Memphis Beat Episodes

2010, TV Show

Memphis Beat Episode: "Faith & the Fighter"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The gloves are off when a popular local boxer is assaulted. Dwight's suspicious mind focuses on those who would be negatively impacted by the pugilist's imminent retirement. Elsewhere, Sutton is haunted by his past; and a secret surfaces about Lt. Rice's ex-spouse.
Original Air Date: Jul 27, 2010

Memphis Beat Episode Recap: "Run On" Season 1, Episode 6

This week's episode focuses on the gruesome pummeling of a popular local boxer, Honey Boy, and the suspicion that falls on those who appear to benefit from his demise. As most of the precinct sniffs out this latest case, Det. Sutton follows a more personal matter of his own.

We open on a good ol' drunken karaoke scene with Sutton at the mic, joined quickly by all the boys (Dwight, Whitehead and Greenback) singing ZZ Top's "I Thank You" at the top of their lungs. (Didn't I just say I wanted to karaoke with them?!) The good times are interrupted by a classic boys-will-be-boys misunderstanding (Sutton and Greenback were horsing around — what a matchup!) and one of the locals accidentally receives a punch, resulting in a storm of thrown punches, chairs and glasses before everyone settles down in time for the boys to finish their song!

Post bar room brawl, we see a sleek Porsche rolling into a gas station, the driver of which is on the phone with his lady friend. Another car pulls in blinding his vision and when he confronts this person, he gets the beating of his life. The next shot of him is of him bloodied and in a neck brace on the way to the hospital. As Dwight and Whitehead arrive on the scene we learn it's Wendall "Honey Boy" Taylor, a local boxing champ. After Dwight quizzes the clerk for clues, he finds it hard to believe that a local hero gets beaten up and no one sees it.

At the precinct, they speak with Billy, Honey Boy's tall-drink-of-water girlfriend, who's pregnant with his child. Apparently Honey Boy had just retired at the ripe old age of 28-years-old so that he wouldn't end up with boxing-induced brain damage. "God can't be that twisted," replies Dwight realizing that this attack may have caused that very thing.

Dwight and Whitehead roll over to the first person on their list: boxing promoter Ron Funk (played solidly and yet with an underwhelming amount of screen time by Erik King, aka Srgt. Doakes, from Dexter whom I was obsessed with). Though they uncover his financial instability, Funk claims he'd never kill his golden goose (aka Honey Boy). He name-drops Bugs, Honey Boy's old sparring partner, as a suspect.

In the boxing gym, Dwight and Whitehead surprise Bugs, who takes off running. They corner him in a dead end and when he says they'll have to shoot him or fight him, Dwight says game on! He crazy talks Bugs until he thinks Dwight's too much of a loose cannon to fight, so he admits he had a gun at Honey Boy's retirement press conference, but it was meant for Funk who'd screwed him out of compensation from a thrown fight.

Over at the church, we meet Honey Boy's pastor and see an expensive "Guardian Angels" plaque on the wall. Rather quickly we learn that Funk and Billy had an affair and Funk donated this $100,000 plaque in Honey Boy's name as penance. Dwight realizes they'd seen a suggestive photo of Billy in Funk's office so perhaps that relationship is not over.

Meanwhile, Sutton encounters a fellow of his age and they bond over sneakers and upcoming ten-year high school reunions. This fellow's wallet has been stolen and when Sutton notices him still waiting at the end of the day, he finds him dead! Sutton says he reminded him of himself and is inspired to do what the dead guy can't — he'd told Sutton the biggest mistake he'd ever made was to let the love of his life get taken away by another guy, so Davey surfs the web to find who we think is his fifth grade love, Jamie Spaez. Thanks classmates.com!

Dwight and Whitehead quiz Billy who readily admits her past affair with Funk and says he and Honey Boy were good partners so they put it behind them. Meanwhile, Greenback narrowed the search for the gas station car to four possible red '98 Camrys, one of which is owned by Randy Perkins, a recently released inmate. Randy smarmily proclaims his innocence to which Whitehead states his word means as much as "a crackhead's clean urine test." Randy's shifty looking girlfriend, Queenie, is his alibi.

Our detectives continue to suspect Funk as he has two of the greatest motivators: love and money. They find out from Bugs that Funk is into underground delicatessen restaurants and they bust him in the middle of an exotic (stingray?) meal. He maintains his innocence and his need for Honey Boy alive — because a retired fighter always comes back to the ring.

Catching up with Sutton, we see he's traveled to Jamie Spaez's home, however she doesn't live there anymore. This is all Sutton needs to hear to confess his undying love for Mrs. Spaez, not Jamie! He's been in love with her since he was eleven years old. "I'm available if you ever wanna transgress," he says to a flattered and flummoxed Mrs. Spaez.

Back at the hospital, Honey Boy wakes up from his coma with little memory of the beating. He says he'd talked to his pastor right before the beating, which sends Dwight back over to church. Speaking with the pastor, Dwight reveals he used to sing in the church choir but stopped when God didn't answer why his Daddy died in the line of duty a mere week before he stepped down. Pastor says the scars of our youth never go away and Honey Boy knew his ghosts wouldn't let him go — back in foster care, he'd beaten a twelve year old boy, Phil Jorgenson, half to death and was plagued with guilt.

It turns out Phil is the gas station clerk, however, he quickly rejects the accusations against him. He says the beating actually turned his life around and Honey Boy was there to apologize and give him $10,000 to cover his past operations. He has fairly shady excuses for not witnessing any part of the crime and for possessing a gun, however he gives them a break in the case by showing them a photo with Honey Boy, his Porsche and Queenie. Well now what's she doing there? Turns out, Queenie is the secretary at the Porsche dealership.

Dwight pieces together the evidence to realize it was Queenie's idea to carjack Honey Boy. Dwight interrogates Randy, knowing he did it and simply took it too far. He notices Randy's cross and appeals to his Christian sensibilities of fire and brimstone — they both know he'll have to answer to God for his crimes. Randy breaks and confesses.

As Honey Boy reconnects with Phil and leaves the hospital on the mend, we are surrounded by the gospel music of our favorite detective back in the church choir, belting out tunes alongside them. I guess what we've learned here is while we can't get rid of the scars of our youth, we can certainly try to heal those wounds with our future actions — whether it's friendship replacing past animosity (Honey Boy), a love confession replacing tortured silence (go Sutton!) or joyful embracement replacing bitter abandonment (Dwight's back in church y'all!).

So, what did you think of this week's episode?

Did you have any idea Sutton was a MILF lover?!

What do you think happened to Dwight's Daddy? A tragic in-the-line of duty accident or something more?

 

 

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This week's episode focuses on the gruesome pummeling of a popular local boxer, Honey Boy, and the suspicion that falls on those who appear to benefit from his demise. As most of the precinct sniffs out this latest case, Det. Sutton follows a more personal matter of his own.

We open on a good ol' drunken karaoke scene with Sutton at the mic, joined quickly by all the boys (Dwight, Whitehead and Greenback) singing ZZ Top's "I Thank You" at the top of their lungs. (Didn't I just say I wanted to karaoke with them?!) read more

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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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