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Tread Perilously – ‘The Golden Girls: Mister Terrific’

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 Golden Girls‘ “Mister Terrific”

Tread Perilously‘s Women First month continues with an episode of The Golden Girls called “Mister Terrific.”

After meeting him at the mall, Rose starts dating local afternoon children’s show host Mister Terrific. He’s not a DC superhero, but he does seem to believe in his television persona to an unsettling degree. When Dorothy laments her summer job prospects, Mister Terrific suggests she try out as his show’s educational advisor. Her comments lead to a change in the program’s direction and Mister Terrific is swiftly fired. Can Dorothy get him his job back? Will his reality break? Will Rose acknowledge his major problem?

Although Justin and Erik love The Golden Girls, the episode leaves a few things to be desired — even if it is better than its IMDb rating suggests. The New Gods come up thanks to switched wires. The death of Roy Fokker also comes into play for some reason. The pair try to recall what 1980s sitcoms were really like. It eventually leads to some ’80s horror movie appreciation. Erik does his very specific Goofy impression. Justin offers some good trivia answers. They also outline the perfect design of the main characters and discuss the reasons a Golden Girls reboot would be nearly impossible today even if it can be easily cast.

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