Memphis Beat Episodes

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Memphis Beat Episode: "Eaglets"

Season 1, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: In the Season 1 finale, Dwight explores the supposedly shady past of a man with amnesia, especially when he suspects the man may have ties to the cold-case slaying of a little girl. Meanwhile, Lt. Rice, mired in financial woes, ponders a career change.
Original Air Date: Aug 24, 2010

Memphis Beat Episode Recap: "I Want to Be Free" Season 1, Episode 10

The season finale of Memphis Beat takes us on an entertaining last ride through Memphis as we explore the main attractions of an ominous dream sequence, a three-year-old murder case, a convenient amnesiac, a kooky psychic and a sexy pinup calendar!  Along the way we learn that our infallible hero, Dwight, is haunted by a past failure and we'll see how he handles the dire prediction that he "will be tested."

Dwight's bizarro dream sequence opens this week's episode. (This dream felt pretty real to me in that it was bizarro because I know I sure have some weird ones!) The dream opens with Dwight singing his heart out and receiving praise from Jerry Schilling (Elvis' best friend), which is the be-all and end-all for Dwight. This quickly sours as we see what's giving Dwight anxiety: his mama's impending nuptials, a young girl named Bella's unsolved murder and Lt. Rice in sexy lingerie — what!? Fortunately, Dwight is startled awake by Whitehead barking on the phone about an attempted murder at the supermarket.

At the scene of the crime, Drake, the victim, is of little help as a blow to his head has resulted in amnesia. Dwight searches for clues and finds a new-age crystal, which leads him to the shifty psychic across the street. The psychic says that Drake wanted to know if he was going to hell. She also warns Dwight that he "is at a crossroads," that he'll need to make a choice and that he'll be tested.

Back at the precinct, Dwight busts Rice faxing her resume and she confesses she needs a higher paying job after her ex stole money from her (remember the $20K, y'all?). He tells Sutton to stake out Rice's ex's house and to let him know when he's home. Meanwhile, our old friend Lightfoot is back on the scene, this time rallying the troops for a sexy cop calendar shoot.  Dear God, what I would pay to be behind the scenes at Whitehead and Sutton's photo shoot!

Dwight and Whitehead pay a visit to Drake's wife Noreen.  She divulges that she hardly knows her husband anymore — three years ago, something happened and he changed overnight, stopped sleeping, stopped eating, and he said he "buried the old me." The only person he hangs out with is Martin Matthews, the man to whom she sold his old Nissan.

Over at Martin's house, we see he's a Parrothead, an uber-fan of Jimmy Buffett. Though he has an alibi, a quick background check shows that Drake has been making weekly payouts to "Pencil Thin Mustache LLC." Aha! Not only have we unearthed a blackmail scheme, but now that song is going 'round and 'round inside my head!

Dwight and Whitehead search Martin's house for blackmail evidence, which leads them to Drake's old Nissan out back. Just as they see dried, years-old blood in the trunk, a "wasting away in Margaritaville" (aka drunk) Martin pulls a shotgun on them, though he drops it as soon as he realize they're cops and not robbers. He admits to the blackmail, but says he's not a murderer.

If Martin is telling the truth, then perhaps the blood is Drake's doing and Dwight thinks back about Drake "burying his old life." His wife mentioned a time capsule, so they dig it up and find Bella's pink bow. A quick fingerprinting of the tarp they found Bella under matches Drake's prints. There's an explosion of outrage over this. How did they not catch Drake sooner? It turns out the lab expert had been drinking and messed up the lab work.

Dwight tells Bella's grandma that they've finally found her granddaughter's murderer. Instead of being relieved, she lashes out at Dwight for the cops' sloppy crime work. As Dwight stares dejectedly off into the distance, he sees a new-age crystal by the door. Hmm, where's DeeDee, he asks? Grandma rushes him out and he heads straight over to the psychic who admits that Drake confessed to the murder and she called Grandma and DeeDee. As Dwight realizes DeeDee must've rushed over and shot Drake that night, the psychic reiterates, "I told you you're gonna have to make a choice."

Lt. Rice finds Dwight pondering what to do with this new information. They have a lovely moment where she tells him that they could look the other way on this one. They both understand the rationale behind DeeDee's actions, but she'll leave it to Dwight to decide. Dwight eventually does the right thing and brings DeeDee down to the station as they figure he'll get off easy since they have evidence of Drake as Bella's murderer.

Not so fast! This goes horribly wrong when they can't prove the blood in the trunk is Bella's because once again the lab expert mishandled the evidence and there's no more DNA to test. Dwight freaks out that he's put young DeeDee in jeopardy all because of shoddy police work, so as we'd expect, Dwight takes matters into his own hands and takes Drake to the scene of the crime. He talks him through "that night" in hopes of triggering his buried memory of what happened. Drake cracks: He'd been drinking and driving that night and accidentally hit Bella, killing her. He is filled with remorse and offers no resistance when Dwight hauls him in. Dwight gets closure when Grandma thanks him.

Dwight rolls over to a swanky house with Sutton parked outside. It looks like Mr. Rice is living large! The next thing we see is Rice all smiles and cheer telling Dwight that her ex transferred her money back and she's here to stay. As she turns, she sees Sutton not-so-slyly giving Dwight the thumbs up and though she's touched by Dwight's help, she tells him not to save her a-- again. Our feisty Rice is back!

The final shot of the final episode is of Dwight singing "I Want to Be Free" at a bar in front of the whole gang. And he is just that, free, after a three-year-long case that had haunted his every day. As Dwight sheds his demons with song, his buddies flip through the finished sexy-cop calendar and we see that, much to their delight, Whitehead and Sutton made the cut and are in the calendar. I found myself wishing for a closing sequence, à la The Hangover, where we'd get to see behind-the-scene pics from the shoot!

So what did y'all think of the finale? I thought this was a great episode filled with a strong story line and touching personal connections. I like Dwight and Whitehead's banter and love Dwight and Rice's relationship. Assuming this gets picked up for a second season (fingers crossed!), do you think we'll see a different Dwight now that he's solved the one case that plagued him? I hope we see more of the characters and dig deeper into their lives. Who do you want to explore more the most: Whitehead? Sutton? Paula Ann? Rice? Lightfoot?

Thanks for watching and reading, y'all!

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The season finale of Memphis Beat takes us on an entertaining last ride through Memphis as we explore the main attractions of an ominous dream sequence, a three-year-old murder case, a convenient amnesiac, a kooky psychic and a sexy pinup calendar!  Along the way we learn that our infallible hero, Dwight, is haunted by a past failure and we'll see how he handles the dire prediction that he "will be tested."
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Premiered: June 22, 2010, on TNT
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Premise: A crime drama focusing on an offbeat Memphis detective with a passion for his city and blues music. But this Southern charmer's loose crime-fighting manner clashes with his boss's disciplined style. Spinning around the detective's life are his spirited mother, his overly sensitive partner and a fellow sleuth struggling with financial problems. George Clooney serves as an executive producer.

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