"He's all charm and smiles in the beginning. But the second he gets tired of you, he gonna stop calling. Before you know it, he's off with some other floozy. Not-not that you are one, but trust me. It's as regular as the seasons. You seem like a sweet girl, I don't want you to get hurt."
Sookie Stackhouse
"The Fourth Man in the Fire"
Series True Blood
Season 1, Episode 8
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Air date October 26th, 2008
Writers Alexander Woo
Director Michael Lehmann
Producers Raelle Tucker; Alexander Woo; Nancy Oliver; Brian Buckner; Carol Dunn Trussell; Alan Ball; Bruce Dunn; Christina Jokanovich
Starring Anna Paquin; Stephen Moyer; Sam Trammell; Ryan Kwanten; Rutina Wesley; Chris Bauer; Nelsan Ellis; Jim Parrack; Adina Porter; Carrie Preston; Michael Raymond-James; William Sanderson; Alexander Skarsgård; Lizzy Caplan; Stephen Root
Episode guide
"Burning House of Love"
"Plaisir d'amour"

"The Fourth Man in the Fire" is the eighth episode of season one of the vampire-themed television series True Blood. It was directed by Michael Lehmann and written by Alexander Woo. It premiered on HBO on Sunday evening, October 26th, 2008. In this episode, Sookie tries to hold herself together in the wake of another possible tragedy. Tara is amazed by Lettie Mae's turnaround, and considers similar therapy for herself after lashing out at Sookie and Sam. Later, at Bill's request, Sookie agrees to use her gifts to help Eric, a powerful vampire sheriff, root out a thief at Fangtasia.

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  • This episode is rated TV-MA.
  • This episode was watched by 2.07 million viewers. [1]
  • The title for this episode is taken from "Fourth Man in the Fire", a song by country/western star Johnny Cash. The song is played in this episode.
  • Second appearance of Amy Burley and Miss Jeanette.
  • First appearance of Tara Buck as Ginger.

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  • Sookie Stackhouse: Why am I the only person in this world that doesn't think that vampires are monsters?




  • Lisa Fowler: Bill, how come you can't have ice cream?
  • Bill Compton: You might say that I'm lactose intolerant.
  • Coby Fowler: Just like my Aunt Fern. 'Cept she don't tolerate Mexicans.


  • Sookie Stackhouse: Doesn't it get old for you? I mean you've been doing it for over a hundred years. Doesn't it get predictable?
  • Bill Compton: Not with you it doesn't. You're entirely different. And the beauty and the tragedy of it is that you don't know just how different you are.

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