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True Blood: The First Taste

Bill saves Sookie from the Rattray's. Meanwhile, Tara must cope with family issues; and a new church threatens the vampire world. When Sookie visits Bill's home she is greeted by three unfriendly vampires, whom aren't interested in mainstreaming, like Bill.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Sunday September 14th, 2008

Director: Scott Winant
Writer: Alan Ball

Alternate Airdates:

Poland Feb 14, 2009
UK (FOX) Jul 24, 2009
NL (Fox Life) Sep 07, 2009

  • Currently 6.9/10
6.9/10 (35 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Adina Porter
As Lettie Mae Thornton
Andrew Rothenberg
As Malcolm
Aunjanue Ellis
As Diane
Danielle Sapia
As Maudette Pickens
Graham Shiels
As Liam
James Parks
As Mack Rattray
Jeffrey Nicholas-Brown
As Corbett Stackhouse
Jenni Blong
As Michelle Stackhouse
Jessica Tuck
As Nan Flanagan
John Billingsley
As Mike Spencer
Karina Logue
As Denise Rattray
Patricia Bethune
As Jane Bodehouse
Sharon Tay
As News Show Moderator
Todd Lowe
As Terry Bellefleur
Barbara Whinnery
As Child Psychologist
Randy Oglesby
As Rev. Theodore Newlin

Co-Guest Stars
Daniel Quentin Rebert
As Puppeteer
Labon K. Hester
As Young Jason
Zenali Turner
As Young Sookie
Eurlyre Eper
As Woman in bar
Hallock Beals
As Jerk at Bar
Randy Hall
As Man in Bar
Robert Parks-Valletta
As Sookie's Date #2
Russ Hunt
As Sookie's Date #1
Main Cast
Anna Paquin
As Sookie Stackhouse
Ryan Kwanten
As Jason Stackhouse
Sam Trammell
As Sam Merlotte
Stephen Moyer
As Bill Compton
Rutina Wesley
As Tara Thornton
Nelsan Ellis
As Lafayette Reynolds
Lois Smith
As Adele Hale Stackhouse


The Rattrays are out for blood as they are brutally attacking Sookie behind the bar. They are beating her to a pulp when the local stray dog comes and starts barking. Mac Rattray pulls out a gun and points it at the dog. That is when Sookie grabs Mac Rattray by the ankle and throws him twenty plus feet clear across the lot into the woods against a tree. Bill comes along at a fast and mysterious speed killing Mac and then his wife Denise. Sookie watches but also goes in and out of consciousness...

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Big Sandy and His Fly Rite BoysHonky Tonk Queen 
Blood What TrueSay Wat It Do? 
Coco MontoyaLove Gotcha 
Eleni MandellGirls 
Fiona AppleFirst Taste 
Gary Jeffries BandRose Thorn Bed 
Gary Jeffries BandTwo Wheels 
Greg LaswellHow the Day Sounds 
VallejoSnake In the Grass 

Episode Quotes
Tara: Did you own slaves?
Sookie: Tara!
Bill: I did not. But my father did.

Mike Spencer: Your grandmother lets you associate with a vampire?
Sookie: You can take that up with her Mike Spencer. I'm sure she'd just love to know that somebody thinks she's not takin' proper care of me.

Lafayette: Why come you won't call Jason Stackhouse?
Tara: You are a mean, nasty bitch.
Lafayette: And you need to move your sorry ass outcha momma house. Thas whatcha needs to do.
Tara: Yeah.
Lafayette: All right, all right. I is on my way. But you might got ta find your own ride home. Just in case I get lucky.
Tara: Whatchu mean if you get lucky? Your standards are so low you always get lucky.

Bill: Can I ask you a personal question.
Sookie: Bill, you were just lickin' blood outta my head. I don't think it gets much more personal than that.
Bill: How do you manage a social life with men your own age, their only thought must be...
Sookie: I don't date.

Sookie: I'm sorry I was such a bitch to you last night
Tara: I'm sorry, I've been acting like your mother.... I'm just worried about you Sookie, your basically my only friend.
(Jason storms in)

(Bill leaves the room room with Sookie)
Jason: Well, thanks for making me look like a fool in front of him gran.
Adele: Jason, you don't need any help looking like a fool.

Episode Goofs
The fang mark on Dawn's neck are located on her collarbone. Theres no major artery there, and it would be dificult even for a vampire to bite thru a bone.

Warning: True Blood season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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