Season 1, Episode 13 – “The Beginning of the End of the Beginning”
Rolling Stone publishes Charlotte’s article – Vernon’s embarrassment is all over town. Walt meets him outside the drunk tank, and Walt accepts Vernon’s apology. Dallas visits Charlotte, telling her about the article. Debbie’s neighbor is arrested and Ronnie ends up owning the boat that was partially on his property. Charlotte meets Vernon outside the church as he is sneaking away; they bond. On the road, Vernon decides to return. In the bathroom, Debbie holds a positive pregnancy test after throwing up during her Hot Tub commercial filming. Vernon is listening to his congregation when the real preacher, Andy, shows up again and praises Vernon. The Sheriff and Doily arrest Vernon and Walt. Doily stops lakeside to share one last pizza with Vernon. At the same lake, Ronnie’s TV Show interns film him driving the boat. A load of fireworks on board blow up…with Doily turned to that explosion in the distance, Vernon runs.
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.