Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Little House on the Prairie‘s “The Godsister”
Tread Perilously month on the frontier continues with a trip to Little House on the Prairie and an episode called “The Godsister.”
When Charles Ingalls and Jonathan Garvey leave town to help build a telephone line in Shelbyville, the rest of the Little House pick up Charles’ chores. But the situation leaves young Carrie feeling left out and unloved. Will a spirit in the nearby creek become her new best friend? Or will it all turn out to be her imagination? Meanwhile, Charles and Jonathan encounter television curmudgeon Dolph Sweet and a shocking Irish stereotype with a plan to make whiskey by defrauding the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.
Justin is not all that surprised by Little House while Erik tests his blood sugar from the level of treacle in the episode. The two praise the TV charisma of Micheal Landon even as he endorses moonshine. Erik tries to pitch a Secret Drifter show for Merlin Olsen. The discussion almost immediately derails for Stranger Things. They also recall the Santa Clarita Valley of the 1980s. The focus on Carrie Ingalls proves to be a problem, even after the truth about the people who played her comes to light. The pair also try to figure out if Little House invented “women be crazy” comedy, and the more demonic reading of the episode becomes tough for them to resist.