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: The A-Team‘s “Labor Pains”
Tread Perilously‘s Patreon request month winds down with a very special episode of The A-Team called “Labor Pains.”
When the A-Team manages to lose Colonel Decker in a chase around the Central Valley, they hide out in a town under the grip of a local produce concern. Soon, Hannibal Smith learns the workers cannot can get their fair share or have the issues addressed by management. The A-Team springs into action as labor unionizers, bringing food to the workers and convincing them collective action will bring about positive change — particularly as produce baron Ted Jarrett needs his crops picked before the rains come. Can the A-Team help the farmerworkers get their union recognized in time? And will B.A. Baracus build a produce gun?
Erik and Justin get lost when they realize episode co-writer Richard Christian Matheson is the son of acclaimed sci-fi writer Richard Matheson. Justin admits he was not allowed to watch The A-Team as a kid and is surprised with its extremely pro-union message. The lack of prominent Mexican-American farmworker characters grates on Erik, though. Regan gets invoked once again. The pair tries to determine what the “Los Angeles Underground” really is and what crime the A-Team committed. Erik is surprised to discover “Howlin’ Mad” Murdoch is an abrasive character. Both are surprised to discover Colonel Decker’s second-in-command is played by Devil in a Blue Dress director Carl Franklin, and Erik discusses the gleeful joy behind most Cannon films.