couple to her left? What is that all about? It's kind of like the costumer raided a dance shop for flowy-flashy-unusual stuff and threw it together in a weird way. Totally not how I thought fairies would look.
Sookie always has a look of youth, innocence, girlishness, and naïvité about her. Usually it's pulled off with style and even here, she looks fabulous.
You can see the dress a bit better here. Great color, great cut, great length. And her hair is smooth and simple.
However, I disagree with the heel type she chose with this outfit. A cutoff denim mini and basic tank from Delia's are best paired with flip-flops or sneakers. Not fun yellow slingbacks. Her somewhat ornate hairdo is on the same page as the shoes. Sookie, did you get distracted, or what?
Here she's even more done-down: easygoing plaid and a side braid. Still cute and girly but in a low-maintenance way. We've also got everyone's favorite doofy/hot brother, Jason, wearing a super-standard Bon Temps Football shirt. He has four thousand of them. His collection rivals Finn's collection of American Apparel hoodies on Glee.
He's now a sheriff and is rockin' a uniform and some facial hair instead of the usual careless, boyish stubble. Goodness!
Plaid: you must own it to live in Bon Temps. The colors are nice on Jason, though.
And here's Tara! Except, l'OMG, she's calling herself Toni now, and she's a cage fighter and a LESBIAN. (That's her girlfriend Naomi on the left.) So many questions, Tara. Like what's with the stonewash denim jacket? And the less-than-expert weave?
Ladies and gentlemen.... Arlene. One of the few constants in the consistently variable world of True Blood. She's got a fresh hue of red on her hair, cleaned up makeup, and animal print somewhere on her person. She's in business. Season four, woo hoo!
I was gonna skip over Portia Bellefleur (new character to the series, presumably related to Andy Bellefleur, ex-sheriff) but she looks SO MUCH like human-form-Ursula from The Little Mermaid that I had to point it out...
Leader of the new witch coven, Marnie (played by the infinitely talented Fiona Shaw) is kind of dumpy. Like. Really dumpy. Actually, a bunch of those witches were kind of style-void. But we'll see more of them later on in the series, so I'll wait on judging just yet...
When we first see Lafayette this season, I got scared, because boyfriend is sporting a pretty hardcore mohawk right now. But he's punked out and rocking it here, so I let him pass...
...and this is more like it!!! YES, Lafayette, YES. So much sass. So little time.
Again, more like his usual self. Pink pleather cropped moto jacket? Mmmmmmmmkay.