We are now 2 episodes into the drama, with Episode 2, entitled "You Don't Need a Weatherman" airing Monday night. In the second chapter of the series we see the team of Memphis lawyers and defenders of the underdog at Strait & Associates lead by father-daughter duo Elijah and Sydney Strait battle Big Agriculture and we get to see plenty of Memphis landmarks along the way.
The episode focuses on a 150-year old family farm, Sutton Farm, growing crops without permission from a big GMO company's patented seeds. However the seeds had been blown onto the farmer's land from neighboring fields so Strait & Associates enthusiastically take on the case.
Concurrently, viewers see a side story about two Memphis brothers and owners of Cooper Brothers restaurant (filmed at Blues City Café) fighting over the rights to a secret barbecue sauce, whose accord symbolize Memphis as a city trying to do better. The drama also continues from last week's episode as Sydney's (Caitlin McGee) anger towards her father Elijah (Jimmy Smits) upon discovering the Firm's resident tech wiz-kid is her father's love child and her half-brother causes her to lament her life as a blues song.
There were two fun scenes that broke from the normal "courtroom action" you might expect from the series. One involving Sydney at the Chickasaw Country Club as she commandeers a golf cart to catch up to a judge in order to have him sign a stay to prevent the family's farm from being auctioned. And it was exciting to hear Elijah say to a corporate thug waiting outside his car and making threats about Sydney, "I grew up in South Memphis" before punching and pummeling him.
Episode 2 brought us several familiar Memphis spots, as well as expanding outside of the city for the farm scenes to Clarksdale, Arkansas, which is about 20 miles Northwest of Memphis.
We also see the Chickasaw Country Club for the golf cart chase, a lunch scene with Jake Reilly and Anthony Little at Blues City Cafe, Rum Boogie Cafe where Sydney and Briana Johnson go to lament her life, and a quick flash of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was used as a scene transition.
However, my favorite Memphis spot in the episode is the fire escape scene and all of the scenes at Strait & Associates (which is actually right across the street from my loft) at South Front and Dr. MLK Jr. Avenue. I think that fire escape will be a place they go often throughout the series because I have seen them filming up there several times. I had a front row spot to them filming on the fire escape just last night, in fact!!
Believing in Impossible!