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: 30 Rock‘s “Stone Mountain”
Tread Perilously‘s month of Halloween TV continues with the 30 Rock episode, “Stone Mountain.”
When Jack becomes displeased with Liz Lemon’s attempts to find a new cast member, a folksy encounter with Kenneth the Page leads him to Stone Mountain, Georgia for “real American” humor. Liz is with him, of course, but a bad sandwich leaves her in the grips of Peppy Bizmilk. Will Jack’s chosen local talent, a ventriloquist, be what TGS needs? Or will he learn some sort of lesson about his assumptions of the South? Meanwhile, Toofer, Frank, and Lutz try to sneak into Gay Halloween, and Tracy becomes obsessed with the Rule of Threes.
Justin is determined to get cancelled. He also freely admits there are problematic elements to Tina Fey’s comedy. It leads to a discussion of the Fantasy genre’s love affair with monarchy. Erik also discusses the problem with “the redneck voice.” Justin recalls the comedy of the 2000s. Despite not being in the episode, James Marsden gets a shout-out. The pair also, once again, praise Jane Krakowski. They also compare the chuckle in various parts of the country and try to imagine Tituss Burgess as a Star Trek character. Also, unkind things about Jimmy Fallon may be said.