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: Ally McBeal‘s “Story of Love”
Tread Perilously‘s Women First month concludes with an episode Ally McBeal called “Story of Love.”
When Ally kicks another woman while she’s down, she ends up defending her in court on a previous assault case. The eerie parallels to her own dilemma concerning sometimes client George Madison (guest star John Ritter) and Elaine are purely coincidental. Meanwhile, Cage is training his frog, Stefan, for the upcoming regionals. But when he ends up flushed down the toilet, it is up to the rest of the office to both let Cage know and help him grieve the sudden amphibious loss. But is this story meant to be as whimsical and funny as Ally’s plot?
Erik and Justin finally watch an episode of Ally McBeal and come away with some surprising takes. The coward David E. Kelly is once again tried for his crimes. Peter MacNicol proves a favorite. Justin notes the way Ally McBeal disappeared from television history. Erik recalls the years he stopped watching TV. The brief moment of Natasha Gregson Wagner gets examined, as does the phenomenon of “Hooked on a Feeling.” The pair also debate the merits of Courtney Thorne-Smith’s presence in film and television, and Bing Crosby emerges as a villain.