We’re one week away from the ultimate boxing showdown and the count down has begun. But before Lights and Reynolds go at it for the final time, Lights will get one more surprise thrown his way.

And the drastically changed odds on the fight and the attempted drive by aren’t it. This surprise is going to force Lights to make a choice. A choice between his family and… his family.

Light and Reynolds will also meet face to face one final time before stepping foot in the ring to determine who the champ really is.

Review: In one week Light’s and Death Row will go to war in the ring for the final time, but as any story telling classic will show you, you gotta build up tension before you get to the showdown. And that’s what this episode was for. One more slow down before things get cranked up to eleven for the final time.

I personally would of preferred being introduced to Theresa’s long lost father rather than Lights’s long lost mother. But that has mostly to do with the fact that Lights’s mother has been brought up exactly once in the last twelve weeks, where as Theresa’s father has been brought up in at least five different episodes.

That said, I did like where the story ended up going. To see Lights actually give up on some one after being screwed over for the last time finally give him a real sense of ground. Up till now we’ve been lead to believe that Lights will never give up on a person no matter what they do. Whether it’s betting on one of his fights or throwing him out of his own house, Patrick “Lights” Leary will always be in your corner. But as we learned with the final scene, even he has a limit and his mother was able to dig deep enough to find it.

With the recent news that the upcoming episode will be a series and not season finale, I hope that this new storyline involving the drive by is worked out and not left hanging. I really want to know if Breannan is crazy enough to actually take a shot at himself just to take himself out of the suspect pool.

Lastly, I do want to address the once again under used Stacy Keach. To be perfectly honest, I would of much preferred to see him discover Momma Leary’s dirty little secret rather than Lights. Granted he wouldn’t of been able to kick in the hotel door nearly as well, but it still would of been cool. But that’s probably just because watching Stacy Keach get angry on screen is one of my favorite past times.

Final thoughts: Great build up for the finale.

Episode: “Sucker Punch” (Season 1, Episode 12)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: In the series finale, Lights and Reynolds face off for the heavyweight title.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

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