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Tread Perilously – ‘Designing Women: The Pride of Sugarbakers’

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: Designing Women‘s “The Pride of Sugarbakers”

Tread Perilously‘s Women First month continues with a Designing Women episode called “The Pride of Sugarbakers.”

When Sugarbakers sponsors a junior league softball team, Mary Jo agrees to coach. Unfortunately, her style is more suited for a Pee Wee team. After they lose six straight games, Julia suggests a more aggressive approach which favors her protegee, Randa. Will it work? And will Mary Jo discover she needs to be more competitive? Will it have an effect on her son, Quinton, a comically inept ball player? Meanwhile, Suzanne tries to protect her new Cadillac from foul balls, and Charlene recalls her childhood days of playing ball with a “puhtatuh.”

Erik immediately recalls the temperature on talk radio in the early 1990s. He also empathizes with Delta Burke. Justin recalls fond memories of watching the series as a child — one of the few he was allowed to see at the time. Gerd Shockley comes out against Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for surprising reasons. Justin’s memories of Dixie Carter’s time on Diff’rent Strokes gets confirmed by Erik. A discussion about The Big Lebowski breaks out. Memories of the Thomasons’ connections to the Clintons lead down a very specific rabbit hole, and character actor Dennis Burkley gets a special spotlight.

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