Black-ish Season 6 Ep 19 question - Shakeys?

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  1. Rob Dawn

    Rob Dawn Member

    Aug 16, 2002


    Did anyone notice this exchange between Rainbow & Jr. (paraphrased):

    Jr: OK, I'll get the flu shot but then I want Shakeys.
    Bow: OK, I could got for some pizza.
    Jr: No mom, I said I want Shakeys.
    Bow seemed confused then but didn't say anything.

    My wife and I had no clue what that was about.
    We remember going to Shakeys Pizza growing up, so Bow's comment makes sense.
    But what was Jr talking about, if not pizza???
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  2. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I'm still a few eps back but I think there are still a very few Shakeys around.
  3. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    He was talking about the pizza place.
    There's still at least one not far from the (fictional) Johnson house (and Disney Studios as well).

    I haven't been to Shakey's since I was a teenager but either someone on the writing staff considers it comfort food or it's a joke about Junior's tastes.
  4. Rob Dawn

    Rob Dawn Member

    Aug 16, 2002
    Maybe I didn't make my first post clear:

    I get that Bow was talking about Shakey's Pizza, but Jr said "No" when Bow mentioned Pizza, as if Shakey's meant something other than pizza to him.
    We went back and watched the scene a second time since we were confused and it still didn't make any sense.
  5. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles


    I understood you.
    And I think you're misinterpreting the scene.
    Junior didn't want "just pizza".
    He wanted "Shakey's Pizza".

    I think Bow was confused because Junior was insisting on "Shakey's Pizza" as if it's special.
    (And as I remember it, it's not. In fact there are multiple pizza places that serve far better pizza near the Johnson Home. Numero Uno, for one.)
    Or Junior wants the atmosphere of Shakey's for some odd reason.

    It's not "code" for something else (as far as I know).
    (The joke might have worked better if Junior was insisting on Chuck E. Cheese.)
  6. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    My guess is that Shakey's paid some promotional money for the mention. Same as AT&T TV did (as that was their presentation at the Ad firm that Dre works at.) But yeah, I think that Junior was trying to specify that specific pizza joint (hence, we paid for the ad, we want our name mentioned). As an East Coaster for most of my life I never visited one, but I had remember them being referenced in other places, movies or the news or whatever.

    I still can't eat "chain" pizza, so I probably wouldn't have eaten there if I had seen one on a visit to SoCal.
  7. The Spud

    The Spud Rather be cruising TCF Club

    Aug 27, 2002
    Kent, WA
    For me it's hard to think of Shakey's as a chain since there are only 2 in the entire state (1 in western WA not too far from us and 1 in eastern WA), even though they have 48 in CA and 6 in Mexico. I wonder how much control the franchisor exercises over the WA stores.

    We serve fun at Shakey's. . .also pizza.
  8. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    There were over 300 restaurants at its peak and it was nationwide.
  9. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I took it exactly as you did and went away from it having no idea what he meant. It did sound like he was referring to something other than the pizza place to me, also.

    Then I forgot about it, so I'm glad to see some opinions here on the convo.
  10. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    There's still a number of them in this area but I can't recall seeing/hearing any advertising for them in decades.
    (Heck, the only reason I still think about them is that I occasionally drive by one. Contrast that to the commercials they used to have about mojo potatoes.)
    So I don't think that that it was paid product placement.

    More like a joke that didn't fully land.

    Would it have worked better if it was:

    Jr: OK, I'll get the flu shot but then I want McDonalds.
    Bow: OK, I could got for some burgers
    Jr: No mom, I said I want McDonalds
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