Last week Lights’ come back took a major blow when Johnny accidentally stabbed him with a pair of rusty scissors. Now what was a smooth training regimen till August, has become a race against the clock to get Lights healed up before the big day.

And things take a turn for the worst when Lights gets word that Barry has begun the process of looking for a replacement opponent for Death Row Reynolds. By the end of the episode, at least one person with make a choice that they might end up regretting down the road.

Review: “Just get me to the fight.”

He may be gone, but the tonal shift Ed Romeo made has left an impact on the show forever.

This episode is the pivotal turning point for Patrick “Lights” Leary. This is the episode where he has to decide which is more important, the fight or his life. And guess what he chooses.

But now it’s not just about Lights. This episode also took us deep into the world of his opponent, Death Row Reynolds. Reynolds, like Lights, is facing a choice. A choice between the final fight of his career, and the family he claims to love so dearly.

Nothing provided more tension than when these two men decided to start their final fight early, outside of a restaurant. I personally thought the scene was going to be revealed to be a master plan by Lights to intentionally get injured by being thrown through the glass, so he could have public pressure on his side to get Barry to postpone the fight. But I’m happy with the result regardless.

That scene was heart pounding, especially when, yes, Lights and Reynolds start pounding away at each other.

Now that I got my high praise out of the way, I do want to address the story line involving Brennan. It’s dull, plain and simple. I get keeping him as another “enemy” to Lights, but there are better ways to go about it than the cliche “he’s a bad guy so don’t date him” approach. Why couldn’t Brennan put Pops at risk for example, he has the money and muscle to do so, we all know it.

Speaking of Pops, where was Keach in this episode? Imagine if he was around when all of this was going down. Imagine the fallout Lights would experience if he had been in town. But don’t worry, I’m sure he’ll have plenty to say next week.

And finally, I really want to see more of Mike Fumosa. I like viewing him as a sort of God-like character. He can provide as much inside info as he wants, but he can’t make Lights act on it. It doesn’t matter how many times he tries to give Lights an opportunity to speak for himself, he can’t force him to do so.

Final thoughts: A great turning point in the series, next week is going to be insane.

Episode: “Cut Me” (Season 1, Episode 10)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Lights tries to help a penniless and punch drunk former champ, even while his own future is threatened by a talkative witness.

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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