“Smilin’ Jack” - Detroiters review

Chad White

“Smilin’ Jack”

Season 1, Episode 7

Smith's Baby and Teen Kid Furniture can suck my dick!

The friendship of Tim and Sam is an intense one. It’s loud and unforgiving. The hugs and kisses and “I love you’s” come as often as the wind blows. And this week’s episode of Detroiters showed that anyone within the orbit of friendship is liable to be sucked into its atmosphere. Take the elderly couple that own a local furniture store for kids and teens that has to break off business ties with the guys. The wife is awfully sorry of the situation and the husband -- seeing it as a sound move -- still feels bad about it. Sam and Tim react in incredibly different ways. Sam cries and reaches for a hug from the wife; Tim gets angry, threatening the family with deadly repercussions. The dichotomy between the two is astounding to see in motion. But the main idea of “Smilin’s Jack” is to change the perception of a local (read: rival) furniture salesman.

Keegan Michael Key plays the episode’s titular role who the guys seek out a). For revenge and b). To change his billboard campaign (Jack’s whole thing is that he’s smiling so he opens his mouth wide on the boards which invites a lot of phallic imagery). Jack fight’s Sam and Tim’s suggestion but finally gives in when they come at him with a commercial idea. But Jack finds the third part of the commercial -- a man in a gorilla suit jumps from off screen in a nonthreatening manner -- too scary. Finding the footage unusable, the guys return to the original furniture couple and beg for forgiveness.

As fun as the diversions of many of the previous episodes have proved, a focused, more work heavy adventure is just as good. Seeing Sam and Tim at work is always neat. Plus, those two can really do a good job. They just want to help their city and its inhabitants look good. TO that end, the B-plot focused on their friend Donut’s (Chris Redd) big stand up engagement. He bases his entire set around Tim being a geeky white guy that married a black woman. The final scene has the show going well and an excited Tim’s face immediately turning sour. What a great moment.

Should you watch “Smilin’ Jack?”

Detroiters keeps moving at a good pace. This is one for the show’s ages.