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- "Something hit me when Calvin Norris came into the bar. Something 'bout his face, sure, but also, there's a smell I couldn't help but notice. It struck me, even confused me a little bit, because I couldn't place it... Strong, wild, sour, definitely animal, I can tell that at least. All I know is something wasn't right... I ain't never wrong 'bout that."
- ―Tommy Mickens, on Calvin Norris' smell
Calvin Norris was the father of werepanther Crystal Norris on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American co-starring actor Gregory Sporleder, Calvin makes his debut on the episode "Beautifully Broken" in the series' third season. A werepanther residing in Hotshot, Louisiana, a small town adjacent to the neighboring town of Shreveport, Calvin plays a recurring role through the series' third season, and meets an untimely demise on the episode "Evil is Going On", at the end of the series' season.
Calvin is first introduced when Lafayette goes to Hotshot to find buyers for the "V" he must sell. Felton is not interested in V and does not want to talk with someone like Lafayette. He and his men prepare to jump Lafayette and steal his new car. Eric comes to Lafayette's rescue and forces Felton and his men to take the V deal. ("9 Crimes")
A few days later, Calvin and Felton enter Merlotte's in search of Crystal, after she runs away from her family. The two seem aware that Sam and Tommy are shifters, and the Merlotte brothers can smell that something is odd about the meth dealers. Sam kicks them out of the bar, and when they return to Hotshot, Calvin finds Jason poking around, with a shotgun. Jason says that he is a cop and knows about their meth lab. He orders Calvin to leave Crystal alone, unless he wants to go to jail. Calvin backs off but tells Jason that he has no idea who he's messing with. ("Night on the Sun")
The next night Calvin arrives at Merlotte's where he sees Crystal with Jason. Calvin starts arguing with Jason and Sam steps between them and tells them to take their fight outside. After Calvin insult Sam, the latter loses control and proceeds to severely beat Calvin until he becomes unconscious. Calvin is taken to the hospital by Lafayette and Jesus along with Crystal. ("Everything Is Broken")
Lafayette drives to Calvin to his home and gives him V, which heals him immediately. Upon waking up he is disgusted that Crystal has permitted Lafayette and Jesus to give him vampire blood. Angry that Crystal has run away and does not wish to marry Felton, Calvin disowns his daughter. After Crystal runs away he leaves for Hotshot. ("I Smell a Rat")
Calvin is in Hotshot when Jason and Crystal come to warn him and his relatives about the impending DEA raid. He orders some of his people to hide the meth and destroy the V, but is stopped by Felton who wants to keep the V. When Felton points a gun at him, Calvin tries to calm him down but fails and is shot in the head. ("Evil is Going On")
|Season three appearances|
|"Bad Blood"||"Beautifully Broken"||"It Hurts Me Too"||"9 Crimes"|
|"Trouble"||"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"||"Hitting the Ground"||"Night on the Sun"|
|"Everything Is Broken"||"I Smell a Rat"||"Fresh Blood"||"Evil is Going On"|