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Memphis Beat: That's All Right, Mama

Detective Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee) investigates the abuse of elderly woman who happens to be a legendary Memphis disc jockey known as the “First Lady of the Airwaves.” But his loose investigative style is cramped by his new by-the-book boss, Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard), who brings a den mother approach to her job. Meanwhile, Dwight’s mother (Celia Weston) starts dating a charming new neighbor.

Source: TNT

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 100
Airdate: Tuesday June 22nd, 2010

  • Currently 6.9/10
6.9/10 (14 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Daniel Hugh Kelly
As Tony Bellew
Angel Campbell
As Tamara Sully
Christopher Stanley
As Patrick Collins a.k.a Ray Pruitt
Dylan Kussman
As TJ Williams
Jeffrey Friend
As Unknown
Mildred Covert
As Dottie Collins

Co-Guest Stars
Margo Swisher
As Female Uniform
Arthur Joseph
As Abonnis Canu
Cary Mizobe
As Asian Elvis #2
Darcel White Moreno
As Sabine Basquie
Disko Blaze
As J&L Perp
Lawrence Sykkmon
As Asian Elvis #6
Leon Lamar
As Morris Tisdale
Michael Liu
As Asian Elvis #4
Vince Canlas
As Asian Elvis #4
Yuki Matsuzaki
As Yoshi Takamura (as Yuki Masuzaki)
Main Cast
Jason Lee
As Dwight Hendricks
Sam Hennings
As Charlie White
DJ Qualls
As Davey Sutton
Celia Weston
As Paula Ann Hendricks
Leonard Earl Howze
As Reginald Greenback
Alfre Woodard
As Lt. Tanya Rice
Abraham Benrubi
As Sgt. J. C. Lightfoot


The scene opens with a man singing “Heartbreak Hotel”. That evening, at a convenience store, a man is lying in a pool of blood. Officer Sutton, Detective Dwight Hendricks, and Detective Charlie White are outside and Hendricks wants to know what happened when Sutton got there. Sutton retraces his steps and he tells that he thinks that the crook went through the window. But Hendricks believes that the crook is still inside. They find him in a cabinet and he comes out. When he puts his hands on his head, his pants fall down. Hendricks visits his mother’s home and he finds the music going, the kettle on the stove, but no mother. He sees a stranger in the backyard. He chokes him and asks where his mother is. But she is there and is having dinner with Tony, the man Hendricks was choking. Tony is a new neighbor. ..

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Albert KingBorn Under a Bad Sign 
Booker T. & The Mg'sGreen Onion 
Booker T. & The Mg'sBoot Leg 
Booker T. & The Mg'sTime is Tight 
Dusty SpringfieldSon of a Preacher Man 
Elvis PresleyThats Alright Mama 
Glen CampbellWichita Lineman 
Keb' Mo'I See a Darkness 
Little MiltonWhat It Is 
Otis ReddingChange Gonna Come 
Rufus ThomasWalking The Dog 
Sleepy John EstesDrop Down Mama 

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLiz W. Garcia  |  Joshua Harto
Executive ProducerGeorge Clooney  |  Liz W. Garcia  |  Joshua Harto  |  Clark Johnson  |  Grant Heslov
Co-Executive ProducerHenry J. Bronchtein  |  Abby Wolf (1)
Co-ProducerCathy M. Frank
Production DesignerTracey Gallacher
EditorJoe Hobeck
CastingAmanda Mackey Johnson  |  Cathy Sandrich
Unit Production ManagerChristopher Morgan
First Assistant DirectorAlan Breton
Second Assistant DirectorCali Pomes
MusicKeb' Mo'
Costume DesignerAmy Stofsky
Set DecoratorCynthia Anne Slagter
Director of PhotographyRohn Schmidt
Casting AssociateKate Caldwell
Head HairstylistDana Boisseau
Head Make-up ArtistSusan Spaid
Warning: Memphis Beat season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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