The Front Door is the sixth episode of season one.
When Axl accidentally breaks down the front door, Mike insists that he fix it to teach him a lesson, which leaves the Heck house wide open for days. At work, Frankie needs to sell a car within a week, or she will have to wear a dog suit outside the lot for promotion. Meanwhile, it's picture day at school, and Sue is concerned because she has never had a flattering picture taken of herself.
Frankie wants Mike to force their slacker son Axl to, well, stop being such a slacker. When Axl doesn’t fall in line, Mike says the boy needs to be punished. Axl storms out of the house, slamming the front door behind him.
Thank goodness the Heck family living room doesn’t have hardwood floors. Otherwise, the sound of the front door falling completely off its hinges and crashing inward could have been a lot worse. Mike says the door will stay right where it is until Axl fixes it.
The problem with not having a front door is that Jehovah’s Witnesses can now walk right into your house. This is just one of the reasons Frankie desperately wants Mike to cave. Nevertheless, she supports him in his stubborn attempt to teach Axl a lesson as she rakes away the leaves that drift into the living room overnight. Hey, it gets pretty windy over there in Orson.
Mr. Ehlert tells his employees that whoever doesn’t sell a car within the week will be out on the street. No, they won’t be fired. They’ll literally be out on the street holding an advertising sign while wearing a giant dog suit. Frankie knows that she quickly needs to find a sales technique that works. Otherwise...woof!
Brick is making a pyramid out of sugar cubes. Frankie worries that he waited until the last minute to do a school project. Brick assures her that his school project isn’t due until next week. After a lot of hard work (and many stolen sugar cubes from the coffee station at Frankie’s work), the pyramid is complete. It looks fantastic. Unfortunately, Brick was only working on it for fun.
Brick’s actual school project is supposed to be a model of the state capitol building, and it’s due tomorrow. He says, “I’m gonna need some tongue depressors, 15-hundred stir sticks, and a giant green Styrofoam ball.” Frankie says they’re going to stick a Hoosier flag atop the sugar cube pyramid and pray for a C.
It’s class picture time, and Sue doesn’t photograph well, as evidenced by her first set of prints. Fear not, she can retake the picture. Unfortunately, Sue gets a blister in her mouth the day of the follow-up photo shoot. She was feeling the sore with her tongue when, you guessed it...FLASH! Third time’s the charm, right?
Frankie still hasn’t sold a car which means it’s only a matter of time before she’ll be donning that sweaty, smelly canine costume. When a customer muddies up the floorboard of a car, Frankie lectures the guy about how she has to clean it up. She continues to point out other flaws she learned about the guy during their test drive, primarily his indecisiveness. This motherly tough love speech hits home, and the customer buys a car. Way to go, Frankie! You found your hook. You’re a mom!
The Heck family is still doorless in Indiana. When a deer wanders into the kitchen to get a taste of Brick’s sugar cube pyramid, Frankie’s had enough. She fixes the door herself. Mike can’t believe she didn’t support his stance. Their difference of opinion doesn’t last long once Sue comes home with her third and final school photograph. One look, and they both agree that this one’s a keeper. In other words, they lie. But it’s a good lie. A lie that requires mutual support.
They further agree that Axl still needs to be punished. Frankie promises she’ll come up with something good. Say, isn’t that Axl standing outside the Ehlert car dealership in a giant dog suit?