UPDATED So the much-anticipated episode with a crime revolving around a beloved barbecue pitmaster.
Didn't love it or hate it, but I can't help but feel that an opportunity was squandered.
Since it couldn't be helped in this episode, Sing All Kinds covered the food aspect, and I agree that the barbecue patter early in was spot-on and everything was, if not accurate, generally believable.
I was distracted by the fact that they moved the barbecue fest from Tom Lee to Beale Street — all those bricks, the deep-fryer, and the crowd shots of people eating. Goodness, the real barbecue fest is so filled with passion and color and debauchery and weirdness, it's a shame the writers didn't take advantage of it.
I was curious to hear what the Memphis in May people thought of the episode. I spoke with Diane Hampton, VP of MIM, who said ... she hadn't seen it.
As an aside, I think I may have found the source of that mystery bag. I was digging around TNT's Memphis Beat website, and on the "Dwight's Memphis" link, there's something called Teeny Meanie's Cafe, "currently rivaling the Arcade Diner as Dwight's favorite biscuits 'n gravy." Look for it in an upcoming episode.