“Quick Rick Mahorn In Dearborn”
Season 1, Episode 10
If you try you just might win a D tonight!
Detroiters was a real surprise this mid-television season. It’s so funny and genuine, all the while managing to make stars out of its creators and setting. There’s no shortage of laughs over the course of the last nine episodes in which viewers get to see all forms of life in Detroit. Creators Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson don’t have subtle hands when they mask the city in charm through characters and massive citywide events. A dream cruise showed how hard the guys want to make a pitch work for the client; a motorcycle took over their lives for the better part of a week; they revealed that a local wig shop used dead people’s hair (and later dead animal hair). There’s no shortage of the adventurous possibilities that can arise in a city built on rustic, urban charm.
This week’s season finale tied up loose ends that made themselves visible in the first episode. It sought to answer the one question it produced: what happened to Carter Grant (Jason Sudekis)? Last we saw him, the guys left him for dead in the bushes of the Chrysler office building after accidentally ramming him with their car. It turns out that his life went down a rabbit hole of terribleness. He was fired from Chrysler, hurt his leg in martial arts (he can beat all the white guys but loses to the black guys notably), lost his hand when his dad cut it off, and was hired back to Chrysler by his protégé who gave him a low-level job. This wealth of information makes the guys feel ever so guilty.
Grant even lands the guys a meeting with Quicken Loans. They end up tanking the pitch (and stick with their first and only idea – Bicken Bones, a skeleton that offers loans) and find out the company only took the meeting to be polite. On a side note: this makes Tim irate and he should feel that way. Why would you even waste their time? Just say no to get it over with! Sam and Tim go to Grant’s cubicle to tell him the truth, which he figures out on his own. The only solution to both sides problems is for Grant to run over our heroes the same way he was. It happens and Grant places potato chip bags over their head and drags them to the bushes. The final shot sees the guys – blind from the bags – holding hands. In that moment, their bond grew even stronger.
The B-story has Rick Mahorn learning how to act after hearing Sam say he “couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag.” Detroiters is quick to use landmarks and famous figures in a manner more akin to a show shot in New York. Their insistence that viewers know who these people are is confidently brazen. When the camera follows Mahorn down the street only to stumble upon an acting class, the tenacity in the show to take that direction is unparalleled. It’s such a funny choice, especially when it pays off. Mahorn lands the lead of a play that ends with him playing dual roles of mother and son a la Tyler Perry and Madea. The gasps from the audience are the cork in the bottle of funny wine.
Should you watch “Quick Rick Mahorn In Dearborn?”
Of course fans of Detroiters should watch this episode. It’s not as wacky as others but it has a lot of moments. Considering the season as a whole, this show is woefully underrated. No one is talking about it nor are they reviewing it. Detroiters is a consistent romp in a city that doesn’t often get a chance to shine. I am so happy to have had the chance to write about the show. Season two will definitely be on my list.