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Mark Blankenship has written for The New York Times, Variety, The Village Voice, and many others. Look for his pop culture criticism at his website The Critical Condition.

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 12

Posted September 12, 2011 | 18:15:04 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments on this week's episode of True Blood.

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Oh my God... it's like this episode was delivered directly to my heart. It's like Alan Ball and company looked at an X-ray of my desires and...

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 11

Posted September 6, 2011 | 21:24:00 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments in this week's episode of True Blood.

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I liked several things about "Soul of Fire," but since I want us to leave in a good mood, I'm going to save them until the end....

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 10

Posted August 30, 2011 | 15:24:43 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the most potent moments from this week's episode of True Blood.

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People have been losing control of their bodies and their identities all season, but in "Burning Down the House," almost all of those issues are resolved....

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 9

Posted August 24, 2011 | 17:42:00 (EST)

Welcome to "Sucker Punch," the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest episodes in this week's episode of True Blood.

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True Blood needs to put up or shut up. Either let Bill and Sookie get hurt, or stop trotting out "dangerous" situations that they will obviously escape...

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 8

Posted August 17, 2011 | 10:52:11 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments on this week's episode of True Blood.

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You may remember that last week, Marnie allowed her body to become a vessel for Antonia, so Martonia was born. This week, Lafayette's body is invaded by...

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'True Blood' Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 7

Posted August 9, 2011 | 16:52:00 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments on this week's episode of "True Blood."

You guys, the very beginning of "Cold Grey Light of Dawn" made me think I was going crazy. See, I've got a borderline addiction to the game "Plants vs. Zombies."...

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 6

Posted August 3, 2011 | 17:13:22 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments in this week's episode of True Blood.

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You guys? I am considering launching a blog called Evil Baby Watch, where I can just theorize and obsess over Evil Baby as much as I like....

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 5

Posted July 26, 2011 | 13:02:38 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments in this week's episode of True Blood.

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If the ghost of my grandmother told me not to fall in love with a man -- even a six foot tall, Norse god of a...

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 4

Posted July 18, 2011 | 17:35:08 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments on this week's episode of True Blood.

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Before we get started on this week's installment, "I'm Alive and On Fire," I have to revisit last week. In our discussion, some of you pointed...

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 3

Posted July 11, 2011 | 19:09:31 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks that gaudiest moments on this week's episode of True Blood.

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Before we dig in to the inter-species bloodfest of this week's installment, "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?", let me thank everyone who emailed me...

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 4, Ep. 2

Posted July 5, 2011 | 19:46:16 (EST)

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments on this week's episode of True Blood.

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I'd like to begin the discussion of this week's installment, "You Smell Like Dinner," with a word about nudity. And no, that word is not...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season 5, Ep. 10

Posted March 22, 2011 | 21:05:49 (EST)

Welcome to last installment of Wife Watch!, the blog post that will name, once and for all, the most powerful wife on Big Love.

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So here we are. The end of the road. My journey with Big Love has been bumpy, but now that the car has stopped and...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season 5, Ep. 9

Posted March 15, 2011 | 14:16:31 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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So here we are at "Exorcism," the penultimate episode of the entire series. As we begin our journey through its twisting halls, I'd like to ask...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season 5, Ep. 8

Posted March 8, 2011 | 12:08:40 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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I predicted last week that a gun was about to go off, but I didn't think it would be that gun. Just one more surprise in...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season 5, Ep. 7

Posted March 1, 2011 | 23:30:49 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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It's an honest-to-god compliment when I say that "Til Death Do Us Part," this week's installment, makes me sick. For fifty-six minutes, the tension builds with elegant precision,...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season 5, Ep. 6

Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:02:16 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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Do you guys remember that old SNL commercial for Bad Idea Jeans? Many characters in tonight's segment, "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." could front their new ad campaign.

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season 5, Ep. 5

Posted February 16, 2011 | 01:06:55 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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I love this week's episode. I even love the title, "The Special Relationship." It suggests the political ties between the Mormon Church and the Utah Congress, it suggests...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season 5, Ep. 4

Posted February 12, 2011 | 13:32:40 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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Sorry for the delay this week---life got hectic---but for the rest of the series, you can expect to see Wife Watch! on Wednesdays.

And now, on with...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season Five, Ep. 3

Posted February 2, 2011 | 12:00:45 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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Did you guys know that when I started writing Wife Watch! I was only eleven years old? I didn't want to tell you because I was afraid...

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Big Love Wife Watch!: Season Five, Ep. 2

Posted January 25, 2011 | 12:38:38 (EST)

Welcome to Wife Watch!, the only blog post that ranks the most powerful wives on this week's episode of Big Love.

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Yes, people. Yes! This is why I will spend so much time thinking and writing about Big Love every week... because at its sterling peak, it is intricate,...

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