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: Breaking Bad‘s “Fly”
Tread Perilously‘s Patreon request month leads to the lowest-rated episode of Breaking Bad on IMDb, “Fly.”
Walter White’s increasing anxiety gets exacerbated when a fly enters the lab. Will his sleeplessness lead him to tell Jesse the truth about Jane’s death? Will Jesse be able to kill the fly before Walt’s concern about contamination makes their batch woefully late? Will Gus be happy? Also, will anyone ever realize Walter White is the bad guy?
Erik and Justin immediately launch into a discussion of Mad Men and its blackface episode. That may give you some idea of how thrilled they are to be discussing the infamous “bottle episode” of Breaking Bad. Justin even admits to the one time he liked Pete Campbell! He also points out the irony of the episode’s creative team producing the highest-rated episode of Breaking Bad. Erik gets confused about Krysten Ritter’s time on the show. The discussion leads to The Shield and, of course, Star Wars — but we promise it is a shorter digression than normal. They also wax nostalgic for the Pontiac Aztek. The key dramatic problem of the episode gets addressed, and Erik explains why he is not a Breaking Bad superfan.
Also, an extended Queer Eye discussion breaks out.