Note: This is the synthesis. See scene by scene analysis here
|Emotional Impact||7.3||46||Severance: 7.2||severance (TV): 7.3|
|Conflict Level||7.4||41||Fear and loathing in Las Vegas: 7.3||True Blood: 7.4|
|Dialogue||7.5||38||Narcos: 7.4||Everything everywhere all at once: 7.5|
|Plot||7.6||19||What we do in the shadows: 7.5||Erin Brokovich: 7.6|
|Characters||7.8||11||Catch me if you can: 7.7||sense 8: 7.8|
|Concept||7.3||9||There's something about Mary: 7.2||Erin Brokovich: 7.3|
|Overall||7.7||2||the Shining: 7.6||There's something about Mary: 7.7|
|Story Content||Character Development||Scene Elements||Audience Engagement|
|Scene Number||Full Analysis||Tone||Overall Grade||Concept||Plot||Characters||Character Changes||Conflict||High stakes||Story forward||Emotional Impact||Dialogue|
|2||Tru Blood and Vampires||"Suspenseful"||7||6||7||7||0||9||0||0||7||8|
|3||Sookie Reveals Herself||"eerie"||8||9||7||7||0||5||0||0||8||6|
|4||Tara's Meltdown and Sookie's Interruption at Merlotte's||"Sarcastic"||7||6||7||8||0||8||0||0||6||9|
|5||Job Loss and Stalker Customers||"Tense"||8||7||8||8||0||7||0||0||8||8|
|8||Meeting the Vampire||"Mysterious"||8||7||7||9||0||4||0||0||7||8|
|9||Jason Watching Maudette's Tape||"Dark"||8||8||7||9||0||9||0||0||8||7|
|10||Sookie's Heroic Moment||"Suspenseful"||8||7||9||8||0||9||0||0||8||7|
|11||The Confrontation in the Parking Lot||"Intense"||8||8||9||8||0||10||0||0||9||7|
|12||Confrontation with the Rattrays||"Intense"||8||9||8||7||0||10||0||0||9||8|
|13||Rescue and Revelation||"Uneasy"||8||8||8||9||0||7||0||0||9||8|
|14||Rescue and Revelation||"Tense"||8||8||8||7||0||9||0||0||7||8|
|15||A Night at Merlotte's||"Tense"||8||7||8||8||0||6||0||0||7||8|
|16||Bill and Sookie's Late Night Encounter||"Eerie"||8||7||8||9||0||6||0||0||7||7|
|17||Sookie and Jason's Conversation||"Serious"||7||8||7||7||0||5||0||0||6||8|
|18||The Aftermath of a Murder||"Tense"||7||8||7||7||0||8||0||0||6||6|
|19||Jason's Encounter with the Police||"tense"||6||5||7||6||0||7||0||0||5||6|
|20||Jason is questioned about Maudette's murder||"tense"||8||7||8||7||0||8||0||0||7||8|
|22||Jason Is Arrested||"Tense"||8||8||9||8||0||9||0||0||8||8|
|25||Ambushed||"Dark and suspenseful"||8||7||9||6||0||10||0||0||11||4|
based on the Southern Vampire Novels
by Charlaine Harris
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 1.
INT. CADILLAC ESCALADE - NIGHT.
THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD: We’re barreling down a TWO-LANE ROAD
through the woods, a little faster than is comfortable - or
safe. Illuminated only by HEADLIGHTS, which play tricks with
SPANISH MOSS hanging from tree branches. No other cars are on
the road. “Y'ALL'D THINK SHE'D BE GOOD 2 ME” by C. C. Adcock
blares on the STEREO.
INSIDE THE CAR: A handsome FRAT BOY (21), sits in the
passenger seat, a little buzzed. All-American, but with that
particular wild streak certain privileged Southern boys have.
He’s hot, and he knows it.
His 20-year-old SORORITY GIRL date is driving, also buzzed,
her free hand reaching for his crotch. She’s pretty in a
conventional way, has a dazzling smile and a flawless body.
The kind of woman who will marry well. If not Frat Boy, then
someone just like him. As she unzips his jeans:
The hell are you doing?
You get bored pretty easily.
Only with you, darlin’.
She reaches inside his pants and he leans back, really
enjoying this, until he spots
THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD: A PORTABLE ELECTRIC SIGN on the side
of the road reads WE HAVE TRU BLOOD.
EXT. GRABBIT QUIK - NIGHT.
A CONVENIENCE STORE on a two-lane state road in Northern
Louisiana. A used DODGE and a newer GM PICKUP in the parking
lot. No other buildings nearby. The PORTABLE ELECTRIC SIGN is
planted out front.
SORORITY GIRL’S WHITE CADILLAC ESCALADE drives past,
SCREECHES to a halt. Backs up and PULLS INTO THE PARKING LOT.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 2.
NAN FLANAGAN (O.C.)
CLOSE ON A PORTABLE TV SCREEN: ANDERSON COOPER is
interviewing a pale, conservative-looking SPOKESWOMAN. The
more she looks like Ann Coulter, the better. Media-savvy, she
speaks rapidly, with authority. SUPERIMPOSED beneath them,
along with the CNN LOGO: NAN FLANAGAN, American Vampire
We pay our taxes. We deserve basic
civil rights like everyone else.
But doesn’t your race have a sordid
history of exploiting and feeding
off innocent people? For centuries?
Three points. Number one: Show me
documentation. It does not exist.
Number two: Doesn’t your race have
a sordid history of exploitation?
We never owned slaves, Anderson, or
detonated nuclear weapons. And most
importantly, point number three:
Since the Japanese perfected
synthetic blood, which satisfies
all our nutritional requirements,
there is no reason for anyone to
fear us. That’s why we decided to
make our existence known. We simply
want to be a part of mainstream
Yes, but... aren’t you technically
I’m here, aren’t I?
ANGLE ON a CLERK, watching, the slightest of smiles on his
face. He’s part Asian, part psycho; razor sharp cheekbones
and long, limp black hair. He looks flat out evil. He shoots
a contemptuous glance at
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 3.
ELSEWHERE IN THE STORE, a pudgy GOOD OLE BOY (40s) stands at
the COLD DRINK SECTION, staring at the contents of the
refrigerated case, unable to make a decision.
A BELL RINGS as the DOOR OPENS and FRAT BOY and SORORITY GIRL
ENTER, LAUGHING, high.
Hey. You have Tru-Blood? For real?
You get vamps in here? I didn’t
even think we had any in Louisiana.
The Clerk eyes them coldly, like he wants to kill them both
and is just considering different ways do it.
You didn’t know that New Orleans is
a mecca for vampires?
Oh... so the Anne Rice books are
Seriously, New Orleans? Even after
Katrina? Didn’t they all drown?
Vampires cannot drown. Vampires do
We actually like the water. When it
Frat Boy and Sorority Girl are suddenly frozen with fear.
So is Good Ole Boy in the cold drinks section.
Dude. No harm intended. We’re just
a little drunk.
Nice. I could use a cocktail.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 4.
He leans toward them, feral. Evil. Now they’re terrified.
Good Ole Boy starts inching toward the door.
Then the Clerk LAUGHS - a dorky, juvenile laugh.
Score! I totally had you guys.
That’s not funny.
Frat Boy is angry, then smiles.
No, Kelly, it is kind of funny.
Hey, do you pick up a lotta chicks
that way? Fangbangers?
GOOD OLE BOY (O.C.)
I didn’t think it was funny.
The three kids throw him a dismissive glance.
We don’t care what you think.
(to Clerk, lowly)
Dude. Do you know where we can
score any V-juice?
Gross, Mike, no way! I knew this
girl who knew this girl who did
vamp blood during Greek Week and
she like, clawed her own face off.
No seriously, I’ll pay good money.
GOOD OLE BOY
Okay, you two need to leave.
Fuck you, Billy Bob.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 5.
GOOD OLE BOY
Fuck me? I’ll fuck you, boy. I’ll
fuck you and then I’ll eat you.
He smiles, and a pair of sharp FANGS extend, with the barely
audible CLICK of bone sliding into place. It’s as if someone
just loaded a weapon.
Now the others are petrified. Sorority Girl grabs Frat Boy
and they scramble out, jump into their car and PEEL OFF.
The Clerk is frozen with fear. Good Ole Boy moves toward him
slowly, puts a SIX PACK on the counter. BOTTLED BLOOD. The
LABEL reads TRU-BLOOD. O positive.
GOOD OLE BOY (cont'd)
You ever pretend to be one of us
again and I’ll kill you. Got it?
He pulls an AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD out of his wallet. Shaking,
the Clerk starts to ring him up.
EXT. MERLOTTE’S - NIGHT.
A cozy-looking ROAD HOUSE. NEON BEER SIGNS in the windows, a
FULL PARKING LOT. A tall but simple NEON SIGN reads
MERLOTTE’S BAR & GRILL
We HEAR Mary Chapin Carpenter singing “DOWN AT THE TWIST AND
The MUSIC and CONVERSATION are LOUD as we MOVE THROUGH THE
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE CROWD of rural Louisiana folk. We FIND a
thirtyish MAN, a few pounds overweight, sitting with his WIFE
and TEENAGE SON. As we MOVE TOWARD HIM, he looks up at us and
we HEAR HIS THOUGHTS, treated to sound HOLLOW AND SURREAL:
...I’m just going to have one beer
tonight Jesus one beer that’s
REVERSE ANGLE on SOOKIE STACKHOUSE (25), blonde, fit and tan.
Pretty but wary. Life has left scars on her - scars we may
not be able to see but can somehow tell are there. She smiles
sympathetically at him as she puts a BEER down in front of
him, then puts down a BASKET OF FRIES in front of
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 6.
The Man’s WIFE. Carefully made up. The wrong haircut for her
face. We HEAR HER THOUGHTS, treated to sound HOLLOW AND
SURREAL [as will be all THOUGHTS WE HEAR, from here on]:
...better not gripe about me eating
fries not after what I did for him
BACK ON SOOKIE, wishing she wasn’t hearing these people’s
thoughts. Puts a BURGER down in front of
Their TEENAGE SON. Smart, restless, slightly androgenous.
TEENAGE SON (V.O.)
...I cannot wait to get the hell
out of this podunk town...
BACK ON SOOKIE, sympathizing with him.
Make sure you do, and before it’s
too late, because every year you
wait? You just get more and more
stuck here. Believe me, I know.
All three of them stare up at her, surprised. The Teenage
Son’s face goes white.
Sookie, deeply embarrassed to have revealed herself this way,
can’t get away from the table fast enough.
I’ll get yall some ketchup.
REVERSE TRACKING ON SOOKIE as she spins and walks away from
the table. We start to HEAR A CACOPHONY OF THOUGHTS, from
every single person in the bar. Sookie stops walking, closes
her eyes. Takes a deep, calming breath. The DIN OF OTHER
PEOPLES’ THOUGHTS FADES AWAY. Satisfied, Sookie opens her
eyes, gives herself a little smile as SHE WALKS OUT OF FRAME.
A WAL-MART type warehouse store. TARA THORNTON (26), wearing
a royal blue SMOCK over her jeans and tank top, leans against
a column, bored. Tara is African-American, smart, impatient
and beautiful - but she’ll be damned if she’ll let you see
it. A snooty matronly SHOPPER approaches in a flurry of Laura
Ashley and frosted hair.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 7.
Excuse me. I’m looking for that
thick, translucent plastic
sheeting, the kind they hang in
front of the doors of walk-in
Tara stares at her.
Uh... we don’t sell that here.
You could try Home Depot.
I tried them already, they sent me
here. I cannot believe you don’t
have that stuff, I don’t even know
what it’s called.
You’re supposed to have everything.
Well, we don’t have that stuff,
that you don’t even know what it’s
(doesn’t like Tara’s
Your website says this is the most
well-stocked store in five
parishes. I just drove over an hour
Uh-huh. Does our website have a
I suppose it does, but -
So it never occurred to you, before
you drove an hour, to pick up the
phone and call us to see if we
stocked whatever the hell it is
that you’re looking for?
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 8.
Well, I think if a business chooses
to classify itself as -
How old are you?
SHOPPER TARA (CONT’D)
I don’t see how that’s - You gotta be at least forty,
right? Old enough to know
that you can’t trust most of
what you read, especially in
It was not an ad, it was a website.
Why didn’t you just find it online
and have it delivered to your
house? Or were you just looking for
an excuse to wear those ugly
I’d like to speak to your manager.
As she pulls her smock over her head:
Trust me, you are not getting me
fired. I am quitting. You were just
the fucking catalyst, and for that,
I ought to thank you.
You are a very rude young woman!
Oh, this ain’t rude. This is
A blue-smocked, white STORE MANAGER approaches. Tara hands
him her smock, then SLAPS his face.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 9.
That’s for patting my ass too much.
I’m ’on’ get my baby’s daddy, who
just got outta prison, to come and
kick your teeth in.
Jesus, Tara, please don’t --
Oh my God, I’m not serious, you
pathetic racist! I don’t have a
As she walks away, furious:
Man! I know yall have to be stupid,
but do you have to be that stupid?
INT. MERLOTTE’S - NIGHT.
“SOULFUL GARAGE” by Southern Culture on the Skids plays on
the STEREO. Sookie leans against the bar, checking her
orders. Behind the bar, SAM MERLOTTE (30) mixes drinks. Sam
is small but strong, with strawberry blonde hair and blue
eyes that immediately put you at ease. He moves his head in
time to the music as he works; this is a man who likes his
job. A PHONE behind the bar RINGS; Sam picks it up.
Evenin’, Merlotte’s... hey, Tara...
Sookie shoots him an apologetic look.
Yeah, she’s right here...
As he hands the phone to her:
Sam, I’m so sorry, she knows not to
call me at work -
Sookie. It’s okay. You don’t abuse
the privilege, like Arlene does.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 10.
ARLENE FOWLER, a waitress with flaming red hair, rushes by
with a tray laden with FRIED FOOD. Arlene’s in her early
forties and she’s in complete denial about it.
I heard that.
Well, I wish you would hear that.
Oh please, Sam. I have kids!
And she’s gone.
This had better be an emergency.
INSIDE Tara’s meticulously maintained 1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 280.
Tara drives, pissed, “OVER YOU (BUMP MIX)” by Vallejo blaring
on her STEREO.
(into her cell phone)
It is. I just quit my job.
Intercut as necessary with Sookie at Merlotte’s:
I can’t work for assholes!
Well, I’m glad you can afford to be
so picky, Miss Say-hello-to-the-
Oh shut up. Sam is not an asshole,
and he’s totally in love with you.
Tara! He is my boss.
Jesus, Sookie. You need to lighten
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 11.
You know I hate when you use the J-
word. I have to go!
I’m coming there right now, I need
a Margarita. A big one.
She hangs up as another waitress approaches the bar. This is
good time girl DAWN GREEN (29), an attractive brunette who
doesn’t expect too much out of life and is quite pleased with
what she gets.
Mack and Denise Rattray are just
about to sit down in your section.
Sookie’s face darkens; this all she needs tonight. Sam
Come on, Sookie, don’t let ‘em get
to you. They’re not worth it.
Sookie smiles a very weak, very fake smile at
Her POV: MACK and DENISE RATTRAY slide into a booth. They’re
somewhere between 30 and 50, hard-living, aggressive. Denise
is wearing an ill-advised halter and short shorts. Mack spots
Sookie, smiles back, waves. He looks like he might be crazy.
BACK ON SOOKIE: Her lifeless smile remains, but her shoulders
INT. MERLOTTE’S - MOMENTS LATER - NIGHT.
ON SOOKIE, holding her pad, trying to be cheerful.
What can I do for yall tonight?
ON MACK, smiling up at her, thinking
- wrap your sweet lips around my
slim reaper that’s what you can do -
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 12.
ON SOOKIE, revolted, but struggling to not show it.
(eying her suggestively)
How ‘bout we start with a pitcher
(avoiding his eyes)
Aaaaaall rightie. Anything else?
She glances at
ON DENISE, staring at her flatly.
DENISE DENISE (V.O.)
Onion rings. With mustard. - God she’s pathetic like a *
dog that’s been kicked too
many times -
Sookie looks back at her, hurt, then:
Coming right up.
She turns and practically runs from the table. Mack watches
her ass as she goes.
I think she’s retarded.
MOVING THROUGH THE KITCHEN, PAST ARLENE, on her cell phone,
sneaking a smoke:
Honey, if Rene tells you you’re too
young to watch a scary movie on
HBO, then I’m siding with him...
I know he is not your father. But
your father does not want to live
with us any more, remember?
We FIND LAFAYETTE REYNOLDS at the grill. Lafayette’s in his
20s, African-American, solidly built, not in the least bit
feminine, even though he’s wearing LIPSTICK and EYE SHADOW,
subtly and rather artfully applied. Under his WHITE COOK’S
APRON, he’s in club wear. He almost dances as he cooks,
moving loosely to music only he can hear.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 13.
THROUGH AN OPEN PASS-THROUGH: Sookie appears in the service
alley, clips her ORDER to a line, unhappy.
Onion rings. And if you drop a few
on the floor, that’s fine with me.
Sookie, you looking all Jessica
Simpson, with that tan, that pink
lipstick. You got a date?
(not in the mood)
No, I do not have a date. When I
wear makeup, I get bigger tips. I
get even bigger tips when I act
like I don’t have a brain in my
Lafayette LAUGHS. He’s probably high.
Yes, girl, that is it. These damn
rednecks are suckers for packaging.
Because otherwise they’re all
scared of me.
They ain’t scared of you, honey,
they scared of what’s between your
Lafayette, that’s nasty talk. I
won’t listen to that.
Arlene has finished her phone call.
Do you even know what’s between a
woman’s legs, Lafayette?
Dawn appears in the service alley next to Sookie.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 14.
I know that every man, whether he
is gay or straight or George
fucking Bush, he is terrified of
What the hell are we talking (shocked) *
Oh, please. Everybody is not gay.
And not everybody wants to have sex
You would be surprised, Arlene.
People you know. That’s all I’m
Well, I don’t want to have sex with
Me neither. And I don’t think
Sookie does either.
No. I’m sorry, Lafayette, but I do
Yall bitches do not know what
No, honey, you don’t know what
CLOSE ON A TV SCREEN: MTV’s “NEXT.”
WIDE ANGLE. MAUDETTE PICKENS, a trashy-looking young woman of
26, lays naked on her vinyl sofa, as a naked athletic MAN
kneels before her, his back to us, his face buried between
FROM THE SIDE, OVER HER THIGH: We can see the Man’s eyes
looking up at Maudette as he goes down on her; his eyebrows
jump up and we HEAR his muffled LAUGH. He’s in heaven.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 15.
This is Sookie’s brother JASON STACKHOUSE (28). His good
looks and mischievous grin get him into a lot of trouble, and
most of the time get him out of it as well.
ON MAUDETTE’S FACE, her head thrown back. She YELPS a couple
Jason suddenly pulls back, stares at something on her inner
thigh that fascinates him. He frowns, looks up at her.
What is this?
Oh! It’s just - mosquito bite.
INSERT ON MAUDETTE’S INNER THIGH: Two clear PUNCTURE WOUNDS,
on their way to being completely healed.
You had sex with a vampire?
Okay, once. I went to that vampire
bar in Shreveport, he picked me up.
(off his look of distaste)
Look, I was broke, and he paid me a
lot of money.
Jason leans back, studies her. It’s unclear what he’s
You a hooker, Maudette?
No! I was just really broke at the
‘Cause I don’t pay for it. Never
have, and never will.
Well, I don’t charge for it
neither! He offered me a thousand
dollars to bite me, what was I
going to do, say no to a thousand
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 16.
What was it like?
Scary. But hot.
I read in Hustler, everybody should
have sex with a vampire at least
once before they die.
Once was enough for me. He was too
rough. I mean, I like to be rough,
Sure. Why not? It’s not going to
kill me, and if it does, well then
I won’t care, will I?
She says this with such an unpleasant mix of resignation and
cynicism that Jason stares at her, wondering how he ever
found her attractive... until:
I videotaped it. With the vampire.
OFF JASON, nervous about what he might see, but knowing that
he wants to see it. We HEAR “HANDCUFFED TO A FENCE IN
MISSISSIPPI” by Jim White.
Tara sits at the bar, depressed, nursing a MARGARITA. Sam is
making drinks for Sookie, who waits at the service area.
My life sucks.
Tara, don’t you be feeling sorry
for yourself. That’s just lazy.
But why can’t I keep a job?
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 17.
Maybe because you can’t keep your
Bitch, who asked you?
As Sam places the drinks on Sookie’s tray:
How you doing, Sookie?
Well, I’ve had better nights. But
I’ve had worse nights too.
Anything I can do to improve this
one for you?
Sookie looks at him, caught off guard. He smiles warmly and
frankly at her, having finally worked up the nerve to maybe
show her his true feelings. The moment is suddenly charged,
ON SOOKIE, feeling something, something big, something
unexpected. As we swiftly CIRCLE AROUND HER, MUSIC AND
CONVERSATION FADE, replaced by A MIX OF PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS,
which is more subdued, calmer, sounds further away.
Sookie instinctively turns around and steps into
CLOSE ON SOOKIE, looking at
HER POV: The FRONT DOOR IS JUST CLOSING. Either somebody just
left or they just came in.
BACK ON SOOKIE, wondering why she just felt such a jolt of
excitement. Behind her, Sam is watching something, alert.
MUSIC AND CONVERSATION FADE BACK IN, and Dishwalla’s “UNTIL I
WAKE UP” starts just as SOOKIE’S EYES WANDER OVER TO...
HER POV: Seated in a booth semi-shrouded in darkness is a
strangely handsome MAN. This is BILL COMPTON. He’s 166, but
looks 30. Dark hair, dark eyes. Old-fashioned sideburns.
Rugged, but with an air of refinement. He’s looking straight
ON SOOKIE, staring at Bill, B.G. MOVING SLOWLY behind her.
CLOSER ON BILL, observing her. His expression doesn’t change -
no smile, no leer, nothing. There’s something unnaturally
calm about him. It’s unsettling, but also sexy.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 18.
Sookie quickly turns around, excited.
Oh my God. I think Merlotte’s just
got its first vampire.
(quietly, eyeing Bill)
I think you’re right.
Can you believe it? Right here in
Bon Temps? I’ve been waiting for
this to happen ever since they came
out of the coffin two years ago!
She grabs her tray and heads off. We LINGER ON SAM, his face
a mixture of concern and sadness.
ON SOOKIE, walking toward us, secretly thrilled.
Her POV: MOVING TOWARD BILL, who watches us, eerily calm.
SLOWER MOTION ON SOOKIE, realizing suddenly how handsome he
is, and wondering at how comfortable she feels with him
looking at her...
MOVING CLOSER TO BILL, his stillness seeming like a deeply
centered confidence, nothing darker.
ON SOOKIE, ramping back into real time as a nervous LAUGH
escapes her, she’s so damn excited.
MOVING CLOSER STILL TO BILL. He almost smiles at Sookie’s
obvious enjoyment, then...
There’s a momentary FLASH OF REGRET in his eyes, the whites
of which are really white.
Sookie arrives at his table, trying not to be giddy.
Hi, what can I get you tonight?
Do you have any of that synthetic
His voice is deep and rich, yet soft and still, with a slight
Southern drawl. Sookie is surprised at the effect it has on
her, but doesn’t dislike it.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 19.
No, I’m so sorry. Sam got some a
year ago, but nobody ever ordered
it, and it went bad. You’re our
(the slightest of smiles)
Am I that obvious?
Oh, I knew the minute you came in.
(then, looking around)
I can’t believe nobody else around
here seems to.
(nods toward Sam)
ON SAM, looking back at Bill as if to say, “I’m watching
Oh, don’t worry about Sam. He’s
cool. I know for a fact he supports
the Vampire Rights Amendment.
How progressive of him. Perhaps I
will have the chance to count him
as a friend.
A moment, as they just look at each other. A strange peace
seems to exist between them, which Sookie may have never felt
before, although she doesn’t know why it’s there.
Oh! Can I get you... well, is there
anything else you drink?
Actually, no. But you can bring me
a glass of red wine so I’ll have a
reason to be here.
(a goofy laugh)
Well, whatever the reason, I’m glad
She smiles; he actually smiles back.
TRUE BLOOD - Episode #101 "Strange Love" - 11/12/06 - 20.
Don’t mind Sookie none, Mister.
She’s crazy as a bedbug.
Sookie turns beet red, as Mack Rattray leans over the back of
the adjoining booth. Bill watches her closely, observes her
I’ll just get your wine for you -
She walks away, working to mask how upset she is. Bill turns
to watch her go, wishing she hadn’t. Behind him, Mack Rattray
leans further over the back of the booth, extends his hand.
I’m Mack Rattray, this here’s my
Bill remains completely focused on Sookie for several beats
before turning back to the Rattrays.
And for the first time, we see some real darkness in him.
FROM BEHIND THE COUCH: Jason and Maudette’s bare backs are
visible; she’s draped on his shoulder. FLOATING UP we can see
ON THE TELEVISION they’re watching: Maudette is naked, HER
HANDS BOUND to a large HOOK in the ceiling above her, as a
hairless, sinewy VAMPIRE with multiple TATTOOS fucks her from
behind, running his hands up and down her body like a
virtuoso harpist on speed. He moves with superhuman power and
grace, reveling in the erotic drama being created.
ANGLE ON JASON, seated in front of the TV, watching,
mesmerized. Maudette licks his neck randomly. Jason glances
His POV: The HOOK in Maudette’s ceiling, a big industrial
hook apparently installed for just such a purpose.
Jason’s eyes wander back to the TV.
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ON THE TV: The Vampire’s face comes into view, his open mouth
revealing first FANGS, then an obscenely long TONGUE which he
extends lewdly. He drags his fangs across the surface of
Maudette’s neck, which clearly frightens her. Which he
CLOSER ON JASON, as Maudette goes for his crotch and drops
OUT OF FRAME. He lets out a ragged breath as the unseen
Maudette starts to blow him; he’s turned on, but feels like
he shouldn’t be.
CLOSE ON THE TV: The Vampire drags his fangs across
Maudette’s breast and LOOKS AT THE CAMERA darkly. Sticks his
tongue out again and HIS EYES ROLL AROUND IN THEIR SOCKETS
UNNATURALLY; he’s a hideous satyr, consumed by exhibitionist
lust. This image should be deeply disturbing, vicious and
CLOSE ON JASON, trying to reconcile his deep repulsion at the
video with his arousal by Maudette’s oral skills. It’s a
INT. MERLOTTE’S - NIGHT.
Slim Harpo’s “STRANGE LOVE” plays as Sam tends bar. Sookie
leans against the bar, next to Tara who’s working on her
second Margarita. They’re watching:
THE RATTRAYS HAVE JOINED BILL AT HIS TABLE. Denise keeps
pushing her hair back, exhibiting her bare neck, acting
overtly flirtatious. Bill is clearly responding, as he can’t
take his eyes off her, and when he speaks, we glimpse his
What a bitch!
You really think she’ll let him
Oh yeah. Don’t you know how many
people are having sex with vampires
these days? And sometimes, those
(sure of it)
No. He’s not like that.
Okay, you spoke to him for like a
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You don’t know how many people he’s
sucked the blood out of over the
last however many centuries he’s
But he’s so not scary...
Oh sweet Jesus in heaven, Sookie,
do not go getting any ideas this is
Mr. Right! He is a vampire!
But the synthetic blood has
everything they -
Are you willing to pass up all your
favorite foods and spend the rest
of your life drinking SlimFast?
A beat. Sookie knows he’s right, but...
I want to know what the hell those
Rattrays are up to.
She grabs her tray and heads off.
The Rattrays seems to be doing their best to seduce Bill.
- I mean, people have always
discriminated against me -
Oh boy, have they ever.
- because I just never felt like
being what society wanted me to be,
Me neither. Me neither.
So we know what it’s like for you.
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Sookie shows up at their table abruptly, intent on
interrupting whatever is going on.
Can I get yall anything else?
Bill, Mack and Denise look up at her, startled. Bill seems
glad to see her; the Rattrays do not.
Mack give her a steely smile.
MACK MACK (V.O.)
I’m fine. Get the hell out of here.
O-kay, then! How about you, Denise?
Denise just leans back and looks at the ceiling, not even
paying attention to Sookie, thinking:
- big guy so he’s probably got
eleven or twelve pints in him holy
shit that’s almost two hundred
ON SOOKIE, realizing.
DENISE (V.O.) (cont'd)
- bet we could get five hundred an
ounce in Dallas -
I’m going to bring yall a free
round of beer, okay? Don’t you go
Mack glares up at her; Denise ignores her, too wrapped up in
MACK (V.O.) DENISE (V.O.)
The hell is your problem? - finally pay off those
goddamn credit card bills -
Sookie gives Bill a pointed look before she heads off; he
watches her go, bewildered.
ANGLE ON THE BAR: Tara has nodded off, her head on the bar.
Sam is nowhere to be seen. Sookie rushes up, shakes her.
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Tara! We have to stop them!
Stop who? Why?
Sam returns from the storeroom, carrying a case of liquor.
The Rattrays! They’re going to
drain him and sell his blood! We
have to stop them!
Sam eyes her, concerned. As does Tara.
No we do not. We do not have to get
anywhere near that vampire.
(stares at her)
Wow, you are a real bigot, you know
I know that people who hang with
vamps always get sucked right out
of the real world somehow, even if
they remain alive.
I’m very disappointed in you, Tara,
you and your small-mindedness.
Sookie turns, is horrified to see
BILL’S BOOTH IS EMPTY.
Shit! I have to do something -
Sookie. A vampire can take care of
himself, I promise you.
Sookie looks at him, not so sure. Suddenly turns and rushes
out the front door.
Sam and Tara trade a look. Sam sighs, unties his apron.
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You know how to tend bar?
(hands her the apron)
EXT. MERLOTTE’S - PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS.
People have started home, so the parking lot is not quite so
crowded. Still, there’s a fair number of cars.
Sookie scans the lot, sees nothing. Takes a breath, exhales
slowly. Closes her eyes. Focuses. We HEAR - faintly -
- so thick like molasses DAMN
this’ll bring a pretty penny -
Sookie’s eyes pop open, and she looks toward the far end of
the parking lot, at the edge of the woods. Knows that’s where
she needs to go.
FOLLOWING SOOKIE as she quickly but stealthily moves toward
the edge of the lot. She stops when she spots A LENGTH OF
HEAVY CHAIN in the back of a pickup. Decides to take it,
taking great pains to be as quiet as possible.
Maudette stands, her hands once again bound to the hook in
the ceiling above her, as Jason fucks her from behind. He’s
excited, definitely into this.
You like this? You like it rough?
You like to be punished?
Yeah. You’re a sick little vampire
fucker, Maudette Perkins. Aren’t
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Oh yeah -
You like that? You like to fuck a
dead man? You disgust me -
Maudette MOANS and writhes; disgusting other people is
apparently a big turn-on for her.
Too bad I don’t have any fangs,
huh? Rip your throat out.
OFF JASON, fucking her savagely, what few inhibitions he has
now gone completely. Discovering a dark streak inside
himself. And liking it. His HANDS START TO ENCIRCLE HER NECK.
ANGLE ON THE LENS OF A VIDEO CAMERA, in the shadows. A tiny
GREEN LIGHT indicates it’s filming.
EXT. MERLOTTE’S - PARKING LOT - MOMENTS LATER - NIGHT.
CLOSE ON BILL, lying back on the grass, his FANGS EXTENDED,
his mouth opening and closing silently, helplessly. PULLING
BACK, we see his hands, feet and neck are all bound with
lightweight but strong SILVER CHAIN, and he’s lying at the
edge of the woods. Mack is on one side of him, yanking a
cruel-looking LEATHER TOURNIQUET tightly around his arm, just
above the elbow. Denise kneels at Bill’s other side, fixing a
new VACUTAINER to the NEEDLE she’s stuck into his forearm.
Three full VIALS OF BLOOD are already on the grass beside
I told you we should have taken him
ON BILL, suddenly spotting
His POV: SOOKIE KNEELS BEHIND A CAR, silently twisting the
chain around her wrist. SHE MAKES EYE CONTACT WITH HIM, nods
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BACK ON BILL, watching her intently, his eyes steady.
ON SOOKIE: It’s now or never. She stands, moves quickly and
stealthily from behind the car, and before Denise can even
finish looking up at her -
SHE BRINGS THE CHAIN DOWN HARD, ACROSS MACK’S HEAD AND BACK.
Mack CRIES OUT, drops the tourniquet, and stumbles forward,
onto Bill. Quickly scrambles off him and turns to face
Sookie, his eyes blazing.
You crazy bitch - !
AND HE PULLS A NASTY-LOOKING KNIFE FROM HIS BOOT.
Sookie glances down at it, then glances over at
Denise is too busy SWITCHING OUT VACUTAINERS to be of much
help. But her eyes are shooting holes of hate toward Sookie.
SOOKIE STARTS TO SWING THE CHAIN. Mack lunges at her, and she
jerks back; he SLASHES at her arm, missing by mere inches. On
its recoil, THE CHAIN WRAPS AROUND MACK’S NECK TIGHTLY, pulls
him to his knees, as if by magic. His knife drops.
ON SOOKIE, surprised. And grateful.
EXT. WOODS - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT.
CLOSE ON A WOMAN’S STARTLINGLY BLUE EYES, watching the whole
scene from the nearby woods.
ANGLE OVER THE BLUE-EYED WOMAN’S SHOULDER, THROUGH THE TREES:
Mack reaches for the heavy chain around his neck, making
choking noises. Pulls the chain from Sookie’s grip.
EXT. MERLOTTE’S - PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT.
ANGLE ON DENISE, eyeing the knife as she deftly clips a new
Vacutainer into place. SHE LUNGES FOR THE KNIFE, but...
SOOKIE BEATS HER TO IT. Grabs the knife and steps back,
brandishing it as if she has any idea what to do with it.
CLOSE ON BILL, suddenly becoming aware of something, of a
presence nearby. He twists his head toward the woods.
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EXT. WOODS - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT.
THE BLUE-EYED WOMAN QUICKLY RETREATS INTO THE WOODS. We never
got a clear look at her face, but we do see the SPARKLY 1960S
COCKTAIL DRESS she’s wearing as she nimbly sprints off
through the darkness.
Mack struggles, unable to get the chain from around his neck.
Denise stands and moves toward Sookie, livid.
This is not your business, you
(holding knife steadily)
Now see, that just proves how low-
rent you really are.
Do you have any idea who you are
messing with? You do not want to be
on my bad side.
I’m not sure you even have another
side, you cheap Christmas trash.
Denise reaches for the VIALS OF VAMPIRE BLOOD. Sookie jabs
toward her with the knife.
Uh-uh. That doesn’t belong to you.
I will kill you for this.
Get. Out. Now.
A standoff. Denise considers fighting her, but Sookie does
seem confident and more then willing to inflict serious
damage on Denise should she attempt it. Denise finally grabs
Mack by the chain around his neck and drags him toward their
beat-up RED SPORTS CAR.
This ain’t over.
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Still holding the knife, Sookie drops to her knees and deftly
unwraps the silver chain around Bill’s neck, hands and
ankles. She’s unsettled to see
FINE LINES BURNT INTO HIS SKIN, RED and WET, where the silver
was. SMOKE rising from these cuts. We HEAR the Rattrays’ CAR
ON SOOKIE, even more unsettled, when
BILL’S CUTS START TO HEAL in front of her eyes.
Her face is suddenly illuminated by CAR HEADLIGHTS, and she
looks up at
THE RATTRAY’S CAR IS BARRELING RIGHT TOWARD SOOKIE AND BILL.
Thinking quickly, she moves around to his head and reaches
under his arms.
Push with your feet -
SHE YANKS HIM BACK TOWARD THE WOODS WITH ALL HER MIGHT; he
pushes with his now unbound feet and THEY FALL BACK BEHIND
THE TREE LINE just as
THE RATTRAYS’ CAR SPEEDS BY, DANGEROUSLY CLOSE. Swerves to
avoid hitting a tree just in time, then is gone. A DOG BARKS.
Sookie has to take a couple of moments to catch her breath.
Bill moves, brings his now unbound wrists up to his chest,
smoke trailing from them. Whatever he’s been through, it’s
obviously still painful.
Oh, you poor thing, I am so sorry I
didn’t get here faster...
He looks up at her, his expression unreadable.
You’ll feel better in a minute,
He doesn’t answer, just keeps struggling to move. Sookie is
suddenly embarrassed for him, seeing him so weak like this.
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Do you want me to leave?
She smiles, pleased he wants her to stay. Until -
They might come back, and I can’t
Sookie frowns, not liking this. Just then...
A COLLIE trots up and looks at both of them, sniffs around,
Well, hey there, dog.
The Collie wags its tail, licks her face. Approaches Bill,
BARKS once or twice, not unfriendly, then suddenly runs off.
He’s checking on you.
That’s just some old dog that hangs
around the bar sometimes. He must
Oh, no doubt.
He struggles to sit up. Instinctively, Sookie reaches to help
him, but he pulls back from her. Hurt, she turns around to
give him some privacy.
I guess you’re not too happy about
being rescued by a woman.
(not easy for him)
ON SOOKIE, now irritated. She gets an idea. Takes a breath,
closes her eyes and listens. The NIGHT SOUNDS FADE, get a
little fuzzy, then are replaced by...
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Sookie opens her eyes and GASPS, realizing -
I can’t hear you!
Sookie turns to him, excited. Without thinking, takes his
face in her hands, looks into his eyes, concentrating deeply.
He is clearly surprised by this.
No, I can hear you, but I can’t...
She relaxes completely, closes her eyes. Again, nothing. She
smiles, deeply happy, suddenly understanding why she feels
the way she feels around him. Opens her eyes, still smiling.
A beat, as they regard each other.
Aren’t you afraid to be out here
alone with a hungry vampire?
But she does quickly put some distance between them.
Are you assuming that since you
came to my rescue, you’re safe?
Vampires often turn on those who
trust them. We don’t have human
values, you know.
A lot of humans turn on those who
trust them too. I’m not a total
She’s found the fine SILVER CHAIN that was wrapped around him
earlier; she quickly entwines it around her neck and looks
back at him, a little smug. He sits up quickly, just to let
her know how much he has already recovered.
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You have other, very juicy
arteries. There’s one in the groin
that’s a particular favorite of
Uh-uh. I won’t listen to nasty
talk. You might be a vampire but
when you talk to me you will talk
to me like the lady that I am.
Bill eyes her, surprised, apparently unaccustomed to being
told what to do. A trace of a smile floats on his face.
Would you like to drink the blood
I understand it make humans feel
more healthy and improves their sex
I’m as healthy as a horse and I
have no sex life to speak of, so
you can just keep it.
You could always sell it.
I wouldn’t touch it.
He stands abruptly, crosses to her, looks at her closely,
which is a little unsettling for her.
You’re different. What are you?
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Well, I’m Sookie Stackhouse, and
I’m a waitress. What’s your name?
(after a beat)
Sookie can’t help it; she LAUGHS out loud.
Bill clearly doesn’t appreciate her LAUGHTER, but after the
nerve-wracking events of the past few minutes, she needs a
I thought it might be Antoine, or
Basil, or Langford, maybe, but
The vampire Bill! Oh my.
Her LAUGHTER gradually runs its course. An awkward beat.
So silver, huh? I thought that only
(off his raised eyebrow)
I’m not implying werewolves exist,
I mean, that’s just what you always
see in the movies.
I would appreciate it if you didn’t
share this information with anyone.
We don’t like for our weaknesses to
be public knowledge.
Well, see ya, Bill, I gotta get
back to work.
She stands, shoots him a smile, then turns to go.
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Sookie emerges from the woods, a little worse for wear.
Looking up, she spots
Sam stands in the parking lot, worried; he’s obviously been
looking for her. When he sees her, his face is flooded with
Sookie, thank God. You okay?
I’m fine. And for your information,
not all vampires can take care of
She passes him, heads back toward the bar. He lingers,
looking out at
His POV: THE WOODS, dark and still and EERILY QUIET.
The place has thinned out considerably. We HEAR “I SHOULD GET
UP” by Teddy Thompson.
Tara is still behind the bar. Sam comes out of the kitchen,
Thanks for helping me out tonight,
Yeah, how much are you going to pay
Um, twenty bucks?
Sam. How can you expect me to work
here for twenty bucks a night?
I don’t expect you to work here.
And you covered tonight for only
what, an hour? At the most.
Yeah, but Sam. If I did work here -
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It would only be a matter of time
before you went off on somebody,
and I don’t want to drive my
I only go off on stupid people.
Most of my customers are stupid
Yeah, but I could help you keep an
eye on Sookie, cause something
tells me that girl is messing with
trouble with a capital T.
Sam’s eyes meet hers. She’s serious.
And she means too much to both of
us, to let anything happen to her.
They keep looking at each other, then Sam frowns. Grabs a
worn MIXING GUIDE from under the bar, hands it to her.
Be here tomorrow at six. And learn
this on your own, I don’t have time
to train you.
Sam. I was mixing whiskey sours for
my mama when I was in first grade.
It’s just like riding a bicycle.
Jason enters, crosses to the bar, agitated.
Hey, Sam. My sister here?
Sam has already poured him a DRAFT BEER.
No, she just left.
Damn. Okay. It’ll wait.
Tara smiles, softer, more vulnerable in his presence. She
waits for him to acknowledge her; when he doesn’t:
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(without looking at her)
Now she’s pissed.
Uh, my name is Tara? I went to high
school with your sister? I used to
spend the night at your house for
(mystified by her
I remember you.
Uh, you better remember me.
Jason stares at her, trying to remember if there’s anything
he should remember. DAWN APPEARS, counting her tips.
(to Jason, flirty)
(pleased to see her)
He spontaneously hugs her; she hugs him back tightly. There’s
obviously history here, but no hard feelings. They break the
hug, but their faces remain close. Tara watches them like
she’s watching TV.
How’ve you been? You look great.
I’ve been fine. Partyin’.
So you’re not mad at me?
Why would I be mad at you?
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For not calling, you know. The
Jason. I had no expectations about
you, none whatsoever. I’m not an
No, you are kind of an idiot.
And you are a pathetic bastard.
Hey, what time you get off work?
Well, what do you know? I get off
Jason grins, amused by her directness.
You want to go somewhere?
Yeah. I want to go home. G’night!
And she walks away, leaving him frustrated and intrigued,
which of course is exactly what she wanted. He watches her go
out the front door, a rakish grin on his face.
Oh my God. You are a huge parody of
yourself, and you don’t even know
Jason stands, slaps a bill on the bar. He didn’t even hear
Great seeing you, Tara. Good luck.
And he heads out himself.
Good luck? Good luck with what?
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THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD: We’re driving down a TWO LANE ROAD
through the woods, illuminated only by HEADLIGHTS, just like
at the beginning. We HEAR “SWEET AFTON” by Nickel Creek.
ON SOOKIE, driving, turning the events of the night over in
her mind. Remembering the peace she felt in Bill’s presence.
THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD: We turn off the main road, down a
SINGLE LANE GRAVEL ROAD. The middle of nowhere.
EXT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - NIGHT.
In the middle of a clearing, surrounded by wood on all sides,
stands an OLD HOUSE, built in the mid-nineteenth century and
added to haphazardly over the years. WHITE CLAPBOARD SIDING,
TIN ROOF, SCREENED PORCH. It manages to be ramshackle, quaint
and warm all at once. Aside from the YELLOW BUG LIGHT at the
door, there’s a SINGLE LIGHT ON UPSTAIRS. Then a MOTION
DETECTOR FLOODLIGHT COMES ON AS Sookie’s YELLOW HONDA CIVIC
pulls up and parks next to the 1976 BEIGE FORD GRENADA out
front. Sookie gets out and heads toward the front door.
INT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - STAIRWELL - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT.
MOVING UP AND ACROSS FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS lining the stairwell -
Sookie and Jason’s SCHOOL PICTURES throughout the years;
Jason as a boy in a LITTLE LEAGUE UNIFORM; Sookie as a girl
in a TUTU; Sookie and Jason as kids in HALLOWEEN COSTUMES;
high school GRADUATION PHOTOS of both of them standing with
an OLDER WOMAN IN HER LATE SIXTIES... only one with their
PARENTS, taken when Sookie was about six and Jason nine.
SOOKIE ENTERS FRAME, climbing the stairs. We FOLLOW HER up to
the second floor hallway. She RAPS on a door, then opens it
and we follow her into
INT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - ADELE’S ROOM - CONTINUOUS -
A small room, but warm and cheerful. ADELE HALE STACKHOUSE
(75) sits up in a queen-sized antique SPINDLE BED, reading a
ROMANCE NOVEL. She wears a long sleeve cotton nightgown and
her hair is completely white. A plush, satisfied-looking CAT
is curled up on the bed. Adele’s crinkly eyes light up when
she sees Sookie enter.
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(closes her book)
Sookie sits on the side of the bed, pets the Cat.
(then, to Adele)
Guess what happened tonight?
You got a date?
Uh, no. A vampire came into the
Ooooh! Did he have fangs?
Sookie smiles grimly.
He did. But most of the time, they
Adele sits up, intrigued.
Did he bite anybody in the bar?
Oh, no, Gran! He just sat and had a
glass of red wine. Well, he ordered
it, but he didn’t drink it. I think
he just wanted some company.
Wonder where he stays.
He wouldn’t be likely to tell
No, I guess not.
Did you like him?
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I don’t know. He was real
But she did like him, and Adele sees that, smiles.
Well, I’ll let you get to bed -
Okay, sweetie. I was just staying
up ‘til you got in.
Sookie kisses her on the cheek, then stands.
Come on Tina -
The Cat jumps off the bed and follows Sookie out. Adele TURNS
OFF THE BEDSIDE LAMP.
INT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - SOOKIE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT.
Another small room, furnished with Sookie’s bedroom furniture
from childhood: white-painted CHEST OF DRAWERS, VANITY, and a
DOUBLE BED, in which Sookie lies sleeping, her face lit by
the moonlight streaming through the OPEN WINDOW. Tina sleeps
curled up against her. An unexpected BREEZE RUSTLES the
curtains, waking Sookie up.
After a beat, Sookie gets up crosses to the window, looks
Her POV: Bill Compton stands in the clearing below, looking
up at her.
Sookie steps back from the window, taken aback. Stands
absolutely still for a moment, then grabs her robe and heads
out of the room.
EXT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - MOMENTS LATER - NIGHT.
Sookie comes out the front door and down the steps, but Bill
is nowhere to be seen. As she turns, looking for him, we
CIRCLE HER and then
HE’S RIGHT NEXT TO HER, as if out of nowhere, startling her.
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Bill smiles. Starts to unbutton his shirt. Sookie, much to
her surprise, starts to undo her robe.
(a little embarrassed)
Huh. I never thought I would be
having sex with you - at least not
Bill’s smile widens, and HIS FANGS EXTEND.
Who said anything about sex?
Sookie quickly pulls her robe closed tight.
Now, see, that really ticks me off.
Sookie gives him a hard look - and then starts SCREAMING her
head off -
SMASH CUT TO:
INT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - SOOKIE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT.
CLOSE ON SOOKIE’S EYES as they POP OPEN.
She sits up in bed, unsettled by her dream. She glances at
the window, gets up and closes it. Climbs back into bed and
as her head drops toward the pillow...
SAME ANGLE: Sookie’s head drops down on the back of a folding
ALUMINUM CHAISE. She’s in a white strapless two-piece bathing
suit, coated in suntan lotion. She settles in, lets out a
long contented sigh. “DYNAMITE” by Brenda Lee plays on the
BOOM BOX next to her chaise. We HEAR a car approaching on the
gravel drive. Sookie looks up, squints at
A BLACK DODGE RAM PICKUP TRUCK with a CUSTOM PAINT JOB and
oversized TIRES rumbles into view, stops. The door opens and
Jason hops out, wearing a KHAKI SHIRT and PANTS, his county
road workers uniform. WORK BOOTS, a sheathed KNIFE strapped
to his belt, along with a CELL PHONE. He strides toward
Sookie purposefully. Sookie sits up, puts on a pair of
How come you didn’t tell me you
beat up the Rattrays last night?
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I haven’t even seen you since then!
Hanging the laundry out back. And
keep your voice down, I don’t want
her to know about any of this.
Hoyt Fortenberry couldn’t wait til
I got to work this morning to tell
me all about it.
Hoyt Fortenberry? How the heck does
He went over to the Ratts last
night to buy some weed, and Denise
drove up like she wanted to kill
somebody, she was so mad. It took
both Hoyt and Denise to get Mack
into the trailer, and then they had
to take him to the hospital in
Uh-huh. Did Hoyt tell you Mack came
after me with a knife?
Jason’s eyes blaze, then he lets out a low WHISTLE.
Son of a bitch. You want me to kick
his ass for you?
I already took care of that, thank
What were you doing messing with
Well, did you know that in addition
to dealing drugs, the Ratts also
happen to be vampire drainers?
(off his surprised look)
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Yep. One of my customers last night
was a vampire, and they were
draining him out in the parking
lot. I couldn’t have that.
Jason eyes her darkly.
Sookie. You don’t want to get mixed
up with vampires. Trust me.
Oh, shut up. Even if you don’t want
a vampire for your best friend, you
can’t let trash like the Ratts
drain them. It’s not like siphoning
gas out of a car. They would have
left him in the woods to die.
So what? He’s already dead.
That’s not his fault!
Jason eyes her, suddenly worried.
What’s he look like?
Handsome. Sort of old fashioned?
Like from a movie on T-C-M.
No, he has really nice hair.
None that I could see.
Adele comes around the side of the house with an empty
laundry basket, happy to see her grandson. Wishing she saw
him more often.
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Sakes alive, boy, where have you
been keeping yourself?
Jason allows her to hug him tightly, kisses the top of her
Hey, Gran. How’s my girl?
You’re all sweaty. Want some iced
I would love some.
Sookie rolls her eyes as Adele and Jason walk toward the
Sookie and Jason are seated at the table, eating CHICKEN-
FRIED STEAK, MASHED POTATOES and BEANS. Drinking ICED TEA in
old-fashioned tall glasses. We can HEAR ADELE CHATTING ON THE
PHONE in another room.
(re: Sookie’s steak)
You want the rest of that?
(stares at him)
Okay, just asking. I mean, if you
are going to wear that suit, you
might want to start watching what
Sookie has to LAUGH at his transparent attempts at
manipulation. Adele enters, clicking off the phone.
(re: phone call)
That was Everlee Mason. Guess who
they found strangled to death in
her apartment last night? Maudette
ON JASON, suddenly subdued. Silent, unreadable.
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Oh my lord!
She didn’t show up for work and
wasn’t answering her phone, so her
boss called Bud Dearborne, and he
rode over and got the manager to
let him in, and they found her.
I graduated from high school with
Can you believe it? A murder in Bon
Well, why are you surprised? Now
that we got ourselves a vampire.
Sookie turns to him, irritated.
Just because he’s a vampire doesn’t
mean he’s a -
(a tad too sharply)
Oh, come on. Fangbangers go missing
all the time in Shreveport, and New
JASON (CONT’D) ADELE
They never find them, but What’s a fangbanger?
everybody knows -
JASON (CONT’D) SOOKIE
- the vampires are killing A vampire groupie. Women and
them and then disposing of men who like to get bitten.
Maudette was a fangbanger? How do
you know that?
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I don’t know, Sookie! The way that
you just - know things, sometimes.
Sookie glares at him. She hates him for acknowledging her
telepathic powers, and she also knows that he doesn’t share
them. Adele gives Jason a sharp look: he looks away, shamed.
Suddenly checks his watch. Stands and washes his hands in the
There’s also hookers that
specialize in vampires, they drink
Tru-Blood to keep their supply up,
and they keep a bodyguard there in
case the vamp gets too frisky.
(off their looks)
I read that in a magazine.
Maudette was a prostitute?
No, she just liked to have a good
time! She wasn’t a pro!
Goodness. I wonder how much one
would charge for something like
A thousand bucks.
See, now that just makes me sick.
I know. What kind of cheap soul
could ever -
No, it makes me sick they’re
getting a thousand bucks to just
lay there and do nothing, while I
bust my ass for ten bucks an hour
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(drying his hands)
I don’t think they just lay there.
I think they’re expected to, you
Jason glances at her, and she sees his eyes filled with...
guilt? Fear? He quickly looks away. Sookie stands, crosses to
him, grabs his hand, tries to look into his eyes. He yanks
his hand away, furious.
Don’t you try that with me,
goddamnit! I’m your brother.
ON SOOKIE, shaken by his anger.
I gotta get back to work.
And he’s out the back door as fast as he can go. An awkward
beat. Adele starts to clear the table, pretending like
nothing just happened; Sookie joins her.
I know. Terrible, just terrible.
And they start washing the dishes in silence.
OFF SOOKIE, wondering if it’s possible a vampire could have
had something to do with Maudette’s death, and if so, which
vampire. Or if it was even a vampire at all.
ORANGE CONES, DETOUR SIGNS. ROAD WORKERS in DAYGLO ORANGE
VESTS go about the work of repaving yet another TWO-LANE
COUNTY ROAD. A variety of headwear: PLASTIC HELMETS, wide-
brimmed STRAW HATS, a couple of DOO-RAGS. A STEAM ROLLER
FLATTENS ASPHALT, DRIVES OUT OF FRAME, REVEALING JASON, on
his CELL PHONE. He’s stripped down to his T-shirt in this
heat, over which he wears a DAYGLO YELLOW VEST with the
RENARD PARRISH PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT LOGO on it. He’s
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Come on, Dawn. I’m having a really
INT. DAWN’S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS - DAY.
Dawn, her hair wet and wearing just a towel wrapped around
her, sits on the edge of her bathtub, shaving her tan,
Not my responsibility!
Intercut as necessary with Jason at the Road Work Site:
Didn’t we have a good time
together? Don’t you want to have
Jason, honey. I hate to break this
to you, but you are not the only
source of a good time for me.
No, but I’m the best one.
Oh my God! You are so egotistical!
But I’m hot.
His LAUGH fades when he spots:
A RENARD PARRISH SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR pulls onto the shoulder
on the other side of the road, STOPS; A CONSERVATIVE BLUE
SEDAN PULLS IN BEHIND IT. DOORS OPEN and TWO MEN get out, one
from each car: SHERIFF BUD DEARBORNE and Bon Temps Police
DETECTIVE ANDY BELLEFLEUR. Bud Dearborne is in his fifties,
fit and tough, with a mashed-in bulldog face and a cowboy
hat. Andy’s in his late thirties, built like a boxer, a
perpetual scowl on his rugged face. He wears a short sleeve
shirt and a tie.
So am I.
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(eyeing Bud and Andy)
Oh, I know. That’s why I’m on the
phone with you.
Okay, I give up. Meet me after work
I gotta go, I’ll call you back.
He clicks off the phone.
Jason squints at Andy and Bud as they approach him.
Sheriff Dearborne. Andy.
Afternoon, Jason. Jason.
No hands are shaken. A beat.
ANGLE ON LAFAYETTE REYNOLDS, shoveling gravel. He wears no
makeup today and he’s pulled the top part of his jumpsuit
down to the waist. With his DOO-RAG and powerful torso, he
looks like a gangsta rapper. He’s also watching Jason with
the Sheriff and Andy, wondering what’s up.
BACK ON JASON, ANDY and BUD.
Something I can help you with?
You know Maudette Perkins?
Sure, I know her. I buy gas at the
Grabbit Quik, she works there
during the day.
How would you characterize your
relationship with Maudette?
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Relationship. I didn’t have a
relationship with her. I barely
So you know she was murdered last
Uh, no. Wow. I mean, yeah, I did
know that, my grandmother told me
at lunch. Somebody called her.
Bud and Andy eye him impassively.
ANGLE ON TWO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE WORK CREW, watching Jason
being questioned. These are his buddies RENE LENIER and HOYT
FORTENBERRY, both in their late twenties. Rene is smaller
than Jason, dark and wiry; Hoyt is one of the most indistinct
people you ever saw.
What’s up with Jason and the law?
Maybe they think he knows something
Rene looks at Hoyt, then looks back at Jason, concerned.
BACK ON JASON, ANDY AND BUD.
Did you ever visit Maudette at her
No, I can do a lot better than
Maudette, believe me.
He LAUGHS; Bud and Andy do not.
You weren’t there last night?
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Uh... okay, yeah, I was there last
Then why didn’t you say so?
Well... because I know she got
killed. And I thought it would look
bad, me having been at her
Well, it does look bad, Jason.
It looks real bad.
Okay, look, I hooked up with
Maudette last night, and we had
sex. That’s all.
How would you characterize the sex?
How would I characterize it? It was
Nothing out of the ordinary?
A beat. Jason avoids looking at them.
Because we’ve already seen the
Now Jason closes his eyes.
You didn’t know she was taping it?
No, but I should have.
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He opens his eyes again, his world crashing around him.
You need to come with us, Jason.
Yeah, yeah, just - let me tell Rene
to take over -
Bud nods. Jason crosses to Rene and Hoyt, as if in a dream.
Lafayette is standing close enough to hear the following:
Hey, Rene, I gotta go into town for
a while, you’ll take over?
Yeah, yeah. Everything all right?
Yeah! No, it’s nothing to worry
about. Everything’s fine.
Don’t tell my sister, okay?
What’d you do, Jason?
Jason looks at him, his face suddenly filled with sadness,
then turns and walks away. Bud opens the back door of the
patrol car and Jason gets inside.
OFF RENE, HOYT, LAFAYETTE and other members of the ROAD CREW,
watching as the patrol car pulls away.
INT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - SOOKIE’S BEDROOM - DUSK.
Sookie sits at her vanity, putting on her makeup, in her
waitress uniform. She seems miles away. We suddenly FLASH ON
17-YEAR-OLD SOOKIE walks down the hall by herself, her
shoulders hunched over, trying to be invisible. Three popular
CHEERLEADERS stand at their lockers. As Sookie passes them,
she glances over at
Her POV, SLOWING DOWN: The girls glance at us as we pass by
them. Two look away, one’s eyes remain on us and WE HEAR
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- don’t stare at me you creepy
little bitch of a freak can you
hear me you suck Sookie Stackhouse
you suck like a goddamn Hoover can
you hear me -
ON SOOKIE, IN SLO MO, looking back at her, unable to mask the
hurt on her face...
BACK ON THE CHEERLEADER, IN SLO MO, LAUGHING. It’s 18-YEAR-
OLD MAUDETTE PERKINS.
ON SOOKIE, RAMPING INTO REAL TIME, as she walks away from us.
INT. OLD STACKHOUSE PLACE - SOOKIE’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS -
Sookie shakes it off, focuses on her makeup. Adele appears at
the door. They smile at each other, Adele comes in and sits
on the bed. Their eyes meet in the mirror, another smile.
Sookie waits for Adele to speak. Finally:
What’s up, Gran?
Oh, I was just wondering how old
you think the vampire is? The one
you met last night.
I have no idea. Why?
Well, do you think he might
remember the War?
The Civil War? Could be.
Oh, if he does, I would love to
have him come speak to the
Descendants of the Glorious Dead.
You think he might want to?
I think he might have a hard time
showing up at the Public Library at
noon on Thursday.
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We could have a special meeting. At
night. Or he could just talk to me,
and I could tape his recollections.
I’m sure the other members would
find it so interesting.
I’ll ask him the next time he comes
in to Merlotte’s. If he comes in.
OFF SOOKIE, in the mirror, applying mascara, not sure whether
she wants him to come or not.
EXT. MERLOTTE’S - NIGHT.
The parking lot is starting to fill up. We HEAR “BAR EXAM” by
TARA is behind the bar, in jeans and a tank top, as usual.
She consults her MIXING GUIDE as she makes drinks. Lafayette
emerges from the kitchen. He’s wearing makeup again, color
coordinated with the form-fitting GREEN LACE SHIRT he wears
under his apron. Tasteful GOLD HOOPS in his ears. He looks
What are you doing here?
I work here.
Oh no you do not.
Oh yes I do too, you ugly bitch.
And you need to make peace with
Then Sam has lost his mind, because
you should not be allowed to work
in any situation where you have to
interact with actual people.
(rolls her eyes)
That is so not true.
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A white male CUSTOMER sits, SNAPS HIS FINGERS at her.
Do not snap at me. I have a name,
and that name is Tara, and isn’t
that funny, a black girl being
named after a plantation?
A beat. The Customer LAUGHS nervously.
No it’s not funny at all. In fact,
it really pisses me off that my
mama was either stupid or just
plain mean. Which is why you better
be nice to me if you want a drink
The Customer stares at her, slack-jawed, then...
Lafayette suppresses an urge to laugh. Barely. Tara glares at
You look like you run a massage
parlor in Bangkok and your name is
Yeah, well, you just look like
Hey, you know if Sookie found out
anything about her brother getting
arrested this afternoon?
Jason got arrested? For what?
I’m not sure. But Maudette Pickens
did just get murdered...
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Are you serious? Jason would never
kill anybody. And he can do a hell
of a lot better than Maudette
You still have a thing for him.
I do not! That boy is too damn
stuck up for me.
That boy is sex on a stick, no
matter how stuck up he is.
Don’t you have something to fry?
Lafayette LAUGHS, heads back into the kitchen, as “BAR EXAM”
ends and segues into “WHOEVER SAID IT WAS EASY” by Wayne
INT. MERLOTTE’S - SERVICE ALLEY - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT.
ANGLE ON SOOKIE, a shocked expression on her face.
Arrested?! For what?
Sookie stands next to Dawn in the service alley; they’re
doing waitress things.
(not wanting to bring up
I don’t know -
Lafayette passes through on his way back to the kitchen.
Sorry about your brother, Sook.
How come everybody knew about this
before I did?
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Well, I was there, I saw ‘em cart
And I was complaining to Arlene
about Jason hanging up on me when
we were making a date and never
calling me back, and she told me
Arlene? How does she know?
I guess she heard about it from
Sookie grabs her tray and starts out.
Besides, we figured you just...
She trails off. Sookie stops, turns to her.
I just what?
An awkward beat.
Well, I mean... you didn’t just
I am not psychic!
She storms out of the service alley. Dawn raises an eyebrow
Arlene is curled up with Rene Lenier on one side of a booth;
Hoyt Fortenberry sits across from them. They’re all a little
drunk. As Arlene empties a pitcher of beer in Rene’s mug:
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I cannot believe I’m in here on my
night off, just pouring my hard-
earned money back into Sam
Sookie approaches the table, upset.
What happened to my brother, Rene?
Aw hell, I promised him I wouldn’t
tell you -
Oh, uh, well, Bud Dearborn and Andy
Bellefleur came out and asked him
some questions and then they put
him in the back of the squad car.
So you don’t even know for a fact
that they arrested him?
Well, they didn’t cuff him or
Sookie, I am so sorry.
For what? Yall are already acting
like Jason’s guilty of killing
Maudette, and we don’t even know
what they were talking to him
She’s loud enough that everyone in the vicinity turns and
looks at her:
Bud Dearborne just made a mistake,
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Oh yeah. Has to be. Jason’s a real
(stares at him)
No, he’s not, Hoyt. He’s selfish,
egotistical and he’s a complete
horndog. But he’s not a killer.
She turns and storms back toward the bar. Joseph Arthur’s
“STUMBLE AND PAIN” starts under
REVERSE DOLLY ON SOOKIE as she walks toward us then -
SUDDENLY STOPS. OVER HER SHOULDER, we can see -
BILL COMPTON HAS JUST ENTERED. Sookie feels his presence -
She turns slowly, their eyes meet. He moves toward an empty
booth. She moves toward him.
Practically everyone in the restaurant is watching, including
Sam and Tara from behind the bar.
ON SOOKIE, as she slides into the booth across from Bill.
She’s HEARING A CACOPHONY OF THOUGHTS right now, unable to
shut them out due to her heightened emotional state.
BAR PATRONS (O.C.)
- bet that’s the vampire she saved -
/ - what kind of good Christian
girl would - / - that whole
Stackhouse family is nothing but
trash always had been - / - maybe
that vampire is the one that killed
Sookie closes her eyes, trying to shut out the din. Bill
reaches across the table, PUTS HIS HAND ON HERS and
THE SOUND OF PEOPLE THINKING CUTS OFF ABRUPTLY, COMPLETELY.
Sookie relaxes, opens her eyes, smiles. Bill is wearing the
slightest of smiles himself.
Good evening, Miss Stackhouse.
People try not to watch, but they don’t try very hard.
Your hand is cool.
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Yes. I’m afraid I’m not as warm as
the men you must be accustomed to.
A little embarrassed, she withdraws her hand.
What can I get for you tonight?
Bill says nothing, just leans forward and eyes her intently.
She stares back at him, unafraid.
What are you?
I told you. I’m a waitress.
No. You’re something more than
that. You’re something more than
I beg your pardon!
The entire place is watching them - Sam, Tara, Arlene, Rene,
Hoyt, Lafayette, Dawn - but Sookie and Bill both seem
completely unaware of the attention.
He says her name as if he’s turning it over in his mouth,
It’s an unusual name, Sookie. Is it
short for something else?
Nope. Just plain Sookie.
Well, just plain Sookie... may I
call on you sometime?
Call on me?
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May I come to visit you at your
She looks down at the table. A beat. It suddenly seems as if
a lot hangs on her answer. Sookie feels everyone’s eyes on
her, then she looks up at Bill, at his dark eyes, dark,
placid pools of silence, then...
Well, sure. My grandmother would
love to meet you.
Oh! That reminds me - listen, can I
talk to you after work? I have a
favor to ask you.
Of course. After all, I am in your
He doesn’t sound particularly happy about this.
Not a favor for me! For my
grandmother. If you’ll be up -
well, I guess you will be - would
you mind meeting me at the employee
door at the back of the bar when I
get off at, probably around one
I’d be delighted.
A beat. Sookie smiles like a teenager: innocent, oblivious,
not a care in the world.
ON SAM, at the bar, leaning forward as if trying to hear
their conversation, even though he’s all the way on the other
side of the room.
You realize that every person in
this establishment is staring at us
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Oh, they’re just staring at me
because my brother is in some sort
of trouble with the police.
Bill, did you know Maudette
I did not.
And they’re staring because I’m a
vampire and you are... mortal.
Oh, who cares what they think?
I want to make my home here, so I
do. I will see you at one thirty.
He slides out of the booth with grace, nods slightly to her,
then turns and walks out of the bar. As soon as he’s gone -
ON SOOKIE, as the DIN OF EVERYONE ELSE’S THOUGHTS floods into
her consciousness, LOUDER THAN EVER:
BAR PATRONS (O.C.)
- even crazier than I thought she
was - / - wonder if it’s true what
they say about sex with vampires -
/ - won’t be surprised if she turns
up dead just like poor Maudette -
Her EYES CLOSE, then POP OPEN when -
SAM GRABS HER BY THE ARM. Pulls her out of the booth and
toward the kitchen The entire restaurant watches.
Sam pulls Sookie inside, shuts the door and turns to her,
Sookie, you are being a very stupid
Who asked you? I can take care of
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Really? I don’t think so. Mack
could have seriously cut you up
last night -
SAM (cont’d) SOOKIE
- and now you’re setting up a How do you know what Mack
date with a vampire? What, do would have done? And how do
you have a death wish? you know what I -
No, I do not have a death wish! I
just happen to think judging an
entire group of people by the
behavior of a few individuals
within that group is morally wrong.
Well, I won’t let you put yourself
and the bar in danger. I won’t do
(her lip quivering)
Am I fired?
No! But next time you think someone
is being harmed in our parking lot,
pick up a phone and call the
police, do not go out there alone
like a goddamn vigilante!
Sookie bursts into tears. Sam’s face crumples; he can’t stand
having hurt her. He pulls her to him, hugs her.
Aw, cher. Don’t you know I couldn’t
stand to lose you -
ON SOOKIE, HEARING HIS THOUGHTS:
SAM (V.O.) (cont'd)
- so warm - want you - smell so
good - love -
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But SAM’S THOUGHTS SOUND DIFFERENT FROM EVERYONE ELSE’S:
There’s a deep bass RUMBLE under everything, almost like AN
ANIMAL GROWLING. And the words come only in snippets, shreds.
Sookie pulls back from him, stares him in the eyes, her hands
on his arms.
SAM (V.O.) (cont'd)
- love you - want -
Before Sookie can respond, Tara comes through the door.
Sookie! Are you out of your
everloving mind? That vampire wants
you for dinner.
I won’t let you just walk into his
trap, no ma’am. Over my dead body.
You mean too much to me.
Sookie stares at her, at a loss, then HEARS:
TARA (V.O.) (cont'd)
- Jason would never actually hurt
someone not Jason not beautiful
Jason adorable -
(rolls her eyes)
Oh for heavens’ sake, Tara. Jason
is never going to care about you
the way you care about him!
Tara stares at her, astonished - then erupts:
You - you made a promise you would -
you stay out of my head!
ON SOOKIE, as both Sam’s and Tara’s thoughts invade her
SAM (V.O.) TARA (V.O.)
- poor Sookie - hard for her - - you don’t know maybe Jason
burden - I could - easier - will get shook up by this
wish - let me - whole Maudette business and
want a real woman -
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(loses it, screams)
Oh shut up, both of you! And stop
bossing me around. I am a grown
woman, and I am the one who decides
what I do, not either one of you.
She stomps out, SLAMMING the door behind her. Sam and Tara
look at each other; finally Sam shrugs.
Only a handful of cars in the parking lot. The NEON BEER
SIGNS in the windows GO OUT.
ANGLE ON THE EMPLOYEE DOOR IN THE BACK, as it opens and
Sookie emerges with her purse. Expecting to find Bill...
But he’s not there. She stands there for a moment, not
knowing what to do, then Sam emerges from the Employee Door.
You want me to wait with you until -
Go home, Sam.
He walks across the small rear parking lot to a MOBILE HOME,
set on a concrete block base, with a small grass YARD and a
neat HEDGE. Sam unlocks the door, goes inside, and shuts it.
The PORCH LIGHT GOES OUT.
Sookie smiles, pleased with her independence. Her smile fades
as she thinks about what she’s learned about Sam tonight.
Checks her watch. Looks around, suddenly starting to feel not
sure of herself. Walks around the edge of the building...
ANGLE ON THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING, as SOOKIE APPEARS,
looking out at
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Her POV: The MAIN PARKING LOT, silent and now completely
empty, except for
A BEAT UP RED SPORTS CAR.
ON SOOKIE, recognizing the car, just before
A DARK SHAPE SLAMS INTO HER FROM BEHIND, knocking her OUT OF
ON SOOKIE’S FACE as it HITS THE ASPHALT -
WIDER, as TWO SETS OF FEET wearing BOOTS start to KICK HER
VICIOUSLY. With the intent to kill. She instinctively curls
up into a fetal position -
ON SOOKIE’S FACE, contorted in pain -
CLOSER, as she suddenly SPITS BLOOD THROUGH HER TEETH, and
We HEAR Angela Strehli, Lou Ann Barton and Marcia Ball
singing “IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE” over
|Tara||Tara starts off as a hard-working but frustrated character who struggles to keep a stable job and has a quick temper. She deeply cares for her friend Sookie and is fiercely loyal to her. Over the course of the movie, Tara becomes more cynical, pragmatic, and narrow-minded, largely due to her distrust of vampires. However, she remains supportive of Sookie and continues to stand up for herself and take no nonsense from anyone. By the end of the movie, Tara becomes more ambitious and shows a willingness to fight for what she believes in, even if it means going against her own beliefs.||The character arc for Tara is well-developed and shows gradual change over the course of the movie. However, there is a lack of specific events or actions that contribute to her transformation, making it feel somewhat superficial.||To improve the character arc for Tara, the writers could provide more specific events or experiences that cause her to become more cynical and narrow-minded. Additionally, they could explore her relationship with Sookie more deeply, showing how it evolves and changes over the course of the movie.|
|Sookie||Throughout the movie, Sookie goes from being an empathetic and sensitive waitress to a strong-willed woman who is not afraid to stand up for herself and others. She discovers her own abilities and becomes more independent, brave, and loyal. She navigates a world with supernatural beings and learns to defend herself and those she cares about. Along the way, she also develops a deeper understanding of herself and her own moral compass.||While Sookie's character arc is solid, her development at times feels rushed and underdeveloped. Some of her transitions from innocence to bravery or impulsiveness to independence happen too quickly without enough explanation or motivation. Additionally, her relationship with Bill sometimes feels forced and lacks sufficient chemistry.||To improve Sookie's arc, the movie could spend more time developing her character and motivations. This could involve more backstory about her time in high school and how it shaped her. Additionally, her relationship with Bill could be given more time to develop authentically, rather than feeling rushed or contrived. The movie could also show more of the challenges and obstacles she faces as a telepath and how she learns to overcome them, which would further emphasize her bravery and determination.|
|Dawn||Dawn starts off content with her life as a waitress, but as the events of the movie unfold, she becomes more assertive and confident in standing up for herself and setting boundaries with the men around her.||While Dawn is a likable character, she is mainly used as a tool for exposition and doesn't have a clear transformative arc in the movie. Her interactions with the male characters are interesting, but her overall arc could be developed more.||One suggestion for improving Dawn's character arc would be to have her face a specific challenge that forces her to become more assertive and set boundaries. This could be related to her interactions with male customers or something else entirely. Additionally, giving her more agency and a personal stake in the events of the movie would make her a more memorable and impactful character.|
|Sam||Sam's character arc revolves around him coming to terms with his true feelings for Sookie and realizing that he cannot continue to be just her caretaker. He faces numerous conflicts throughout the movie as he struggles to reconcile his desire to keep her safe with his own personal desires. In the end, he decides to be honest with himself and Sookie and confesses his love for her, ultimately allowing him to move past his doubts and reservations about their relationship.||While Sam's character arc is well-defined and resolves nicely, it feels somewhat predictable and lacks any real surprises or subversions. It also feels somewhat underdeveloped, as we don't get to see much of his inner thoughts or struggles beyond his love for Sookie.||To improve Sam's character arc, the movie could explore his inner thoughts and struggles in more depth, diving deeper into his past and motivations. Additionally, adding some unexpected plot twists or challenges could help keep the audience engaged and invested in his journey.|
|Bill||Bill starts off as a composed and charming vampire, but as he spends more time with Sookie he reveals his vulnerability and the scars from his tragic backstory. He learns to let his guard down around Sookie and trusts her. However, he still struggles with his dark past and ultimately sacrifices himself to protect Sookie and the people he cares about.||The character arc for Bill is well-developed and consistent throughout the movie, but it could benefit from more active decision-making on his part. He seems to react more than act, which can make him feel passive at times.||To improve the character arc for Bill, consider giving him more agency and active decision-making. This can make him feel more empowered and less reactive, which can create a stronger emotional connection with the audience. Additionally, exploring his dark past in more depth can provide more opportunities for character growth and development.|
|Jason||Jason initially struggles with his conflicting desires and emotions, but becomes increasingly curious and involved with the supernatural world. He comes to care more deeply about his sister and grandmother, but his impulsive and self-destructive tendencies lead to trouble and eventually to his arrest. By the end of the movie, he begins to acknowledge his flaws and take responsibility for his actions.||The character arc is somewhat scattered and lacks a clear progression towards a resolution. Jason's motivations and actions are often unclear, making it difficult for the audience to fully invest in his journey.||To improve the character arc, it would be helpful to establish clearer goals and motivations for Jason throughout the movie. His development should be more focused and deliberate, with each scene building towards his ultimate transformation. Additionally, adding more depth to his relationships with other characters could generate more emotional investment in his journey.|
|In a Louisiana town, a telepathic waitress rescues a 166-year-old vampire from danger who changes her life.|
|As a telepathic waitress falls for a 166-year-old vampire, she learns about their weaknesses and is left facing unknown attackers.|
|A young woman discovers her telepathic gift and learns about the discrimination, addiction, and complicated relationships between humans and vampires.|
|After her brother is arrested for murder, a telepathic waitress' life becomes more complicated while living amongst humans and vampires.|
|An unknown danger confronts a telepathic waitress who has fallen for a 166-year-old vampire, leaving her life hanging in the balance.|
Framework 1: The Hero's Journey
1. Ordinary world: Sookie's life before encountering the supernatural world of vampires and her telepathic abilities.
2. Call to adventure: Sookie's discovery of the supernatural world and her involvement with vampires through her relationship with Bill Compton.
3. Refusal of the call: Sookie's initial fear of vampires and hesitation to fully embrace her role in their world.
4. Meeting the mentor: Bill becomes Sookie's guide and mentor in the supernatural world, teaching her about vampire weaknesses and helping her navigate dangerous situations.
5. Crossing the threshold: Sookie fully enters the supernatural world and faces danger and conflict as a result.
6. Tests, allies, and enemies: Sookie encounters various supernatural creatures, both friendly and hostile, and learns to distinguish between them.
7. Approach to the inmost cave: Sookie prepares for a major confrontation with the main antagonist, who presents a threat to her and other characters.
8. Ordeal: Sookie faces a major challenge or danger, which may result in the loss of life or serious consequences for herself or others.
9. Reward: Sookie achieves a major victory or gains important knowledge or object that helps her in her quest.
10. The road back: Sookie prepares to return to the ordinary world, facing challenges and potential danger along the way.
11. Resurrection: Sookie faces a final confrontation with the main antagonist and emerges victorious, proving herself as a strong and capable hero.
12. Return with the elixir: Sookie returns to the ordinary world, bringing new knowledge or abilities, and using them to help herself and others.
Analysis: While the elements of the hero's journey are present throughout the summary, the story structure could be improved by further emphasizing the stages of the journey and their impact on Sookie as the protagonist. The call to adventure and Sookie's initial hesitation to embrace her role in the supernatural world could be further developed to create a more compelling arc for her character. Additionally, the confrontations with supernatural creatures and the approach to the inmost cave could be more clearly defined to create more obvious obstacles and stakes for the characters.
Framework 2: Save the Cat
1. Opening image: Established the setting and characters, and gives a glimpse of the world they inhabit.
2. Theme stated: The characters' motivations and conflicts are revealed, setting the tone for the story.
3. Set-up: The setting and relationships between characters are further established, setting the stage for conflicts and potential challenges.
4. Catalyst: The inciting incident occurs, shaking up the characters' lives and setting them on a new path.
5. Debate: The characters question their goals and motivations, unsure whether to pursue their new path or stay the same.
6. Break into two: The characters set out on their new path, facing obstacles and challenges along the way.
7. Fun and games: The characters explore the new world and face challenges in a lighthearted manner, often with comedic relief.
8. Midpoint: A major event interrupts the fun and games, shifting the tone to a more serious one and creating higher stakes for the characters.
9. Bad guys close in: The characters face increased danger and challenges, with the main antagonist closing in on them.
10. All is lost: The characters face a significant setback or devastating loss, casting doubt on their ability to succeed.
11. Dark night of the soul: The characters question their abilities and motivations, considering giving up.
12. Break into three: The characters regroup and develop a new plan or perspective, setting the stage for the final confrontation.
13. Finale: The characters face the main antagonist and overcome him/her, achieving victory and resolution.
14. Final image: The characters return to their ordinary world, having achieved a new perspective or goal.
Reference: "Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder
Framework 3: Three-Act Structure
1. Act One: Introduce characters and setting, establish overall conflict and stakes.
2. Inciting incident: A major event occurs, setting the characters on a new path and creating the central conflict for the story.
3. Act Two: The characters face a series of challenges and obstacles in pursuit of their goal, leading up to a major setback or turning point.
4. Midpoint: A major event occurs that interrupts the characters' progress and raises the stakes.
5. Act Three: The characters face the central conflict head-on and overcome it, achieving their goal and resolving the overall conflict.
6. Resolution: The characters return to their ordinary lives, having learned valuable lessons and gained new perspectives.
Reference: "Story Engineering" by Larry Brooks
Analysis: The three-act structure is a fitting framework for summarizing the events of the screenplay, as the summary fits into the framework nicely. However, the structure could be used to create a clearer sense of conflict and stakes for the characters, particularly in Act One. A stronger introduction to the characters and their world could make the inciting incident and subsequent conflicts more impactful. Additionally, emphasizing the turning points and setbacks in Act Two could create greater tension and anticipation for the final resolution.
|Tension vs Conflict||There is a strong correlation between the level of tension in the story and the conflict that is present. As tension increases, so does the conflict between characters and situations.|
|Dialogue vs Emotional Impact||There is a correlation between the quality of dialogue and the emotional impact of the story. When the dialogue is strong and impactful, it contributes to a greater emotional impact on the audience.|
|Character Changes vs Emotional Impact||There is a correlation between the changes characters undergo and the emotional impact of the story. When characters go through significant changes, it can have a powerful impact on the audience.|
|Tone vs Overall Grade||There is a correlation between the tone of the story and its overall grade. Stories with darker or more intense tones tend to receive higher overall grades.|
|Suspense vs High Stakes||There is a strong correlation between the level of suspense in the story and the high stakes involved. When the stakes are high, it creates more suspense and tension for the audience.|
|Eerie vs Mysterious||There is a correlation between the eerie tone of the story and the element of mystery. When a story has an eerie tone, it often involves a mystery that the audience is trying to solve.|
|Sarcasm vs Dialogue||There is a correlation between sarcastic characters and the quality of dialogue. Sarcastic characters often have witty and clever dialogue that can make the story more engaging.|
|Intense vs Conflict||There is a correlation between the intensity of the story and the level of conflict. As the intensity of the story increases, so does the level of conflict that arises.|
|Unease vs Emotional Impact||There is a correlation between the sense of unease in the story and its emotional impact. When a story creates feelings of unease in the audience, it can generate a greater emotional impact overall.|
|Tension vs Progression||There is a correlation between the level of tension in the story and the progression of the plot. When tension and suspense are high, the plot tends to progress more quickly as the audience is eager to see what happens next.|
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|Theme||Theme Details||Themee Explanation|
Screenwriting Resources on Themes
|Studio Binder||Movie Themes: Examples of Common Themes for Screenwriters|
|Coverfly||Improving your Screenplay's theme|
|John August||Writing from Theme|
|Story, Plot, Genre, Theme - Screenwriting Basics||Screenwriting basics - beginner video|
|What is theme||Discussion on ways to layer theme into a screenplay.|
|Thematic Mistakes You're Making in Your Script||Common Theme mistakes and Philosophical Conflicts|