Season 1, Episode 8 – “Mother Trucker”
Vernon’s truck driving mother, Ruthless Ruthie, blows into town to meet her new granddaughter. She charms Charlotte and Vernon’s growing congregation.
With the help of his Semi-Truck driving mama, Ruthie, Vernon and the congregation build a larger-than-last-year float for the town’s parade. Debbie and Ronnie have Ruthie over for dinner. Charlotte immediately likes Ruthie, but Vernon warns her not to get too close because Ruthie will disappoint. which she does on parade day. Vernon steps up, manning the Jonah and the Whale float. Starman crashes into the float, but Vernon emerges unscathed. Walt lurks outside Dale’s house and is caught in a snare trap. Dale cuts him down and they have dinner. When Walt gets home, he calls for an emergency P.M.S. meeting.
Still The King features Billy Ray Cyrus as Vernon Brownmule, aka “Burnin’ Vernon,” a scandal-ridden, washed-up, one-hit-wonder who was kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator around. After crashing into an old country church sign during a drunken bender, he is arrested and sentenced to return and serve as the church’s handyman as part of his parole. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and reconnects with a former one-night-stand (Joey Lauren Adams), when he learns he has a 15-year-old daughter (Madison Iseman) he’s never met.