Duncanville season 1, episode 7 recap – “Jack’s Pipe Dream”

April 20, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
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Summary

“Jack’s Pipe Dream” gives Jack his moment to shine in a rock opera after a hot new plumber steals all his work.

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Summary

“Jack’s Pipe Dream” gives Jack his moment to shine in a rock opera after a hot new plumber steals all his work.

This recap of Duncanville Season 1, Episode 7, “Jack’s Pipe Dream”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


Duncanville Episode 7, back after several weeks off, returns with an episode focused on the put-upon Jack (Ty Burrell), which seems ill-advised considering he’s easily the least interesting character. Nevertheless, here we are in “Jack’s Pipe Dream”, in which it turns out that Jack’s lifelong ambition is to write and star in a rock opera.

Since there’s a new plumber in town, a ripped Aussie charlatan named Bobbie Bastille (Rick Springfield) who turns up to all his jobs topless but doesn’t actually fix anything, Jack has some room in his schedule. After attempting to get buff in a training montage, he’s convinced by his family, who don’t realize what they’re getting into, to take this opportunity to follow his dreams: a rock opera 35 years in the making, Rommy, which shamelessly rips off 1975’s Tommy and casts Duncan (Amy Poehler) as a draft-dodging hippie skee ball prodigy.

The most interesting idea Duncanville Episode 7 flirts with is that Jack becomes moderately abusive, using threats of suicide and emotional blackmail to not just convince his family to allow him the indulgence but also to star in it during a performance at the local theatre to be witnessed by the whole town. Duncan is slated to play Rommy, Annie (also Poehler) plays an oil tycoon, Jack plays Rommy’s military fetishist father, Kimberly (Riki Lindhome) his pregnant girlfriend, and Jing (Joy Osmanski) a random cat — because why not, at this point?

Nobody wants anything to do with Jack’s pipe dream, so Annie dumps the flyers he has printed into the sewers, but Duncan and Kimberly decide it might be a good idea; the former to impress Mia (Rashida Jones), who likes such things, and the latter to impress Wolf (Zach Cherry), who will be there because the theatre has central heating. Thus, the performance goes ahead to an audience that comprises Duncan’s friends and Bex’s (Betsy Sodaro) Vietnam vet grandmother.

All the flyers Annie dumped cause a sewerage pipe to burst which floods the whole town, so the local leadership arrives to enlist Jack for the repairs. At first, he refuses, since rock opera is his calling now, but everywhere’s genuinely flooded and Bobby is useless so he doesn’t have much choice, really. Luckily the one thing Bobby isn’t useless at — besides taking his top off, obviously — is singing, so he takes on Jack’s role in the opera, the climax of which goes down well enough to get him immediately whisked away to Hollywood.

Lessons, then, are learned in Duncanville Season 1, Episode 7, but they’re pretty mundane ones. It turns out Jack’s passion is plumbing after all, which I suppose saves him the copyright lawsuit.


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