You know the deal with me and "True Bloodby now: I watch each episode, then largely step out of the way so y'all can discuss it here at least until Leslie Gornstein posts her recap at our Monkeys as Critics blog.

If you've been reading what little I have to say about the show these days, you're probably not at all surprised that my favorite scene of the episode involved Jessica. Deborah Ann Woll remains a woefully underutilized resource on this show, and her conversation with Jason was a reminder of how good she can be, and how much better the show can at times be when it focuses on the handful of characters who aren't just completely ridiculous and stupid.

So talk about that, about witches and snakes and shifters and all the rest.

Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "The Revolution Was Televised," about the last 15 years of TV drama, is for sale at Amazon. He can be reached at