Season 1

"Strange Love"

During the first season, Bud is seen at all murder scenes. He investigates every single one of them, but proves not very successful. While he is well respected in the town of Bon Temps, he goes out of his way to show his distaste for vampires and vocally objects to Sookie's relationship with Bill. He doesn't believe Jason is the murderer in the first season. Despite the blatant prejudice he shows Bill, he regularly scolds Andy for being unfair and biased in his dealings with suspects.

Bud is an active character in the first season, due to a number of murders that take place in Bon Temps. He is first seen investigating the murder of Maudette Pickens. Bud and Andy Bellefleur show up at a work site of Jason Stackhouse, to question Jason about Maudette. Bud asks Jason about his relationship with Maudette. He first denies having a relationship with her, and tells them that he barely knew her. Jason finally admits to having sex with Maudette the night before, but tells them that it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Andy tells Jason that they saw the video tape Maudette made of her and Jason, and Bud tells him that they have to take him in for questioning. ("Strange Love")

"The First Taste"

Bud investigates the Ratrays

Bud questions Sookie

At the police station, Bud and Andy show Jason the tape of him and Maudette. At the end of the tape, Jason believing that he had killed her, finds out that Maudette was still alive when he left her. Bud had to let Jason go. Next, Bud is seen pulling up with Mike Spencer to the destroyed mobile home of the Rattrays. Bud finds Sookie there and tells her that it is a restricted crime scene, and wants to know why she's there. She tells him she heard what happened and wanted to see. Bud questions Sookie about her involvement with the Rattrays and the vampire that he heard she had been seeing. He tells Sookie he can't understand how a tornado could have killed the Rattrays. Bud tells Sookie that she's a good girl and he hates to see her go down the wrong path. Sookie tells him he's lucky that no ones forcing him to watch. ("The First Taste")

"Escape from Dragon House"

Bud and Andy

Bud and Andy wait for Jason

Dawn Green was the next victim Bud investigated. He was called out to Dawn's house after Sookie went there to see why she hadn't shown up for work. As Bud questions Sookie about the murder scene, Sookie listens to everyone's thoughts. Jason Stackhouse is once again handcuffed and taken in for questioning, since he was the last known person to see Dawn alive. When they get to the station Bud and Andy start questioning Jason. Unbeknown to Bud and Andy Jason had taken a whole vile of V while he was in the back of the police car. It affected Jason in a very personal way, and he went to the bathroom. While he was in the bathroom, Andy criticized Bud for laughing at him. Bud tells Andy he doesn't think Jason killed Dawn. Bud and Andy hear Jason yelling from the bathroom, and run to the door. As they try to get him to come out, Tara shows up. Tara tells Bud that he is illegally holding Jason, and that she was his alibi from the night before. ("Escape from Dragon House")

"Sparks Fly Out"

Bud at Gran's Murder

Bud at Gran's Murder scene

Bud is next shown sitting in the audience at The Descendants of the Glorious Dead meeting. He, along with most of the town came to hear Bill Compton speak. Later that night, Bud and Andy went to Bill's house to question him about vampires. ("Sparks Fly Out")

"Cold Ground"

As Bud and Andy stand over the body of Adele Stackhouse, Sookie listens to their thoughts. Sam, sensing her distress, gets her attention. Sookie goes outside for some air. Bud and Andy stand in the house talking about what kind of a person could do such a thing to an old woman. Andy suggests that it might be Jason, while Bud seems sure that it was a vampire. Bill walks in and they start questioning him about his whereabouts during the murder. Mike Spencer takes Gran's body out, and Bud tells Sookie to call him if she remembers anything. Bud shows his respect by attending Adele's funeral. ("Cold Ground")

"Burning House of Love"

Bud questions Sam

Bud questions Sam

Bud stands talking to a fireman in front of a burned out house. He tells the fireman this is one way to get rid of vampires. Sookie drives up, having waited at Bill's house all night for him to come home. She runs past Bud and Andy and says "is Bill in there". Bud tells her it's hard to tell since it's so messy. They tell her there's four bodies. ("Burning House of Love")

"The Fourth Man in the Fire"

Bud questions Jason about Amy

Bud questions Jason about Amy

Bud asks Sookie if she is OK and if she needs some water. Scared that Bill could have perished in the fire, Sookie wants a closer look. Andy tries to stop her, but she pulls away, and runs to the burned coffins. As she runs back to leave Andy asks her if she is OK. Bud, sitting in the patrol car, calls Mike Spencer to tell him they ID'ed the human body that was found with the burned coffins. Bud tells Mike that it was Neil Jones, Mike's assistant. Bud said that he would understand if he wanted someone else to do the body. Mike told him that he owed it to Neil. After Bud hung up he and Andy discussed how upset Mike was to learn that Neil had been a fangbanger. Next Bud and Andy go to Sam's Trailer to question him about the night the vampires came to his bar. Sam tells Bud that he wouldn't mind if they didn't find the vampire killers. ("The Fourth Man in the Fire")

"To Love Is to Bury"

After Jason and his girlfriend Amy Burley spent the night on a wild V trip, Jason wakes up to find her dead beside him. He calls the police, and yet again, is brought to the station for questioning. As Andy rants to Jason about knowing that Jason was the killer all along, Bud asks Jason how it happened. Jason being in a V induced stupor from the night before, tells Bud he doesn't remember. Jason in a state of confusion, tells them that he and Amy had been taking V. He tells Bud that he must be the killer, because they are dying all around him. He says he just can't figure out why he did it. Jason asks Bud to lock him up, so he can't hurt anyone else. Bud tells Andy Bellefleur to lock him up. ("To Love Is to Bury")

"You'll Be the Death of Me"

At Merlotte's, sitting in a booth, Andy tells everybody about how Jason confessed to the murders. As he rambled on about his version of the arrest, Bud looking disgusted, says "it didn't exactly happen that way", and walks off. Later, René tries to kill Sookie, and ends up getting killed himself. They all find out that he was the real killer all along. Bud tells Andy that the D.A.'s dropping charges on Jason. Andy starts to pitch a fit, when Bud tells him not to screw up things worse. Bud tells him "you're the one who brought him in, you can let him go". Boiling with anger, Andy unlocks Jason's cell and lets him go. ("You'll Be the Death of Me")

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