Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer in 'True Blood'

Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer are still stuck at the sucky Vampire Authority in 'True Blood'

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'True Blood' recap: Bill's dark side emerges in 'Somebody That I Used to Know'

Also, Alcide gets frisky, Jessica's in chains and Sam sees double

"True Blood" has already passed the point of no return to salvage this season. We're stuck with the storylines we've got, and most of them are lemons. But at least now that we're heading into the final four episodes the writers will be forced to stop dragging their feet and start delivering some payoffs.

That was sort of the case tonight, as we saw some real progress in Terry's ghost story and Sookie and Jason's investigation into their parents' murder. There was also a bit of closure for Jessica and Hoyt, the return of sassy Lafayette and a good old fashioned "True Blood" sex scene (something that's been surprisingly rare this season).

Let's break it down:

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Who will Shane nominate for eviction?

The Coaches' Challenge changes everything

So, JoJo's gone, Shane's HOH and Danielle is feeling lucky. I think she'd like to assist Shane in feeling lucky, as she has overcome her resentment toward JoJo (hey, she's gone, why bother?) and is feeling pretty forgiving toward Shane. Or at least it seems that way after she gives Shane a big, sticky hug. Time for showmance!

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William Katt... errrrr... "Frank" of "Big Brother"
William Katt... errrrr... "Frank" of "Big Brother"
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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Which hamster went home?

Who was Frank able to boot at the end of his HoH reign?

We're only two weeks into the "Big Brother" season, but thanks to the pre-game elimination of Jodi, Willie's borderline insanity and Kara's run-of-the-mill ousting, we're already three players down. If 21st Century William Katt Frank is able to complete his Head of Household reign by booting either Danielle or JoJo, we're going to have four players out in two weeks.

Does anybody else sense a "shocking" twist coming? Perhaps the shocking twist that we've all foreseen since the premiere?

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Frank's nominations are revealed and more

Two hamsters are on the block, but will the POV save one of them?

My, how things have changed! Willie's gone, Britney's remaining teammates are on the ropes, Janelle's working with Boogie Mike, whom she loathes, and Frank is the king of his domain. Aren't you glad none of these people are in politics? They'd have blown up Switzerland, joined forces with North Korea and declared war on Mexico, just for kicks.

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Rutina Wesley in 'True Blood'

Tara's working hard for the money this season on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Roman's fate revealed 'In the Beginning'

Tara hits the pole and the blood of Lilith has unexpected side effects

At this point I'm not sure I could tell the difference between watching "True Blood" and banging my head against a wall. This season is drowning in a storm of terrible storylines and the repetitiveness of so much of it (especially what's happening with Terry, Lafayette, Sam and Alcide) is downright numbing. Isn't "True Blood" supposed to be a fun, sexy, spooky soap? Because right now it's none of those things.

But we did make some seemingly significant progress in two areas this week -- the Vampire Authority reached a whole new level of crazy, and the hate crime gang was (unfortunately) unmasked for their close-up -- so the episode wasn't running in place for the full hour. Just most of it.

Let's break it down:

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<p>This happy group will lose one member tonight</p>

This happy group will lose one member tonight

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who was voted out first?

Would Frank or Kara be the first hamster to sit down with Julie Chen?

Welcome to the first live "Big Brother" episode of the season, all leading up to the season's first official elimination. Yes, Jodi was actually the first hamster to depart the spinning ball, but she never received a key to the "Big Brother" house, so do we actually count her as a houseguest? I sure don't.

So either Kurvy Kara or 21st Century William Katt Frank will be out first. On one hand, I like Kara's bikini potential. On the other hand, I was a huge fan of "The Greatest American Hero" as a kid, so I have vestigial admiration for Frank.

And, most importantly, will Julie Chen have her shoulders covered for the live episode? These are the things that keep me up nights...

Click through for the full recap...

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Todd Lowe on 'True Blood'

Todd Lowe's Terry is at the center of one of the worst storylines on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: 'Hopeless' is exactly how this show feels now

Season five hits the halfway point with too many characters, too little heart

We're halfway through "True Blood" season five, and we get the first episode written by series creator Alan Ball. It's an action-packed hour with a shocking cliffhanger, and yet it's also emblematic of everything wrong with the show right now.

There's so much happening, and almost zero emotional weight to any of it. Storylines have no room to breathe and even when one of the actors has a moment worth appreciating (as Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Denis O'Hare and Alfre Woodard all did tonight) there's no time to appreciate it.

I suppose it could be argued that this ADD approach ensures the show is never "boring," but it's so wildly disjointed I can't imagine how anyone feels connected to these characters. Unless you're watching purely to see stuff happen, how is this satisfying?

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The first two players land on the block

The coaches compete, but HOH Willie gets the final word

It's the first "real" episode of "Big Brother" tonight, and by real, I mean it's the first episode to get down and dirty in the essence of the game -- strategy, backstabbing and the creation of fledgling alliances. A lot hangs on Willie, but I'm not too worried. He seems to by bypassing his brother Russell's more evil characteristics on "Survivor" but has taken away an understanding of game play. So let's see if the ragin' Cajun (hey, it's on his T-shirt) lives up to his potential!

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<p>&nbsp;Frank of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

 Frank of "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The season begins -- and so do the twists

Former housemates return as coaches as the hamsters are split into teams

It’s summer again, and that means “Big Brother.” Do you remember a time before “Big Brother”? It has to have been a long time ago, because Mike “Boogie” from season #2 looks like he’s retirement age. When he comes into the house, I expect him to be dragging his walker with him. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before we introduce the old (really old) but new twist, it’s time to meet the new hamsters!

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Nelsan Ellis in 'True Blood'

Nelsan Ellis is a lonely Lafayette on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Death comes calling in 'Let's Boot and Rally'

A long-awaited return and a dramatic exit?

Is it wrong to feel a little bit excited we may have lost one member of the absurdly large "True Blood" ensemble tonight? Probably. But only because with the amount of fake outs and close calls on this show it's less likely someone was killed than just seriously injured.

Whoever did or didn't die this week, it was a typically busy, busy, busy episode with lots of movement on all story fronts, but little in the way of standout moments. Let's break it down...

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